Friday, February 27, 2009

HOLY SNOW

Like I said in my last blog, I had a huge test yesterday. Bad news, the teacher put absolutely EVERYTHING on the test that he possibly could. On tuesday, he gave us 5 main points to study for the test, so I assumed that is what I would need to study. Turns out, he meant that those are just the things you should study the most. We have had a CRAZY amount of readings in this class. About 100 pages a week. No possible way that I can retain all of that information. Especially since I have 4 other classes to read and study for. I get the test and I knew some of the answers, but there were a lot that I didn't have a clue on. Worst of all, we watched a movie in class and he had 2 essay questions about it on the test. He didn't even mention studying about the movie on Tuesday, which really makes me angry. Thats 20 points on the test. I sort of had an idea as to what to write, but not really.

Well it wasn't just me who thought this about the test, so it feels a little better. Not much though... Funny story though, we were mid-test and it starts thunder-snowing. Our entire class started laughing. This happened about 5 or 6 times throughout the test, it was crazy! All of this snow meant lots of school delays and cancellations. Cathedral was among those delayed schools, which means no Field Experience for me today. Now, it is totally fine with me not having to get up bright and early every once and a while, but this is the second time this week. It was ash Wednesday this past Wed, so I got let go early because of the Mass Service. This week I spent a total of 2 hours and 20 minutes in the classroom. I hope that the people here at WSU understand my situation when I don't reach the full 40 hours by the end of the semester. My schedule is swamped enough as it is, no extra time for make-up hours over there. I would love to head over there more often then I do, but unless they start having night school starting at 530 at night, no way is that happening!

But IT IS SPRING BREAK IN A FEW SHORT HOURS! so much relaxation in one week. I get to see my friends and family from home, and I couldn't be happier. I have to admit, I miss my puppies more than anything though! I also get to go and support my community college girls basketball team at the State Tournament on Saturday! I honestly miss competitive basketball sooooo much, but at the same time, I am incredibly happy to be done and moving on with my life! Basketball was great, but so time consuming and it killed my body! Anyway, one class left, then time to clean and pack then my dad will be here around 530 to come and pick me up!

YAYAYAYYAYAYAYAY! not sure if I will be writing in the next week!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend and week next week!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Pictures!



I just thought I would add some pictures of Maria (my little) and me!! :) She may be a little brat sometimes, but I am attached!

Not much to report from this week. I got an A on one of my tests, and I am pretty sure I did well on the other one I took! I have a huge test tomorrow. Not sure how its going to go. I have been studying like crazy, but not sure if I am studying the right content!

I guess I will find out tomorrow! I am super excited to be done with that class for the week! Its pretty much the end of my difficulties before spring break! Exciting!

Homeward bound on Friday! YAY!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Another day in the classroom...

Well, for some reason I found it reallllllllly hard to get out of bed this morning. I was so so so so tired from the lack of sleep I got this weekend. I managed to get to Field Experience in time, which was a great thing because I had a great day at Cathedral.

Today I started off by doing some correcting for Mrs. Hogenson, I am getting used to that being the routine. After that, I got a chance to help some of the students with basic division. I actually got to apply something I learned in class again. My education is actually worth the 14,000 dollars I pay a year... ok well maybe not worth that much, but its paying off! haha I also got a chance to help out with a really fun worksheet/activity with the kids. They had to think of different lettered items from different stores. (ie clothing store, grocery, sports... etc) It was really funny to see the kids get competitive!

I totally skipped out on tutoring today, I needed a nap. I found a substitute, so I wasn't totally abandoning my duties, even though they are never really short handed at homework club.

Like every other Monday, I headed out to Belleview Community Center at around 345. That place truly gives me a headache, and its really only getting worse. Like I have said early, the structure is very lacking and the person that is in charge leaves half an hour after we start! Its terrible, but I have to do it for my diversity education class. I want to teach in a disadvantaged neighborhood, but this is really turning me off to the idea. I know that in the classroom I will be the authority figure and be able to take charge, but this place is ridiculous. We actually had a mom of one of the kids come in today and literally yell at another girl for making her daughter cry. It was very very immature and unnecessary. Nothing really happened, and this mom didnt even bother to come to talk to us about the situation at all. She made 3 girls cry. I was feeling very overwhelmed with the situation. I could do absolutely nothing about either.
Not to mention, we have 9 volunteers to about 10 kids in a room thats about twice the size of a single dorm room. Terrible set up, and a horrible program. I just have to stick it out for class, but if it weren't for that, I would be out of there!

