I’m back!

It’s been quite a while since I’ve last posted, my how time flies!

This year, I have been placed in a GRADE ONE class! I am very excited to get to know the primary side of teaching and learn how each student starts out in school. So far, I have had 3 visits and I must say, the difference between grade 4/5 and grade 1 is massive!! It’s an entirely different teaching style and I get to learn from the best. I truly can’t wait to be knee deep in it with these 6 year olds. 

University is almost done for us, we have about 3 weeks left, and I could not be happier. It’s been a long time coming, and the most exciting part for me – and my parents, I’m sure! – is that I won’t have to save for tuition next year, hallelujah! 

Right now, I am focusing on finishing up my assignments and getting through to December. Then it’s unit planning, Christmas music and family time! 

Thanks for checking in, I’ll be posting more regularly in the new year when things pick up 🙂

Chat soon,

~ Miss Parfitt

 

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Summer has come to an end

Hello again!

Today marks one week until school begins again and I enter into my final year of post-secondary education – wow. I know that we are officially close to the beginning of school because the dreams about practicum have started.

I dreamt last night that I was placed in another intermediate classroom this year, grade 5’s, and I absolutely loved them. A small part of me is starting to think I’d be happiest with intermediate kiddos, although I can’t say for sure as I have not truly  experienced the joys of primary! I will be finding out in the next few weeks or so where my second year placement is and in what grade. I am excited and scared to death at the same time.

Summer 2013 has been wonderful, and now it’s almost time to embark on the final stretch of my journey as a student; even though I will be a learner for life.

Here’s hoping that this time next year, I am on the TOC list somewhere, list panicking about my first time as a substitute! 😉

Thanks for coming back,

Chat soon,

~Miss Parfitt

What a day! Picture heavy post :)

Today was our final day as practicum students. And while I’m sure each and every student teacher will say this same thing, I truly had the best sponsor teacher, class and school. I am feeling so incredibly loved and appreciated; all the stress from the past 4 weeks has been more than worth it.

Today, the kiddos showed their love for me by hosting a “breakfast for lunch” party. I came in from playing California kickball with them at lunch and there was waffles, bacon, ham, hash browns, omlet, muffins, cinnamon buns, yogurt, fruit and juice. It was unbelievable. The desks were set up as long tables and were covered with table cloths and there were candles on each table – we had another power outage!! For those of you keeping track, that’s a power outage on the first day of practicum and one on the last day 😉

Ms. C had the students put together an absolutely beautiful book

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Which was full of pictures from each student

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It’s the most amazing keepsake I could have ever wished for. Ms. C also took a picture of myself with each individual student, and I’m hoping to put that picture on each page to remember them 🙂

Ms. C also went way out of her way and put together a wonderful gift basket of teacher goodies

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Which I am so thankful for!! Check out some of the contents

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See where it says Miss Parfitt? That’s the bottom of a clipboard that she decorated for me!! One of my favourite gifts.

I can’t believe how special the entire class made me feel today, I am so lucky to have been placed in such a wonderful, caring atmosphere. Even the students who didn’t necessarily see eye-to-eye with me over the past four weeks came and gave me multiple hugs before they left for the day, it truly warmed my heart.

I am so thankful to be starting a career in such a rewarding profession. I can’t wait to continue next year!

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Chat soon,

~Miss Parfitt 

Really getting into this teaching thing

Today, I had a bit of an epiphany. For whatever reason, I started to feel like a ‘real’ teacher today. I have found myself slowly moving away from structured lesson plans. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve known all along that things can go sideways fast in the classroom. But I feel as though I am more comfortable being a go with the flow type person. This experience has leant that to me. 

I no longer need a hard copy lesson plan in front of me to run the show; I know in my head what I want my kiddos to learn – where we started, where we are and where we’re going – and I can make that happen in a lesson without first typing it all out. It’s an amazing feeling. 

