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Teaching – Told Through Gifs

I have been going to school my entire life. In December, I graduated with my Master’s degree and in January I began teaching College-level English! Well, I’ve been teaching for a full month now so let me tell you how it feels:

A Month in Teaching – Gif-Style

The morning of your first class, you feel giddy inside! Everything you’ve worked for is finally here.

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Then, all of the sudden, you’re there, they’re there, and you realize that you are the adult. Even if some of your students are older than you (like 10 years older than you), you are the adult and it’s time to do adulting things, like oh I don’t know, teaching!

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So you finally spit out your own name which you’re not even sure if you spelled it right and then…

Your student’s have hard names and let’s be honest, you’re not all that great with names to begin with (remember, you nearly forgot how to spell yours)

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But you do it, you get through your first day, and before you know it, you even get through your first week! And maybe you’re not the cool, calm, collected professor you set out to be (it’s hard to be that when you’re phone goes off in class and you can’t get it to stop ringing), but maybe you’re the approachable professor that will actually make a difference in your student’s lives.

And even though no one is an English major, you still want them to understand the beauty of writing!

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So you keep at it and you totally light up when that one student who was really struggling just gets it!

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But let’s be honest, there will always be those students who come to class, who haven’t done the reading, who haven’t asked questions, and are still texting on their phone. So you just look at them like:

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Oh, and don’t forget! When you get that first big assignment in from your students and then realize that you will be spending your entire weekend grading.

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And that’s all folks, I’ll have to do a new one of these once I finish my first semester!

 

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Today is the Day: Graduation!

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That’s right, today is Graduation Day!

(Legit: I think my hair looked just like Anna’s this morning when I woke up)

I’m super excited to walk across that stage in just a couple of hours!

Even though they’re going to hand me an empty golden tube with my fake “diploma” in it, that golden tube represents everything that I have accomplished! It represents sleepless nights, feeling of insecurities, moments of triumphs! It reminds me of my family and my friends who have supported me through it all. I could not be more blessed. I have been in school all my life, I never took a break moving from high school directly into college, graduating and then moving forward into the Master’s program. So this graduation is going to mean a bit more than the ones before. This time when I walk, I will be leaving school. While I may return to education later on in life for a Doctorate degree, momentarily I will be saying goodbye, or possibly see you later. . .

I will be moving on to a new stage in my life and I am ready to welcome this adventure with open arms!

Anywhooo . . . . . .

I wanted to share with you my graduation cap design! I thought long and hard, went back and forth between ideas but here it is!

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I wrote/drew everything by hand so I’m pretty pleased with the result (especially since I messed it up twice and had to redo it 😥😅). While I debated between doing something like “Mischief Managed” or “May the Odds be Ever in Your Favor,” I decided that this quote was more apt. Words truly are our most inexhaustible source of magic! – Albus Dumbledore

Oh and a HUGE THANK YOU to all my new and old followers! I was just notified that I’ve reached 500 followers! What an awesome Graduation Gift! Thank you!

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