Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Summer?

The reality of summer coming to a close and student teaching starting just hit me like a heavy worn-out backpack being placed on my weary back.  (Luckily, for the last time!)  Where have the days of flip-flop tan lines and laying on the floor melting in the humid heat gone?  Reading the e-mail from my mentor teacher was a black and white reminder of my new shoes to fill. What if the shoes are too big or not comfortable enough?  Or what if the shoe is a perfect fit and compliments every outfit?  I am going in with my head held high--I have experience (substituting) and wisdom (BYU... and SLCC... and life!) and support (Casey, Mom, Hannah... just to name a few!  The list is countless!!!) and faith (this is the key--I know I would not survive without a loving Heavenly Father!).  


I remember walking up and down the halls, looking at the thin, yellow lockers, and interpreting my class schedule for the first time at my 7th grade Back to School night.  I was so unsure of what the future would hold.  Would I make any friends?  Would I get lost in the school?  Would I be swamped in homework?  Would I have time for hobbies?  And now 8ish years later, I am faced with my first Back to School night again next week.  Although the roles have changed, the questions remain.  Will I earn the respect of my students?  Will I understand my classroom?  Will I be successful in composing elaborate lesson plans?  Will I ever see my husband?  


Although there is no way to know what the future holds, I can reflect on my 7th grade experience with the hope of being able to draw the same conclusions.  I fell in love with it!  I met my (eternal) best friend.  I found the shortcuts through the building.  I scheduled my time.  I participated in so many extra curricular activities.  I have full confidence that my future of being a teacher will be equally rewarding to that of being a student!


3 comments:

Cami said...

Lisa, you will do great! If by any chance your long list of supporters happen to not be home or answer the phone, you call me if you have any questions or if you just need someone to tell a story to.

Lisa said...

Thanks Cami!!! :D
And BTW: I think it is more like 10ish years later... How old are the 7th graders? Apparently I'm not sure and can't count...

Cami said...

7th graders should be about 12 or 13 years old. Middle school is by far my favorite. I hope you'll love it too!