Student Teaching – Week 1
January 8, 2012
I survived my first week of student teaching!! And it went well!! Granted, it was only 3 days… I am still pretty anxious, but if I know exactly what I plan to do and talk about each day, then I feel better. I know that sounds strange…I should ALWAYS know what I’m planning on doing each day, but in a classroom where the teacher already has set procedures, it takes some time to get used to how things are set up. One of the most important things I need to remember is that I should think as if it is my classroom and I am the only teacher. “What do I expect from my students?” “What do I want my students to learn today?”
Day 1: We had in-service, so I was able to meet all the other high school and middle school music teachers in the KCK district. We talked a lot about writing and how we can help our students with their writing skills. Before we went to lunch at a Chinese Buffet, I ran into two of my friends from UMKC who are teaching in the KCK district now! They are both elementary teachers, so they were in a separate room than we were for in-service, but I ran into them in the hallway as I was leaving. It was such a wonderful surprise! We spent the rest of the day at Sumner Academy planning for the first couple of days of classes.
Day 2: We were team-teaching most of the day, which I thought worked out very well. It felt a little rocky for me at first, but I felt successful and I was excited to hear the students vocalize for the first time. We are going to have GREAT singers in the choirs this semester.
Day 3: The third day went even better! I started to become more comfortable and since the first two days were block days, we taught the same lessons. It was a great wrap-up to the first week.
I had a pretty busy week. I also purchased a new phone this week! It was incredibly exciting! I got the Samsung Galaxy Glide.
I absolutely LOVE it! I cannot stop playing with it.
‘Tis the time to make New Year’s resolutions…well, you could say I make resolutions, but they are more like “new beginnings.” I love fresh starts, so I have many wonderful plans and goals for the year. A couple years ago I did a wonderful job at changing my eating habits and exercise regiment. Well, I fell out of that at some point in time and I would like to get back to it. …I cannot say I’ve been doing well. I think it’s going to take me a little more time to transition my eating and exercising habits than I expected, but I know I can do it.
I did have an interesting first time at a restaurant called Grinders, downtown. They are known for their Philly sandwiches and were featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Well, since I am trying to eat better, I steered clear of the Philly, burgers, and fried food. I decided to do the lunch special of half salad, half curried chicken sandwich…or at least I thought I read sandwich. It actually said curried chicken “salad.” So how does that change it completely for me? It’s made with mayonnaise…and I dislike mayonnaise VERY much. However, the spinach salad was amazing!
I was a “good girl,” though, and at least tried the sandwich. It was as bad as I had expected, but I still didn’t care for it. Next time…I should try a Philly.
As for my workout regiment? I’ve got a good start with 3 days at the gym this week and I’ve started using my old spreadsheet that I made a couple years ago. I’ve also started using my Blender bottle that I got myself for Christmas. My favorite protein shake I have made so far is 1 cup of almond (or soy) milk, 1 tablespoon of vegetable protein powder, and a couple squeezes of raw agave nectar.
This week is off to a slow, but great start and I’m excited to see how things continue.