Almost There

So yesterday I handed in what should be my last assignment for my Masters. Still about 2 months of study left. I have a practical to complete and there is some paperwork and analysis of my practical that must also be submitted, but the assessments are done.

Well, that assumes that I pass.

So now I need to get back into sorting out my registration as well. I’d like to have that completed by the end of this year.

But after 2 years of study and about 4 years real time (because I spent almost 1 year on the bachelor degree, and then 6months forced break due to work). Hmm, changing to the Masters didn’t actually save me any time in the end AND it cost me $1000s more than the Bachelor.

But at least it sounds fancy to have a Masters!

Almost there….

Here goes nothing!

Yes, I do actually keep my desk this tidy. All paperless remember!

Here we go – the very last unit of my Masters. 13 weeks (well almost 12 now) including a 5 week pracs and with any luck, I’ll pass and graduate.

Work finally gave in and has allowed me the time off for the practical (starts mid-October) so I could get into this final unit and actually finish this. The prac is longer than the others, and this one is actually graded out of 10, rather than just a pass/fail.

Which all adds together to make me more nervous than I have been for any of the other pracs.

I am still excited. I am with a Year 1 class, who I will meet tomorrow. I haven’t taught a class this young so it will be an excellent opportunity and a great round off to my other experiences (Years 3, 5, 6).

So some late nights for the next 3 months, then finish!

Study – And the last one…. ?

Another study period is complete. This last period I’ve only been able to complete 1 unit as my other scheduled unit was a practical one. After being reassigned at work, my new boss wasn’t sure that he would be able to release me so I had to drop it.

So with ONE unit left in my whole study program, barring resubmissions from this past unit, I have nothing to do, but I’m also not complete.

Its very frustrating, being so close to the finish, but not having any idea when I’m going to get to finish it. It’s like crashing out within sight of the checkered flag!

I have tentatively proposed that I complete it in October/November, but we will have to see.

In the meantime, I will work on my accreditation. I’m also going to look at some Microsoft training that’s apparently available. I might also see if there are some Google courses as well. (oh, this is in regards to Google Classroom and Microsoft OneNote Classroom). These are both used by different schools, though I’ve only used Google.

Anyway, that and I’ll see if there is reading or similar things I might be able to do to add to my skills.

And fingers crossed for Study Period 3!

Prac Complete

Two weeks of prac are over and do I really have to go back to my real job on Monday?

Please, can I just stay and teach kids?

I was reading some of my older posts in the study category and I may not have mentioned that the degree I am studying in order to change career is to become a Primary (Elementary) School teacher.

My first prac is now done and I really had a great time. The class had its challenges. There were kids who had attitude, kids who had too much energy, kids who struggled with basic reading and maths. I helped out around the class and took some small groups for reading or writing. In the second week I took the whole class for some maths lessons.

By the end of the week, it was clear to me that I really enjoyed it. There was some tough moments, and it’s tough trying to control someone else’s class when they’ve had half a year to build a rapport.

Another thing that was clear was that I HAD ACTUALLY TAUGHT THEM SOMETHING! Even the students who struggled seem to have understood the maths that I had taught them. Very happy with that result.

The written assessments from the two assessors were very positive. Of course there are things to work on, but this is my first prac of four over the two years, I’m not expected to be perfect. Heck, all the teachers made it clear that every year their classes required different management, a different style because the kids are a different collection of personalities.

Do I HAVE to go back to work?