Gearing up for School

Half-heartedly, I accepted UC’s invitation to enroll in their teacher credential/MA program several months ago.  My primary motivation to teach continues to derive from a strong desire to affect young adult lives,  but I have some doubts and concerns.  Every now and then, I feel my time could be better spent pursuing a career path on the fedgov gravy train; not chasing papers that certify it’s holders of meeting arbitrary requirements with little or no practical experience.  It’s also concerning that the career prospects for teachers appear to be slim and it’s normal to hear about high turn over for certain schools.

The good news?  The teachers I’ve spoken with, so far, appear to demonstrate abilities contrary to the snide remark above.  The UC appears to have a sound and broad network of professionals who look after their students, affording time to grow into the profession.  For that reason alone, I’m glad picked a UC credential program.

I met with the principal and supervising teacher at my prospect placement; the campus is surrounded in a rural setting close to home.  Though it’s an old school, the science room is the newest building.

Biggest.  Classroom.  Ever.  No Joke. The rest of the school has a funky smell, but I’ll get used to it.

I am looking forward to working with the faculty at this school and hope it will be finalized soon.  They seem to be the type of support system I need to succeed.

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2 Comments on “Gearing up for School”

  1. July 26, 2010 at 5:19 pm #

    Good luck with that! I’m considering getting my contractor’s license… Then I can do what I already do (re-model this tiny unit) and get materials for cheap.

  2. July 28, 2010 at 8:19 pm #

    Thanks, DC.

    It’s unfortunate that you have to prove to the state that you’re capable of a task when the organization itself could use some work.

    The hook-up for cheap materials is a plus; just like it is with the FFL03.

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