After that terrible experience I was done for the day. THANK GOD! I got a good workout in and hung out with a friend and watched tv. Very relaxing night. Its about time for me to watch Home Improvement and go to bed! My typical routine! haha

Hope everyone had a fabulous monday!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Forgot to blog for a few days....

Haven't blogged since Wednesday, but that is mainly because there has been nothing to blog about!

Thursday was just another day full of education classes, which is always interesting. My art class once again loaded me up with homework (I haven't gotten to any of it yet..oops) but other than that, nothing to report.

I did have a test in my education planning and assessment class on Thursday as well. I spent most of Tuesday and Wednesday freaking out about it, because my teacher is very very soft spoken, and I fell like I don't take a lot from the class. I made myself a study guide and studied like crazy for three days. I got the test, and the studying really paid off. I finished without a worry, except for the true/false question. I am terrible at true/false questions. I tend to second guess myself and ALWAYS put the wrong answer. Good thing they are never worth many points on the tests that I take!

Friday was nothing special at all. I had my field experience at Cathedral, and because it was Friday, I was alone in the classroom for quite some time. I graded some homework, and did some grade entering while the students were at Mass, and I can say it wasn't that bad. When the class was there, I got a chance to help a student that I work with in the tutoring program I take part in. The student I helped really struggles in a classroom setting, but when it gets down to one on one time, she is very intelligent. I actually got to use some skills from my Math Education class. Not quite sure how to explain it, but we were talking about doing some basic multiplication. I was excited to be able to help her out. I think she is truly understanding it!

Helping that student was such a great feeling, which makes me even more anxious to become a teacher!

My weekend was pretty fun. Just had some fun with friends and avoided school work at all costs! I really didn't have a lot of homework, so no big issues! I am currently watching the oscars! I look forward to this every year! I love movies, and beautiful clothes, so its the perfect fit for me!

Hope you all had a great weekend! :)

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Long day...despite having no class!

Today my day started at 6:30 am just like every other Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I arrived at Cathedral Elementary at about 7:45 so that I could hang out with the kids before their day officially started. I got a chance to talk to most of the kids, which is always a positive thing.

My time in the classroom was really positive today. The first half hour I worked on some correcting for Mrs. Hogenson, but then I actually participate in the classroom!! Mrs. Hogenson had me give each student their individual oral fluency test. Each student came out into the hallway with me and read a passage. The students had the opportunity to read the passage to themselves first, and then I timed them for one minute to see how far they could get, and with how many mistakes. I realized today that the class I work with has a huge gap in reading skills. One student finished the entire passage, and a few only finished the first paragraph. I think it is crazy how much reading levels can vary in one classroom of 14 students! I was very very very happy that I actually got a chance to interact with the students today.

I actually stayed 2 and a half hours to complete the test with all the students. I needed to make up some time from Monday, since they didn't have school anyway. After my classroom time, I had a few hours to kill before I had to head to St. Charles to mentor Maria.

I really did nothing with my down time, when I should have been studying for my test tomorrow. But I will be just fine.

Today in St. Charles was a great time. If you want to know more, check out my other blog. Maria and I really had a fun time today for sure. As of right now, I am trying to study for my Lesson Plan class. Not really sure what the official name of my class is, but that is the name I have given it! haha

Hope everyone had a great Wednesday!! :)

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Living the College Life.

No class again tomorrow. My teacher is attending a convention or something. I am not complaining, but this happens a lot. I actually like this class, and want it to be in session. haha
*says the nerd*

I do have field experience tomorrow at 8am. I haven't been their since Friday because Monday was presidents day and all. Can't wait to see the kids! I also get to go to St. Charles tomorrow! Always a highlight in my week for sure!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Pretty much a day off!

Its Presidents Day today, so no volunteer work today!! Happy 200th birthday abe!! haha

I was planning on having at least one volunteer session to still happen, but it got canceled at the last minute!! Pretty nice to have a day to lay around. Not that I ever lay around for too long. I get too bored!

Math education was my only class today, and we got our tests back... I got an 89. Of course I got nothing marked off on the "tough" problems, but I made mistakes on the easy ones. That always happens to me! I am not complaining at all, I am happy with my 89 for sure!

I have a test to study for tomorrow. It's assessment day, so no classes before 330, but I do have a class then with a test! Not too worried about it!

Happy Monday!! :)

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Slightly Confused...

Not sure why, but every other school on the country seems to have tomorrow off for Presidents Day...

Does Winona have it off you ask? No we have school bright and early! Doesn't make much sense to me.

We do have "Assessment Day" on Tuesday which is nice because all classes are canceled before 3:30 pm. Only one class on Tuesday! YAY!

