Oh boy, being a high school student teacher at age twenty-two, while looking like a high schooler myself, has its challenges for sure! One of those is when a typical teenage boy writes something flirty on the whiteboard for me to see after class. Continue reading
Being a teacher means there’s no shortage of laughs. This is the latest, written in a formal essay about Hemingway’s Old Man and the Sea. Sometimes you just have to laugh. Continue reading
Planning for my English 10 classes was different–these periods, one and four, I was taking over from the start. I needed to have a plan from day one all the way to my final day, October 16th. Continue reading
Conferences are supposed to be this warm and fuzzy time where you talk to parents about their students, celebrate their successes, discuss areas for growth, and go over the activities and progress made since the first day of school…right? Well, in an ideal world. Conferences aren’t always easy, but today I had a conference experience that really left me speechless. Continue reading
Today is September 25th. Can you believe it? I sure can’t. Today, being Friday, marks the end of my third full week in Mason City High School. Which means I am halfway done with my first placement. That’s crazy to think about. Continue reading
My reflection on this week: it’s okay to be tough. Continue reading
As I reflect on my second week [first full week] of student teaching in Mason City High School, there’s two big things I’ve noticed.
- Students all learn differently and each class has a distinct personality.
- Just because a class is extremely quiet the first week, doesn’t mean it will stay that way.
My first week, well full week, of student teaching was a little crazy! I wasn’t sure what to expect going in. I knew that from the start I would take over the English 10 classes. I also knew that I would try to jump in as much as possible with the other classes: American Seminar 11 and Honors 10. And I knew I would be introduced as Mrs. Stanton’s co-teacher from the start, which I was excited about because it gave me an important authority role from the start of the school year. Continue reading
My goal today was to create a classroom website that my students could use to easily access classes, homework, projects, assignments, and announcements. I started with Google Sites, a program that is easily accessible through Gmail, by using the ‘Apps’ then ‘More’ then ‘Sites’. After spending about 3-4 hours, I had this: Continue reading