Friday, February 08, 2008

Update on me.

This has been a busy several weeks. I began my Student Teaching on January 7, 2008. The principal placed me with a kindergarten teacher. I really enjoyed this teacher and her class; however, my college does not accept kindergarten placements. He left me there for one week and then placed me in a first grade classroom.

Totally different styles and personalities of the students and the teachers but I am enjoying my class. My new host teacher is a sweetie and I really like her. Mark taught two of her sons in his Middle school band last year. Her husband is Homeschooling them this year. She is a Christian and so we share a common faith.

I have 16 students in my class and while some are super sweet, a couple of them know how to try your patience. LOL There are ten boys and six girls in my class. I have been teaching math for the last three weeks and doing the morning routine. The past two weeks, I have been teaching Language arts and this week the editing (morning message) and Social Studies was added to my responsibilities.

I think that it is going okay except my Clinical Supervisor stresses me out completely. Most of the teachers have told me that she does this to all of them. Sigh. WGU pays for someone to be my Clinical Supervisor (from my INCREASED tuition during Student Teaching) and the college allows the principal to choose the person if he/she wants. WGU recommends a retired classroom teacher. My principal chose his Curriculum Specialist.

I have completed three of my six observations with her. Y’all will hear me scream when I don’t have to deal with her anymore. My host teacher has told me that I am doing a great job. And, I appreciate her support and encouragement.

Paul and I both have been sick this week. So not fun. I went to work yesterday morning only to have to leave. I went to our PA and he put me on some meds and hopefully, I will be on the mend and feeling good by sometime this week-end.

I have several papers to write for my college Cohort and class. I also have to write up my two week unit to go into my Portfolio. I am also writing a two week science unit. My friend, Lauri, has given me some great suggestions for that unit. As I have my students do it, I will post pictures.

Well, I need to go and lay down.

Blessings,
Debbie

5 comments:

Joy said...

You will be in my prayers! You are such a great example! Thank you for all that you have done and all that you are doing! We love and miss you all!
Love,
Leah-Joy.

Deborah said...

Dear Friend,
I KNOW that you are a great teacher. You are to children and creative learning as Mark is to music! What a work load you are under! How many hours are you taking? I pray for your strength and for your joyful spirit to ever be there in the class despite a supervisor's clip board...teachers are America's last front line missionaries, and you are one of the best.

I love you dearly,
Deb

ps - do you have a volume of KONOS to help with the science unit? Call me, and I'll read the activities she suggests for the unit you'll choose for science...

Mel said...

I pray for you often. You are such an amazing women and I am impressed with all that you do. Keep pressing on. You're going to be an awesome teacher!

Wendy said...

You'll make it and you'll be great!

Grits

Debbie B said...

Deborah,

I sold all of my KONOS stuff. I just might call you this week-end. I am taking 21 hours this semester. This is the lowest amount of hours that I have taken in a given semester. However, being that I am gone all day long and having to fulfill all the Student Teaching requirements - it's feel like more.

Love,
Debbie