In my last post I was tossing up whether I should enrol in a Certificate IV in Education Support as a Full time or Part time student. I had 48 hours to decide and I was worried about the work load and the effect on my family.I'm not sure that 48 hours was enough time but I have bitten the bullet and am now a full time student. Thankfully, the full time load doesn't seem to be too arduous at least at the moment. I have to attend 3 days a week for this semester (so Terms 3 and 4) and get a first aid certificate in my own time. During Term 4 i will also have to spend 60 hours practical work experience in a school following an LSA around and at some point get observed by one of my teachers.
I need to nominate 3 schools for my teacher to contact and tee up my practical work experience. I'm tossing up where I want to do my contact hours. Should I go to Girl Child's school, where I already help out (although on a smaller scale for the rest of the year), somewhere else so if I do well I can get my name out there? Do I want to focus on a Learning Support Unit, or Learning Support Centre (Units have students part time whereas Centres are full time), or a school with an Autism specific Centre? Then there's the special schools as well.
Because I missed the first week and a bit, I missed 8 classes that i have to catch up on. As well I have assignments. Thankfully, there aren't many of them.
How's the family taking me studying? Mr E. is sending me to bed early and offering to cook more frequently - both of which are great. Boy Child? Well my week of studying hasn't really affected him so far. Not that I really expected it too. Girl Child? Well, she has always been quite emotional. She is more emotional than usual. She has offered to help with my homework and has made a chart of what activities we (the family) should be doing and when. I think my studying will effect her the most. I need to ensure that we spend some quality time together.
Wish me luck!