It’s over and done. I’ve officially submitted my application for the Fulbright to Italy. I guess now it’s just a waiting game.
The language eval was last Thursday, and it was pretty brutal. The evaluator decided to make it all oral, which is by far my challenge. Although I’m pretty good at reading and writing Italian, speaking it requires one to process it so much quicker. She said I did better than she thought I would, considering I haven’t had Italian in 3 years. Also, I can understand a lot more than I bring back out, which she said is rare (and would actually be helpful). However, I’ve been STRONGLY encouraged to get more formal classroom time (to practice speaking), because what I currently have just wouldn’t fly in Italy.
Other than that, my life has been completely consumed by student teaching. I can honestly say I love it, and I haven’t had a day yet where I’ve woken up and have not been excited to go. Although I hate waking up that early, those 21 kids make every day so much fun!
Classes, however, are not making life fun. Besides the action research project I need to conduct, and portfolio I need to put together, I also have to teach 2 university lectures, and put together an entire WEBSITE full of lesson plans, interactive thematic unit, and activities…all of this work on top of regular class reading. Le sigh.
I’ve resigned myself to little sleep, and even less aerobic activity. Oh yeah, and Bally’s is STILL closed.
But, to end on a positive note, we spent the weekend at a wedding for two of our college friends. Gosh I love seeing people who love each other getting hitched. It was way too much fun, and I spent all day Sunday (and perhaps a little on Monday) paying for it! 😀