So Finished

17May15

It’s over. I’m done. I said I’d never do it again, but I did and now I’ve finished it.

I went back to school for my masters in education. I’m glad I did, but I have zero interest in going further. I’m never doing this again. I meant it when I said it before, but now I really, really mean it.

I went one night per week for two years. That one night was a very long night – 4:30 to 9:15 and I tried to arrive by 4pm. It made teaching the next day seem super-long because I started the day tired. Couple that with my stupidly long commute and I was a zombie by bedtime.

It was a ton of work and the work got absolutely ridiculous at the end. I’m just trying to catch my breath as I catch up on all the things I deferred while I was finishing my program. Little things like grading student work, home maintenance, spending quality time with my uber-supportive wife.

Was it worth it?

Well, yes but I didn’t really have a choice. I went because I had too – it’s a requirement of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Education.

But, I did get a lot out of it. I learned a lot about teaching and learning. I learned about teaching reading, special ed, and english language learners. I feel like I just scratched the surface for most of the subject matter but, at least I have an idea of what I don’t know and where to go when I need to learn more.

I owe a lot of thank yous to a lot of people. Thanks to my friends and my kids for being so supportive. I appreciate all the encouragement.000004407014_Large

Thank you to the men and women in my cohort at AIC. We were a good group and I hope we stay in touch. I learned as much from you than I did our professors (and in some cases a LOT more).

I am thankful that my current and former schools were supportive of my classwork. They let me leave early to attend class, and use my students as guinea pigs. Thank you to Ed Crowley for taking my crew every Tuesday.

Most importantly, I owe a debt of gratitude to my wife who put up with my stressed-out face, early bed times and long hours locked in my office doing papers, projects, sample lessons and a seemingly unending list of other homeworkie things.

Thank you all – I could not have done it alone.

Today is my graduation day. Time to celebrate

Flip the tassel, I’m done!

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