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Friday, August 29, 2008

Two Weeks in...

I've survived! I have officially made it a whole two weeks into my teaching experience. Honestly, it's been pretty fun. I'm fairly sure I'm doing something I won't mind continuing for awhile as a career. I don't yet think that teaching is the worst thing I could have ever chosen to do, and I don't suspect that I will anytime soon.

Some great things:

First, teaching physics has been just about my favorite thing about teaching. You know why I like it? Because I can see them thinking. I can empathize with the process they're going through to comprehend the same things, and I can see the look of understanding on their faces when the concept finally dawns on them. The last thing is definitely the most fun. I love when someone says, "Oh! I get it!" Especially after I've been working with them for a bit before it happens. Then, I love seeing them explaining it to their friends, and seeing them get it. It's like a whole bunch of lights being turned on in a sequence.

After physics, Astronomy is probably my favorite thing to teach. The class is fun, but they still work, and the subject is really interesting, so I don't mind studying it to teach it later. The textbook defines astronomy as the study of the Universe. It defines Universe as "The entirety of matter, space, energy, and time." Occasionally I stop and tell some side story that has little to do with what we're actually studying at the time, but I always relate it back to the fact that Astronomy is the study of...well...EVERYTHING. It's nice that it's low-key, and there aren't any end of year tests to worry about.

Meteorology is a bit of a challenge...mostly because I don't really enjoy knowing everything about it. The weather is something that I really like to know about...insofar as it will effect my life. The fact that I don't love the subject makes it slightly more difficult for me to be as into it. I need to work on it, and make class more entertaining for myself as well as the students. Hopefully, that'll work out.

Overall, it's been great. I'm so tired when I get home at night, but Nate's been fantastic. He cooks! He cleans! He gives me back massages! He's patient with me even when I fall asleep while he's talking to me. I got me a good man, I tell you what.


  1. Wow, I never thought of astronomy as the study of EVERYTHING. Cool. Glad your first 2 weeks went well, mine were pretty good too.

  2. I always knew that you would make a great teacher!

  3. oh, I wish I was in your classes!! I'm sure you're doing an incredible job! And I'm so glad you're enjoying it!!!

    Best of luck in the coming days! Been missing you and your cohorts duing this RA training/check-in time!