To every thing there is a season…
In my wildest dreams, I never foresaw my current situation: my CT and I reached a mutual understanding yesterday that my placement as a student teacher with her ends this Friday. I will not go into the details driving this change out of respect for all parties concerned; I now wait for a new placement assignment. I will say that it essentially was a chemistry / compatibility issue, where oil and water would not mix.
So, I will finish out the week at my current placement, spend next week observing fellow TC’s CTs, and await my newly assigned CT. I believe all things happen for a reason, well, most things, so I am very optimistic that my new CT, whomever that will be, and I will work well together; I’ve already mourned my loss, made peace with reality, and look forward to what the future brings.
Meanwhile, my credential program is ramping back up from a brief respite between summer and fall classes. Classroom management and practicum readings, writings and discussions fill my days, evenings, and nights, outside of placement. I am keenly interested in classroom management since I firmly believe that students must be engaged, and be fully present, mind, body and soul, when in class, in my opinion, in order for them to learn truly, and deeply; getting them to be engaged and fully present is the challenge. To that end, I hope to create an environment in all of my future classrooms, for all students, where student learning is central, sustained, and enjoyable, where ideas flow freely in Socratic, dialogic discourse enhancing the esteem of the person and entire class as we embark on our journey of discovering new knowledge, new ways of thinking, acting and being, with enlightenment as our ultimate goal.
Until next time, listen to The Byrds’ rendition of “Turn! Turn! Turn!” if you have not clicked on it already and enjoy.
Postscript: I was going to title this post “This Too Shall Pass” and include OK Go’s song but the lyrics did not match the feeling…the song and video is cool though. So I include the following poem which I found affirming for my situation.
This Too Shall Pass
by Helen Steiner Rice
If I can endure for this minute
Whatever is happening to me,
No matter how heavy my heart is
Or how dark the moment may be
If I can remain calm and quiet
With all the world crashing about me,
Secure in the knowledge God loves me
When everyone else seems to doubt me
If I can but keep on believing
What I know in my heart to be true,
That darkness will fade with the morning
And that this will pass away, too
Then nothing in life can defeat me
For as long as this knowledge remains
I can suffer whatever is happening
For I know God will break all of the chains
That are binding me tight in the darkness
And trying to fill me with fear
For there is no night without dawning
And I know that my morning is near.