• Amanda Vanderbeek

    Amanda Vanderbeek

    Class of 2012
    Ely, MN
    Elementary education

    Amanda's Bio:
    I grew up in the Twin Cities, but now live up in Ely, MN near the BWCA, where my family has been for the last 7 years. I have three brothers, who I adore, and I enjoy fishing, playing basketball, and rough housing with them whenever I can. My mom has been a daycare provider since I was born, which served as inspiration for me to pursue a degree in Elementary education. I also love to paint, draw, and DANCE! I have been dancing for twenty years and am a dance instructor in Superior, WI....I can't imagine a life without it!

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    Accounting and Finance

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    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

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    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

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    Computer Information Systems and Finance

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    Senior
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    Accounting Major; Finance minor

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    Senior
    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

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    Management & Marketing

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    Marketing and Business Management

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    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

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    Elementary Education

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    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

Make a List…and Check it Twice

Hello everyone and good morning!  I hope you all had a great week and that the weekend is treating you well so far.  I have been posting a lot lately about my activities in the classroom that I am student teaching in and how busy I have been in planning activities and lessons for my kiddos each day.  It is really quite the full time job!  When you find that you have little to no time to take showers, clean your house, or even just make yourself something to eat, you know you are busy.  It is sometimes difficult to remember all of the responsibilities that I need to address and take care of in a day, and I have already experienced days when everything that I wanted to get accomplished goes completely out the window! haha

In situations such as this, it is best to help yourself remember what needs to get done by making a list of all of your “to-dos.”  For me, about 90% of the tasks are related to work at the elementary school and paperwork that I need to complete for Scholastica in order to fulfill my student teaching requirements (you would be amazed at how many checks need to go on this list in a week!).  Then, I also need to include the more menial checklist items that should be so automatic, but are not these days for me!  A typical list for me, as of this point in my life, might look something like this:

  • Vaccuum apartment
  • Do dishes
  • Plan Valentine math lesson
  • Hundreds board demo
  • TPA resources compiled
  • TPA commentary (begin)
  • Lesson plan for President’s Day
  • Morning work for the next week
  • Cut string for froot loop 100s day necklaces
  • Register for job fair
  • Go grocery shopping

Haha.  This is only part of it!  But I still find it incredibly funny that I have to plan for things like going grocery shopping or vaccuuming.  These are both things that are so second nature for me and that I would normally be on top of when I needed to get them done.  Not so when you are already consumed with other responsibilities.

Student teaching is not the only type of work that makes you this overwhelmed, and I know many of you are experiencing the same thing!  So do yourself a favor and make a list.

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