Thursday, February 23, 2012

The last couple weeks

Weeks two and three of my student teaching weren't too exciting. I mainly just kept observing and taking over small aspects of the classroom routines building up to my fourth week in which I took over the entire school day. I did however get the opportunity to do some fun dental health activities with the children. The first activity that I had them do was based on flossing. I gathered up some large lego blocks, some yarn and play dough. The children put pieces of play dough between the pegs on the large lego blocks then "flossed" it out with their yarn. They really seemed to enjoy this. On Friday (2/10/12) I had them do an activity based on the importance of brushing their teeth. The night before I soaked hard boiled eggs in a large tub of pop. This made the shells of the eggs stained brown. When I got to school on Friday I informed the students that they would be using tooth brushes and tooth paste to brush off the staining. Thankfully it worked and the eggs went back to having bright white shells! My students were really excited to see the change and it was a neat way to bring the importance of brushing well to their level. During my fourth week (Feb 13-14) I took over the class for the full day on Wednesday and Thursday. On Wednesday and Thursday of last week I had to take over planning all of the instructional station activities along with morning work and homework for the students. This was pretty easy considering my mentor gave me plenty of materials to choose from. Our theme for the week was presidents and Mrs. Finley has a large selection of instructional materials for each and every holiday and theme, but after 30 years of teaching that is expected. On Friday we had a teacher development day at Cane Bay High School here in Summerville. The development day was for the entire Berkeley School District and having at Cane Bay was perfect because the school itself was HUGE! It blew me away  how nice the landscaping around the school was and how utterly large the entire campus was. I have never seen a school as large or well kept as Cane Bay. At the in-service I was able to attend three different classes with my mentor and our classroom assistant. I learned new ways to make history and math fun in the classroom and also how to incorporate music more in the day. I am very thankful that I was able to attend the development day and feel that I left with some valuable knowledge.  I am currently finishing up my fifth week which is also my first full week of teaching all day on my own and it has had its up and downs but is thankfully ending on a high note

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Week One at WVP

I successfully completed week one of student teaching at WVP! While i'm exhausted I have loved every minute of it! At WVP the teachers have teaching assistants which is something that I have never heard of before. My mentor teacher is Mrs. Finley and her assistant is Mrs. Ropp, both were very welcoming and have really made the adjustment an easy one! The classroom that I am in is quite large and has a lot to offer the students. There is a wide variety of learning materials throughout the entire room. There are so many aspects of the room and way that the classroom is run that I find interesting and want to use in my own classroom someday.  Below are a few photos of my classroom. There is a bathroom, two sinks and an office in the room as well:
 Looking into the room from the door.
 Computer area.
 Carpet and calendar area.
Cubby area.

On my first day I was able to go on a field trip with all of the Kindergarten classes to the Charleston Children's Museum. I was really excited to be able to start a teaching experience in a new way and also to see more of Charleston. The museum was really neat and the children really seemed to enjoy it. On Tuesday I was able to experience a normal day for my students and really tried to take in as much as I could. As the week went on I became more comfortable with the class and eventually started taking over small aspects of the day. On Wednesday and Thursday I read books to the students during carpet time and on Friday I was given free rein to take over the dismissal routine. Below are a few photos from the museum:

 Entrance to the museum.
 In the raceway room which was based off of physics.
 The pirate ship.
 A large map on the wall that I thought was neat.
The art room.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

First few days in South Caroline

Well here I am in Summerville, South Carolina and I couldn't be happier! I drove down Friday night with my mom and while it was a long haul we had a great time. She stayed for the weekend and on Saturday we went down to Charleston and looked around the city. We ended up taking a carriage tour which was extremely informative and a neat way to see the different aspects of the city that make it so historic. (I added some photos below of the trip) Afterwards we ate dinner at Fleet's Landing which is over the water and was delicious! It was so great to have dinner outdoors and not be freezing! Sunday evening I took her to the airport and she made her way back to cold dreary Ohio (better her than me!) Adjusting to living with people I have never met before has gone really well and I am feeling more and more at home by the day. I am looking forward to the next 5 and a half weeks and what all they have to offer! I have had a great first two days at WVP and I will be adding more about those later in the week.

Part of Rainbow Row

                                                       WATER!! :)