Posts Tagged ‘teaching’

Microbiology Lecture

Friday, October 4th, 2019

For the first time in the 3+ years I’ve been at St. Scholastica, I attended a lecture in a lecture hall.  It was for microbiology, and I will say this much: Dr. Westholm is a phenomenal teacher. I know he’s also involved in microbiological research, so I’m sure he’s as great professor in general (he wouldn’t be the chair of the department otherwise), but today I walked into that lecture hall wondering how difficult teaching in that place would be, and I walked out knowing that it is entirely possible to make a class productive and engaging for everyone in a large lecture hall!

Biology with new Professor

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

This week, we have a new instructor for my Human Biology class – Rachel Portinga.

Besides being absolutely nervous to take a BIOLOGY course, that too with two different instructors in a single semester, I was quite shaky about dealing with different teaching styles. Have you also felt the same? When you seem to gel with and understand better when a certain instructor teaches a certain subject. Or even when a professor’s style simply doesn’t stick with you and everything seems to fly above your head. I just wanted to avoid being put into one of those situations.


I Got a Job!

Saturday, May 20th, 2017

This is very late news, but I got a job! I will be teaching 1st grade at DaVinci Academy of Arts & Science, starting this August. I was offered this position a few days after I interviewed (this was the school I interviewed at and was an hour late, due to a flat tire). I found out about the position through the Minnesota Education Job Fair and applied for a pre-select interview. I was then offered a second interview and after that… I was offered the job! DaVinci is a charter school in the cities. I feel very fortunate to receive an offer to teach 1st grade, because that wasn’t even originally available! I thought I was applying for 2nd grade. Additionally, my school highly values the arts, so I get to incorporate my love for art into my classroom. There will also be intersession days where I get to focus on teaching an art topic!


Minnesota Education Job Fair

Friday, April 21st, 2017

Today was finally the big job fair! I realized I had forgotten to print general cover letters for the fair, so I ran a little later than expected leaving my house. Nevertheless, I arrived! At first, I was very overwhelmed because I had to park on the 7th floor of a parking ramp. SEVENTH FLOOR. I had thought all the cars were for the job fair. Later I realized, there were a few other groups at the convention center. Thank goodness.


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*