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Hey world, I’m Averill! Some of you already know me from my blog last year, while others probably just found me! To both groups, welcome! This is my second year blogging and my third year at Longwood University. I’m an English major with a concentration in secondary education, which is a fancy way of saying I really want to teach high school English! I’m active in the Honors College, the Anime Club, and am usually somewhere around campus just hanging out or doing whatever needs to be done. Enjoy the blog!

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March 29, 2013 2:20PM

*Brushes Off the Dust*

Whew, how did I get so busy I almost forgot about this page?

So, student teaching. It’s busy as all get out and I swear, if gas doesn’t go down a few cents I will be sorely tempted to punch an oil baron in the nose. But I digress.

So, first things first. This is not the classroom that education majors are used to. And it will take some getting used to being out in the trenches. I hate to say this because I am really not one to bear my weaknesses, but I’ve made some mistakes because of this. Am I proud of them? No! But thankfully I can make them and learn from them now instead of royally making it difficult to hold down a job in my first year on the payroll. Sure, I’d rather do this flawlessly. Who wouldn’t? But future student teachers, sorry, you’re probably going to make some mistakes.

The bright side is that if teaching is your thing, this is fun. A lot of work (don’t slack, don’t get complacent! I’ve slipped a bit too close to that for comfort and it’s bitten me a bit in the posterior) and really tiring but worth it when you actually see the students “get it.”

Also, you don’t get spring break with Longwood. You take it with your school system. So guess what? I’m going on spring break right now!

This won’t mean I won’t have lesson planning and work and job applications to do but I at least get to relax a bit for a week.

Finally, being a senior in my last semester is crazy bittersweet. It’s almost tempting to fall into senioritis (a MASSIVE no for student teaching) but at the same time I really just want to slow down these days. My four years of fun at Longwood are in their closing chapter and that’s a tough thing to realize. I’m all kinds of different emotions, not the least of which is tired (mornings and I don’t agree much), but at least it is going to end with some happiness (I hope…)

That’s my set of insights for today! I am going to go, have Easter dinner with the family, relax, and see Scott for some time next week (yes, he has classes, but I can work or sleep).

Peace and be safe to everyone traveling!

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