Sunday, January 4, 2015

my teaching journey continues...

Long time, no see!

It's been a lovely break, I must admit, from posting about clothing, or vacationing, or rearranging furniture, or tackling school work, etc.  But I do miss the writing, reflecting, and over-sharing that blogging encourages.  I probably make up for it by over-instagramming, but c'est la vie!  That's the way I like it! :)

It just seemed like a real shame if I chose to omit this next part of my teaching journey from my blog.  After all, I did start my first blog (Unpretentious Teacher) with the purpose of sharing my educational path to becoming a teacher.  Now, here I am (4 years later) at the end of that journey, ready to begin my 12 weeks of student teaching...TOMORROW!  I've reached the pinnacle of this whole adventure!  This is where things get crazy and fun and sleepless and challenging!  This is where I probably won't have time to blog, but will try to anyway.  Because, why not?

Let's get caught up on what I'm getting myself into, okay?

  • I'm in a first grade classroom!  This is truly awesome.  I'm an early childhood grad, so I sort of have a soft spot for the little learners.  Plus, the funny things they say are pretty much the key to happiness.
  • I met with my Clinical Supervisor for coffee, over the break.  When she first saw me, she said, "Oh my gosh, the kids are going to love you!  They're going to think you're Elsa from Frozen!" That was awfully nice.  I mean, I could be Elsa's mother, but hey!  I'll take a compliment. :)  Her email has the word "sweet" before her name and it's because it's true (even though she says it isn't).  She's a retired teacher/lawyer - super smart.  She'll tell it like it is, which is super refreshing for me.  She gave me ideas for my Teacher Work Sample and then sent me PowerPoints which she created, to use for creating my lesson plans.  Sweet, right?  
  • My Host Teacher is also a sweetheart.  I visited her classroom and got the grand tour, while the students were at PE.  I haven't met them yet, but they know I'm coming!  I wrote a letter to their parents and it will be sent home with the kids on Monday.  Woot woot!  The teacher also gave me the Math curriculum book to take home over the break, for some light reading.  Honestly, I looked at a couple of pages.  I get it, it's Math.  It's Common Core.  It's going to be something new.  
So, what am I worried about?  This sounds easy.
  • Husband is a traveling maniac these days.  I worry about it just being me and the kids.  The kids are really going to have to help out and suck it up at times.  They are old enough to take on more responsibilities and be more independent, it's just that we haven't had a lot of practice with that yet.  No time like the present!  
  • I'm going to be exhausted.  I'm not even making this up.  Like, all my instructors/mentors are telling me I will be exhausted for at least the first two weeks.  I'm taking vitamins, I'm eating good food, I'm going to get good sleep, but I'm going to be tired.  I'll be up with the roosters, getting lunches made, kids up, do the drive to school, use so much energy with the students, drive home, make dinner, watch a basketball game or pick up a kid from practice, write papers, plan lessons, shower, put out my clothes, toss in a load of laundry, feed the cats, and go to sleep.  Repeat daily, no problem.  
  • I have to be formally observed six times, during the 12 weeks.  I'm trying not to be freaked out by that.  
Those are my fears, in a nutshell.  Not bad, in all.  I'm mostly excited about this adventure and try to push my anxieties aside, when they sneak inside my head.  I have no time to be nervous.  I have worked so hard.  I prepare to prepare.  I'm ready.  Everyone else tells me so and I know some pretty smart people.  They wouldn't lie.  
Let's do this thing.

Friday, September 19, 2014

teacher wear: sporty floral

Oh boy, oh boy!  A few days off has been just what I needed!
Thanks to two-day science training for my host teacher, I am experiencing an extended weekend!  That's just what the doctor ordered.
Especially because those little third-graders are starting to come down with colds and little sicknesses and those nasty germs are not what I need right now, you know what I mean?  :)
Coughing and sniffling on repeat.  Ew.

At this point, I'm on fire, in the preclinical student-teaching department.  I'm getting two tasks done each week and at that rate I'll be done in a few weeks!  This means I'll have the month of November and December OFF!!!  And then the real crazy happens in January, with 12 weeks of legit student-teaching.  I am so looking forward to that (hooray!!!).  Currently, the field site specialist (for my university) is looking for a school to host me during my student-teaching.  I had applied to do it at the school where I am currently working on my preclinical tasks, but for some unknown reason have been told, "not available."  I'd like to think it isn't because of me, personally, so that's the story I'm sticking with.  :)  Anyway, my fingers are crossed now, for the school district we live in or a neighboring one!  No morning commute is a great commute!!! That said, I'd actually just be happy landing anywhere.  And soon.  Just one more thing to check off the old to-do list.

