I know....I know...it's already August. So why am I writing about the end of school? Well, in this case, I'm talking about graduate school. Two summers ago, I decided to start my Masters in ESL. I remember looking at the course list back then and wondering how I would ever make it through all those courses while teaching full time. And yet here I am, two years later and finishing up with my last course and wondering where all the time has gone.
Truth be told, I'm not completely done yet. I still have to write my final capstone paper...and that will probably take another year. But all of my classes are officially done and I'm left feeling a little bittersweet. I'm excited to have a bit more free time - time to spend with my husband and my family and time to finally make a bigger dent on the reading list that has been piling up over the last few months.
But I'm also sad to be losing the constant connection with other EL teachers in the field. Having the chance to meet regularly to learn and share with colleagues has been an invaluable experience. For EL teachers in low-incidence schools, coursework and conferences are some of the few places to really connect with other EL teachers. This is one reason I am excited to become more involved with social media.
I am hopeful that the connections I am building through Twitter and blogging will be a big step towards building a network of colleagues so that school never has to be out for good.