I start back at school in January. This month has me at a couple of lecture days and there is a week of full time in December; but the work will really kick in from January through June.
This is a crazy hoop I am jumping. My professional board (that is only important if you are working here in Canada, and possibly within North America) has outlined 12 course credits it requires along with a 6 week practicum to ensure that I am “up to snuff” to teach in BC. Sadly, there is no actual way to meet all of these, and only these, requirements. I can do the courses online, part time in a university (the 3 schools I spoke to suggested that it would be a miracle to actually get into those specific classes and not be IN their program already-I am not), but I have not found a means to complete a practicum that fulfills the requirements of the regulation board.
I did find that UBC has an updating program for teachers within their Education Department. It is a 30 credit diploma program, with a 10 week practicum contained within 6 months. It is intensive, and will tick my boxes. I have accepted this is what I need to do if I ever wish to teach in my home country again. That there is no flexibility, or true ability, to get the education the regulation board requires only infuriates my husband.
I am excited and anxious to begin this journey. It feels like it has been a long time coming. Will my brain respond to the olympic training it is about to endure? Will I need to modify my expectations of myself? I was a good student in university; what will my learning/performance/creativity/production/participation look like this time around? Will I manage to curb my sarcasm, dry humour and cynicism around my much younger teacher candidates. Ah, hell, I am game. Let’s go!