Student teaching, and Thankful, day 7

In the last few days I have begun wondering how I am going to survive student teaching.

Not because of the work load.

Not because I’m afraid of dealing with troublesome students.

Not because I know it’s very time-consuming.

Because I have to get up early. Really, really early. Assuming that most high schools begin around 7:30 AM, I will want to arrive at the school by 7 AM. So far, it looks like my student teaching placement will be at least a twenty minute drive from my house, but it may be as much as forty-five minutes. That means I must leave my house between 6:30 and 7 AM, but perhaps much earlier.

To say that I am not a morning person doesn’t even begin to cover it, much less do justice to my level of functioning that early.

I hate to get out of bed before 7, and now I’m thinking about being at work by then. If I don’t re-calibrate my internal clock, I am going to hit the wall of exhaustion about a week into the schedule! I have been observing teachers the last three school days, so I have been leaving the house at about 7AM. I am soooo tired, and it’s only Tuesday! I even resorted to drinking coffee again, just to try and get my brain functioning.

It didn’t work.

Time to suck it up, forget about my hour of quiet after the kids are in bed, and start going to bed early so I can get up early. yahoo…

Payback time. After giving my folks grief about going to bed early and getting up at 4:30 AM (I will never enjoy doing that, even if I get used to it), as well as giving Andy grief about 10 PM being the witching hour, I will now be forced to follow an early schedule. Yes, it was my choice. Just not sure it was the smartest idea to get into a profession that requires early morning functioning. 😛

Today, I am thankful for:

  • Fatty’s “Let’s lose ten pounds by Christmas” challenge
  • the wonderful teachers I observed today
  • math and numbers
  • words. I love words!
  • contact with cousins through Facebook
  • Honeycrisp apples
  • fellow education cohort members
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