I finished my last official classes at UIC. Two years of papers, reading research studies, attending a 3 hour class after a long day at work, presentations, and so on, I am done. I am approved to student teach in the fall. All of my paperwork is pretty much done, aside from getting finger printed and TB tested (yearly protocol for all people working in a school or around children). I passed my content area test, which I talked about in a previous post. I had gotten the flu the night before my test and it was a total nightmare. But I passed and I no longer have to worry about it.
This summer I am going to read as much as I can. I already finished my first book within a few days. But I do also want to continue reading about children with special needs. Starting in August, I will be in a self-contained special ed preschool room in a school in Oak Park. I went there just the other day to observe a bit and get a feel for the flow of the room, which will probably change next year but it’s always good to immerse yourself in every aspect. The 9 children in the room range from ages 3-5 and also range from severely disabled to high-functioning. I was only in the room for the morning session that was about 3 hours long but the kids made me smile the entire time. I know I have chosen a field that is not easy. But I also know I have chosen one that makes me feel worthwhile. I will be graduating from the University of Illinois at Chicago in December with a Masters in Early Childhood Education with an endorsement in Special Education. I am very excited for my future and I will be blogging until then, sharing my experience of student teaching and hopeful job prospects.
For now, I have 3 months to relax and prepare myself. Paying off credit card bills, working a lot, and saving as much as I can will be the boring stuff I have to do. Reading books, relaxing in the sun, working out daily, eating healthy, painting, enjoying the weather, hopefully celebrating another Stanley Cup win, and embracing my 28th birthday will be in my plans of fun and relaxation for the summer. I can’t wait.
Happy summer and GO BLACKHAWKS!!!