Sunday, December 12, 2010
For years I, along with most other people my age, was told that there was going to be a huge need for teachers when we were older and if we chose this occupation, we would be guaranteed a job. Well guess what, after busting my but to finish collage and owing a whole years salary, there are very few openings for teachers and after recent announcements made by the district I want to teach in, it looks like there will be even fewer positions next year.
But I refuse to let it get to me (too much). I know that something will work out. I have been subbing over the last few weeks and hope to do a lot more next semester. So, maybe I won't start out in the district where I want to end up...But something will work out. God will put me where he needs me, if that's subbing then so be it.
I hope y'all have a wonderful Monday and think about me while I'm walking across that stage. A lot has changed in my life over the last six months and tomorrow it will change even more.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
So, here is my question for you (if any of you actually read this) what is a good gift for my coaching teacher? I've already bought a book for the class and will be giving each child a gift when I come back to visit for Christmas but I want to get something special for my teacher. She has been teaching for many years so she doesn't need much for the classroom, and I want to get her something she will actually enjoy using so...any suggestions?
In the meantime, I will be teaching tomorrow morning while my CT is observing at another, Tuesday night is my last seminar class, Thursday I am presenting my research project to the principal (Yikes!) and lots of stuff is due. Friday is my last day.
I hope y'all have a good week!
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Did anyone else notice, by way of their students behavior, that it's a full moon? We sure did, our kids have been off the charts. Wednesday it was so bad I was second guessing my career choice. After school we looked it up and sure enough, full moon...as the teacher next door says - Even the good ones go bad. I never used to put much stock in people acting weird during full moons but it was obvious this week. Hopefully this too will be over by Monday.
I have lots more I could talk about, but I'm sure most of you quit reading my babble long ago so I'll stop now. I hope y'all have a wonderful week!
Sunday, September 12, 2010
In other news, my girl scout troop has tripled in size over the last three weeks and could grow even more in the near future. As excited as I am that we now have enough girls to register as a troop, I don't know what I will do if anymore register. Our meeting space is not very big. I've spent my entire weekend trying to duplicate the supplies I bought for my troop. Unfortunately, stores only ordered some of the supplies as seasonal for back to school and they are now out :(
Well, I'm off to write lesson plans, I have a big observation on Tuesday and I need to be prepared.
I hope everyone has a great week!
Monday, August 23, 2010
On a slightly different note, I have completely fallen in love with my school. I hope that sometime in the near future there is an opening and they will considering hiring me. Everyone is friendly, welcoming, and helpful. Walking down the hall, I frequently find myself smiling for no reason :)
Friday, August 13, 2010
I had such a great day with my coaching teacher and I don't think I stopped smiling once! This is a big turn around from my first internship where I spent the first day fighting back tears.
My new coaching teacher is TEACHER OF THE YEAR! I feel soo blessed! Our classroom theme is going to be Bees. She has lots of cute decorations and I spent today helping her create a giant honeycomb for the hall. It turned out perfect and she added two "queen bees" to the middle. I am so lucky to have a coaching teacher who is so willing to share her "throne" with me.
I hope everyone has a great weekend, I know Monday will be a long day with open house but I will try to post again very soon. Please think about me over the next week as I embark on this new chapter of my life.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Each student received a business card size behavior card. They would write their names in the center box. I normally printed them on card stock but you can print them on the business card sheets too. This was my back to school one, we used these in September. The pictures would change each month.
Each day Monday-Thursday the kids had the chance to get three of the apples punched. One for behaving during snack time, one for good behavior during homework and lesson time, and one for over all (this would include being in the hallway and structured rec time.)
If you are following me, this means that the students could potentially have all 12 pictures punched by Friday. To earn "Fun Friday" they had to have at least 7 punched (about two a day) normally about 95% of the class earned this. To earn the "extra" prize they had to have at least 10 punched this was normally about 4 students.
So, I'm sure you're wondering what happened to the students that didn't earn 7 punches.This was normally only one or two students out of 25. Normally they would spend some quiet time in the classroom for about 15 minutes(I was lucky enough to have an assistant who could sit with them) they could read or just sit quietly. Then, depending on the activity for they could join us or play a game in the classroom until we were finished.
