Friday, April 24, 2009

not blogging a lot...sorry!

Well, I am pretty sure that my mom is one of the few people that reads this, but I am sure that she would appreciate it if I blogged more often....

I have just been oh so busy trying to get everything done before the end of the semester, which is in 13 days! YAY! Most of my projects are due this coming Thursday and I don't have a lot to do, but its enough to keep me busy ALL of this weekend! This week absolutely flew by! I spent a lot of time working on my Diversity Action Plan, which is probably my largest project. I can happily say that I only have about 1/2 of my last source to complete and then I will turn it in!

I have a presentation on Tuesday about classroom discipiline. It shouldn't be too bad, but I did volunteer to make the power point so that is one more thing to add to this list. My group members have been sending me stuff to put in the presentation, I just need to sit down and do it! Yesterday I gave a presentation about Vietnamese immigrants in the United States education system. It was a hard presentation to give, because we were the last group to present, and I know that everyone was so ready to be done for the day. We got it done though, so I am very happy. We also got our final journal back for my diversity in education class and I got 15/15! I was very excited about that'


Here is my to-do list for the weekend:
write 2 artist criticisms
finish my action plan
make power point for presentation
study for my final on standardized tests <--- gosh this sucks!
put together my portfolio for my Art for Elementary school teachers class

The weather has been absolutely fabulous these past few days, so getting things done has been a tough task. However, it is supposed to be cloudy and rainy the rest of the weekend. All the more reason to be cooped up in the Library getting work done! I cannot wait for it to be Thursday April 30th at about 6:30. Thats when I can take a sigh of relief because 3 of my 5 classes will be completed. After that its 2 easy finals and I am OUTTA here for the summer!

I am also receiving more information about my counseling job this summer. I am very very very excited for it to start, but I will enjoy having the month of May off! My 21st birthday is also in 8 short days! I am pretty excited for that as well! :)

Hope everyone has a great weekend! :)

Friday, April 17, 2009

GREAT WEEK! :)

Everything is going so well right now! :)

Today was my last day in my field experience classroom. It was pretty sad. A bunch of the students gave me hugs and said that I have to visit. I probably will have to do that. That isn't even the best part. All of the students made me goodbye cards! They were the CUTEST things I have ever seen. I am going to keep them and look at them whenever I am sad for sure! Mrs. Hogenson also gave me my review today and it was very flattering to say the least. She had a lot of good things to say, and it made me even more excited to become a teacher very very soon!

My classes are going pretty well. I have always been a horrible test taker and my tests this past week have proven that, but my final grades are not really suffering because of these test scores. I am pretty thankful for that.

I am really looking forward to this semester being over. I loved my field experience and tutoring, but my classes are very demanding and I really need a break from it! Summer is going to be here very very soon! I registered for my classes on Monday and I had no trouble getting into any of them. I have so many credits from Community College that I get the opportunity to register on the first day! AWESOME is all I can say!

I made my "plan" for the rest of my education here @ Winona, and it turns out I will be done after May Term next year, and then I will student teach the following fall! SO SO SO EXCITING! I cannot wait to be a teacher!

Hope everyone has a fabulous Friday and a great weekend! :)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

EASTER LILY!


Here is the Easter Lily that I was talking about in yesterday's blog! I plan on adding one of the vase full of them when I am in the classroom tomorrow!!


The flower portion is made from cutouts of my hands. The pedals are my fingers just curled with a pencil. The stem is just a piece of rolled up construction paper! So simple and yes so cute!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Haven't blogged in a while...

Well it has been a while since I blogged last... I have just been totally swamped with everything going on!!

As of today, I only have one more day as a teaching assistant in Mrs. Hogenson's class. I am actually pretty sad about this, because I have gotten to know the kids so well, and they really do brighten up my day. :( I have had a great experience though, and I am very thankful for that! This first field experience is supposed to help us to determine whether or not we want to be a teacher, and it has proven to me that Teaching is totally the right job for me! YAY!

Today in Mrs. H's class we made Easter Lilies! They were made out of traced hands and construction paper! I will probably post a picture of the vase that we created out of construction paper with all of the lilies in it. I got to make one myself too! I am such a dork, I love little art projects like that.

Some news about my Belleview mentoring. There were a lot of issues with the kids that were coming to the community center. Kids were swearing, running around, and not doing anything they were asked, so the director thought it was best to only have the room open once per week. I would have gladly gone, but the room will only be open on Wednesdays, which happens to be my busiest day of the week! I guess I am done with that for the year.

Last week was a great time in St. Charles as well. The weather was finally Beautiful outside, so Maria and I got a chance to spend some time outside. We pretty much just hung out, not too eventful. I think that sometimes those are the best days!

I am busy working on my Action plan for my diversity in education class. It is due in about 2 weeks and I have 3 of my 5 sources complete! I have an idea for my final two sources. It is just a matter of sitting down and doing it! HAHA (EASIER SAID THEN DONE, THATS FOR SURE!)

I am spending a lot of time in the library, but I am here to learn and get good grades, so no complaining here! I had a wonderful Easter weekend with the family. Nothing that fancy, but it is always good to spend some time at home. I won't be spending much time at home this summer, so I have to bond with my sister and family while I can

Hope everyone is having a fabulous monday! :)

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

What a week!!

Monday morning started the busy schedule once again! No more spring break in Winona, so I had to start mentoring again! I woke up bright and early to head to field experience at Cathedral Elementary. It was really hard to wake up in the morning, but I am glad I did because I had a fun day in the classroom

Well, it was the first day back from spring break, so all the students had tons to share. A lot of the kids made trips to MOA over break, which makes me laugh, because its so close to home for me. About 5 girls also went to the American Girl Place Store, which I am in love with as well. Oh the memories!! Haha. Next, I got a chance to help kids with an Easter project. It was a really fun time. I got to help the kids make eggs out of papier-mâché and balloons. It was a messy project, but those are the best projects to do! The kids had a really good time. I almost had more fun then the students! By the time the kids were done with the project, and the cleaning up process, it was about time for me to go.

We didn’t have Mted on Monday, so I got a break until tutoring. I just kind of sat around, no big deal! Then I headed back to cathedral for homework club. Homework club was nothing special, just helped the kids with the typical spelling and math homework. They seem to all really respond to one on one attention, which is nice to see for sure. I am only there for an hour, but I get a chance to help kids, so it’s worth it. As soon as I was done tutoring, I headed to Belleview community center.

When my friend and I arrived at Belleview, we realized how few kids that were there. We only spent about a half an hour there because we had 5 mentors and 3 kids. We just decided it wasn’t really worth being there anyways.

Today was a fun day as well!! I got a chance to go on a field trip with Mrs. Hogenson’s class. We headed to Whitewater State Park to make maple syrup. It was fun to see all the kids get excited about nature. I had my own group to work with, which was fun. We spent 5 hours at the park. I really needed these 5 hours to reach my 40 hour goal for the semester. I had a really fun time working with all the students with different nature activities the whole day. We got back to Cathedral at about 2pm on the dot, and I am supposed to head to St. Charles at that time. I had emailed my teacher about being a few minutes late, but when I was running to catch the bus it was pulling away! I tried to catch the bus, but there was no hope. I just feel bad for Maria (my little) because she is going to have a boring day. It’s really not my fault, but I still feel bad. Oh well, I will make up for it next Wednesday.

Don’t really have much planned for the rest of the week. Hope everyone is having a happy WEDNESDAY!!

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