Preclinical Experience -- bring it on! And my Special Ed Praxis Scores are IN!

It's been awhile since I've posted here. I've been super busy with classes and working full time and writing my books! (I just finished a 100,000 word historical novel! But my agent wants me to rework the ending so it's not quite ready to be shopped around. Yet.)

Here's my one sheet (rough draft):

You can read more about my books on my writing website: KarlaAkins.com

Okay, back to education news. I'm excited about starting my preclinical hours on the 16th of this month. This will be my first phase of student teaching!

I'm fortunate to have been placed in a great classroom with a fantastic teacher. She was my granddaughter, Avery's, teacher last year. I am eager to soak up all I can and learn how she manages her classroom. One thing I've noticed about this school is how well all the teachers manage behavior. It's one of the best schools I've ever substitute taught in. 

Also, I have awesome news! My Praxis score is in for my Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications test. The score range for this test is 100-200 with the average scores being between 164-179. 

I got a 197!

Oh yeah. You can teach an old dog new tricks. This granny is rockin' it!

(Source: http://www.icanjuggle.com/newact.jpg)

Honestly, I have no idea how I managed that. I'm trying to remember the written questions and I can only remember one of them. That test is a blur to me. But I'm extremely grateful for that score!

Sometimes I worry that my age may hinder me from getting a job after I graduate. But actually, when I had my interview with the school principal about getting placed for my preclinical hours, he didn't seem to be bothered by my age. At least, it didn't come up. 


Still, when I got introduced to staff and they were told that my grandchildren attend the school -- I got a few amazed and puzzled looks. Oh well. Age is just a number, right? 

And I think as an older student, I bring years of life experience to the table. Hopefully that will aid me in getting a good teaching placement once I graduate.

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