Sunday, February 26, 2012

106 and counting...

Wow. I just looked at my stats for my blog and this is my 106th post! I can't believe I've found something to write about 106 times. I really enjoy this little space of mine. 

Anyways, I have only 2 weeks left of student teaching and I could cry thinking about it. I wish I could stay for the rest of the year. But, as they all say, "when one door closes, another one opens" and I guess that is making me feel better.
(Investigating conductors and insulators)

I have stated finalizing my portfolio, cover letter and resumes and I'm getting nervous. I've been doing a little searching for potential jobs, but once I start to look, I feel so overwhelmed. The other night when I should have been working on my final reflection paper, I printed out all, yes ALL of the school districts in Illinois. I guess I just wanted a starting point. I haven't even looked through the 21 pages yet, but I'll get there.
(Doing a fun Valentine's Day 'I have...Who has..." activity)

I also printed out DePaul's cross certification agreement with other states. There is no hiding the fact that I wouldn't mind moving to another state for a few years... and if that's where more jobs are, then take me there now! 

There is double the work when I'm looking for jobs out of state, but I don't mind.

Does anyone have any advice for me as I try to maneuver through this process? Or if you've moved out of state for another job, how was it? Did/do you regret it? Any tips? 

I know this process won't be easy, but I've learned to only take big steps, one day at a time.

Today I'm working on my final reflection paper and watching Modern Family, at the same time. :) I'm also searching for a new dinner recipe on Pinterest to try, while I wait to watch the Oscars tonight.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Almost done

With student teaching that is. I'm not sure how I feel about it. I honestly don't know what I'm going to do with my time afterwards. I love my cooperating teacher and all my 4th grade students; I'm not ready to leave yet. My last day is March 9th. :(

I did survive my first Valentine's Day party this past week. It was very interesting to say the least. The room Moms did a great craft with the kids. They each made a tie pillow and got to take their own home. It was very cute.

Other than that, I've been pretty low key around here. I'm running a half-marathon in May with my Dad and sister, so preparing for that will give me something to do :)

I'll also be getting the final things for my portfolio together for potential jobs! And I'll be practicing some answers for possible interview questions.

It's 38 degrees out today and we're having steaks on the grill tonight for dinner. I can't wait.

One last thing, we have a teacher plan day on Tuesday and we're all bringing in some sort of dip/appetizer. Any ideas on what I can bring? I've been looking on Follow Me on Pinterest
Maybe a few pictures will help my decision. I'll let you know what I pick. It will probably be from Pinterest.

Have a great weekend!!