Tuesday, 7 August 2012

I'm a Student!

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!



Janelle said...

Congratulations! It's an exciting feeling to know that you're about to further your education. I'm sure you and the family will find a groove and adapt to it.
I've been pondering further study myself, but with a toddler, a mortgage, an almost-full-time job which is necessary thanks to the mortgage, and an inkling that a second child may be in the cards for next year, it just seems so hard :(

Psych Babbler said...

Congrats! That's great news that you are studying! We need more people like you in education!!

Becci said...

Good on you. The teacher's aides at our school are invaluable (secondary ESL school) and we are always looking for help. Good luck with your studies and well done in making your decision so quickly, I've been trying to decide for years but the full time secretarial job is in the way!

Renee | About a Bugg said...

Congratulations on taking such a big step! It might be difficult at times, but it will be over and done with quickly in the scheme of things and will add much to you and your family!

Leanne said...

That's fantastic news!! You go girl

Anna said...

Congratulations on going back to study! Wishing you all the best with it!!

E. said...

Thanks everyone. I only hope I can do all your support justice. I have finished 3 of my units so that's a relief.


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