- Instead of punching holes, put stickers over the apples
- Instead of doing an activity each week it could be each month (you could add more pictures or only punch one a day.
- Instead of having a time limit, give a student a prize when they fill their card (choose from the prize box or maybe a homework pass?)
I hope this is easy to follow but if you have any questions or if you want the PDF just let me know.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
2. "organization" - This is not my best skill, I will need lots of shelves, boxes and other help when it comes to organizing my own classroom.3. "writers workshop" - After a semester long internship in a kindergarten classroom where the only form of writing was copying what the teacher wrote on the board, I WILL implement writers workshop in my classroom. Children have great imaginations and they need to be encouraged to use them and fall in love with writing.
Ten Things about me (A student teacher)
1. I am currently entering my student teaching semester at the university.
2. I am an early childhood major, when I graduate I will be certified to teach preK-3rd grade.
3. I will graduate December 13th 2010 at 3:30pm :-D
4. I have been placed in a second grade classroom for my student teaching.
5. I taught second grade at a 21st century community learning center for 1.5 years and I LOVED it. The only reason I'm not there now is because our grant ended :'(
6. I finished the 09-10 school year with a 4.0 average!!! Trust me I'm as shocked as you are. This just goes to show I chose a major I l♥ve!
7. I was the 09-10 President of the Future Educators Association at my University!
8. In my "free time" (feel free to laugh now) I am a Girl Scout Daisy leader.
9. Three Sunday's a month, I keep the children 5 and under in the children's church.
10. I have four nieces, one nephew and another nephew on the way. My family means EVERYTHING to me.
If you have any other questions feel free to ask :)
Monday, August 9, 2010
This past weekend was Tax-Free weekend in SC. Each year our state has a weekend, usually a week or two before school starts and all school supplies and clothes are Tax Free. The first year that we did this the stores were really involved and there were HUGE sales. It resembled black friday, people were shopping at midnight as soon as the tax "holiday" started. I love a bargain and Black friday is one of my favorite days of the year so obviously a whole weekend of bargain school supplies is right up my alley. Unfortunately, the stores seem to have gotten "smart." They've realized that people, especially in this economy are going to shop tax-free weekend, even if they don't offer great sales. So the past few years there have been fantastic sales the week before the tax holiday and prices are back up for the big weekend.
I was out and about all weekend trying to get ready for everything (Student teaching, Girl Scouts, and Children Church) that is about to kick off for the new year. Here are a few deals I managed to find:
6 pencil sharpeners $0.30
10 Folders $0.50
6 pair of scissors $1.50
6 1" three ring binders $1.50
9 pencil boxes $5.40
6 childrens books $2.00
Large tote bag to haul all of this stuff around $6.00
Total spending this weekend : $53.52
Thursday, August 5, 2010
So as I publish this post and begin walking to take my LAST exam as an undergraduate, I am starting a new chapter in my life! One hopefully filled with exciting times, great friends, and dreams coming true!
Monday, August 2, 2010
When Ashley was born three years later it was so exciting to have a baby in the family. This is probably the first baby I had ever been in a close relationship with other than cousins. I remember sitting on my brothers couch holding her for what seemed like (to an 11 year old) a really long time. Here comes the embarrassing part...the part I still remember but others probably (hopefully) don't. My arms were becoming tired and I probably wanted to go play with Samantha so I looked up at the adults and asked "does anyone want to take this thing" :-O Ashley if you are reading this, please don't be offended, I didn't mean anything by it. All of the adults made a big deal about me saying it. They weren't really mean, but they definitely laughed at me not with me.
My third eldest niece, Zoe, was born on September 12, 2001. I can remember that day soo clearly because my mom and I kept Samantha and Ashley that night. Samantha was 8 and Ashley was 4. I had just begun my senior year of high school. I remember being confused about how much I should tell them or say in front of them. I stayed up that night writing poetry (that I still have somewhere).
A few years later it was time for another niece, Drew. This time, I would be staying at my brothers house with the three oldest girls. At this time my brother was also fostering a little boy. My most vivid memory about that night was holding Zoe thinking she only had a few hours left to be the baby.
