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To Be Honest

To be perfectly honest, I had completely forgotten about this blog….which isn’t surprising seeing as how I only have 2 (now 3) posts and the last time I posted was almost 3 years ago.  I remember when I set this blog up, I had such great ideas.  I wanted to remember every minute leading up to student teaching, remember all my highs and lows of student teaching, to record and inspire others with my job search.

Time passes and has passed.  I’m very lucky- since my last post I have student taught and I secured my first teaching assignment in a 3rd Grade classroom.  I had a wonderful first year of teaching, for the most part.  I learned what it was like to work closely with an excellent teammate and the frustrations of working with group members that just wanted to get by.  I learned to trust myself and to confide in others.  I learned that the first year of teaching IS stressful-I learned that waiting to find out if I’d been renewed was EXTREMELY stressful…I learned what relief feels like when my renewal came through…immediatley followed by panic that another renewal day will come my way in a year.

I wanted to blog about my first year teaching and my first year in 3rd…but things happen and I never got around to it…which is probably for the best.  I have a new goal.  I am going to blog this year.  I am on an AMAZING team, we are getting a new school building for the 2016-2017 year, and I’m teaching in a portable for just one year.  I am going to take pictures this year, I’m going to write about my experiences, I’m going to post pictures.  I am going to help someone with my blog.  I’m going to inspire, or at least give someone a good idea.

Yes, I have finished my degree…but I’m still a teacher in training…I hope to always be in training-to always be looking for a new way, a new idea.  I hope that I don’t forget about this blog again for 2 years….

I will be posting pictures of my room soon.  Until then….

The Future of Cursive Writing

The Future of Cursive Writing.

Daily Prompt: Take It From Me

Daily Prompt: Take It From Me.

The best piece of advice that I’ve ever given someone, but failed to take myself involved a boy.  I was once a young girl, 18 and head over heels in love with my first boyfriend.  I just knew that we were going to go the distance, high school sweethearts that would turn into college sweethearts, that would lead to a lifelong marriage.  I had the perfect model, my parents began dating at the tender age of 14, married at 21, and 41 years later are still happily married.

With age, comes wisdom.  A co-worker at my job, came to me one day for advice.  She is 17 and head over heels in love with her first boyfriend.  Her boyfriend constantly lies to her about little things-and big things.  She claims that she doesn’t know what to do about the situation, that she wants them to work on their problems, and live the life they’ve been planning.

Ahh…memories…

So, the best advice I could possibly give my young co-worker?  The best advice I’d ever received but failed to take myself?  “Remember you are young, remember that life is hopefully long, and that high school relationships typically do not last forever.  A boy that lies to you about silly little things is not worth your time and you deserve better.  Protect your heart and do what is best for you.  It may not be the easiest choice, it may, in fact, be the most painful choice, but choose yourself and not a relationship that is likely to fail.  Liars hardly ever change.  Let the relationship go, and if you find your way back to each other, then it was meant to be and you’ll be that much stronger and that much better.”

Of course, I didn’t listen, and so far my co-worker has failed to take this advice.  I have a feeling that many young girls have been given this advice, failed to take it, and 5, 10, 15 years down the road have given this advice.  It is a circle that I wish we could all learn from faster than we do, but this is life.

The Future of Cursive Writing

I recently read an article that discussed how many states and school systems are no longer teaching elementary aged children cursive writing, and I surprisingly felt outraged at this.  I guess I’m in that weird age group, where I’m young enough to have had computers in almost every single classroom from 2nd grade on, but old enough where we were taught to write in cursive at the end of second grade, continuing into third, and required to write in cursive for most of fourth and fifth grade. 

I decided late in my college career that the business degree I was pursuing was not for me, and switched to education.  After a couple of health setbacks, and a surprise pregnancy, I will be student teaching (hopefully!) beginning in August of 2013.  I have observed several different students, in different grades and schools, and where I live, cursive is still taught in second and third grade, so the article I read was quite a shock.  I cannot imagine children not learning to write in cursive.  To be quite honest, I prefer my cursive writing to my printing. 

The article that I orginally read, along with a few others that I read after a quick internet search on the future of cursive writing, stated that one (and the main) reason that cursive is being phased out is because schools are concentrating on ensuring that students are proficient in keyboarding by the time they leave elementary school.  I believe that keyboarding is a very important skill that everyone should possess, but does it have to come at the cost of learning cursive?  As someone about to enter the education field full-time, I am very aware that we do not have enough hours in the day to cover everything that we would like to, but it is possible to devote classtime 2 to 3 days a week to teaching both cursive and keyboarding. 

I know kids do not get as excited as I did about learning how to write in cursive, and I admit freely to feeling slightly intimidated about teaching cursive writing, but it is a challenge I was and am looking forward to conquering.  I hope that the states and school districts change their minds about doing away with cursive.  It is such a lovely way to write, and it would be a shame if the art died out.  I believe in progression, but I also believe that some traditions should be timeless. 

 

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