Saturday, December 20, 2008


Life is kinda dull right now, isn't it? Or at least it has been here at Symphonic Discord. Well, just to let all of you avid readers know, we've been a tad busy with exams lately.

But alas, finals are done. Grades have been posted. Tears have been shed. And life can go on.

And we can get back to more important things in life---like writing and entertaining all (four) of you!

My semester ended rather, interestingly. Student teaching finished a week ago. And I left the school with five bags of gifts, a balloon, and $100 worth of gift cards. It was like Christmas.

It was more or less, an amazing semester. As far as student teaching is concerned. Thank God. And I'm glad student teaching ended the way it did..

So without further ado, I would just like to share with you the amount of money I spent this entire semester on anything and everything student teaching related..So here it is: My last student teaching post!!!

(I know you all have been waiting eagerly and patiently for it.)

Tuition Bill......$6000 (I had a heart attack when I saw the bill. I thought " Well I'm only taking two classes so it cant be that much. Can it? But it turns out, its not how many classes you take, but how many credits you take! DUH! It only took me FOUR years to finally comprehend this)

All the supplies needed for my professional portfolio.....$150

Endless shopping for hot "teacher" clothes.......$300

New coat to match my "teacher" clothes.....$80

Ink cartridges for the endless lesson plans that needed to be printed..........$65

Putting gas into my car for the past four months with my pathetic "salary".......$300

Candy and treats for the brats.......$200

Food for my "Farewell" Party......$75

Gift for Ms. D, my cooperating teacher......$30

Parking ticket because I'm too cheap to pay $2.25 to park in the campus structure........$20 (This is what happens when you're frugal)

Asking my students if they would miss me when I left, and having one girl respond "Nooooooooo"...................Priceless

A student asking me to write to her when I get back to my home country of "Balilidish"...........Priceless

Getting over my fear of driving by commuting to this school for the past four months..........Priceless

Presenting my professional portfolio to the College of Education, only to have the faculty member nod off during it............Priceless

Looking through the personal messages/cards from students and reading one that had "I love you with all my heart and soul" erased..........Priceless

Being compared to a cheerleader.........Priceless

The students asking me "Since it's your last day, do we get to see your hair?"..........Priceless

Consistently being asked if I was Indian, from India, spoke Indian or anything else India-related.....Priceless

Seeing (and smelling) my fair share of kids using the bathroom on themselves......Priceless

Ms. D trying to explain to the students that I look like someone from Aladdin (without my hijab/headscarf), only to have one of the students cut her off and ask me "You look like Aladdin?"...........Priceless

Being asked by one of my students if I had to take a plane home.........Priceless

Being told that I look "creepy" with that thing on my head........Priceless

Often times being mistaken for a dedicated parent (I cringe at this thought) as opposed to a student teacher.........Priceless

Having something to complain...err....write about on this blog for the past four months......Priceless

Freaking out and spending an endless amount of time on a portfolio that was not even touched or perused through, by my evaluators........Pricefreakingless

Being told during my portfolio presentation by my evaluator that I speak "really good" English............Priceless

And lastly, being told that I was going to make a fine teacher by the former student teaching director..and finally FINALLY believing it myself............ Priceless

There are some things money cant buy. For everything else there's humor.

And sarcasm.


Jennifer said...

Wow--you got a lot of loot from your students! And some interesting comments too!

fuelMybrain said...

LOL, you are too funny. Well I'm glad you survived the experience! So what are your plans now? (sorry if this is readily available in past posts)

Falling Up said...

2 things I noticed form all your posts: you say "brats" and "freaking" a lot. And you didn't answer my Q in the past abt whether you are going to continue this or not. :)

MiMi said...

I love your "priceless" items. Sounds like you went through quite a lot during your student teaching but I'm glad you believe in your self in the end...that's all it takes.

About your comment you left on my blog about the doctor's not that bad (at least while you are still young!) and you really, really need to make that appt. You'll be glad you did!

Artistic Logic said...

hahahahha wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

all i hav to say is


Mrs. Cullen said...

i'm glad someone wrote again. god people. please write. i need something to do during break.

controlled chaos said...

Mrs. Cullen-
are you kidding me right now????

The Fabulous Life of a Southern Belle said...

That was a great post! And yes, I am one of those crazies who can't live without make-up, lol! Merry Christmas!

Mutmainnah said...

Hahahah your funny, its cuz you have a debit and not a MasterCard right? Loser. BTW i Guessed on the pswd. Don't kill me.

MarjnHomer said...

lol. this was ur best post. priceless..

*mary* said...

Whoa, children's innocent comments are forgivable, but *slaps forehead* a "character from Aladdin," now that is from an adult?! WHAT!?
And don't forget to write from Balilidish!
Oh my.

The Fabulous Life of a Southern Belle said...

Hye got to come home, yayyy! Thanks for being so sweet.
Merry Christmas!