Location: Yu House, Kanata, Canada
Song: Bruno Mars, “Chunky”
It’s been a really long time since I’ve updated with a new post and since the last update, a lot has happened. I started working full time in retail last year when I wasn’t accepted into teacher’s college. On the side, I did part time school for two courses at Carleton University as well as an online course at Thompson Rivers University based in British Columbia. All of this was to really prepare me for apply again to teacher’s college and the work payed off.
I got accepted into the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Education and it’s been such a blast meeting new people and also working at the elementary school I’ll be doing my practicum at. I go to my elementary school every Wednesday for 10 weeks and in December, when I’ll be doing my practicum, I’ll be at the school everyday for three weeks. What I do every Wednesday is observe and help out with my designated grade three class. I give support to students who are struggling with a particular activity and to teacher.
The teacher I’m working with is super fun and has a very similar teaching style to me so it’s been pretty smooth sailing in terms of working together. He gives me a lot of feedback as well as suggestions so I’m thankful for his veteran expertise. I do find myself not asking as many questions as I should be because at the end of the day, my teacher will ask if I have any questions and my mind just blanks out. I’ll have to start jotting notes and questions to ask down if I really want to learn.
The kids are a lot of fun too. My experience in a classroom in Canada has been very different from what I’m used to from my Korean teaching experience but this is good. I don’t want to be going into this teaching program and feel like I’m not learning or experiencing something new but because it’s such a different system, it’s challenging me to start fresh. I am able to incorporate what I’ve learned from Korea and I’m also learning new things here too.
I also have a blog set up for my education program. It’ll be my final project to submit at the end of the program in two years. On there I’ll be posting all things education (or so I hope). I’ve got it set up but have yet to post anything but if you would like to follow along, the link is here.
Thanksgiving is coming up this weekend and there’s so much that I’m thankful for but overall, I’m just thankful for where I am now. The past year, before I got accepted into school, was a bit of a grey area for me because I wasn’t particularly sure where things were headed. I wasn’t doing anything teaching related and I felt like I was starting to lose interest in teaching. Since I started school in both university and in an elementary school, I’ve realized my passion for school never faded but rather, it was just taking a rest.
There’s a lot to be thankful for. Take the time to rest and reflect. If you’re stuck in a grey area now, just keep going and the path will be made clear soon enough.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Until next time.