So Long, Farewell...
This is a bittersweet blog that I thought I would never come. Yesterday marked my last day of being a teacher candidate, a student teacher, and a university student (until my Masters..). Trying to reflect on these past 2 years is hard- it feels like a blur. I think back to my first day at practicum; I was wide-eyed, nervous and unsure about my place in the teaching world. I think about where I am now; feeling more confident and secure, and excited to take on so many new projects in the education field. There have been countless lesson plans, late night planning and many trial and errors. Despite the hardships, I’m happy with my accomplishments. As someone who is usually shy, I started a podcast called TC2, which is something I never thought I would do. Through it, I met some amazing educators and built up my confidence when speaking to people. I became part of the VoicEd family and it has allowed me to network and create friendships. I’ve started two websites that I am so proud of, and cannot wait to see them take off.
In these past two years, I’ve had two amazing Associate Teachers who truly helped me grow and become the teacher I am now. I think back to them, and the way they taught- they are a source of inspiration for my future teaching career. I thank them for letting me be in their classrooms, making mistakes and learning as I go. With them, I developed my grand teaching voice, style and assurance that I am where I am meant to be.
I took time to reflect on all the students I met inside and outside of the classroom. I hope that I have inspired them in some way. I hope that there was something I taught, said or did that they will think back to in years to come. I hope they think, “Wow, that Ms. Karaline was great because she did ________”. I hope my student from last year remembers reading Goosebump books with me in the reading corner, or the student who asked me to wear a certain colour of eyeshadow, and I always followed through. I hope the student who wrote in a letter that I made her Grade 3 year amazing still feels that way in three, or four years from now. Maybe my Grade 3’s will remember our jello activity, or the math break box!
I’ve also met some pretty awesome teacher candidates along the way who motivate me and inspire me, and I know that they will be phenomenal teachers.
There have been times where I questioned if I was on the right path. I’ve definitely asked myself, “Should I be doing something else?” With every doubt, however, came certainty in the form of a student, a friend, a teacher or a colleague. We will all question our path, but we must remember why we set off on the journey in the first place.
TC2 will definitely continue, however with a slight name change of course. Welcome to the new and improved ‘Teacher Candid Tuesday Chats’- because these are real, truthful and straightforward chats with teachers, teacher candidates and more.
“We will all question our path, but we must remember why we set off on the journey in the first place.”
Hey TC’s- we did it.