Well, I’m officially a student teacher! I’ve completed my first week at a local middle school with my mentor teacher, teaching 7th and 8th grade science in the GATE program. So far I’ve made the new seating charts for this quarter and placed the students into new lab groups. Everyday I take attendance, help the students with any independent work and projects they have, and do any thing else my mentor teacher wants help with or wants me to learn. I’ve already learned the names of almost all of the 112 students. In a few weeks, I will take over one of the classes, doing all the lesson planing, teaching, homework assigning and grading, while the mentor teacher takes a “back seat”. Each week after that I will take over another class, until I am preparing and teaching all the class periods.
Last Friday, I went on a field trip with the 8th graders to the Pima Air & Space museum.
Over the next few months I’ll be teaching Earth History and Astronomy to the 7th graders, and Genetics and Physics to the 8th graders.
Thanks for reading my last few blog entries about my journey to becoming a teacher. I’m almost there! I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I’m so thankful for my boyfriend and parents for supporting me and encouraging me through all of this, and for being patient with me when I’m stressed and overwhelmed in the middle of a semester.
Over the winter break I worked at Hubrich Dental,
made bread a few times,
and spent Christmas Eve with my family, and Christmas Day with Jacob’s family. I went to Pinetop with Jacob and his family and met some of his baby cousins and saw a bit of snow.
For New Year’s Eve, Jacob and I went to Bob and Lydia’s house for another amazing party they put on with all of our close friends.
The weekend before I started student teaching, Mom and Lydia and I had a mother/daughter time and got a pedicure.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, a Happy New Year, and a restful break from normal, busy life.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6