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Student Teaching!

Wow, I apologize for the lack of updates over the past two weeks. I finally managed to go and read all of your fabulous blogs and return some comments. Student teaching has been taking up almost all of my time, and I usually end up falling asleep before 10pm every night since I wake up at 5:30am to get to school on time. Planning lessons, and getting to know all of the students is a lot of fun, but it is challenging too. After all, I’m not their “real” teacher. I’m just here until May 21st learning how to teach.

So far I have taught for one week straight with my period two class. They’re great! I’m taking over my second class this Monday, and I’ll take over the last two in the next few weeks. So, in total I’ll have four classes. Three American Literature classes and one Mystery class. I’m learning how to get the kids calmed down, and I’m trying to work on my classroom management style. I basically just have to learn how to talk louder than them, haha. For the most part they just get very excitable and loud, they aren’t rude. I try to think about what I was like when I was 17-18 years old. I WAS A NUT!

When I came home from my first day as a “teacher” I went up to my room to drop off my copies and bag and saw these:

My Mom and Dad got me balloons! I absolutely love balloons, and it was such a nice surprise after a challenging first day. They’re awesome, huh? I have them in my room still and they make me smile each time I come home.

I also had my first observation on Friday. My professor has to observe me three times, and my first one went very well. I was literally shaking! I did a music lesson with my kids and they were so well behaved (I reminded them a few times who was coming!!) and seemed to enjoy the lesson a lot. I’ll have to do something nice for them at some point. =] My professor said it was a great first observation, and gave me a few tips for the future lessons.

For the weekend I’ll be enjoying the amazing weather (painted my toesies for the occasion!), having a nice dinner with Keith and then spending some time with my Mom tomorrow so I can shop for some birthday gifts. Weekends have taken on a WHOLE new meaning for me!!

  1. Awww your Mom and Dad are so sweet. That’s a good sign that you pretty do well on your 1st observation. You must be a very good teacher to the kids. :) Good Luck!

  2. Oh, have fun with teaching! I hear it’s a lot like going back to school, not something I’m brave enough for XD

  3. That is awesome! I’m sure you’re going to be an amazing teacher, you seem so fun. Also, I think your parents are amazing people. They are always doing the cutest, sweetest things for you. I’m so jealous, it seems they celebrate all of your accomplishments, big and small.

  4. Glad to hear the teaching is going well! Were you nervous at first? 17/18 year olds can definitely be a handful, especially when it comes to younger teachers. My cousin just finished university and his placement for teaching. He really enjoyed it. Now its time for him to find a job, which is tough in this area. Have fun with the rest of your time teaching!

    Ps, your parents are totally cute for getting you balloons!

  5. Hey I wandered to your site for the first time and I see we have some things in common. We are both teachers! Well, you’re almost a teacher, but practically are! I did my student teaching in 2007 in a lovely high school and it was so much fun. My parents got my balloons too, haha!

    I hope you have a lot of fun. It’s a really great experience. I’m glad your observations went well! Weekends definitely take on an entirely different meaning when you are working super hard and full time during the week but it’s totally worth it.

    Nice to meet you, by the way! Nice blog! :)

  6. That is so sweet of your parents to get you balloons! Yayy for student teaching going well! I too was a total nut around that age lol, but I am sure it will get easier as you keep going with it. You are very lucky to not have to deal with any rude students at least – that would make it miserable.

  7. Wow, you’re teaching the older kids? Good for you. I have a hard enough time with the young ones. I don’t know how you do it. It sounds like you have some good classes though. I’m still struggling with how to keep the kids quiet. I have learned though that the louder you are, the louder the class is (usually). So try not to do too much yelling. It will also hurt your voice if you yell a lot as well.

    That was so nice of your parents to get you balloons. It’s so cute how parents get so proud of their children. My mom told me how proud she was of me getting my teaching degree. She bought me a bunch of stuff when I graduated. It’s nice to have that support behind you.

    I’m glad your first observation went well. They are so nerve racking! As long as you just do what you would normally do, forget they are there, and have fun, I’m sure you will do fine on the other observations as well.

  8. Congrats on the first observation going so well. I bet your a great teacher.

  9. teaching can be soooo stressful =( and i dont think i will make a good teacher because ive got no patience.. right now, someone asked me to teach their daughter about french something but i declined though it has a good pay.. nice balloons.. I love it!! haha im glad that you did great on their observation..

  10. Ohh, teaching! Good luck with taking over so many other classes. I bet that’s going to be very interesting. I love teaching my students. But since I teach at a college, it’s only 3x per week. I don’t know if I could teach the same lesson 3 times a day… honestly it’s one of the only things holding me back from going back to school to become a teacher.

    I’m glad the observation went so well. I usually find that the next few get easier. I’m always so nervous when someone is watching me. Which is quite the opposite of how I usually am, haha.

  11. Good luck with the teaching! The balloons are really sweet. :) Teaching is one of the things I’d like to do in the future.

    My art class is regular art – it’s great. :) Art history sounds quite boring, when we were learning brief information about the pre-raephelite brotherhood a year ago it was so annoying hehe. :)

  12. Wow balloons!! Haha xD Your parents are so sweet <3

    You got a very busy day. But you seem to enjoy teaching which is really good! :)

  13. Awww that was so sweet of your parents! Sounds like everything is moving along great for you with the student teaching! Way to go and I want to wish you all the luck in the world!!!!!!! <3 Have a GREAT weekend!

  14. Oh, wow, I had no idea you were a teacher! You don’t seem like the ‘teacher’ type — Which, BTW, I mean as a compliment, haha. I say this because all the teachers I’ve met have been so … I don’t know, kinda stuck up, like they think the fact they teach for a living makes them better than others.

    And awww @ your parents getting you those balloons — And the foil kind, too! Those’re more expensive than the normal rubber kind, thus more special. =3;

  15. It’s really sweet of your parents to surprise you with balloons! Aww.. it’s also nice that you’re teaching, also. Even if it’s just a temporary thing, I still admire you for your persistence and patience in teaching your students! You know what they say.. teachers learn TWICE whenever they teach!

  16. That’s great that its going well! I imagine its hard teaching kids that are somewhat close in age. (Or you at least look young to them).


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