Saturday, May 19, 2007

Wisdom Hairs

Well, I guess it's been a little while since I've posted here. Things are going well, and I've started back to work at my summer job (the same one I've been going to since starting school). I've been there for two weeks now, and I still don't think I've gotten used to the early hours.

For school, my earliest class was close to noon, and I was usually up no later than 10:00. For work, I am up about 6:45. I've been going to bed earlier than usual, but it still takes me awhile to wake up...definately need the coffee; and even then sometimes it takes two cups before I feel awake. By evening, I'm back to feeling somewhat tired.

I am busy looking into finding work in the TESL field, because I don't want my course to go to waste, and also, I don't want to go back to my old job (the one I do in the summer) because I didn't quit to go to university and get in debt just to go back and do data entry. Also, I don't want the carpal tunnel to affect me again like it was. As it is, I have to cut back on my knitting so that my wrists won't become aggrivated from typing all day and knitting in the evenings.

Now, you may be wondering about the title of this post. Well, the other day I got my hair cut, and the lady at the salon told me that I am too young to have all this "wisdom hair". She was, of course, referring to the grey hair that I have been getting since I started school - well, ok, it started before that but seems like the stress I had caused it to turn grey faster. However, she did tell me that I am lucky because it can pass for blonde somewhat. Yeah, she was basically hinting that I should dye my hair...which I want/need to do and just haven't gotten around to it yet. I've been wanting to do it since at least Christmas, but just never did it. That's the procrastinator in me. Anyway, I told her that I'm a lot older than she thought I was, and that everyone (who doesn't know my true age) thinks I'm at least 10 years younger than I am.

Anyway, there really isn't much in the way of news. I haven't been working at my writing for awhile because of school. I'm hoping that now school is over, I'll sit down and do some more writing again. I've been thinking about changing a situation in one of the novels I'm working on (I have two in progress) because I think it would add more conflict to the story, and conflict in a story is always good.

I've been posting some book reviews (not all are my own reviews, but just reviews posted by others through the CFBA). The last couple have some of my own reviews tagged onto the end of the post, and I always note which is my opinion. If you want to check those out, head on over to my writing blog, Ink Scrawls, and see if there are any new books you'd like to read. They are Christian books, just to let you know.

I've been doing some knitting, though the last couple of weeks since starting back to work I've slackened off (as I said before). If you want to check out the things I've been working on, or see the gifts I've received from my Secret Pal, head on over to my knitting blog, Kitten Knits Yarn.

Not too much going on, so I'll sign off for now and wish you all a Christ-filled day!

Friday, May 04, 2007

Whew...Time For A Little Breather!

Well, finally a day to relax...well I'll be relaxing the whole weekend mind you, but none the less, I will be relaxing!

Exams are finally over, yay! I don't know how I have done; we haven't received our marks yet. The only one I really care about is the TESL course, and I know I did pretty good because the prof told me. I think I messed up on the history exam, but I'm not overly concerned about it. As for the Post Exilic Writings class, I think I did not too badly in it. But, we'll see when I get the marks - not sure when that is though; probably in the next week or two I think.

I finished up my TESL practicum this week - the actual teaching part of it. Monday morning I taught in the low beginner/beginner class and it went not too badly. I was VERY nervous, not just in teaching, but because my prof was there the entire time to observe. He was good about it though and gave some positive feedback, things that I should work at, etc. He said a lot of the mistakes I was making was just because I was new to teaching ESL, and that all new teachers of ESL fall into the same "traps". These are things that would come with time, though. As well, he knew I was nervous and that would contribute to some of it.

There were about 8 in the class that morning, and it was a little harder because of having just come off the weekend when the students hadn't spoken English since their class on Friday - it is hard to get them back into the swing of things. Actually, even their teacher said that is the worst possible day for a student teacher to teach the class, and my prof agreed and said that in the future they would probably not have a student teacher teach on mondays (at least in the mornings). The students were good though, and I didn't run into any real problems.

On Tuesday afternoon I taught the low intermediate level, and it was a LOT easier to teach them. With this level you can at least talk and they understand you. With the beginner class you are limited to what you can say because of the lack of understanding. The low intermediate class had about 7 students that day, and they were all friendly, understanding of me being new, etc. We had a lot of laughs as well, and that is always nice...it helps you relax some (or at least I found it did).

Wednesday morning I was back in the beginner class and it was, once again, a little difficult to adjust back to being limited. It wasn't so bad though, and this time there were 9 in the class. We reviewed more of what we had done in Monday's class, and started a new topic after that. We ran short of time, though, so I mentioned to their teacher what we had done and that it might be a good idea to go over it with them again because I don't think they had really grasped it yet. Also, I gave them a little handout and they hadn't finished that. I mentioned that to their teacher and said she might want to go over it with them as well.

Yesterday, Thursday, afternoon I was back to the low intermediate class and there were 10 - the biggest class I had taught to that point. It was a lot of fun again, and lots of laughs. They seemed to grasp what I was teaching, and that's always good. Their regular teacher said she thought I was doing an excellent job, and asked them what they thought...they agreed. That felt good.

Over the summer, I may be going to the same place (the multicultural association) to do some one on one teaching for an hour or so. The woman (actually the one who teaches the beginner class) I talked to said that would be a great welcome because there are some students who could really benefit from the extra help. She mentioned one of the ladies in her class and that they were going to get someone to translate to Spanish (this woman's mother tongue) and ask her if she would be willing to come in for some extra help. It's totally up to her, though. I'm just waiting for an email back about it. I'm not sure when I'd start - probably as early as next week. I figured that not only could the association use the extra help (they really need more people there but they don't have the funds to pay for additional staff), but also I could get some practice in teaching as well.

Anyway, that's all for now. I'm off to catch up on a few blogs and do some knitting. Have a Christ filled day!