Outfit Details:
J Crew top
J Crew skirt
Payless flats

Friday, September 12, 2014

teacher wear: gingham + pleats

Oh my goodness, what a week!!!  I was tempted to type that out in all caps, but didn't want to appear shouty, just passionately relieved that it's Friday.  :)

This week, because of my lesson plans needing to fit into daily school schedules, I was in the classroom Tuesday through Friday.  That is a little more days in one week than I intended to ever do, but it is what it is and I am grateful for the eye opening experience of what it's like to work full time and all that goes along with it.  I actually have had more energy this week than I have had in awhile.  I come home from the school, sit for a minute, toss in a load of laundry, help with homework, make some dinner (except for last night when Husband took me out on a date!), do dishes, do more laundry, put on some jammies, do some of my own homework, watch some t.v., make the next day's lunches, tuck some kids in, hop into bed, read a bit of Jack Reacher, and finally fall asleep so very, very hard.  It actually feels good to be genuinely busy again (even if I whine about it sometimes).

So far, I have implemented a P.E. lesson plan with the third graders and a two-day Social Studies lesson.  I have had so much fun during these times.  I know for sure that teaching is for me, which is a super great thing to be sure about when one's at the end of their educational experience, right?  I get great feedback from the kids and that's always nice.  I make sure they know that I appreciate their patience, as I teach them.  They can be so sweet (when they're not busy being naughty :).

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

teacher wear: summer to fall

By Summer to Fall, I mean put a sweater on it.
So much originality for one outfit post.

I'm keeping it short tonight.  I've got a paper to knock out and a lesson plan to mentally practice.  Tomorrow I'm giving my first lesson in the third grade classroom and I really want it to go well!  And by well, I mean FUN!

Outfit details:
Loft dress (old)
Loft sweater (old)
Payless flats

Monday, September 8, 2014

teacher wear: navy + green

After a whole weekend of football, it definitely feels like Fall now!  A whole day of football on t.v. is great for me because I can just sit down and do school work, while listening to the games.  I was able to get some good lesson planning done!  And when the games got a little boring (because sometimes they do), I got up and cleaned the bathrooms, wrote out a grocery list, and went shopping for this week's meals.  And last night's dinner.  Because game day means EATS.  Last night is was all about a build-your-own-nacho bar, fried chicken, bbq wings, good bread, and chocolate-covered strawberries.    Football is delicious.

Another thing about Fall and being back in school, is that the kids are suddenly social butterflies again.  Jack and McKenna were out and about with friends this weekend, which is something Husband and I totally love and support.  I don't know what happened to us that led us down a path of rather-be-at-home-than-out-with-other-people, but we don't wish that upon our kids and sincerely enjoy seeing them happy and active with friends.  It's good stuff.

What is not good stuff, however, is that little kitten has decided to sleep all day and terrorize the sleeping humans all night long.  She is so so cute, so it's hard not to let her get away with everything.  But the problem is, she loves being in the same room as people and so she just won't go off and play somewhere.  She also enjoys blasting down the hallway, running from room to room, attacking curtains and bedskirts and anything else she can ruffle.  Last night I finally had to lock her up in the laundry room, after she knocked over a mirror in McKenna's room and frightened that poor girl half to death.  So, today!  Today I am buying a safety gate for the stairs!  And the humans in this house are taking back our sleep!!!!

Outfit Details:
J Crew Factory top
Anthropologie skirt
Target Sandals
Target necklace

Thursday, September 4, 2014

teacher wear: target dress

This dress is at Target right NOW.  It's pretty and comfy and basic enough that you can jazz it up any old way you want.  I'm imagining the cardigans and jackets and shoes and boots I can wear with this thing.  And did I mention comfort?  There's a little stretch and give, but not too much.  It still sucks in all the things that need sucking in.  :)

Outfit Details:
Target dress
Payless flats
J Crew Factory necklace

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

teacher wear: ankle pants

Here are those painful shoes again.  They're just so pretty.  And I'm obviously out to punish myself with them.

I'm still going through and wearing the teaching outfits I put together during my closet reorganization.  It sure has made things easier each a.m.  Actually, I try to set the outfit out the night before, to make things that much more smooth in the mornings.  Especially because Husband has been out of town so much lately.  It's just me making sure the two kids are awake, get some breakfast, and have everything ready for school - all while I'm trying to get ready myself.  Honestly, it's not that hard.  I mean, my kids are able to get themselves prepared and out the door.  I just like to make myself available because I still like to be needed just a little bit.  :)

Anyway, look at me wearing ankle pants that actually hit my ankles!  Petites!  I just really discovered them.  I'm slow.  If I had discovered petite sizes years earlier, perhaps that one lady would never have had to ask me, "Are those supposed to be capri's?"  I'm sure she meant it as a compliment, right?

Outfit Details:
Ann Taylor ankle pants
Ann Taylor top
Target shoes


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