Archive | March, 2011

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25 Mar

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One Week In, No Despair In Sight

25 Mar

HURRAY for making it through my first week of student teaching!  It goes without saying that I’m exhausted, and I don’t even want to tell you how much coffee I’ve had this week, but despite that I’m pretty sure that I couldn’t have asked for a better first week back with my first graders.  I’ve already taken over our Morning Meetings and our read-alouds, and so far all of my lessons have been amazing.  The kids seem to be adjusting well to me giving the directions, although I have had to talk with one or two students about how I’m a teacher too and my directions are not optional.  Still, all that’s to be expected; it is an adjustment period for us all.

This upcoming week is spring break for the kids, and I’ve got a kitchen table stacked with curriculum, picture books and various binders.  Yes, it’s a ton of work, but it doesn’t even feel like work.  Instead it feels like a job, a fun job, and that’s priceless.

New Age, New Hair, New Stress

15 Mar

So my goal of blogging at least once a week has been a fail of sorts so far, but I’m going to get better at that starting now.  I even have a couple blog ideas/stories backlogged for slow or busy weeks, I swear.

This particular post is going to be about new beginnings.  For those not keeping track, this past Friday was my 26th birthday (eeeeek!), and it was also my last day of classes!  I have this week off for spring break and then next week I officially start my full-time student teaching.  There are no words to express just how excited I am to put what I’ve been learning into practice and actually get to teach the wonderful first graders I’ve been popping in on once a week since September.

While my student teaching express won’t include textbook reading or “homework” like I’ve been dealing with for the past months, it is by no means going to be easy.  It’s going to be full of stress, and lesson plans, and the crazy (and sometimes adorable) things kids say and do.  It’ll be new and scary and hopefully a level of stress that I find manageable.

And what, I ask you, goes better with birthdays and stress than new hair?  So, without further ado, I present to you my new hair:

Yes, the bangs are back.  Despite the fact that they’re higher-maintenance than a Hilton sister, they’re absolutely adorable.  And, my hair is darker again, which thrills me to no end.  So HURRAY for new and not disgusting hair.  HURRAY for a week’s worth of vacation time to get organized and catch up on my TiVo, and HURRAY for new beginnings.  This spring has the potential to full of awesome.  *Fingers Crossed*