Home for the Holidays

With my third term completed in the first week of December and the next term not starting until the first week of January, I decided to come home for the holidays to spend some time with my family and see some old friends.

This break could not have come at a better time because after three terms, I was exhausted. The life of a teacher is no easy feat. It’s tiring, but at the same time, I really love what I do so I don’t mind the work, but I definitely still need a break once in a while.

I’m looking forward to the new term starting in around two weeks — I actually miss my students. It’s going to be a busy one because we’re expecting students for winter camp to come in on top of our regular students, so I will have my hands full.

I’ve also been thinking a lot about my professional development for the future, and I’ve decided to do the YL Extension early next year. This will help me a lot in transitioning from teaching adults to teaching children, and it’s a skill and qualification that is quite advantageous for career progression. Right now, I need to focus on completing the application form (ten pages long) and sending it in as soon as I can to reserve a spot. From there, it’s going to be a lot of reading and prep-work before the actual course begins, plus keeping up with all the work that I need to do for my day job.

For now, I’m enjoying my holiday and taking a break from work and career so that I can recharge in anticipation for 2015. I have a feeling that it will be a very busy yet fruitful year, and I’m really looking forward to it.

Happy holidays!

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My Classroom

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This is my classroom. It was kind of a mess when I inherited it, but I’ve spent the last four months fixing it up and giving it a little bit more of my personality. It’s still a work in progress, but I’m quite happy with how it’s turned out so far.

I’ve dreamed about having my own classroom for the last two years, so it is a dream come true to finally have it. It’s a space that I can call my own and whenever I step into it, it’s like being in a bubble where I don’t have to think about anything else other than teaching. It has been my safe zone ever since I started this new adventure and I love it. 😊