Four years ago, we welcomed my first nephew, Jonathan, into the family. This was a big deal because everyone had been waiting for a boy. I remember I was at K-Mart picking up family pictures when I got the call that he was on. My mom, My boyfriend (who I had only been dating like a week) and I rushed to the hospital. This was the first time that I was at the hospital (although I wasn't in the room :-D) and I have to admit it was really exciting.
Now its getting close to time for another baby (boy number two but shhh it's a secret, my dad doesn't want to know) I can't help wondering what will I look back on a few years from now?
I love my family and I couldn't ask for a better sister in law! I am so blessed :)
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
I only have about half a week between the ending of summer school and reporting for my student teaching. I am starting to get nervous. I'm VERY excited about graduating in December, but the real world seems SCARY! :-D OK, I know I'll be fine, but I also need all the advise and encouragement I can get so bring it on ;)
Monday, July 26, 2010
Saturday My mom and I drove to Charleston so I could take the first PRAXIS II exam. Since I haven't had the time or money to take a vacation this summer I was treating this as a get away even though I was a nervous wreck about the test. We arrived an hour early even after getting stuck in traffic and I spent some time walking around the beautiful College of Charleston campus. This time I noticed a lot of similarities between it and the campus at USC. I laughed at remembering how I had originally viewed this campus before starting at USC.
I took my test and I have to say it wasn't exactly what I expected. I don't think I did horrible but it is going to be a LONG 4 weeks waiting on my scores. Keep your fingers crossed that I passed this part and won't have to pay to take it over again.
After the test we had lunch at 5 Guys and walked around downtown a little more. Finally we decided to ride down to folly beach. I love the beach and I have never been to Folly. After passing our exit and getting lost trying to turn around we finally made it to the rode that leads on the island. As we got closer to the beach traffic came to a stand still. Once we got to the beach and paid to park we probably only spent an hour actually on the water. It was amazingly crowded. I am used to going to the beach right before or after the summer and I wasn't used to the crowd.
We stopped at the outlet center on the way home. Spent two hours walking around and I only left with two pair of flip flops and a bad mood thanks to old navy (but I'll save this for another post)
Sunday was great. After church and lunch I went to see a local production of Annie! I will also save this for another post when I have the time and desire to go into more detail.
I hope your week is off to a great start!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
I will post next Monday with another Memoir Monday this time about my family and my grandmother. I tried to do it this Monday but it was just too hard. I am doing a lot better and made it through yesterday with only a few tears.
I am a silver lining type person and I have to say the silver lining of last week was very obvious to me. I had a chance to really get to know my family. I bonded with my cousins and feel closer to them than I ever felt before. In fact that was the hardest part Sunday, after spending 4 days with my dad's family surrounded by people who felt the same grief as me and were constantly there to lift me up. I returned to a normal schedule. I missed my family so much.
Today is the first day I have felt like I am truly on a normal schedule. After class I will head to the gym and then off to do my service hours. I am excited about going to see a production of Willy Wanka tomorrow. I am also meeting up with a friend for lunch tomorrow. I missed her surprise party Saturday because of the funeral and spending time with my fam so tomorrow is all about her :) If I'm not back tomorrow, look for a post on Friday.
Friday, July 16, 2010
My grandmother passed away Tuesday night. I have been spending time with family and trying to stay caught up with school. Visitation is tonight and the Funeral is in the morning. I will probably be back some time next week.
I would like to thank everyone for their prayers. We have been blessed with such wonderful friends.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
3) My new niece or nephew
4) Falling in love
5) Getting a job
6) Being a daisy leader
7) Seeing Eclipse again
8) Going on vacation
8 Things I did Yesterday...
2) Read a book
3) Emailed my Teacher
4) Posted from my "Memior"
5) Ate a hamburger
6) Reserved library books for my theatre class
7) Watched the Bachelorette
8) Ate freezer pops
8 Things I Wish I Could Do...
1) See my kids from hope
2) Spend more time with my family
3) start a non-profit
4) Stop biting my nails
5) Take Missy places with out her getting loose
6) Eat healthier
7) Pay all of my own bills
8) Get a job
8 Shows I Enjoy...
1) Grey's Anatomy
2) The Bachelorette
3) Private Practice
4) Law and Order: SVU
5) Brothers and Sisters
6) Desparate housewives
Monday, July 5, 2010
If someone had told me when I entered the future educators association room for the first time a year and a half ago that I would be running for president in a year I probably would have laughed in their face. Sure I had been the president of the small midlands tech chapter the year before but a small community college club is nothing compared to what would be at a university. I had transferred to USC a shy 21 year old.
