Why SMU? I just fell in love with the campus, the volleyball team, and Winona. Something cool I’ve already done? Observing in two kindergarten classrooms to prep for student teaching second through fourth grades. Where I’m headed? To becoming an unforgettable teacher, coach, and mentor.
Every spring, the junior and senior elementary education majors join together at the Sorvaag’s house (two of our professors) and we have a kickball competition against the two greatest (unofficial) kickball dynasties of Saint Mary’s University! This year we had about 25 or more people participate in the event which made it ever more exciting. … More >
A week ago I took a huge step into my future…I applied for my first teaching job! Even if I do not get an interview from this job, at least I have taken that first step which is such a relief. A couple of my classmates are further along in the process than I am … More >
Two weeks ago I switched from 5th grade in the Winona Middle School to a 7th grade mathematics class. My first observation of these seventh graders was how big they were! I never thought my 5th graders were that small, but compared to the 7th graders they are puny! It was a bit of a … More >
Looking at the calendar, I cannot believe I only have one more week left with my 5th graders, and four weeks in a 7th grade math class. As cheesy as it sounds, I have loved just about every moment with my fifth graders, and it will be so heartbreaking to say goodbye to them next … More >
Yesterday marked a milestone in my four years at SMU – the seniors picked up our graduation caps and gowns. I cannot believe graduation is less than two months away now. It seems as though there is so much to get done before May 12, I don’t know if there will be enough time. Yesterday, … More >
Today kicked off the MCA math testing for the fifth grade classes at the Winona Middle School. All students are required to complete the test and they get as much time as they need in hopes they do not rush through it. All week we have reviewed practice math problems which may have only stressed … More >
Oh my goodness does this student-teaching thing take up a lot of time, but it is definitely something I would not trade for anything else in the world at the moment. Next week I am starting my 7th week in the 5th grade classroom, and have about five weeks left. I will also be starting … More >
This past Friday, the Middle School hosted their science fair for the 5th and 6th graders. This was an optional event for the kids and I think we had about ten or eleven students from our class sign up. As a class, we have been working on the science fair boards for five weeks, and … More >
As from my previous posts, I have absolutely loved my student teaching experience so far. Sure, some of the kids are probably giving me my first grey hairs already at the age of 22, but at the end of the days, I still look back and smile. For instance, today I was doing some work … More >
Goodness gracious! I cannot believe it has only been two weeks that I have been student teaching in my 5th grade class. On one hand, the time has flown by, but on the other, it feels as though I have been there forever because the teachers, staff, and students have been so warm and welcoming. … More >
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