Friday, March 27, 2009

End of a boring week!

What a week. I am happy to say that I am officially caught up in almost all of my classes! I have gotten a lot done, but I am indeed ready to be in the classroom and mentoring again!

This week I started my action plan for my diversity in education class. Now, I am not a big fan of this class because it is a TON of work, however, I do appreciate everything that I have learned about the State Standards for education in Minnesota. Walking into this class, I knew absolutely nothing about these standards. Now I have a pretty good grasp as to what they are and how I need to adapt my lesson plans to fit them. To be honest, these standards are slightly intimidating, but I am sure I will figure out a way to make them work in my lessons.

Also, I have a lesson plan writing class in which I had to create a mini-unit for a fifth grade class. Well, I chose a 5th grade class, mainly because it's my ideal classroom. I decided to a mini-unit on weather vocabulary. I chose weather because my little sister has shown interest in meteorology,something I know pretty much nothing about. I decided I would use this unit as an opportunity to learn more!! Not that I learned a ton, but I learned some interesting vocabulary words and what not. Maybe I will be able to keep up with that little spitfire when she grows up and is on tv. YEAH RIGHT!

Other then that, not too much to report. I am looking forward to the end of the semester. I just want a break from school in general. Nothing wrong in that right? I am starting to plan out the rest of my education in Winona. It's surprisingly easy to do. All of the classes seem like they are going to fall right into place for me! I would love if everything worked out. I did learn some scary news though. There is talk about development of a teaching reading minor that will be mandatory for Communications and Literature majors at all levels. Thats Me!! ahhhh!!!! I hope that it doesn't happen until after I graduate because I don't want to have to spend another year and half with a minor. Keeping my fingers crossed thats for sure!! I have my advising meeting set up for figuring out my classes next semester. I really just want this year to be over 1.) so I can move on in my education 2.) so I can get a well deserved break from school!!

Hope everyone has a phenomenal weekend!!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

boring week....

Well it's spring break in Winona, and that means a whole lot of nothing but class going on. I told myself that I was going to get a lot of school work done this week. I have done some, and I plan on doing more tonight, but that doesn't change that I AM BORED! I love being able to sleep in because I don't have field experience, but I miss Mrs. Hogensen's class! It really brightens up my day for sure!!

I do get to go to St. Charles today though! I am excited for this because its miss MARIAS birthday! YAY! Well, it was her birthday last week, but last week was their spring break, so no mentoring. I got her a present and I am excited to give it to her! Not sure what else we are going to do today, but we will figure out something fun! Its crazy how attached I am to her... I am going to have to try to figure something out for next year because I don't think that I will be able to make the wednesday trips to St. Charles anymore. Pretty much a sad day! Hopefully we can stay in touch in one way or another!

Not much going on this week though... the notifications for the education program went out this week, and a ton of my friends got in! I am very proud of all of them! It's a lot of work, but they will all be great teachers one day!!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Done for the week??

Well it's Wednesday and I was thinking about the rest of my week, and I realized I am done with volunteer work for the week ALREADY! I dont know what I am going to do with all of this free time...

Possibly study for my two mid-terms tomorrow?? I don't know, might be a good idea! ha ha

I had a great time in the classroom today. The class got a chance to have a poet come in and teach them some basic things about poetry. I love poetry. I can't write it, but I sure do love it. I love elementary poetry too. It just brings laughter and smiles to kids faces, and its so fun to watch students get creative! I had students asking me for help about beats in a line, and I was getting confused myself. The kids found that pretty hilarious... anything to make them smile right! lol

Next week is spring break for Winona public and private schools, so no tutoring, mentoring, or field experience. Wow. What to do with all this free time! CRAZY! Usually I head to St. Charles on Wednesdays, but today is the exception because it is spring break there this week. I have to miss Maria's birthday, but we will find a way to celebrate next week for sure!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Another week in Winona...

This week is flying by pretty fast! This excites me! Maybe all of the weeks will go this fast!! However, if its going to fly by this fast, I need to get to work on all my end of the semester projects and whatnot! haha

Tuesday was just another day full of class, nothing new in that at all. I still feel like my diversity in education is CRAZY and he is now even more crazy. He gave us a chapter to break down and analyze for the rest of the class. Now this would be fine if he gave us a week to put a 30 minute presentation together for, but he gave us from Tuesday until today! what a pain. My group got it done, but its nothing too special...hopefully its up to his high standards!! My 304 and 311 classes still remain as easy as can be, and let me tell you, IM NOT COMPLAINING!

Wednesday was another fun filled day in the classroom at Cathedral. I did a lot of work in the classroom on Wed. I had to cut out strips of paper for the St. Patrick’s day project this class is doing, and I had to cut out a bunch of shapes for the upcoming geometry unit! oh joy! By the time I was done with that, it was time to leave. And then comes ST. CHARLES!!

St. Charles was quite the adventure yesterday. Maria has a pretty big geometry test coming up and when I went up to the classroom to pick her up, her teacher mentioned how much she needed to study. She didn't want to study at first, but we made it a fun little game out of studying, and she ended up having fun with it. And she now knows many of the terms that she did not know to begin with! I am pretty proud of her. She really struggles in school, but with the one on one time, she does an amazing job!

I am going home again this weekend because my dad and I are going to the National basketball tournament in Rochester on Friday. I feel like I am not spending very much time in Winona lately, but I will survive. Haha

Monday, March 9, 2009

First day back from SPRING BREAK!

Well spring break was relaxing, that's for sure! I got to spend lots of time with the family and friends, just chilling at home. Its always nice to have a break from the crazy college life, and I sure needed it.

Today, I had a really hard time waking up for field experience. I was very very excited to get rolling again with the semester. I arrived at Cathedral right on time, and I had lots of work to do. I corrected work for most of the time that I was there, which was actually nice, because I was pretty tired, so I don't think that I would have been to great working directly worth the kids. I did help to correct one worksheet with the students, which was funny, because they know their facts, but correcting is another story. haha

After field experience, I headed to Math education where we pretty much reviewed what we covered last friday. I didn't have a problem with this, I pretty much zoned out and didn't even take notes. I know that I didn't miss much.

When I was done with class, it was time for tutoring. Well, I had an hour break, but I spent that taking a power nap for 45 minutes. It's going to be a struggle to get back into my school sleeping schedule. Tutoring went really well today, the kids didn't really need much help with their homework, so I pretty much just observed and asked questions. After tutoring, I headed straight to Belleview for another interesting day.

Actually, Belleview was really nothing too bad today. My friend Jill and I spent most of the time constructing puzzles with different kids. There was chaos in the background, but we decided that ignoring it was the best idea. They don't listen to any of us anyways. The kids seem to be naturally loud, and we are not supposed to be authority figures, so there is no point in trying to be one. The kids seem to have fun, and thats what they are there for. They need a place to hang out, because many of their home situations are not the best.

Belleview actually went by pretty fast today, and when I got back to my room, I pretty much just worked out and ate, and now I am doing some homework! Not too bad.

Pretty good first day back!!
Happy Monday! :)

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