04 Jan 2006 One Step Closer to Teaching
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I start my student teaching a week from today. I’ll be going into the school on Monday though. My teacher invited me to observe how she starts a week and to meet all the teachers on her team at the weekly team meeting. I figured that would be a good day to meet the principal too if she isn’t too busy. I haven’t contacted the principal yet, so I need to get up the courage to give her a call at the school tomorrow. I also need to give my teacher a call this week and actually talk to her instead of email.

I called the family I’ll be living with this semester to see if they’re still okay with me moving in this Saturday. I called them at 2, knowing that no one would be home, and just left a message. They haven’t called back, so I’ll probably try calling tomorrow night around 8.

I read through my Student Teacher handbook and that got me really nervous about student teaching. I’ve been emailing my friend Melanie lately, she has been a great encouragement with my nerves. It’ll be nice to get to talk to her throughout the semester and share our student teaching experiences. I also talked to my friend Jon tonight.

By the way, if you’re reading this, take time to pray for Jon’s friend’s Mom. She has been really ill lately, and the doctors are trying to figure out what is going on, but messed up on the blood test and are having to do it again in the next couple of days. Pray for her health, her family’s stability to support her through this, Jon and other close friends and family grieving her sickness and for the doctors to have the wisdom to figure out what is going on.

I had a few questions for Jon about student teaching. He went through it this past semester, so he had more words of encouragement for me and was able to share some experience from going through it. I’m sure things will be fine. I really don’t even know the good or the bad things that may come with it. I’ve always been a mess when not knowing what the future holds for me. So this is a perfect time for me to rely on God to get me through every day. I’m really glad that God puts situations in my life that lead me to rely on him more an more. My life would be a total wreck if I didn’t.

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3 Responses

  1. 1
    Tim 

    I’m glad to see that you view this as an opportunity for growth, to be challenged, and to rely on God. You’ve been going through so much of that this past year that I almost start to feel bad for ya, but, if nothing else, seeing you come through with a deeper maturity has definitely been encouraging for me. You’re an awesome woman. 🙂

  2. 2
    Anonymous 

    Dana,
    Hey, its Amanda from school. I am super nervous to about starting student teaching. I havent contacted my teacher yet. I am doing that first thing tomorrow. I am teaching in Mansfield and they started school today, but I have been working since the teachers went back.
    Are we supposed to contact the principal or are you doing that just to make a good impression? That makes me really nervous. I told Keri the other day that I am more concerned about meeting all the other adults, than I am about working with the kids. I am also worried about being evaluated. AHHHH!!! Everytime I think about it I get so nervous. Are you teaching in Fort Worth? Write me back when you get a chance on my Myspace if you dont mind, maybe someone else can ease my nerves 😉

    THanks,
    Amanda

    p.s dont reply to me on this because I just signed up so I could write you, but I dont use this otherwise. :0)

  3. 3
    Anonymous 

    Hey Dana,
    I got your letter. It wasnt too long. It was just as long as mine was to you. I feel much better today. I called the principal this morning and I was so nervous before I did it, but now I feel relieved that I did it! I also emailed my teacher, I am just waiting for her response. thank you so much for the words of encouragement and for making me feel a bit more relaxed. Are you going to be bringing anything on the first day with you, like lesson plans or anything like that? I asked my teacher if I needed to bring anything, but I havent heard back from her yet. write me back when you get a chance.

    Thank you,
    Amanda