Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Post Grad Plans

Happy Wednesday. At the end of today I am over half way done with my first work week in the real world. Today's post is a little different than my normal posts but I wanted to have everything down in one place for the people who may not know and ask. Many of you could probably recite this yourself but instead of having my post grad plans scattered among Step Into My Week posts putting them in one place seemed like a good idea. 

So, if you've been following along for a bit and already know this major kudos to you! 

I graduated this past May (2017) from Furman University with a Bachelors of Arts in Elementary Education. The way Furman's education department works, has us graduated in four years however we don't have our teaching certificates until we've completed a semester of teaching. I'll receive my teaching certificate (as long as all goes well) this December. You may be thinking why the heck do they do that and how the heck does she have a job then. To answer the first of those questions, I have no idea why Furman does this when other schools allow their students to graduate with this teaching certificate but in all honesty it serves as a way to rope us into graduate school (which I'll get to in a minute). To address the second question, Furman pairs with two nearby school districts, Greenville County & Spartanburg Districts 1 & 6, to recommend us for hire. As a trade off for us being hired with only an "internship certificate" instead of our teaching certificate we end up only getting a portion of the pay. So, I do in fact have a job and am the sole teacher in my room but I won't receive full pay until after I've obtained my teaching certificate in December. 

To complicate things further, I am also attending graduate school at Furman. Come August of 2018 I will have a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education allowing me to be certified to teach anywhere from Kindergarten to Fifth grade. I began graduate school in June and did a session in June and a session in July. We do have class some during the fall and a little more frequently in the spring but the program is set up so that we can teach at the same time and do the bulk of our classes over the summer. Since as graduates from Furman we pretty much have to stay until at least December of this year I figured it was a wise choice to go ahead and knock out my Master's.

What does all of this mean for Prep In Your Step? Honestly, that is a great question and one that I ask myself frequently. It is my goal to still have posts go up every week although I know in reality I may have to cut back on the frequency of my posts. To be transparent with y'all, I would like to teach for a couple of years and then while I'm young, do something related to blogging/social media/PR. I wouldn't have known about any of that had I not started my blog so it is clearly something I value and love doing and I am going to do my very best in order to keep it up. I've been working in the past couple of weeks to build up lists of post ideas that I can rely on as things get busy but know that if a post doesn't go live it's because I will have to prioritize my job and school work over this wonderful hobby. I also want y'all to know that I have no intention of turning my blog into a teaching blog. A lot of my real life friends ask me this and my response is always the same. I started Prep In Your Step as a creative outlet and plan to keep it that way. Yes, I will post about my classroom and outfits I've worn to work but with plenty of other teaching blogs out there I can guarantee you that me posting "insight" on how to teach or what to do as a first year teacher would not be worth your time since I still have so much to learn. 

I hope that answered any questions you may have about what I am up to and I appreciate the opportunities I have to share my life with y'all! If you recently graduated for college I would love to hear what you are up to now! 

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