Only 2 more weeks until Spring Break! I am looking forward to going home so much. I wouldn't call myself homesick, but I am dying to go home! :)

Friday, February 13, 2009

RA Job = no.... MATH TEST = EXCELLENT!

Today was my second day in the classroom, and I am realizing I may need to find a different assignment for the year....

I really like the teacher and class that I get to work with, but because it is a Catholic school there are some downfalls. Today I spend a majority of my time alone in the classroom. This was a bit upsetting to me. I learned today that Friday's are days that the class attends Mass from 8:50-9:50. I am only in the classroom from 8-9:45, so this was a good chunk of my time. Miss Hogenson gave me the option of going to mass ( why would I, considering I am not Catholic) or staying back to correct papers. I am completely fine with correcting papers, but if thats what I do on all of the Friday's, it is going to get very old, very fast. Not only do they attend mass, but their recess is early on Fridays, so I spend even less time observing. I think I am going to try and stick it out, but I want to get the best experience possible and I don't know if I am getting it at Cathedral.

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

After I left the classroom, it was time to go and pick up my RA notification letter. On my way over I was trying to convince myself that it was no big deal if I didn't get the job. Well when I did open it, and it did indeed say I was rejected, I was still pretty upset. I called mom and she was perfectly comforting about it!! ( THANKS MOM! LOVE YA!) But of course, as soon as I talk to her I start crying! Totally what happens whenever I am upset! But, it's all good, and I am going to live in a Quad suite instead with a couple of friends! :)

Despite being upset, I still had to take my math test. I think I did really well. I only really struggled with one problem, so I am hoping for an A! That would make this whole RA thing not a big deal at all!!

I am now done for the day and it's 12:35 pm!! Looking forward to a relaxing afternoon after I work out!

TGIF!

Hope you have a beautiful weekend!!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Class class and more class

Tuesdays and Thursdays are pretty stressful for me...to say the least.

Starting bright and early at 930 am I have Art with one wacky teacher. He never stops talking. The entire 3 hours of class, he talks. Even during movies. I might go crazy. But its a required class. So I will deal with it! haha

When I am done with that class I get a nice lunch break and then I head off to diversity in the classroom. Well thats my self-title for that class. I can't remember the real name. My bad. Its quite an interesting class. I got singled out today in class, and not for a good reason. I was pretty embarrassed. I will live

From 330 until 7 I am in my educational sequence classes. Not exactly the most exciting, but I have to make it through them. From what I hear, the first semester in the program is the hardest to get through! Hopefully that statement it true.

I found out when I was heading back to the dorms that I get my RA notification tomorrow morning. I applied to be a Resident Assistant for next year, and I am super nervous. I have come to the conclusion that next year will be good regardless of what that letter says tomorrow. I signed up today to live in a quad suite with four of my friends that I have made down here. So either way, I will have a good year next year!

Got a chance to watch Grey's Anatomy/Private Practice Crossover too! I am obsessed, but now I need to study for my Math Education test tomorrow! WISH ME LUCK!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

1st day in the Classroom!

Practicum

Today was my first day of my field experience in the classroom. For my Education 304 class, we are required to have a total of 40 hours of classroom experience over the course of the semester. Some of our goals for our classroom experience include observations, clerical work (correcting papers for the teachers), one on one tutoring, and small group work. I was pretty excited to head over to Cathedral Elementary this morning...despite the fact it was at 8am!!

Upon arrival, Mrs. Hogenson was a bit unprepared, but I couldn't blame her as soon as I observed her class for about 5 minutes. I believe her exact words were "I have quite the crew this year!" With my first observations I realized that their are about 4 students that I was wondering whether or not they were special education. About 15 minutes into the class another teacher walked in and sat down. The entire class worked on some bible study work in a circle and this other teacher was just writing things down. When she left and the bible study was over, Mrs. Hogenson proceeded to tell me that she was working on 3 special education referrals. I guessed right! Not too shabby for my first day. She went on to tell me that they don't have the finances for special education. Therefore, if those students do indeed qualify for special education they will have to transfer to another public school. That is one of the biggest downfalls of private education for sure.

My time flew by in the classroom today! For the last half hour I helped to create some flip books for tomorrow's activities. Not the most fun work, but I am helping a teacher with a crazy class, so it was no big deal! I assume I will be doing a little bit of that everyday, which is no problem for me at all.

