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Thursday, August 29, 2013

First Week of Grad School

Where do I begin? I'm sitting here trying to gather my thoughts into some sort of order and the first thing that pops in my head is I have to read at least 89 journal articles over the course of the semester. That's not counting research on other papers. So I think the best place to start is the beginning...


Tommy had a friend spend the night Sunday night so I crammed three boys into my Mustang to take them off to school and get into UofM to my grad assistant office. This is my long day - no classes, just G.A. stuff. I went to the library at lunch to do a bit of reading and couldn't resist an Einstein Bros frozen pumpkin pie something-or-other drink. 


First day of class! G.A. stuff in the morning and then my first class: Psych Ed Assessment I. This is the where-the-rubber-meets-the-road class. If I make it through this one, the road is a bit easier the rest of the way. Thirteen administrations of around seven different tests over the course of the semester - testing and writing up the reports. Also, we're doing weekly reading logs and we got half a batch of test booklets and the rest I purchased at the office. So already on day one I've got a buttload of papers on my hands. 


G.A. stuff in the morning, lab for an hour (that goes along with Psych Ed Assessment), and my next class: Intro to School Psych. In the lab, we each got two bags of test kits, along with a reminder of just how much these things cost so please keep up with them if you don't want to pay for them. You break it, you buy it. And more paperwork. And a little bit of math which succeeded in confusing everyone. 

My Intro to School Psych class? We're reading 40 journal articles over the course of the semester, doing a summary on a couple of Who's Who and Who Was Who folks in the school psychology field, and doing a project on a certain topic. My topic happened to have the longest presentation time which I found out today. By the time I get done researching and all that wonderful stuff, I get to stand in front of the class towards the end of the semester and give an hour-and-a-half presentation. Yeah. AN HOUR AND A HALF. Oh yeah, and I got an expanded folder filled with research for that. So my car looked like this that afternoon:

Which prompted me to buy this:


Developmental Psych! This one involves 49 journal readings with reflective summaries of each and about three papers. Then I have my G.A. stuff. 


Right now they're free, but that's fixing to change as we've got another project to do each week for my Intro to School Psych class. BUT, we got to eat cake and cookies and we got coffee and I was nice and sugared up for the afternoon. 

That pretty much sums up my first week of grad school. It's past my bedtime and I'm beyond sleepy, but I wanted to post a little something about my first week. I'm sure I'll think of some funny stuff that happened to add later. Speaking of funny stuff, I do have a little thing to add. So for the last month and a half, we've had a gaggle/group/gang of turkeys roaming around our little spot and I posted a video of them one morning. They were on our driveway and I startled them when I drove up. They forgot they could fly and the result was just hilarious: 

Life in the country.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Wrapping Up The Week

No matter how hold I get, I will never tire of buying school supplies. Of course, by the time high school rolls around, there really isn't much to buy, but kiddo did bring home a list of a few things his teachers expected them to have and I jumped on it. 

Yup. School has started back up in Memphis and this year is a little different. We're all under the Unified School District. No more Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools. We're under the same umbrella. The jury is still out on how this is going to work and there are still a few kinks. One being the transportation issue. I don't know about other schools, but with my son's school there are some new folks coming in which means new bus routes need to be mapped out which takes time. I'm hoping they get it ironed out by the end of next week, but it really isn't a big deal dropping him and his friend off at school. They have the student drop-off line pretty well organized even with the loads of folks coming in and out. This time next year all the what we used to call the Shelby County Schools will probably have their own districts which will throw the bus schedules in turmoil again so my personal view is to not get too bent out of shape over this year's. There will be plenty more bus schedule woes to fret about next year.

This was my first full week at my GA position as well and I'm going to love it. I'm working with a good group of folks. The atmosphere is laid back, but professional. And the dress is business casual which is kind of fun after spending four years of my undergraduate stint dressed in t-shirts and yoga pants. I'm starting to learn a lot so the next three years will be interesting.

The end of summer is looming! Soon it will be time for sweaters, cook-outs next to the fire, and football. We've really enjoyed our summer this year. After the move, it was relaxing getting re-used to country life again - riding four-wheelers, hanging clothes out on the line, regularly seeing deer and turkeys in our yard and hearing the owls hoot at night. I think I'm a city girl now. I enjoy having things close and I like being able to enjoy the Memphis downtown life. But for now, I'll enjoy the country. Kiddo loves it and I foresee him wanting to live someplace like this when he gets out on his own. My country boy.

Free Stuff for Shelby County Schools Teachers

As a newly graduated teacher, our main question was, Where's the free stuff?? Because honestly, what grad student can afford to buy the ...