Please forgive my lack of blogging. Waking up early everyday is a rough life! 8 hours of sleep just doesn’t cut it for me, which makes my bed time somewhere around… 9 pm. Which also means when (if?) I am a teacher, I’ll crash at 8-9 pm every night and not have a life. Isn’t that cool? (sarcasm) Seems like a slight problem to me.
I’ve been observing in a 3rd grade elementary class all week! Because my class schedule allows, I’m there all day long so I have the benefit of observing their entire daily routine. The cooperating teacher (CT) is a very sweet lady and awesome teacher and the kids are sweet, so it’s a great experience so far. I know one of the students in the class (I used to babysit her and she went to the daycare) plus I’ve seen a few other kids I know around the school. It’s nice to get experience in a school that I haven’t attended. I think I’ll apply to sub there because I feel comfortable knowing the school now. (Interesting fact: Every faculty member is female.)
Thankfully, I don’t have to just sit there and watch. I’ve been helping grade papers, read with kids, and do other random tasks to help the CT out. Throughout the day she gives me tips/advice– she’s a great source of information. If I was in a high school classroom, I’d be bored out of my mind!!! There’s barely enough time in the day for the elementary schedule so it sure goes by fast!
On the first day, she set out worksheet books just for me to see. I randomly opened up to a page in the math word problem book where there were two problems on the page. I noticed the first one used my name for the problem, which I don’t see very often. Then I glanced at the other problem and guess what name it used? Ryan! :) I thought it was funny. Then it reminded me of how much I miss him.
Last night I didn’t get home until about 7:30 pm because of classes! Phew, I was tired. I had my first quiz of this semester in West Civ (a geography quiz).. which we get to re-take if we want! I think I did fine though.
Art Appreciation experience of this week: Well, first off I don’t know if class is cancelled next week because he wasn’t clear. Great. Randomly during the lecture he pulled out a PEZ dispenser from his pocket, a Winnie the Pooh one to be exact, and set it on someone’s desk. They sat there for a second and he said, “Want a PEZ?” The student took one and then he went on with his lecture… which was about the Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids. He reminded us many times we are all going to die, but do we want to leave a mark on the world or remain anonymous? He also somehow got on the topic of how S&T students don’t sit on the grass when it’s nice outside and they all leave campus on Friday night… I laughed on the inside because it’s so true. AU was the opposite of this.
FYI: Just got an email about the first confirmed case of H1N1 virus at S&T. Is anyone concerned about this pandemic? Just wondering.
Alright, I’m off to relax after a busy week…
Distance makes for lonely weekends.