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Repetz Best Lesson

Posted by Nathan Repetz Apr 24, 2017

Area: Careers/Life Skills

Title: How do we calculate cost of living?

Length: two 46min class periods

Audience: Freshman, but works fine with any high school grade





02 Cost of Living - Google Docs

The place that I am today is one that I only dreamed about for many years. I have completed student teaching, and am about to take the first real step in my journey as a professional educator. Sometimes this goal seemed to far away to be real. Other times I didn't think I would make it. Now that I am here, I feel odd. I don't feel like a radical transition has taken place, but I know for a fact that I am not the same man I was a year ago. That is why reflection is important; to appreciate where we came from and realize just how much we have grown.


Some have asked me if I am still happy with the path I chose after my experience. I say absolutely. I could not see myself doing anything else. I feel like the Lord put me on this earth to teach ag, at very least for this chapter of my life. I feel fortunate for my passion and experience. I know that not everyone feels the same way. I have learned that you 100% can not compare your student teaching journey to anyone else's. I still had lots of doubts and struggles. Last fall I came within inches of giving up. I'm still here because I was stubborn and the tiniest piece of my heart refused to give up, and I'm glad I didn't. The past year was the most challenging of my life, but it was also the most rewarding.


One of next year's student teachers asked me, "What do you wish you would have known?". My answer caused so much personal reflection, that I felt it had a place in my final thoughts. Here it is, a letter to myself exactly 1 year ago:


Dear Nate,

Strap in. This is boot camp: intense, stressful, not realistic, but it's not necessarily supposed to be. It's meant to prep for the real world, not mimic it. Fall semester is harder than you think. You attitude will be "I just need to get through the fall so I can get to the spring". But I will also say that that the things you take away will be worth it. Get a grasp on lesson plans earlier. From the first moment you can, view them as essential planning, not busy work. Plan out your finances/loans better over the summer. Remember, you are used to having a mild income from working at farm ops but that wont be true in the spring. Your truck is going to need the rear differential rebuilt in March, along with other things for inspection, and you will be stuck in the van for 4 weeks... make sure it will pass before January, especially before the sticker runs out. You will be living along and most of your human interaction is during the "go-time" of the school day. It can get lonely at night, but it is temporary. You are surrounded by friends, family, and colleges who expect you to need their help. Never be afraid to ask.Find several close people to vent to, so you don't wear one person down  Make an effort to save copies of anything you like, be it organisation systems, rubrics, activities, etc, and start now. You may never find "that one thing that one time" again. Also, you will frequently forget how many cool teaching strategies and techniques you know. Do what you can to remember. Don't stress over jobs, they will come. Anxiety and stress can be high at times, but so are the rewards. Teaching Ag is a lifestyle, not a job, and you will finally get to experience it. It goes faster than you think, so don't blink.

-Mr Repetz


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