Student teaching has officially taken over my life. But, I’m okay with that. It has been going really well and I’ve been learning a lot. Only 2 weeks left with my sweet fourth graders and then I’ll go on to my last eight weeks with a second grade class. bittersweet!
Yesterday I left school early because I was feeling super sick. How kind of my students to share their germs. Didn’t get out of bed at ALL from 10:30 yesterday morning until about 8:00 this morning. I was running a fever, kept feeling waves of nausea, and had no appetite. However, I am feeling much better today. I’ll be back in the classroom tomorrow - just in time for an observation by my university supervisor. wonderful :-P
Tomorrow I have my midterm/formal observation with my university supervisor. first of all, I’m kind of nervous! Second of all, midterm???? I don’t want March to get here - I am loving every day with these kiddos.
I taught my fourth graders all morning and it went great! I had so much fun, got to use the Promethean Board, and I think they actually learned something ;) My cooperating teacher had nothing but good things to say. I’m proud of myself. I know I’ve still got a lot of learning and growing to do, but I feel like I am off to a wonderful start.
Today rocked because the sun was FINALLY shining! ..we had some extra recess this afternoon (the first time the kids have been outside in the past two weeks! they needed it) ANNND I got home from school and went for a nice long run in the sunshine. Just what I was in need of.
While running I was just thinking about where I am in life. I am just so happy. I love what I am doing and everything I learn about myself each day.
On Monday, I turned 23 and started my first student teaching placement. My birthday was weird without Maria around - but we got to chat for a little while. She is in the field until the 24th so we are skyping when she gets back :-) My teacher and students are so wonderful already. I’ve done a lot of observing, co-planning, and started a little co-teaching. Today we had a SNOW DAY! woop! And there is no school on Monday for MLK Jr. day. SO - on Tuesday I will start teaching some lessons during our language arts block :)
Just received an e-mail from my 4th grade cooperating teacher that I will be spending the next eight weeks with starting on Monday. I am so excited - and she is already so welcoming. This is going to be a great placement, I just know it!
This is all starting to get real - I’m actually finishing this MT program and graduating in May. WOAH.
But first - I get to teach 4th grade for eight weeks and then 2nd grade for eight weeks :-) I. AM. STOKED!
The only bummer is that I am at two different schools. Not sure why I am bummed about that - I just always assumed I would stay in one school the entire semester and really get to know all the school staff.
Oh well - I am really looking forward to this experience.. annnd finally graduating ;)
I can’t stop thinking about all of the families in Newtown Connecticut.Families that are not having a Saturday lunch with their children today, families that do not get to take their children to see Santa today, families that do not get see their children’s faces light up Christmas morning, families that have to go the rest of their lives without those that they care about most because of such an unthinkable, selfish act. Their lives will never be “normal” again; they are forever changed.
They were just innocent, sweet, little children who had so much more to accomplish in life. They were teachers that stood in front of their students and gave their lives instead. Heaven gained so many angels yesterday. I am so heartbroken but comforted in the fact that they are being held tight by the Lord. There are no words.. all I can do is continue to pray.
Took my advanced educational psychology final this afternoon and went to my ethics class capstone.. feels good to check those classes off my list :) only 2 more to go! And now I’m cuddled on my couch, in my pajamas, watching elf, and drinking hot tea. Life is good today.
conversation this morning between me and my second grader (that I have been tutoring since September)
me: We only have 3 sessions left. Can you believe how fast time has gone? student: What does that mean? me: I’m only going to see you 3 more times. student: noooo! I want to do it all over again from the beginning.
how sweet is she!? melts my heart <3 I love kids. I can’t wait to have my own classroom.
My big sis is coming to RVA tonight for some food and drinks - SO. EXCITED! all THREE seeeesters will be reunited again ;-) I think two of my cousins and two other family friends are coming up too! tonight’s gonna be a good night
SO I am cleaning this apartment like crazy, then running to the grocery store, and then I’m going to have a fabulous weekend!
Ended the night last night by getting home from work at 12:30am - and then realized I had the supervisor key in my pocket. Had to drive back to the other campus, return the key, and drive back home. So I got to bed much later than I wanted last night this morning.
Hit the snooze button about 3 times this morning. Got ready for tutoring and had no time to eat breakfast. Got to tutoring and realized I forgot my student’s familiar reading book, my student’s new text to read/complete a running record, and my iPad. SO - there went my lesson plan. Made up a couple of things to take up the session.. then learned we have 3 sessions left before reassessment. AHHHHH.
Getting ready to head to work.. then hoping to hang with my sistah tonight :) hoping the rest of my day ends up on the right foot :-P
So thankful for 73 degree weather in November :) I enjoyed a long run outside today soaking up the last bits of the pretty fall colors. And, relieved some stress. ..I got back from Missouri a little after midnight last night because United Airlines SUCKS. Never flying with them again. Took a midterm this morning (more like a 3/4 term - HELLO we are more than half-way through the semester and apparently my professor hasn’t realized that), I’ve got an exam tomorrow, and a paper and a presentation on Thursday. But Thursday night my teacher friends and I are getting together for some drinks and it canNOT come soon enough ;-)