Post # 1
Hi Teacher Bees,
I’m hoping someone can relate or give me some advise. I planned my wedding right smack dab in the middle of my student teaching– November 12, 2011. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a lot of options, as my Fiance works for a large agriculture company and is restricted during the spring, summer, and fall months. But then, I also always wanted a romantic evening wedding and November fits the bill. I could have waited until February or early March, but the Fiance didn’t want to wait that long. We aren’t taking a honeymoon until sometime in 2012, so that isn’t an issue. I’m just worried about the stress of it all!
Can someone help me understand what I’ve gotten myself into? I’m going to be a MS or secondary English teacher, so my work load will, I believe, be heavier due to the reading/writing nature of my content area. Furthermore, will I be allowed a few days off before the wedding?
Break it to me gently :o/…
Post # 3
First of all, let me congratulate you on the fact that you will soon be a certified teacher! I am currently in my first year of teaching 9th grade English, and I went through my student teaching during the spring 2010 semester, so it is very fresh in my mind. I’m not going to lie to you: the semester of your student teaching will be sprinkled with crying, frustration, and hard work, and you are definitely going to be overwhelmed at times. If you do a good job, you will feel accomplished and ready to enter the classroom on your own, but you definitely lose your social life during your internship.
That said, a very good friend of mine got married this November during her first year of teaching. She said it was very stressful, but she did as many preparations as she could over the summer. She did a lot of DIY stuff in the summer months, got her dress, etc., so there was hardly anything she had to actually do in November.
One thing I would look into is your school’s policy regarding absences during your student teaching. The university I attended required us to make up all days missed, regardless of the reason. We were supposed to be done with our internships in mid-May, but any days that were missed by the intern were tacked onto the end of his or her internship.
Hope this helped! It will be okay; just don’t leave figuring out details until the last minute, and talk to someone in the College of Education at your university who can give you definite answers regarding absences and give you advice as to how to make this work. Make your situation seem very dire and they’ll be more likely to help you. 😉
Post # 4
I would just recommend getting as much done before you enter your student teaching semester. I’m beginning my student teaching in January (Secondary English too!) with a wedding in June. I have been very proactive about getting things done early so that I could concentrate on school until May. Some people have made comments and wondered why I’m so concerned with little details with a wedding next summer, but I know it’s going to be worth it when the time comes. Good luck, you’ll be fine!
Post # 5
congratulations on soon becoming a teacher!! oh, and congrats on the wedding, too 🙂 i’m finishing my first year of college to become a teacher. i have friends who teach and one who got married right after her student teaching. just plan ahead! get your projects done early so you can focus on the classroom. and don’t be afraid to delegate. you have bridesmaids, parents, friends, etc, plus that fiance of yours 🙂 i’m sure everyone will be willing to help you! good luck!!
Post # 6
Congrats on planning your wedding AND getting closer to being a certified teacher! I too am a first year kindergarten teacher and completed my student teaching in the Spring of 2010. It was by far the most difficult semester for me. However, after putting all of my focus on student teaching and earning great recommendations, having my own classroom feels like a breeze (well, most days :)).
I would suggest you do as much planning and preparation before your student teaching. The most difficult task for me was teaching all day and then at night completing the time consuming school work that came along with my teaching certification. This left very little time for my Fiance, friends, and doing ANYTHING outside of school.
As brideatbeach mentioned, I would check with your university to see their policy on missing any school days. I am sure they will be able to work something out with you. Congratulations and enjoy planning as much as you can before student teaching! 🙂
Post # 7
I teach HS English and yes, it’s going to be crazy. If there is anyway to push back to either Thanksgiving or Christmas it would help a ton! Although schools are sometimes more strict about taking days off surrounding holidays. I would also be smart about lesson plans…no essays or big projects due right before the wedding.
Get a wedding planner and don’t get caught up in the details…most of them don’t really matter. It will be hard to fit in a lot of appointments so even finalizing flowers before school starts would be helpful.
How many periods do you teach for your program?
Post # 8
Congrats on becoming a certified teacher! When I was student teaching they allowed a certain number of days you could miss before you had to make the days up after graduation. Talk to your college coordinator and see if you can work something out. I will say, student teaching was a lot of work, but very rewarding. I student taught in both 2nd and 4th grades, and 4th grade was a lot of grading where the lower grade was more planning and creating hands on activities. I imagaine that an English class would be a lot of work, but I’m sure you’ll do great!
Post # 9
I think that since you have plenty of time you should be ok. I would definitely limit any DIY projects and don’t plan on doing anything DIY once student teaching starts. Try to get as much as possible done before the school year starts. Even as a regular classroom teacher it can be really challenging to balance school and wedding. Also, it is very unlikely that you will be able to miss any days, especially since your wedding date is right around the time you will be teaching a full class load.