Welcome back to Taylor Talks!
What a beautiful day it was today! Wow, it really feels like spring is on its way now. I couldn't help but smile my whole ride home from school!
The beginning of spring brings the anticipation of many adventures in the next few months. In just two weeks, I'll begin my next student teaching placement. We're still in the midst of planning a trip to Florida to look at houses, and of course we'll be moving sometime over the summer. Graduation is in May, and I am just so excited for the snow to melt and warm weather to really be in full swing that it doesn't matter what else is happening as long as I don't need a coat anymore.
I only have a week and a half left with my fourth grade class, and I know that I'll be sad to see this placement end. The students realized today what little time I have left and I was pleasantly surprised to realize that they're all going to miss me as well. Their overdramatic little personalities shone through as they yelled about not wanting me to leave. It was pretty funny. I'll really miss these kids when I'm done here.
Student teaching has been a lot like taking in foster kids. You're with the kids for a while, and you get to know them. You figure out what their personalities are like, their interests, their strengths and weaknesses; you bond with them and wish that nothing had to change. But eventually you know that you'll go your separate ways, and you'll get to know the next group of kids and the cycle will begin all over again. The only difference is that these kids are in the classroom instead of at home. Sometimes I feel like my life is a neverending cycle of goodbyes, which I guess is really helpful in preparing to be a teacher. Just another way foster care has truly impacted my life.
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My family has been doing foster care since I was three years old. I'm the only biological child in my family, though I now have five permanent siblings. Having nineteen siblings over the course of my lifetime has been an incredible experience, and I'm hoping that by sharing some of the ups and downs of being the only bio kid in a foster family, other foster families or people looking into doing foster care will be able to learn a bit of what life can be like. I also like to share what life is like on my journey to becoming a published author, as well as where my schooling and career choice are taking me.