I love grad school. I love school really, but grad school has been a whole new ball game of learning and pushing myself. Yea, I'm one of those dorks who loves learning.
Right now I'm mid-way through my 4th grad class. This one is all about integrating reading and writing to further student success and I'm loving it. I love the articles I'm reading, our textbooks, and the conversations I'm having with my classmates. Already I'm coming away with tons of ideas I can use in my classroom and a new understanding about how kids learn to read and write.
Teaching writing has always been an area I felt like I struggled with, but between this class and the new writing curriculum my school is starting in September, I'm really excited to teaching writing this year. That's definitely a first for me.
Each class that I take in my master's program seems to occur at the perfect time for my professional development needs and personal learning goals. It's been really cool. I actually don't mind the workload. Some weeks it can be stressful, but with summer vacation right now, it's been easy to fit in the time to complete my course work. I have a harder time during the school year, but even that is manageable because I put together a work schedule and I'm really good about sticking to it and getting work done on time. In fact, dork that I am, I usually have things passed in 2-4 days early.
While I started working on my masters primarily for the raise that comes with getting it, I'm loving every step of the program and all the things I'm learning that I can use with my students. And now I'll stop, because I'm sure you all think I'm nuts. I'm cool with that.