The End

Observations/ Learning Experiences

It’s the last week. Tears all around. I will miss my kids. They were so smart. They have taught me a lot about being a teacher and I have to thank them for that. I have also been thinking about becoming a Reading Interventionist. I love being a help to children and I know they love it as well. I can’t wait to see my kids again!!

Excitement

 Observations/ Learning Experiences

This week I have observed the changes in my students. My favorite buddy had a hard time this week. I don’t know what he was thinking but the words he knew very well were tripping him up. Maybe I can help him remember.

My kindergarteners were excellent. They are going to be very strong readers in the future.

Next week is my lesson. I am so nervous and excited at the same time. I wonder if teachers feel like this all the time when they have a fun lesson to do?

Reflections

I think that students need to try harder at what they are learning in class. I know not all students will get everything a teacher says but trying is the most important thing about learning. I try but I know that I can try harder at what I do. I also know that it will show up in the long run.

Field Experience!!!!!!

 

Observations

Mrs. Goforth is a very active teacher. She reminds me of Mrs. Capps. They both have very excitable personalities. Mrs. Goforth’s teaching style is simple. Pay attention and you will be a great reader in no time. She doesn’t have many rules in her classroom except pay attention and try hard. The feeling I get from her classroom its the same feeling I get when I come in to the Teacher Cadets class room. Its just really comfortable and the kids love it.

What I have learned about the students is that they all try really hard. Even though they struggle with words they check themselves and they learn from their mistakes.

 Learning Experiences

My favorite buddy has finally learned the words there, them, that, thing, with, when, what, where, and white. I am so proud of him.  He is growing so much as a reader.

I have learned that children need patience when it comes to learning. I know I really need patience when it comes to learning. I am a slow learner in some areas and other areas I excel but I still need patience.

Stories to Share

I am so sad. My favorite buddy might be going into special needs classes instead of coming to reading intervention. I hope that if he does have to that it is not when I am there. I will miss them all so much. It seems like it is still he beginning.

My Favorite Buddy

Quote of the Week

The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called “truth.”  ~Dan Rather

This week was exciting. I got to start a new book called The Bumper Car with my favorite buddy. He did great.

Reflections

I have found out that my favorite buddy might be going inot a speacial ed class in April. I feel bad because he has so much potential its just that hee learns differently than others. I might just become a reading interventionist because I did it when I  was younger and I feel like I can make a difference because I’ve been in the same boat as them.

Article of the Week

Schools face rising test mandates

Rachel Brown Dalton Daily Citizen The Dalton Daily Citizen

 This article puts emphasis on getting schools to get higher grades on test.

I think this is not entirely fair considering kids learn at different speeds. Especially special needs children that learn even slower than others. I have seen first hand how some children learn. My favorite buddy is a second year first grader. He can learn it just doesn’t stick most of the time. If schools are wanting to increase their scores than they have to let some cores pass because it’s not fair.

It May Take A While, but Success Will Come

 

Quote of the Week

“What is success? I think it is a mixture of having a flair for the thing that you are doing; knowing that it is not enough, that you have got to have hard work and a certain sense of purpose.”
Margaret Thatcher

I like this poem because it’s totally true. Like all of the poems I choose they are true. Success is having a passion for what you are doing and in teaching that flair is needed very much.

Observations

Over the past years I have put each graduating class in categories. There are the ones who want to succeed, the ones who don’t really care, and the ones who lack the discipline needed to succeed. My class is in the category of wanting success. I have never seen such gifted people in one graduating class as mine and I am not just saying that because it’s my graduating class. My sister’s graduating class is under the radar. I haven’t seen anyone trying hard enough to succeed and I hope they prove me wrong by the time I graduate.

Current Events

College Tuition Costs Climbing Again This Fall

By The Associated Press

This article is saying exactly what the title is saying. College is getting harder to get into because of cost. I hope I have enough to get into college or it is going to be online college for me.

Read-aloud

A Light in the Attic by Shell Silberstein. Shell Silverstein never ceases to amaze me. Sterling picked a good choice.

Picky Mrs. Pickle by Kristine Schneider. That book was good. I really liked it and it made me think of my sisters because they are picky as well as my niece.

My Dog, My Hero by Betsy Byars. I love all books with animals. Lauren kind of ruined the mood with the fact that the stories were all fake.

Learning Experiences

The exercises about disabilities were fun and eye opening. The station I was at first was so hard. I could not pick anything up with taped fingers in gloves. I hope I never have to experience that again.

Reflections

Having a disability must suck for people who have just become disabled. I hope I never become disabled in my life and I am lucky to have not broken any bones yet. I already know how ADD and ADHD feel so that was nothing new but the other stuff was super hard.

“Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.” James Dean

Article

The 65% Instructional Expenditure Ratio and Student Achievement: Does Money Matter?

Timothy B Jones, John R Slate

I think that the government doesn’t realize how much money education need to function correctly. I mean teachers need to get paid and the cost of books is not cheap. Money is needed more than anything for education.

Quote of the Week

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes.
 Charles R. Swindoll

I find this quote very intelligent. most of our lives are dictated by our reactions to actions. I hope that in my life my attitude will be great in teaching art and graphic design.

Read-aloud

The Giving Tree by Shell Silverstein

I have always loved this book. ever since I was little I loved this book. it is so hard not to love this book or anything Shell Silverstein writes. Kudos to Silverstein.

Mrs. Smith’s Incredible Story Book by Michael Gailand

This book was fun to listen to. the main character seems like a mellow kid. I want to read it again to see all the pictures.

All Cats have Asperger Syndrome by Kathy Hoopman

I loved this book. Stephanie picked a good book to do. I think that it was a good book to do at this learning stage in our class. I would like to read more books that can relate disabilities to the outside world.

Learning Experiences

I am getting smarter and I am sure everyone else is to. I hope I keep getting smarter so I can achieve my goals.

Reflections

I havent been writing about the two speakers we listened to so I will now. They were awesome. I loved the second speaker.She is so funny. Mrs. Nally was great to. I would love to hear them speak again.

All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness. Eckhart Tolle

Quote of the week

 “The sensation felt when touching paper differs from the coldness of metal or 
the perfection of plastic as it radiates a core warmth that we expect to come 
from a living object. Each fiber greets our hands in a comfortable, familiar 
tradition that we were introduced to as children, and constantly thereafter in 
school and at work. Most of the paper we use is bleached perfectly white with 
just enough texture to reliably meet the rubber rollers of a copy machine. Yet 
once in a while we are fortunate enough to encounter the kind of graphic design 
that not only visually stimulates, but that we can also taste with
The Reactive Square
- John Maeda

When I read this quote I thought to myself that it is always a good thing to like to read whether it is for class or for you. I have always been a reader and I will always be a reader. I also like this quote because you can switch words around so that it sounds like a quote about teaching. This quote also can be changed for art with texture and fibers. I really like this quote.

Read aloud

Clap Your Hands by Lorinda Bryan Cauley is one of the most fun books I have ever heard at the read aloud. I am so glad that she picked this book to read. It was so fun and my niece would love it.

Learning experiences

More and more I am turning into a teacher for my niece and nephew. I hope to be an amazing teacher by the time my nephew goes to school.

Reflections

I think being an art teacher would be great. Graphic design is a fun subject to learn.