Tuesday, January 09, 2007

It's back to school for me!

And not just to my classroom to teach. I am actually going back to school as a student again. Although I have been teaching English for nine years and have a minor in it, I am not considered highly qualified under the No Child Left Behind act. So I am taking a few more college courses in English to get a major equivalent in English (which will get me highly qualified). After that, I plan on taking a few more classes to have a double major on paper.

Even though I teach English, I've been a bit nervous about taking a class. I haven't played the role of a student in quite a while. I'm not used to writing papers, taking tests, studying, reading assigned material. I'm used to having students do that for me! It will be an adventure.

As I went to sign up for my first class, I had a list of three choices. I need classes that work with Mark's school schedule, my work, and Camden, so my list consisted of three online classes. I told Mark I would really like the first two choices, but that I was really hoping the third class wouldn't happen since it is British literature and I'm not super fond of that. As luck would have it, guess which class is the only one I could take? Yup, British lit. And it got better from there. I then told Mark that I could handle it as long as it wasn't lit from the Middle Ages. Later that night, I looked up my book for the class. Guess what? Yup, it was British lit from the Middle Ages. My worst English nightmare.

Luckily, after looking around and playing with it, I found a class that was a little better. It's still British lit, but the more modern kind. I'm jumping in with both feet this week. Anybody out there a lover of British lit? I may be coming to you for help.

12 comments:

Jane said...

Hi,
Sorry I am no expert in Brit Lit. But I can sympathize with you. When I moved to CA I had passed the NTA (National Teachers Exam) and was one credit shy of having my masters +30. Not good enough for CA. I have spent the last 3 years taking tons of classes and many tests. The worst was the CSET exam. I literally sat down at 7am and did not get back up until 3pm. No lunch. No pee. No snack. No stretch. Just test. I could hardly stand I was so stiff! When I got to my car I burst into tears I was that worn out. And the money spent on all these classes and tests dont get me started! I still have one class to take...computers 2. Did I mention that my masters is in Ed tech? Doesn't matter! Good luck with the online class!

Dawnyel said...

Good luck! :) You'll do marvelously!

Lynanne said...

Ugh...another thing that's wrong with No Child Left behind...sigh.

Now, don't you find it odd that the people who will be teaching your COLLEGE classes have no certification and in many cases, no teaching experience whatsoever? Yet, they feel a highly qualified and experienced teacher such as yourself needs more on paper?

Good luck on the class! I found that sometimes the subjects that I hated the most ended up being my best classes.

Sara said...

I LOVE British Lit, so you know you can come to me ;)

I'm so jealous though! Of course I do love taking classes in a class and not online :P

Lee said...

Good Luck! I would fail miserabley. You will do awesome!

Nikkie said...

welcome back to the the fun of papers and exams! I'm sure you'll do fine. I have no love for British lit, or any other sort of lit classes really. I hate discussing meanings of the stories!

Goslyn said...

I like Brit Lit too - espeically when I was studying it in England! Let me know if you need help with anything.

Heather said...

Oh good luck, girlie. It will be so fun. You'll love it.

JD said...

OH you will do great!
I am inspired and will be breastfeeding and taking classes this summer. I want that piece of paper that says DEGREE!!

QueenMeadow said...

I'm also taking an English class, though its not British Lit. It is a big nightmare for me though cause I suck at research papers and the whole purpose to this class is a 12-18 page research paper!!! eek.

I hope it ends up being more fun than you expect.

MelnHead said...

yuck!!!!! I do not, so do not, like Brit lit- at all. I admire you for taking it on purpose. *grin*

Enjoy!!!! And have loads of fun!

Belladonna said...

I just finished taking a college writing course - from the context of having taught undergraduate courses in sociology since 1999. It was quite the experience to go back to being a student after years of being a teacher. I don't know that my writing will be any improved, but I know my teaching will be. I have a whole new appreciation for giving clear directions about expectations and appropriate feedback on assignments.