I know I am in a very privileged position as someone who is already working in the field that I will be studying for. Although I am a library technician, my boss has continued to be one of my biggest champions when it comes to doing this course. Apart from encouraging me to apply for the course and make me realise that I haven’t released my full potential when it comes to work, there are a few extra things I am having access too.
As previously mentioned he said I could use any of the resources in the library that I can borrow and read, as well as
having the teachers I can talk with and ask questions. It came up on my first day that as well as spending time in the classroom that I should come to the staff meetings that are on a Wednesday. Most of the staff meetings on a Wednesday are professional development days and most of them focus on English and Maths. I will go into my units of study next week when they are released online. He said by coming to the PD’s I will be getting current real-time practices in the profession as well as being able to get examples that can translate to some of my assignments. Then he introduced me to the new mathematics leader who started this year and he said I can come to him with any questions. He pointed out that it will be interesting to see whether what they are teaching at my uni lines up with what the current trends are in school. I then got confused with two acronyms PD and PLT (Professional Learning Teams), but that turned out to be a good mix-up because when they are doing a PLT meeting, I can sit in and watch what happens within these meetings.
All this combined with if I need a study space that is familiar I can go to work with the purpose of studying in a professional setting.
All in all, I think that it is going to be an amazing year.
From Monday the school holidays for Victoria were over, nearly 6 weeks of summer holidays gone. So to mark the occasion I thought I would tell you which Hogwarts house I am in. I wouldn’t consider myself a ‘Potterhead’ however; I totally subscribe to being sorted into Ravenclaw by the Sorting Hat.
Recently I did this test with my sister to see whether she was sorted into the house I thought she would be put in,
Hufflepuff, she was in fact sorted into Gryffindor but only marginally though. She then asked me what house was I sorted into. When I told her Ravenclaw’s and they are commonly known as the nerds of Hogwarts who like reading and study. She laughed and said, ‘That’s about right.’ and in fact she is right.
These are the traits of a Ravenclaw House and how they are embedded in me:
Intelligence – there is no way to get around this topic with not trying to be humble. Yet I want to point out that it took a long time for me to actually believe what people have been telling me all along. It is only recently that I have been able to start accepting my intelligence because for so many years I thought they were just being nice to me, because they felt sorry for me because of my disability.
Wit – As an Australian comedian, Adam Hills said once, ‘… disabled people have the sickest sense of humour.’ this is true even of me. Also, I have a very wide spectrum of what I find funny, like everybody I have my tastes in what I lean more toward, however; I approach comedy the same as I approach food, you don’t know whether you like it until you try it.
Wisdom – Being an active audience member and for two years participant of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, I learnt a few tricks of the festival. I and my friends have been attending it for 10 years including this year, and we have perfected the art of how someone who is abled body to the festival, but we have hacked how a crip can do it.
Creativity – Having a disability which limits my physical body and capabilities means that I have had to be creative when it comes to some tasks. I am still learning when it comes to improving the efficiency in my life but know what will work and not when it comes to working with my body.
Originality and Individuality – I have grouped these two together because although not the same, they are closely linked in my case. For starters, I do not know of anyone in the world with a heart condition and has had ALL of the defects that I have. I have seen stories of babies who have had one or two of the same, but not all five defects that I have and survived. So speaking in medical terms, I am a first edition never to be repeated, original one of a kind. As for being an individual, well so is everyone in the world. All 7+ billion of us are unique.
Acceptance – I have recently turned 30 and it isn’t until now that I have fully accepted myself for who I am. I was not the first to be bullied, and I certianly will not be the last. I know though that things do get better and that who you are in school is not who you will end up being as an adult. For example, when I finished Grade 6 I didn’t go to the last day. I had just finished the worst year in what had been a mostly terrible time at school. Being the student that had no friends, surgeries that intrupted school and in the final year being bullied by both students in my class and my class teacher – I was glad to get out of there and never enter a school again. Now, 18 years later I work at a primary school (grade 6 is the last year of primary school in Australia) and I am beginning my teaching degree. All this because I finally accepted who I was and that finally people saw past the things I was being judged on in primary school.
This year I set my reading goal on Goodreads at 20 this year, last year I set to 30 and although I am pretty sure that I will read at least 30, I am lowering my goal. This is because of university. I know that reading is going to become a huge part of my life; however, I am aware that because I will be doing a lot of academic reading and that my ‘pleasure reading’ may be limited.
So this year I am going to take my reading slower and enjoy the process. Now that isn’t saying that all those years I have been reading that I haven’t enjoyed it; however, I usually am trying to finish it quickly so I can get onto the next one. My goal this year is to enjoy each book in its entirety.
I am studying full time and that equates to 40 hours a week study.
Since I got accepted into the course it has got me thinking about my study habits and how I have gotten better over the years; however, I know because I am going from a tafe level of study to a university level of study. Tafe, for those of you who don’t, is a more hands-on university. I know that over the years as I matured and gained experience studying in different environments which influence why I think I will be able to cope with this course.
Over the years I have lived and studied in a residential boarding house sharing with 55 other people that had a community environment. Also, I have been in an apartment and a house, sharing it with one other person and finally I have been living on my own in 2 different apartments in student sharehouses. This time I will be studying and living in my own house, on my own with the only other live thing that is living with me is my cat. It is through all these living experiences that I discovered one thing about myself – I like it when I have my own space and have a cat to talk to and snuggle. Now, there where other factors that brought me to these conclusions but I am focusing on the study aspect of the equation.
I have tried having an office to study in, but like a lot of research suggests, I get distracted easily like a lot of people. This is nothing new I am aware; however, because I am going to a minimal assignment and readings to a 13-week structured syllabus with lectures and readings every week, that I need to try something different for this. So below is my study space and I will point out why I have such things.
I have a cup for my tea which is not my usual cup because I want to condition myself that when I am drinking out of that cup – I am studying. I have a stand for my iPad which will also double as a textbook stand when I need it. For practical annoyance, I have a stress ball which is an apple and to remind me of why I am learning to be a teacher I have Bert and Ernie because Jim Henson is awesome and Sesame Street is how I began to learn. I have photos of all my friends who are also my inspiration and remind me of the rewards I have for studying because during my mid-semester break I go on my annual trip to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and hang out with them. Finally, on my bookshelf, I have my textbooks for study, pen holders with pens, folders and a pencil case that holds highlighters and other stuff. Finally, there is a box that holds supplies for my planner that I use to organise myself. I will do another post on my organisational method in another post.