I really wish I was better at coming up with more catchy, creative titles, but there you have it. I. Am. Done!
You should know by now that literacy is important to me, so I earned my Masters in Reading and Language Arts with a Reading Specialist endorsement from Oakland University. Thankfully I discovered their cohort program located in town so I didn’t have to make the drive to Oakland’s campus (it’s about a 35-40 minute drive in good conditions). Thanks to the cohort, I completed my degree in two years! It’s been a long two years, but I’m so happy I didn’t drag it out.
I’ve honestly had mixed feelings about this program because it’s so elementary focused and I know I really don’t want to work at that level. I love my high school students, so I know if I ever use my degree (meaning if I choose to leave the classroom) I’ll want to work with secondary students and teachers. Regardless of that, I’m still thankful for the knowledge base I now have since it’s given me a broader view of what my students are learning before they reach me. Plus, elementary school teachers really deserve a round of applause because their plates are full! It’s like that at all levels of teaching, but I really had no idea how much elementary teachers are responsible for.
As stressful as the end of this program has been, I’m really happy that I participated in the reading clinic instead of writing a thesis. I really don’t think testing students is for me, but I’m thankful for the experience because I now have an important assessment to fall back on when I’m questioning a student’s reading ability. The clinic itself was a rewarding experience because I saw growth and improvement in my student. I can’t say there was tremendous growth since I only worked with him for a couple weeks, but I watched him grow more confident in his reading ability, watched his spelling improve, and watched him become more aware of himself as a reader. I taught him important reading strategies that I know he’ll need when he enters sixth grade this fall. I encouraged him to keep writing after discovering that not only is he a good writer, but that he enjoys writing. I hope the report I wrote about his test data and the work we did in the clinic finds its way to his teachers this fall. He’s a really smart boy and will become a stronger reader if he continues to get the proper instruction.
Another plus to this Masters program is the teachers I got to know and work with. All of us in this cohort got along really well and helped one another all the time. Their students this fall and in the future are lucky to have them as teachers 🙂
As great as this program has been, I am SO HAPPY to be DONE! I haven’t been able to relax this summer, so I’m planning on doing a lot of relaxing over the last couple weeks of vacation. I desperately want time to read. My summer reading has been down right pathetic which makes me incredibly sad. There are so many books I want to read this summer that I have no idea where to start. I’m looking forward to having more time for blogging as well. I hate that I didn’t have time to blog this past week, especially since I was on a roll (at least it was my definition of being on a roll). Thank you for being patient with me and my lack of activity here and other places.
Keith and I are celebrating tonight with my best friend and her husband by going to a nice restaurant for dinner. I think we’re doing the same thing this weekend with our parents. And the best part?! Keith and I just planned our trip to Chicago next month to celebrate my degree! It’s going to be a long weekend getaway and I can’t wait.
Thanks for reading this post and celebrating with me! I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders knowing that I’m DONE.