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.