Post # 1
Just wondering if anyone went through student teaching while planning their wedding. I’m doing it the semester after next (Spring 2013) and I have no idea what to expect. I’m also going to be working part-time. So does planning and preparing everything completely take over your life? Will I have time to get the final details of my wedding together? (My last day of classes is at the end of April; I’ll have at least 18 days to work out final wedding details!)
Post # 3
@IngridS: It really depends on your college, placement, and mentor teacher. My student teaching experience was AWFUL, but I also was told by several professionals (professors and other teachers) that my mentor teacher did not play the role that she was supposed to. At best, I would be prepared to be very busy and very tired!
Post # 4
@peaches13: Haha yeah, I agree completely that can happen. Last semester we had to be involved in local high schools helping out our mentor teacher and mine was awful and unhelpful to me as well. I suppose you’re right it definitely depends on the placement!
Post # 5
I did, it was fine…stressful, but fine. Those 18 days will be busy, I did the same thing: wedding plan like crazy at the end. The truth about student teaching, and year one of teaching, is that you HAVE to make time for yourself. If you enjoy the wedding planning like I did, the planning time is your “you” time and it is just fine 🙂
Post # 6
I did. In my program, we student teach every year (except freshman year). We don’t do the full-time 5 days a week until our senior year, but I planned throughout my junior year where I was student teaching 2 days a week plus a full course load of classes. It was stressful but doable!
Post # 7
I was wondering the same thing! I’m starting an intensive 12-month Masters program in teaching at the end of the month… it involces 20-30 hrs of student teaching/wk for the Fall semester and 30-40 hrs/wk in the Spring, plus night classes. AND I’m expecting a proposal any day… we were originally talking about a December wedding between semesters, but now I think I’m crazy to plan anything until after the program is over. How did you decide when to schedule your wedding?
Post # 8
In all fairness, I had two years to plan the wedding 🙂 We decided to plan on getting married right after I would finish my program. With that being said, our program was set up so that we observed and taught a little before our school year started for 1 month, took classes in the fall, student taught winter term and then took spring classes. I’d taken some classes the summer before to make my spring term easier, and I was looking forward to a last quarter of school, working out and wedding planning…but then my cooperating teacher found out that they were adopting a baby and I stayed on and got my emergency sub license..and finished my Master’s Degree via distance. It was really crazy and it was stressful, but it all worked out and we had a beautiful wedding chock full of diy.
Post # 9
Thanks everyone for responding. I agree it definitely helps to have a lot of time to plan; we’ve been engaged since last February and we’re trying to get as much done this summer as possible. This way, all we’ll have to worry about is the smaller details that I can work out over the weekends.
@Evie: That is really crazy, I hope you aren’t working, too! After that semester of student teaching, I’m done with school, so I chose May because I wanted a summer wedding and I can have a bit of time off before I start madly looking for a job! Maybe you should wait until summer, too, that way you can plan over winter break?
Post # 10
Oh hunny good luck! I just finished my 700 hours of internship for my masters in school counseling. I’m not going to sugar coat it…I’ve been crazy busy and stressed. I’m getting married in 32 days so I have a little bit of down time.
Good luck! I know that it will all be worth the hard work and stress!
Post # 11
Yes – I did. I got engaged in October and our wedding was February (4 month engagement) and I was student teaching while working as an assistant teacher in a rigorous program for children with dyslexia, plus taking other classes. Every other semester I took 18 credits though, and this semester was only 15 so that helped a little. It was difficult, I’ll be honest. I had to focus on my job 8 hours a day and then come home and focus on wedding planning and then somewhere in there I was supposed to be showing up for night classes until 10 PM, doing homework and essays and getting enough sleep to get it all done? I’m thankful I only had to do it until January, which was when I took my finals and graduated. So I did have some school-stress-free weeks leading right up to the wedding. You can definitely do it but it will be tough and you do need a support system helping you. For me it was my mom. I just remembered, this doesn’t even mention any wedding planning stress from family and finances and that my husband and I were long distance until December when he moved down – I gotta say, my reward for getting through the engagement was being married to this amazing man. The reward of getting through will be worth it.
Post # 12
I have a feeling this is what it’s going to be like for me. I’m starting my master’s this fall and will be T/Aing all 3 years …. there’s a good chance I’ll be Wedding Planning for the last 2 and getting married shortly after graduating. I may be asking for coping mechanisms when it comes time.
Post # 13
Your post made me smile! It’s exactly what my life has been like! I just finished my student teaching and finally graduated after 10 years of working toward my BS in Education! Over the last 16 weeks I spent more time lesson planning than wedding planning! This was my daily schedule:
9:30 home = dinner, homework, SLEEP!
Student teaching was exausting and time consuming, but very rewarding so take it all in – the good, the bad and the evil! 🙂
I’m not going to lie, I did VERY LITTLE wedding planning (if at all) during my student teaching. I graduated May 19 and I’m getting married July 21. I have a little more time than 18 days between the 2 major life events but I still feel very overwhelmed to get everythng done in time. The major stuff is already done, now I’m just working on details that will add to our big day.
It can be done, but you must be able to manage your time very effectively! (Which you should do anyways during your student teaching! Avoid facebook and pinterest!) I would also recommend getting an early start on planning so you don’t overwhelm yourself while teaching.
It can be done, it’s not easy but do-able. But I assume, the fact that you will student teach says a lot about you!
Good luck with everything!