Today, I was talking with one of my coworkers about getting through graduate school while working. To make a long conversation short: there is nothing fun about going to graduate school while you are teaching. I should know because I have done it before and I am doing it now. The reason I am completing my second master’s in ELL (the first one was in special education) is because I am desperate to learn what will help my student population.
So many of my students are both in special education classes and come from a bilingual home. I often feel like I am ill-equipped to be their teacher because I am not bilingual. For this reason, I trudge off to graduate school every Wednesday at a nearby university. I am trying to better myself as an educator.
However, I have been to graduate school before. The story seems all too familiar.