• 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!

  • Halle Nystrom

    Graduate Student
    Fargo, ND
    M.S. Health Information Management

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

  • Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

  • Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

    Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

  • Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

  • Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

Oh..What A Day

Yesterday was easily the worst day of teaching I have had…ever! haha.  I had to film the second segment of my tpa, and let me tell you, when things start to go badly they just keep on getting worse until you hit the bottom.   The morning started out fabulously with the kids doing the Green Eggs and Ham lesson I had planned for them.  They had so much fun trying the “green eggs” and deciding whether or not they liked them (and I had a blast teaching them and getting to see their reactions!).  Then, as the day continued on, we reached the afternoon and I looked at the videocamera to prepare it for filming the lesson.  As I set it up, I realize that the battery life is at only 18 minutes.  This means that my lesson will not be filmed…especially not the critical parts.  So I took a breath and said “okay…,” let’s think of another way to handle this.  I set up my cell phone camera, as well, to capture the leftover part of the lesson.

After about fifteen minutes in, the camera died just as students were practicing the most engaging part of the lesson.  I had to break in my teaching for about 2 minutes to set up the other camera and had students pause, and when I returned, their focus was so far off in left field it wasn’t even funny.  Not one of them could pay attention anymore.  The entire lesson almost went down the tubes.  I managed to finish it (quickly) and get them doing their independent work, but let me tell you, that couldn’t have been a more difficult lesson to have to try to film and use to prove my teaching.  Yikes!  I hope that Thursday we are able to pick up the slack and get it moving back in the right direction!

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