There’s something going on that I haven’t shared with many people outside my family. I’ve felt a little awkward about it, but I think it’s time to share this information.
I’m taking Grade 12 English and it’s kicking my spare time around like nobody’s business. I’m contemplating re-education and a major career shift in the next several years, so I started upgrading high school English to try and get my mind into the swing of learning. I also hoped that it would be the easiest class to compress – there’s a trip to Italy in a month*! The tentative plan is to do other classes over the next year, so when the kids are both in full-time school, I’ll have the potential to do the same.
English Language Arts 30A is quite different than what I remember from twenty years ago in another province. Granted, most of my memories of 1994 involved the heartbreak of my parents’ marriage ending and the general angst of being seventeen – but I’m delighted with the lack of Steinbeck. The amount of self-reflection is interesting; I think it makes for a curriculum the student can feel involved with. It also makes me a little uncomfortable; I’m used to introspection and sharing information here on the blog or in real life, but I’m not accustomed to sharing based on someone else’s assignments and timelines.
The biggest challenge has been coordinating the littles’ schedules and my man’s travel schedule with my homework schedule. I tried to anticipate this, and went through and customized a schedule which took into account the travel time and any long school breaks. It worked well for the first month… then there was the flu for all of us, and a cold that turned into a sore throat which was really tonsillitis for the smallest. Now, I am still technically ahead of the deadlines, but I’m quite far behind my personal deadlines. This is dual-purpose writing; I couldn’t get my mental teeth sunk into writing a narrative about myself as a learner until I mentally rephrased in terms of writing a blog post. I’m killing two birds with one pencil, so to speak.
My other challenge is not overthinking. I’ve decided to upgrade my (previously terrible) high school marks, and all I need to focus on is the next assignment. I don’t need to roll myself up into a ball contemplating what I really want in life, what my family currently needs, what it will need into the future; if going to University full-time would make my children feel unloved, how much the man’s work is going to intensify in the next decade, if that will impact… I think you see the morass I can think myself into.
So, in the interests of staying focused, I’m going to sign off on this assignment/blog post, and get to work on the next projects for today: getting the kids from school and then finding a turkey. Have a great Easter weekend!
*I’ll be back just in time for the final.