Nearly a year later I sat in the office after our first Chalk Walk. The walk had been very small but had been good for our first year. I sat talking to our president debriefing from the event. “I want you to be in charge of planning the walk next year,” she said looking up at me “I will be graduating and moving and you will do great.”
I didn’t have to think to hard, I knew I wouldn’t have it any other way. I had loved planning the first one. I had marketing experience from high school and knew that I could do it. “I’d love to,” I said writing out some notes for our folder.
She paused her writing and looked up again. “I’m also recommending you for president. I looked up, I’m sure the shock was evident on my face.
“Have you heard anyone else say they’re interested in running?” I asked. She shook her head.
“Well, if one of the seniors wants to run, I wouldn’t want to take the opportunity from them, but if no one else shows interest I think I would be interested.”
“You would do great,” she said smiling, “and I’ll be here to help if you need me.”
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
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Friday, June 18, 2010
Take one Oatmeal cookie (I like the soft baked) look for one that's 120 calories or less, less than 6 grams of fat and at least one gram of fiber.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
What happened to my exciting life? Where did all my events, activities and friends go? There's nothing like clicking "new post" and staring at a blank screen to make you realize you are a boring person. I'm sorry if my posts bore you. I want to thank my new followers! In the past week I have doubled my followers from 2 to 4!
Stay tuned... Tomorrow I will share my favorite snack.
Monday, June 14, 2010
- I accidentally ordered 120 Avon catalogs instead of 10(don't ask me how)
- Every time I make plans to walk down the street and put the Avon books in paper boxes something happens
- Saturday afternoon/night I read an entire book while sitting in the urgent care waiting room
- I got lunch to-go yesterday only to get to where I was going and realize they didn't give me my full order.
- I spent an hour looking for my cat yesterday after my door got mysteriously opened. Only for him to show up (still inside) looking irritated that I had woken him.
I hope ya'll have a great week!
Friday, June 11, 2010
If I had not been a girl scout growing up, this might have been a useful class. If I was not an education major with LOTS of experience writing hands on lesson plans, this might have been a useful class. But I was a girl for many years and I am an education major. I did however learn some things at last nights meeting. I learned to appreciate the fact that I am an education major. I never realized how much this training affected my ability to be a great girl scout leader.
During the training we broke into groups by the age level we plan on leading. I was the only person in our group that has already been a leader and the only one with ANY experience with the new Journey program. Our group was supposed to basically write a lesson plan using one of the activities from the journeys book. I started by explaining to the group what I knew about the journeys program, then I sat back to let them do most of the work (no, not because I'm lazy but because I've had a year of experience and they are about to go out on their own and lead a group of 5-6 year olds). I soon realized that people who are not teachers (in some aspect) do not understand what it is like to lead a group of 5 year olds. Our group consisted of basically three pairs on my right were to middle aged women who were starting a girl scout group at their church. Their big idea for an activity to do with their troop was to take them to volunteer to clean out cages at the zoo. HELLO PEOPLE YOUR GIRLS ARE 5! THE ZOO IS NOT GOING TO ALLOW THEM TO CLEAN CAGES! The pair to my left were young girls probably in their late 20's who couldn't seem to come up with any activities they thought a 5 year old would be able to do. Both groups also thought "learning by doing" meant drawing a picture of a bird when learning about bird habitats although the one group did want to take their kids to see a habitat and go to the animal rescue place. When I suggested they make bird feeders you would have thought I had come up with an award winning idea.
I would love to meet up with these same leaders a year from now and find out how their first year went.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
I recently found out that my student teaching placement would be with a second grade class. I want to be able to personally recommend books to my students. So this summer I have decided to read more books around a second grade reading level. Do you have any suggestions. For those of you who are not teachers these books will vary from picture books to beginning and more complicated chapter books. What were your favorite books as a child?
