This summer hasn’t been the most exciting summer I’ve ever had. I haven’t done as much traveling as I would have liked. I’ve done absolutely zero traveling actually. It’s been extremely hot where I live, and my house is an old house with no AC so that sucks. Still, this summer hasn’t been that bad. I’ve actually had a lot of good experiences this summer.
I had the opportunity to work at a summer school literacy camp program at an Elementary school. The entire campus focused on reading and writing intervention, and there were kids from all over the district. Since I previously had experience in reading and writing intervention, I was able to use what I already know but I also gained a lot of knowledge as well. I’ll admit that I sort of experimented a bit, but I got to see what worked and what didn’t work.
The teacher I worked with was incredible. She was so nice, and was always so prepared. I liked that she gave me a lot of freedom when working with students. Instead of treating me like another teacher’s aide, she treated me like a fellow teacher. Whenever I had a question she was always happy to answer. Let me tell you, there were days when I had a lot of questions but she never seemed to be bothered by them. She gave me a lot of good advice, and showed me tips and techniques that I could use in the classroom. She showed me this amazing classroom management website, which has given me ideas on how I want to run my own classroom. On the second to last day she gave a me a gift, my own “treasure box” to use in my own classroom, and it completely touched my heart. I was both surprised and inspired. There are honestly days where I wonder if I’m going into the right career, but her gift has sparked an excitement in me. Now I cannot wait until I finish the credential program and have a classroom of my own. When school starts up again in the Fall, I’m planning on visiting her and giving her a token of appreciation.
Working with the kids was, of course, my favorite part of it all. I think anyone who plans on being a teacher has to enjoy working with kids. If they don’t then they are probably in the wrong profession. There were some days that were frustrating, and I felt like I had the worst students in the entire school, but I hear a lot of teachers feel that way. Despite that, my students were pretty great. Most of them are barely going into the first grade, so I understood why they had such high energy and weren’t used to so many rules. I definitely got attached to every single one of my students. Even the ones with “behavior issues”. I don’t really like labeling kids though. To me, I see 20 different smaller human beings each with their own individual personalties.
I don’t know if they understood why they were in summer school, or if they even wanted to be there, but I hope that it benefited them. Actually, scratch that. The last part. I know that it benefited them because I definitely saw growth from the first week to the last. Even the tiniest bit of growth is still growth. They should all be proud of themselves. I wish every one of them success in the future.
I also met some awesome people while I worked there. Since I usually work mornings at my regular workplace, I don’t often get chances to interact with fellow coworkers. And even when I do, let’s face it I’m super shy and I barely say more than “hi” sometimes. I’m glad I got to meet these new people though, because they were down to earth and I enjoyed hearing about their experiences. I feel like I’ve learned some things from them, and I’m always trying to learn new things from people.
Speaking of learning new things (awesome segue right?) I’ve been reading a lot of books lately. I love reading, because I often learn something from a good book. Books open up whole new worlds. I love diving in and getting away from reality for a couple of hours. I just finished reading The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, but I haven’t begun my review of it yet.
Summer is pretty much the only time when I have free time on my hands. This means that I get to hang out with my friends a little more. It’s always nice to catch up with friends you haven’t seen in a while. I always have a good time with my friends. I feel weird writing friends so much.
Well besides reading, I don’t really have plans for the rest of my summer. But we’ll see. You never know what could happen next. 🙂