Life as a Writer, Disney World Cast Member, and
Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
Welcome back to Taylor Talks!
Well, today was pretty interesting. If there were more days like this during everyone's student teaching semester, I bet everyone would be much better prepared to run their own classroom someday.
The teacher who I've been working with for this placement ended up getting pneumonia... She slept in the nurse's office for two hours before the vice principal let her go home. No one could get her a substitute, so she needed to be in the building, but I guess once she had a fever they had to pull some strings and get someone to come fill in for her (even though this guy was only with us for an hour or so). I was alone with the kids for most of the day, which wasn't a huge deal since I've been alone with them at times before, but I also had to teach a math lesson for a unit that I don't normally teach (which meant that I had less than 20 minutes to teach it to myself before the kids came in), and I never got to finish checking off morning work or going through returned Friday Folders because I was teaching all day. Whew, it was exhausting! To top it all off, everyone has come down with "spring fever" in our classroom, so getting work done is becoming harder and harder each day. It was madness, and I wanted to pull my hair out by the time they went home, but wow, I feel like this day really helped me!
I feel like this was the first time I had real experience with running the classroom, with no teacher or substitute jumping in to help me get control. I had to figure out how to get everyone's attention, make sure we got through all of the lessons, keep the classroom quiet, and handle any and all catastrophes that occurred throughout the day. Just kidding on that last part... We made it through without anyone getting hurt or breaking anything!! Woo hoo!
So while I felt frazzled and now I'm completely worn out, I feel like today definitely prepared me for the future. Even though I know there will be a sub in with me for the rest of the week, I feel like I can run the classroom on my own a little more, and push myself to keep things in order, even though I know I'll have backup if I need it.
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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.