Tuesday, January 11, 2011

poems and stars.

Day 4.

So technically I haven't had my fourth day yet... I should technically be on my way there now. We had a 2 hour delay today, so I really didn't know what to do with myself. Then I remembered you guys, and how I told you I would keep you updated! So here I am... updating.

Me and my cooperating teacher get along really well. She teaches the class, and I do pretty much everything else. Which isn't a bad thing, cause all the work is copying worksheets, checking papers, and working on "Poem of the Week"(which we introduced to the class yesterday!). Most of my time is actually consumed with the poems because I'm printing, cutting, and mounting each poem so that they will look nice, and so she can use them for years to come. Each poem takes probably 5 minutes to go through the whole process. But I'm almost done, and am looking for more poems so that she doesn't run out!

I'm also Star of the Week this week. So I had to fill out a little thing that asked what I was good at, things I liked, and what my family was like. I'm bringing in some pictures of family, and me jumping and cheering and things like that. And I'm also bringing treats(thanks to my Dad!) which they will probably like more than anything I have to say. HA! But that's first graders I suppose...

Here are some of the pictures I chose for my Star of the Week wall!

Chlo-Mom-Me(Ms. K... HA!)-Haven-Court

I'm excited for the reaction to this one!

Dad and I(provider of my treats!)

And of course! A cheer picture!
Me and Moll-Doll! :D

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

first grade again.

Day 1.

So I started off the day at 6 o'clock this morning... actually, I take that back... it started at 2, 3, 4, 5, 5:30, 5:45, and THEN 6. I'm not sure why I had such a spastic night... but believe me, it was annoying. All I wanted to do was sleep.*

Anyways, after waking up I proceeded to make coffee, take a shower, and then start getting ready. I was planning on leaving my dorm at 6:45 to make sure that I got there in plenty of time so that I wasn't rushing to catch my ride. And of course, I realized that halfway through getting ready I was already running late. So I kind of started to panic... I drank my cereal(no lie) and made my roommate drink the rest of my coffee so that I could focus on dressing, straightening my hair, packing the rest of my lunch, and stuffing my back pack with things I thought I might need. I then proceeded to walk as quickly as possible to the student union where my ride was picking me up... and showed up 4 minutes earlier than I had originally planned... so something like 20 minutes before my ride was due to leave(why I panicked? No idea...).

We left Luther at 7:15, and didn't get to the school until almost 8(don't ask... stupid driver)... where I signed in, met my cooperating teacher, and got the tour of the tiny school. I don't think I could get lost if I tried! Then at around 8:20 we picked up the kids from the gym, and got started. I found out we pray 4 times a day(in a very Catholic manner that I'm not used to) the kids have 3 recesses(pretty sure I had one in my day), they have PE everyday(I think...), and the church is only about 30 paces away and it where we have mass and lunch. Oh! And I get free coffee! WOO!

I'm already doing a lot in the classroom. Checking papers, helping with homework, leading reading groups, and I even came up with a new idea for the classroom! Poem of the week! I did basically the same thing when I was a TA in high school, but I did it over the course of a semester, not in 12 days. So hopefully that goes smoothly and the teacher likes what I've come up with so far! (I spent almost an hour and a half finding, and writing all the poems for all the different months so that I would have less work in the long run) I'm really hoping that she uses it for years to come, because I am planning on putting some real effort into it!

I think the only downfall to this experience is that it is such a short amount of time. I just counted and we are only in the classroom for a total of 13 days(including today). It's kind of a bummer. I really enjoy the kids, the entire staff is great, and I feel like this is something I excel at. I feel like this experience is definitely going to be my defining moment in my decision to be an elementary school teacher. If I enjoy this, despite having to get up at 6 AM as a college student, I can't imagine not enjoying it as a career!

Well, it's getting pretty late... and I still have to pack my lunch and pick out my outfit for tomorrow. Plus I'm running out of creativity. So for now, goodnight, I'll update soon, and I hope you're having a great New Year!


*I think it was my subconscious freaking out. I had multiple occasions in high school where I would miss the bus for something that was mandatory to ride the bus for... cheering at games, show choir competitions... lots of stuff. And I would be so mad at myself when I woke up and realized that I had to drive myself however far away. So waking up almost every hour on the hour made my being late almost impossible.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

first grade again?

Starting tomorrow
I will be entering a first grade classroom to shadow a teacher for the rest of the month.

This is one of the classes I have to take to fulfill the requirements for my major, and I'm really excited about it! I am shadowing a first grade teacher that works at a Catholic School near Luther. From what I've heard it sounds a lot like the private school I went to for 13 years. Only downside is that my ride leaves at 7:15... so I'm going to go to bed. But promise I will keep you updated!