After my field experience time was complete I had a few hours off before my weekly visit to St. Charles. I am currently a mentor for a young Latina girl named Maria at St. Charles Elementary School. I mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Winona. I started this mentoring through a class I had last semester. The class was called Latino and Latin American Perspectives! It was by far my favorite class of my college experience thus far. I have a required blog for that mentoring program. Please take a look. It gives a pretty great overview of the time I spend with Maria each Wednesday.

Other than my field experience and mentoring today, I didn't do much. I completed some homework and had a relaxing day. My math class was canceled for the day, but I do have a test in that class on Friday. I really should start studying for that!!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

This week so far....

This week has been nothing out of the ordinary so far...

Maniac Mondays....Its like I am on the go from sun up to sun down

One nice thing about Monday's is that I get to sleep in. Well, if sleeping in is waking up at 9:30 am, then I got to sleep in. I only have one class on Monday's which is great. Its Math for Elementary School Teachers. So far the class is pretty basic, but some of the concepts require a lot more thinking then I thought I would be doing in this class.

After class I actually get a lunch break. That is always nice. Then at about 2 I head over to Cathedral Elementary to tutor at the "Homework Club." I actually have had an amazing experience with this program so far. This volunteer work is exactly that, volunteer work. I do it for my own good. Its basically the only work I do for fun. I help about 7 kids with their homework after they get done with school. These kids are absolutely hilarious. They are cracking jokes constantly and making me laugh for all sorts of reasons. Having this much fun helping kids with homework reminds me why I want to be an educator. I found out today that 3 of the kids I tutor are in the classroom that I will be doing my practicum in. This is pretty exciting, I really like these kids. Recap of what I helped out with: Division, Weather, and Word searches.

When I am done with tutoring, I pretty much rush to get picked up by my friend Jill to head to Belleview Community Center on the east side of winona to volunteer. This program is not as much fun for me. This program is pretty much organized chaos. That is putting it nicely. Their is a huge age variety so its really tough to get all kids on the same page. This program is more about giving the kids a place to hang out after school and keeping them out of trouble. I find myself having to keep the kids from arguing and fighting more often then not, but I guess its better then them being in trouble with higher authority figures. I actually got to work with one little boy who was very cute. Together we put together the same puzzle three times. It was about the only thing that would keep him from crying, so I just went along with it. After he ran off to do something else, I wasn't really that involved. It's my goal to be more motivated in weeks to come. After I am done at Belleview, I am done for the day. Time to relax. I wish, more like time for homework in the 18 credits that I am currently enrolled in.

Tuesday tuesday Tuesday...

Tuesday's and Thursday's are my busiest as far as school goes. I have 4 of my 5 classes on these days. I have all three of my educational sequence classes right in a row as well as my Art class. I don't really get a break, so its a little overwhelming and I am pretty tired on these days. Today I decided to be productive and head to the library with my friend after my last class and I actually got a lot done. I have a lot of homework still, despite being in the library for 2 hours. It probably doesn't help that I spent a lot of time trying to understand one of my assignments instead of doing it. haha! It will get done... It always does.

When I got back from the lib I decided just to have some relaxation time, well until I decided to make this blog. Well, anything is better than schoolwork at this point!

First Semester in the Education Program!

Well, as of November I was admitted into the Winona State University Education Program. This was not the easiest of all tasks, but I feel like I was very qualified, and I was very excited to be admitted. Despite being very exciting, I knew it was going to be a huge commitment.
It all starts with the professional sequence of classes in the education program. As of this semester I am enrolled in Education Planning classes 304 and 311. These classes involve learning how to write the dreaded lesson plan, and learning about child psychology. Its not that these classes aren't necessary, but a lot of repitition occurs throughout the class and its gets a little old. Also, I am enrolled in and Diversity in Education class. This is probably the toughest class I have ever been enrolled in in my 3 years of college. I really enjoy the class, but I am having a hard time connecting the topics we discuss to the educational standards. I will figure it out eventually. My final two clases are Math for elementary school teachers, and Art for the elementary school teacher. Now when you look at the titles of these classes they may sound easy, well at least I did. Well, to say the least, they aren't as easy as they sound!
One aspect of my classes that I truly enjoy is all of the volunteer work that I get to partake in. I am currently taking part of volunteering in St. Charles through Big Brothers Big Sisters, at cathedral elementary here in town tutoring, and at Belleview Community Center with disadvantaged kids. I also have my first teaching practicum starting tomorrow at Cathedral Elementary. All of this volunteer work is a bit overwhelming, but totally going to help me in the long run. I am working on building up that resume!

This has pretty much been an overview of what my blog will consist of. I will share my feelings about the different classes and volunteer experiences that I go through!

HOPE YOU ENJOY!! :)

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