Monthly Archives: June 2013

Week..I lost count

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Today, I had a pretty good day. The kids were pretty well behaved, except for the little guy who thought jumping off a desk was a good idea. We tried white boards for the first time in writing, and it went…OK. I have high expectations for tomorrow. But today something really special and really scary happened.

I have this one little girl in my class, who’s just super sweet and always on task. We also dress similarly every now and again. Don’t worry, I leave my J. Bieber shirts at home on school days. But, for instance, I work a pink, floral skirt one morning with a yellow shirt and she was wearing a pink skirt/ yellow shirt. Today, she was dressed in a patterned dress today like the Math teacher in my group. It’s always a game to figure out who she’s dressed like that day. But today, she asked me what I was wearing tomorrow. I responded that I wasn’t quite sure and we’d have to use our telepathic minds to dress alike tomorrow. Then, as I was telling this story to my coach and a couple other fellows a new feeling developed within me . These kids want to be like us. They are looking and watching our every move, imitating us at our best and, unfortunately, at our worst.

Tonight, my prayer is that I strive to be someone worth imitating in my classroom, in Nashville, in the world. Please join me in this prayer for me and for you.

A first week teacher

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Dang.

Teaching is harder than I ever thought it would be. There is nothing like losing to four 1st grade boys. Good thing they only made me cry, twice, right? All in all, it was an amazing week. One hundred times better than sitting in training for twelve hours straight. Each time I stood up to deliver one of my lessons, I grew as a teacher. My strong voice, my downward intonation patterns, positive reinforcement. It’s really neat getting to watch myself progress and I’m excited to see what this next week holds.

This past week I had two classrooms of about nine students each. This week, because they want to give us an authentic experience of what stepping in our classrooms will be like in August, they are combining classrooms, giving us each shy of about 20 students. Pressure is own to maintain and continue growing in the areas that need growth, much growth. aka:Strong Voice.

Also, the first famous person I’m going to meet is Doug Lemov! He’s coming to observe our classrooms tomorrow and our off stage practice during training in the afternoon. He’s the author of Teach Like A Champion, The New Teacher Project’s bible. I am slightly disappointed he’s not more famous for being my first Nashville star, but let’s be honest: If I saw someone famous I probably wouldn’t know it.

Sorry for the lack of keeping up with everyone I’ve been doing. The 18 hour work days are harder than I anticipated. Even today I put in a good seven hours.

Enough about school.

Nashville is still everything I could want, at least for now! Last night I went with some friends to eat at this Vegetarian restaurant called the Wild Cow in East Nashville. It was a fun experience. Obviously, the food wasn’t up to par for my palate but the vegetarians at the table though it was the excellent. Anyways, if you come to visit, we won’t be going there.

CMA fest was this past week in Nashville. All the country stars at my fingertips. I went to bed early. Speaking of going to bed…I have a countdown going until I move into my permanent place and sleep in my own bed. I won’t tell you how many days I have left, it’s too depressing. 

This morning I got to experience half of a worship service at a new church. Between the rain keeping me in bed and needing to stop for gas, I arrived a lot late. Luckily, my friend Erin saved me a seat! I went to McKendree which is in downtown Nashville. The congregation is very diverse from race to age. I’ve learned the best way to meet people at a new church is to ask for directions in the parking lot. Then, the members of the congregations show you around the whole place! By whole place, I mean the hallway and door leading to the sanctuary. That was fine though. It left some adventuring up to Erin and I. We went to the north part of the church and tried walking into this quaint parlor. Low and behold, there was a man sleeping in one of the chairs that we didn’t notice, needless to say we were caught a little off guard. It was an awesome worship experience and I think I’ll be going back, especially when people come to visit!

Well, it’s been a fun week, prayers appreciated for this upcoming week as it holds my first salary/teaching/future interview! I’ll keep you posted!