I survived the semester. I also received the greatest Christmas presents: two As and a B. Yes, I know I worked for those, but I was still happy to receive them. This semester was a very trying one. I could have never completed it while working full time, so I guess it was a gift to be laid off from a very demanding job. I have a month off before starting my student teaching on January 24, 2011.
Aside from my bad experience with the professor from hell for two classes, I had an amazing experience with a wonderful professor who taught a graduate human rights seminar. He is a retired English teacher and just an amazing human being in general. For my capstone I created a "Walk in my Shoes" project that focused on life as a GLBT teenager. I am a big supporter of equal rights to begin with and the GLBT community is going through a lot right now. So many kids are bullied and committing suicide simply because they are gay. This breaks my heart and as a teacher I want to be able to support GLBT kids anyway that I can. President Obama was finally able to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" which allows GBLT individuals serve openly in our military. Now we just need to get on the ball with getting marriage allowed for ALL couples.
For now I will spend my time keeping up with current events surrounding teaching as well as reading all the books I can about classroom management and teaching methods. I am so looking forward to becoming a teacher. I really can't wait to get into the classroom and start!