I started this summer with the Little House books. I've read the first three and while I enjoyed reading them I have to question their content before giving them to my students to read. In my children's lit class we were told these books are racist because of the way they speak and treat the Indians. I don't feel the books are as racist as they are realistic for that time period. As with any book, there will be issues to discuss with children when reading them. I am also concerned about the descriptions of butchering animals. I will recommend this book to my students only after I have had a chance to get to know them and judge their abilities to handle the content.
Next on my list... I'm not sure, maybe a Junie B Jones.
Here is a video I found over at http://k1teacher.blogspot.com/ It's a wonderful video done by the students at ocoee middle school.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
I told you the other day that I started watching the Bachelorette. Well apparently I caught the reality TV bug because that is all I have been watching. Other than the Bachelorette and America's Got Talent(I have always loved this show), This week I watched the premieres of True Beauty and Losing it with Jillian. I like true beauty but it's not going to be a show that I HAVE to watch. I absolutely LOVED Losing it. If any of you missed it NBC is showing it again tonight at 8 followed by a new episode of America's Got Talent. Looks like my summer will be filled with Reality tv, but that's not all...
I saw a preview today that made me really happy. The CW is going to show reruns of MOONLIGHT after encore episodes of the first season on The Vampire Diaries on Thursday nights! I loved the series Moonlight and I was really upset when it was canceled. I have also recently gotten interested in the Vampire Diaries but always felt a little lost since I had not seen the first episodes. Looks like Thursday's this summer will give me a way to catch up on what's going on in the Vampire world.
So back to the real world...I am currently waiting on emails. I hate waiting on emails. Last week I emailed my coaching teacher for next semester to introduce myself. I haven't received a reply and it has me a nervous wreck. I know that she must be busy with end of the year stuff and I didn't expect a long reply but Student teaching already has me nervous and this isn't helping. The second email I am waiting on is from the Girl scout office. As you know I am making the jump from Assistant Leader to Leader this year and there is lots of paper work that goes along with this. Last year I felt out of the loop the entire year and because of lack of communication I didn't finish all of the training that I was supposed to do. This year I want to get everything finished before the Scout/School year actually starts. Another new leader has been calling the scout office for two weeks and hasn't gotten a call back. Today I sent out an email to the person who I think may be in charge of leaders. I hope I hear back from her soon. Until then, I'll be waiting...
Monday, May 31, 2010
I don't have a favorite guy I'm just interested to see how this plays out.
What do you think? Are you a Bachelor/Bachelorette fan? Have you always been?
Saturday, May 29, 2010
I knew that project would be too difficult for my Daisys (they are 5 and 6) but I wanted to do something similar with them so their badges could move up with them, after all these patches should be something they are proud of.
Today I found bags similar to these in the dollar section at Target
I bought some in Daisy blue and I'm going to give them to my girls at the beginning of the next Girl Scout year. I am hoping to have their names embroidered on them! This way the girls will have an "official" bag to carry their scout stuff in or to bring on trips. They will also have a place to put their patches as they earn them.
So, what do you think?
Other things I'm planning for the Daisy's next year:
Our new journey book is about traveling and learning about new places. As the girls learn about other parts of the U.S. I want them to learn more about SC and the Columbia area as well. Be on the look out for places we can visit and free events that can be education for my girls. I would love to hear your suggestions.
Friday, May 28, 2010
So I'm looking for a seasonal job and praying that the financial aid office is going to get my student loan fixed by Summer II. In june I will be taking two final classes before my student teaching. I will take Family Dynamics, an early childhood class that will be 25 girls packed in a small room. I am really glad that Amanda and Leslie will also be in this class. I think I've been spoiled by my Cohort. The second class I have registered for is The understanding and appreication of Theater. This should be a fairly easy class that requires me to attend plays and other performances. So far only 6 people have registered for this class and I am one of only two girls. This is going to be a different experience.
Ok, I'm going to head to bed. No big plans for tomorrow except possibly going to play bingo. Hopefully it won't be another 9 months before my next post :)