Posts Tagged ‘Student teaching’

Snow Day

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Today I woke up for my 3rd to last day of student teaching and I had a text from my cooperating teacher: No school today.

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Comfort Food

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

In college you can get caught up in life and not really have time to eat quality food. Actually, sometimes it can be hard to have time to eat food, let alone pack it. During the average day of student teaching, I typically have half an hour to myself for lunch. I have to pick my students up at 12:55. Most days, I spend a lot of time prepping. I’m usually prepping and see holy cow, it’s 12:50. So I either hold off until dinner or woof food down. With student teaching winding down, that means I have time to make food from scratch again. Hello homemade lasagna… which I’ve had the noodles for since January. It’s so delicious and now I have meals for the next week. Next homemade meal on the menu? Vegetarian fajitas?

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Good-Bye edTPA!

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

After countless hours, definitely some tears, and a whole lot of coffee, I can proudly say I’m finally done with my edTPA. The edTPA has probably been my biggest hurdle of college academics all 5 years (including PSEO years). CSS recommended for us student teachers to submit our edTPAs on Monday, but I just couldn’t finish in time! Pearson itself has sort of a rolling deadline for the edTPA and has certain submission dates to have scores back on other dates. Luckily for me, it wasn’t technically due until tonight! I powered through and finished my edTPA at about 3:30 am this morning. I got up for teaching at about 5:45. How am I still running? Great, great question. Once you submit the edTPA, you have to transfer it to Pearson from our school’s portfolio database. I got the email to do that this morning, so I checked everything over during lunch and hit that final “submit” button. It’s been confirmed and now I will be in anticipation until May 4th… *breathes*

Professional Development

Sunday, April 9th, 2017

While student teaching, you are expected to follow the same schedule as your cooperating teacher. This also means you should be attending professional learning community meetings (PLCs), staff development meetings, etc. I attend weekly staff meetings with my cooperating teacher with the other teachers. We meet in the library and we have the principal present the agenda of the meeting and then several team members will speak, addressing new information, like PBIS interventions and whole-school assessments. I think it is very helpful to be able to shadow these events. We’ve also had full-day development meetings. That day, we met with all elementary teachers in the district and listened to a presentation on gender identity. Afterward, we went back to the school and discussed PBIS and data goals. Although I don’t necessarily understand all of what they discuss, it helps me build background knowledge for my own future position in which I would be attending professional development.

New Friends

Sunday, April 9th, 2017

At my elementary school I’m student teaching at, there are plenty of other student teachers and practicum students. In the other first grade classroom, there’s a Block 1 student from UMD. It’s really nice to have so many people my own around at my school, it makes it more comfortable knowing there’s people there going through the same process I am. A lot of us stay in our classrooms during lunch time to prep and have down time, so sometimes we’ll join each other. It’s also nice hearing about Elementary Education major perspectives from other schools. There’s a 3rd grade student teacher I met as well, and she’s helped me a lot by just discussing the edTPA with me. I really wish I could have spent more time with my new friends at school, but I’ll always have them as connections!