It's October already! Where the heck did the last two weeks go? I feel as if I've been done in somehow... "Wronged" would be too strong a word, really. Except when we're talking about the mosquitos that moved in a couple of hours ago!
Where did that come from?
(Is it in my contract? I want to see my contract.)
After sleeping off most of yesterday, I got off to a good start today. Not only did I update my iPhone to iOS7, I actually made it outside! At this very moment, I'm sitting in a coffee shop (drinking a cup of coffee for the free wifi) with Andreas and Bernadette – working on my Portfolio! I know, right?
I've decided that my brief episode of narcolepsy was just my body relaxing after two months of stress. I didn't exactly realize just how much stress I was under until now. That's something I will have to prepare myself for, and get used to in the near future. Teaching isn't for sissies. At all.
Before we get to that though, I'm still hoping to do my B.Ed. (Hons) in Language Education next year. I've applied for the HB & MJ Thom Bursary, and am working on other applications for scholarships for next year. My application for the actual program has been acknowledged and is currently being processed. Acceptance into the program is 98% in the bag, so everything depends on wether or not I get funding. Without enough of it, there is no way I will be able to study further. (Yes, I have considered part time studies and full time work – but high school teaching just does not allow for postgraduate studies.)
Driving back into Stellenbosch this morning felt a bit weird. Something akin to Schrodinger's cat – not quite new yet not quite familiar either. It was a bit of déjà vu thrown in reverse and tripped over. Decidedly odd.
I'm glad to be back in Stellies – and ecstatic to be back in my little room with its firm mattress on a solid bed-base. It's good to have some semblance of broadband again, and it is fantastic to be able to work on my iMac again!!
But I will admit to missing my roommates, most of the kids, and the staff. Also the food! Despite anything the scale might say.
It is a little unsettling to have a bit of free time, actually. Perhaps the packed teacher's lifestyle has overwritten some of my prior schema?
Whatever the case may be, I'd better get my act together if I want to get my average up above 75!
Today flew by a lot faster than I would have liked it to.
It was surprising how many staff members asked when they will see me again! On the flip side, it was disappointing how few learners asked the same question – or even said goodbye. (One.)
I guess this is the nature of school visits: we are but fleeting cameos in a foreign tele-novella. Some of us may be slightly more memorable than others – but once the story arc is completed, we're out.
I'm going to miss this school...
Time to head back to my other life.
Mr. Knoetze, out.
And so it came to be that we all made it to the last Thursday of our school visit. Seven of my colleagues rose to the challenge and shone like the brilliant stars they are. One slunk away in the shadows, and one proved himself an ass. Every family has one.
During the free moments in our schedules, each of us bobbed and weaved between our mentors, portfolios in hand, obtaining the necessary signatures and reports necessary to successfully complete this module. It was impressive to see how much we were capable of given our time and resource constraints!
Looking back at our time together, I can honestly say that the good experiences far outweigh the bad ones. The frustrations I had to deal with along the way were definitely legitimate, but the joys both outnumbered and outshone most all of the negative experiences. (Those not outshone, have been pardoned, but not negated.)