So in January, I will start my student teaching and what will be my last major step in becoming a Secondary English Teacher. I’m so excited that I don’t know how to put it into words, other than I’m getting that heart-swelling feeling that I haven’t felt in a really long time. I’ve worked with my mentor teacher before, I’ve previously worked with the students that I will be teaching, and I have an idea of how the students will react to my “taking over” the classroom. The students always reacted positively to my being in the classroom.
A few days ago I met with my mentor teacher and borrowed the materials that the students will be working with when I enter their classroom in January. I’m excited to say that I will be jumping right into a unit on “The Power to Change.” What I am mostly excited about is that the portion of the unit I will be entering is one where the content is mostly focused on animals’ impacts on the human experience. I can’t believe how moved I am while looking over the content. If you know me, or have read any of my stuff, you’ll know that I am extremely attached to animals. I’ve written about my dog, Charlie, more times than I’d like to admit. I’m still getting over the loss of him. Anyway, there is a portion of this unit that focuses on John Grogan’s Marley and Me. If you’ve read that book, or seen the movie, you’ll know that it’s an amazing story about how a dog can impact your perspective on life. I swear, there are moments in my life where everything just comes together so perfectly that I start to believe in all of that superstitious, stars aligning, stuff. Sometimes everything just feels so perfect that I can’t believe it.