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BLOG REVAMP! I am moving to Arizona and starting a new job as a 5th grade teacher in Phoenix with 65% ELL, 95% Hispanic population, and almost 100% living below the poverty line. I hope all are still interested in hearing my wonderings as I begin my career in my own classroom.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

who is ms. allen?

First day of school over and I'm already starting to realize that I have to start answering to Ms. Allen. Our class is boisterous and spunky and fun-loving. The day went fast and I felt almost like I was falling into a rhythm that seemed so familiar. No, I haven't been a teacher before, but from working with big groups of kids all summer I've started to learn the simple tricks of the trade when it comes to teaching. My nerves were unnecessary, or at least should be preserved for a later date when something much more ominous looms ahead of me. It was such a joy to watch their faces as Cheryl did a read-aloud. I took pages of notes just on the first day on all of her management techniques and community-building activities. I was also able to get a great picture of the class that will be sent out in next week's newsletter to the parents! Anne told me that there was a web of a student teacher's life and that we'll go through stages, from nervousness to excitement to being overwhelmed to depression, etc..... Hopefully things will keep going smoothly :)

this is my desk!!

Monday, August 30, 2010

is this how everyone feels?

I am panicking! First day of school is tomorrow, who knows what will happen. When you put 20 unique kids and 2 unique teachers in a classroom, there are any of a million possibilities. Of course I know what I'm doing, I know how to teach, how to get kids' attention, how to keep them focused, all the principles of teaching. But what about the practice? Hopefully practice makes perfect. Pics to follow of my outfit tomorrow!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

bustin a move in CI 405!

An 11 year old girl came and taught us this routine, and we used the video and the StudioCode software to analyze our performance, create codes and timelines, and learn how to analyze videos! As well as becoming comfortable with being on camera :D We'll be filmed a lot during teaching!

Pencil sharpening

I have two blister-welts on my hand from manually sharpening 24 pencils. Can anyone say grunt work? But it's a lot of fun. I got to see and work in my 3rd grade classroom with Cheryl. I put up backing paper for the bulletin boards, put up borders, wrote the student's names on their books, etc. I have such a curiosity of what each child will look like and be like based on just the 20 or so letters of their names. Tomorrow I'll get to find out! Open house is from 10-1...(i think) and hopefully i'll look something like this...^^^^^

ctinasays - i feel like a real person!