The short answer is: yes. The long answer is something a little closer to sure, if you’re really good at time management and don’t require sleep.
Week 3 of the CELTA has brought with it a lot of routine. The daily schedule has become as consistent as the inevitable stress that accompanies it. Breakfast, coffee, lesson planning, essay writing, class, lesson prep, teaching, dinner, exhaustion.
But I decided that since my life does not end in 5 days when the course does, and I’d like some semblance of a life to exist after that, I might as well start making some friends now. And it’s been pretty successful thus far. But it has made for a completely packed schedule, hanging out with new friends in the time slot previously allotted for rest and study. And somehow I’m still keeping it together through this final week. Tiny miracles.
I’ve found that the Celta is a lot easier for our group because there are so few of us, which means less time observing other teachers and more personalized time for lesson prep and feedback. One of the six dropped out this week, reducing our numbers to five (While we’ve been managing without too much trouble, we’ve learned the Celta certainly isn’t for everyone).
This weekend my classmate D’Jeane and I scheduled the entire day off on Saturday, which is something that hasn’t happened since the course began. We decided to spend the whole day not even talking about school. And it was beautiful.
We lounged at the pool, underwent a lengthy cross-town search for cross stitching supplies (which was a success) and had pancakes and burritos for brunch with some of our friends. I’m not sure how we’ve managed it but we’re surviving this course while maintaining a sense of normalcy in our incredibly hectic lives here.
Week 3, like the rest of the course, has been incredibly busy. But it’s been good, and hasn’t gotten in the way of some fun times with great people.
So that’s week 3. I’m a little late in posting for no good reason other than that I just excel at procrastinating. It’s day 2 of week 4 already, and the course will end in a couple of days. Two more teaching practices and then I’ll somehow be considered a real English teacher. Here’s hopin.