Friday, 31 December 2010

Happy New Year - What I'm Looking Forward to in 2011

There are four things I'm looking forward to most in 2011

Number One: Final Teaching Placement
I have had a couple of weeks "preparation" time before Christmas to get ready for my final teaching placement... and now it's time for the hard bit to begin! I start teaching on Tuesday and the little reception class I've been working in is completely mine for two months... something that I'm totally excited and ready for, but also just a tad nervous about!

Number Two: The Gambia
In the summer I'm going to be going out to The Gambia to teach in a deprived area of the country and to help transform the school's classrooms. I will be painting the learning resources on the walls so that the children can learn despite the lack of money and books. I've got to do quite a bit of fundraising before I can go though... I need to raise £1000 to get myself out there, buy the paint and materials and donate to the charity (F.R.O.G.S - Friends of Gambian schools). I'm excited about broadening my horizons, experiencing a culture that is greatly different to my own and giving a little something back too.

Number Three: Graduating!
After what seems like three long years, I'm finally in my fourth and final year of university... with a few new and wonderful friends, some more life experience, stress, laughter, shopping, not to mention considerable debt, I am so excited about graduating. Fingers crossed I'll keep it all on track, (hopefully) I'll get a first, and come out of my final teaching placement with good grades. Which brings me to the next thing I'm looking forward to in 2011.......

Number Four: Getting My First Teaching Post
It's all starting to feel very real, very exciting... and very scary! I'm so very excited about getting my first job in teaching. I can't wait to have my very own class and get paid for doing something that I love. However, before all that can start, I've got to actually get a job first! Which means lots of application forms and, hopefully, interviews... eek... But it will all be worth it!

What are you looking forward to most in 2011????


Unknown said...

Weekend escapes mainly. I need to travel more :)

daisychain said...

Wow you have a big year ahead! For me I'm most looking forward to starting work again!

Oh, My Darling said...

Ooh, what a great list of things to look forward to in 2011! I'm looking forward to the next step in my career/education, plus lots of fun and adventures in my personal life!