kate5kiwis: immense clevertude


“If you were all alone in the universe with no one to talk to, no one with which to share the beauty of the stars, to laugh with, to touch, what would be your purpose in life? It is other life, it is love, which gives your life meaning. This is harmony. We must discover the joy of each other, the joy of challenge, the joy of growth.” — Mitsugi Saotome

Monday, July 20, 2009

immense clevertude

(oh how i love that expression)
lol – i wasn't going to announce this here – but hey, this blog is my journal, no matter how public and i'm big on celebrating success.

so here goes: i’ve just got my final grades for my first three papers:

2009: Bachelor of Teaching (BTCHG)
Art Education Through Printmaking and Painting:
Social Issues in Aotearoa/New Zealand Education:

*ahem* the third paper was entitled Teachers as Professionals, and was not quite an A – ’nuff said!

back to the A+ supercoolness then: i’m really chuffed, and nearly convinced it’s been worth it, but i’m struggling with the temporary loss of touch with my peeps. i need some gentle suggestions as to how to remain in my kids’ worlds whilst also negotiating this full-timeness, cos there’s only so much midnight oil available and way less hours for connection. i did have the brainwave of every-night-tuck-in-to-bed.....

*whispers to self* twelve weeks to go, twelve weeks to go... X


Blogger Ginaagain said...

Oh my! Those are fantastic grades! You have a lot to be proud of.

1:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

{Beaming} I feel like a proud Mama!!

So happy for you lovey, I know you worked so hard. Congrats!!

3:20 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

Good on yer! Superlative results for a superlative student. 12 weeks... not so much when you say it fast! ;-) Then you deserve some massive R&R time...

6:06 AM  
Blogger Sharonnz said...

Go you!! So awesome.

9:30 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

wow, well done you!!!! Must make all that hard work worthwile getting marks like that. I only hope that my brain behaves in a similar way........

Thanks for your words of encouragement by the way, even after my first day the amount of paper did leave me quite breathless. I was also told that I would have to do equal number of hours at home as at college. This came as a bit of a shock to me, although I suppose it makes perfect sense really. Anyway am off to re-juggle my timetable for the billionth time.....

I have to say that my first day of college made me feel about 20 years younger. Mind you after 2 weeks of studying through the night (when else am I gonna do it??) I am sure I will be feeling 20 years older!!!!

Studenty love to ya.. X

10:37 AM  
Blogger SoozNooz said...

Katie - you are a legend. Look at you go - how wonderfully fabulous. You are living your life and fulfilling your dreams. You kids are so much a part of you - they are running this race right along beside you. I know it doesn't feel like it sometimes but it is happening. Take the moments- the seconds - the heartbeats and make them yours just like you always do.
So proud of you my friend xx

11:41 AM  
Blogger Antipo Déesse said...

You beauty!

I am SO impressed that I will crack open a bottle of bubbly in your honour tonight!


4:55 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Wow! Congrats!

And just remember, when you're tired, what a great role model you are for your kids, both in your studies and in your finding-your-way-ness. You've clearly got a self-entertaining, balanced clan, and I'm sure you'll all find a way to thrive this year.

Pushing all that energy I have left over at the end of my cube-bound day your way... poof...

5:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Woo hoo! Go, Katie, go!!!

Immense clevertude, to be sure. :) Well done, you.

11:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went back and got my teaching degree like you, but my kids were MUCH younger. I tried school-teaching, but I couldn't handle the separation. If it meant cobbling together meals of dried beans that cost a dollar a meal, I did it to be with my own kids--for the next 20 years. What I didn't quite realize, though, is that my dedicating myself to be "in my kids' worlds" as you so aptly put it, didn't mean they all would want to be in mine "at the end of the day." It's about 50/50 right now. I wouldn't say I have regrets about everything, but maybe if I'd known that ahead of time, it would have given me something to think about.

3:52 PM  
Blogger Little Miss Flossy said...

Oh lookit you! What a clever clogs! Totally rockin the school stuff... it's all going to be worth it you know. Once you get your own class and can do cool stuff like this with them all day. I'm enjoying the integration so far, messy and noisy but oh so many wonderful things being made.

5:44 PM  
Blogger Sandra - too heavy to stand on a soapbox, but undeterred said...

Congratulations Katie. Totally wonderful.

About the kids thing. I don't know. Except that I have this vision of you laying on the lounge floor when you get home and your children all climbing over you like puppies. Cos, you know, they are pleased to see you and when you lay on the floor you are saying I am not totally busy cooking dinner and I can have conversations without triple multitasking.

Special meal day with drinks first? My parents used to do this with the Sunday Roast sometimes and it rocked.

You are doing wonderful.

1:58 AM  
Blogger Barb the Evil Genius said...

Way to go! There's always reading aloud to keep in touch. Maybe taking turns? Or are your kiddos getting to big for that?

8:17 AM  
Blogger Hay:o) said...

Swooping by to say, You Friggin' Rock Chick. Keep up the good work :)

8:49 PM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

Congratulations lovey! You give your heart 100% to all that you do and your children, I am sure, know full well the extent of your love for them. Right now, your time is being pulled in lots of directions, but you are such a fabulous role model and inspiration that they will surely appreciate that you can't give as much as you'd like to them right now. BIG HUGS and best wishes to the upcoming weeks ahead. It will all be worth it in the end and you are going to deserve the best, most chill out summer on the beach this year!

11:24 AM  

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