Tuesday, January 03, 2006

I Survived My Student Teaching

My student teaching is over!!!

I'm a little sad to be leaving my kids, especially the ones with whom I had formed a good relationship, but I'm also glad to not be working a full time job and attending classes. To finish my program I just need to undergo my portfolio review (February) and take my PRAXIS (March). These two are kind of spread out, but I wanted the time to study for my PRAXIS so that I'll be able to pass with multititudes of flying colors.

Overall it was a good experience. My cooperating teacher was absolutely amazing!!! Also, my other team members were awesome. They were not even getting paid to help me, but they also put a lot of time in to my training. I would especially like to mention my ICS teacher who was so incredibly helpful both in class and out of class.

The only downside of my student teaching is that I am left with an internal conflict. I know I want to teach for at least a few years, but what do I do then? I do not want to become an old cranky teacher and besides I'm fickle and need to be constantly trying new things. My mother suggested going to law school and becoming involved in educational law, but I think that may be too politic-y for my liking. However, with my brains and determination I could do a lot of good for a lot of students if I did go in to educational law.

I guess I shouldn't worry too much about what is going to happen to me a long time from now, but I just can't help myself.

In other news, I am trying out match.com. I am finding it a little disappointing because the only people contacting me are 50+ year old, creepy, pervy guys. Don't they realize that I'm 22 and they don't have a chance? OR do they think I'm some kind of harlot just because I am on match.com? Dating advice and suggestions are always welcome.

To my teacher friends out there I hope your winter recesses were full of food, fun, Etoh and relaxation.

Here's to 2006.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

MY "Best" of 2005 List

1. Student teaching: Even though it had it's down moments it was a totally awesome, life altering experience.
2. Princeton Graduation
3. Princeton Reunions
4. Disneyland
5. Brooklyn the Musical (not the part of the city)
6. Violin Lessons
7. Windmill Hotdogs
8. Light of Day
9. Jesse Malin
10. Sam Roberts
11. Charter Initiations 2005
12. Charter Sign Ins 2005
13. P-Rade
14. QUEST
15. Learning Japanese
16. Sumi style paintings
17. Terminator-a-thon with Jon, Graham, Nick, Lauren, Anne and Poon
18. THEY LIVE, with Roudy Roddy Piper
19. The movie with the locusts and Lucy Lawless
20. Star Wars in a movie theater full of nerds having light saber wars
21. Halo
22. COPS
23. Spongebob in a theater full of 8 year olds.
24. The night in the JV dorms where about 5 of us drank a very large bottle of tequila.
25. Turning in the Thesis
26. Publishing my thesis.
27. The Wet Floor Party
28. Gorrilla suits.
29. Mechanical Bulls

and last but not least, great friends.

Friday, December 23, 2005

It's Official

I have the most amazing students....EVER!!!!

Monday, October 03, 2005

An Observation

I'm starting to notice that student teaching + class = not much time for anything else.

Why does it seem like I'm only ever doing stuff for school or class?

Class is less then stellar, but school is going really, really well. I'm so lucky to have a good placement where the teacher wants to TEACH a student teacher, not just get the extra money and have someone to do her work for her.

Yuck. I'm tired of being single. There is no one to come home to.

Sorry depressing...

Seriously though, school is great. My students are awesome. A few girls that were doing community service for girl scouts came to visit me during back to school night and were EXCITED to see me. That was nice. My lessons have been going well too. I'm very excited to start my "very hungry caterpillar" unit.

Oh...my milkweed plant is infested with aphids. Does anyone know how I can get rid of the little buggers?

Thanks.

Teach on!

Sunday, September 25, 2005

It's Been a While

There is really no excuse better then having a full time job, a class to attend and a eating club to manage and being exhausted ALL the time for not updating one's blog.

So far, I really like my students, but find the subject matter (7th grade science) a little dull. Of course I am trying my best to make it interesting for the students, but I get the feeling that my science background really would be better utilized at the high school level.

Anyway, I have a few interesting students that make my day rather interesting.

1.The girl who at 12 years old thinks that she is going to be the next big thing on SNL. She is quite loud and can recite any SNL script from memory at any time of the day whether you ask her to or not.

2. The boy in my third period class who will not shut up. He is constanly talking as in ALL the time, will not stop no matter what. So far I've been attempting to ignore him, but I think I'll have to switch to a new method soon.

3. The really smart, Mr. Personality kid in my 7th period class who keeps me on my toes with his questions. He is seriously reading books that I wouldn't expect a 10th grader to be able to read, let alone a 7th grader.

4. The really sweet boy who always greets me by name each morning and asks how my day has been going.

Those are the four that come to mind right now, unfortunately, I have a major paper that needs to be finished. Also, I'll try to be better about posting, but I can't make any promises. :-)