Getting Around

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Student Teaching Sniffles

I managed to get a cold that really kicked up Thursday this past week. I know it's common for student teachers and new teachers to get sick, but since I recently worked with the preschool set and I rarely get sick, I was surprised. It was a rough two days until the end of the week, and my cooperating teacher kept telling me it was OK if I needed to take part of a day off since I put in so much time before school started. By my way of thinking, if we expect kids to come to school with colds, I should be there, too. It took some effort to stop scrubbing my hands every time I blew my nose (as we had to do in preschool), though I did go through a ton of hand sanitizer. Ew.

Now that I've done some serious sleeping and some prep for the coming week, I feel much better. But I'm wondering what regular teachers do to get through their tough, I-feel-crummy days.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

First Week of Student Teaching

I've survived the first week of student teaching. Whew!

Actually, it's been great, except for the schedule. I leave home at 7:30am and don't come back until 6pm or later. I am with a fantastic cooperating teacher, so I couldn't ask for more in that regard. In fact, I'll be starting to teach lessons next week already, sooner than is required.

There's been a change in the daily schedule to longer school hours this year, so the teachers are working just as hard to find their groove as the kids are. It's hard to change your mental flow of the day when you've been doing it for awhile. Each class must also have 90 minutes of reading instruction each day (new this year), and figuring out ways of filling that time productively before all the routines have set in has been interesting.

The kids are wonderful. We have new kids, faces already familiar to the teachers, kids who just moved here from another country, and kids with interesting backgrounds. Most of them are ready to learn, which makes our jobs easier.

I can already tell this semester will fly by!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

New Teacher Bootcamp Blogging

In my last post I mentioned that I was doing the New Teacher Bootcamp at Edutopia. This week, we're supposed to talk about blogging. Convenient, no? As part of our assignment, I'd like to write a little bit about my blogging experience.

I first started blogging to keep track of great activities I did in my preschool classroom. I didn't want to forget them, but sometimes you do something and then the next year you can't remember how you set it up, or the materials you used, or whatever. I took pictures and wrote comments. I didn't originally intend for other people to see the blog, but I had left it as public in case anyone had thoughts on how to improve what I was doing. I gained a very small following, and then I felt like I had to change my writing style a bit so it didn't sound like I was writing my own grocery lists and posting them to the web.

Now that I'm finishing up my teaching license (my original career was in business and computing and you don't need a license to teach preschool in my state), I'm finding my old blog doesn't really fit anymore. I fully intended to keep it up by posting activities I saw in rooms where I subbed since I was still in and out of schools. But between my classes, working, and family, it just never happened.

My current blog (this one) is an attempt to force myself to reflect on my experience as I learn more about teaching. Ideally, I'd like to have it be a group project, but I have yet to find anyone else willing to commit to joining me. I was hoping to have a collection of people at different points in their teaching careers, such as preservice teachers and experienced teachers. So, if you are a very reflective practitioner and you'd like to have a voice but don't want to set up your own blog, feel free to leave a comment here! I moderate all comments, so you can leave your contact info and I won't post your comment to the public.