It’s our last week as first year ETEP students, hard to believe. I feel very lucky that I won’t be going back to work right away, so I will have time to go back next week and hang out with my kiddos, without the pressure of observations or evaluations! It’ll also be nice to watch Ms. C teach again, and absorb every little bit I can from her.

Here’s to our last week!

Chat soon,

~Miss Parfitt

Learning Journey

This entire practicum, and whole year in fact, has been a completely new learning journey for me. I am in a program that is completely different from my four year undergrad. In this program, I love what I am learning about. This is very unusual when compared to what I was used to.

Now, I am completing my practicum and boy, is it different from what I am “used to”. I don’t want to go on any sort of rant, more a venting session. Teaching is a lot of work. There, I said it. Showing up at 8:25 when the kiddos get there and leaving at 2:35 after they’ve gone home really doesn’t encompass the time and energy required of teaching. Many, many hours are spent planning, reworking and modifying lesson plans to be sure that they gel well with one’s class. I am starting to realize, now that we are in our 3rd week, just how much work it is to teach 4/5 subjects in a day. The realization? A LOT. It’s a LOT of work.

I wear a retainer at night (maybe TMI? sorry) because my dentist thinks I grind my teeth and/or clench my jaw while I am sleeping. He believes this is the root cause of my overly sensitive teeth. Up until the end of last week, that was the only effect I’d noticed: tooth sensitivity. Now, now that I am in my 3rd week of practicum (and at the end of last week when I was prepping for this week) I have started to wake up with headaches if I don’t wear my retainer or I somehow take it out during the night. Can you say stress? I am stressed! Even if I don’t consciously think I am, my body is telling me I am. Headaches are nearly brand new to me, I rarely ever get headaches. And I hope and pray that this is not a lifetime thing!

Anyways. That’s that. Other than being subconsciously stressed, I am doing pretty well. I’ve always known about myself that when I mess up, make a mistake, or don’t do something as well as I would’ve liked I have a hard time letting it go. I am noticing this with my teaching as well, unfortunately. If a lesson doesn’t go “well” (whatever that means) I have a very difficult time not allowing it to ruin the rest of my day. I tend to feel as though I have failed, and it’s something that I have to continuously work at, and tell myself that it’s not the end of the world if my Social Studies lesson didn’t go as smoothly as it did in my head when I was planning it.

Let it go. My motto of the week.

Let it go.

Courage

Chat soon,

~Miss Parfitt

Half way done, wow!

I have to start this post with this beautiful picture I received from one of my darlings this morning

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It’s things like this that solidify my career choice, and make me so happy and grateful to be on the path I am on. 

I can’t believe we’re two weeks in. I can’t believe there are only two weeks left. And I really can’t believe I’ll be teaching 3 classes a day next week!!!

I am so happy with how both my Language Arts and Math units are going so far. LA has been a breeze. The toughest part has been getting the kiddos up and moving, interacting with each other. Math was a little slower to start, but I think we’re going to be on a roll next week. 

I am beyond excited to start drama next week. It’s going to tie in beautifully with my Fairy Tales unit in LA, I can’t wait to bridge those two subjects together! I am looking forward to seeing the actors and actresses come out in my students.

Thanks for stopping by for the update!

Chat soon,

~Miss Parfitt

Marking (paper, paper, paper!)

Tonight, I am completing my first ever set of marking as a teacher! Most experienced teachers would probably roll their eyes at the exclamation mark at the end of my sentence, but I promise I am only super reasonably excited 😉 I will be marking their work done in their Elements of a Story booklet, something made for them to fill out as we complete our Fairy Tales unit!! So, this will be my proof that they either get it, or they don’t. Time to find out how well I did teaching my first couple lessons!

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This is my pile of marking. Please note that these are booklets, and I will only be marking a few pages at a time 😉 Also noteworthy, this is an iPhone photo, I apologize for the poor quality!

I cannot believe my first week (of only four!) is almost over. That also means that next week we add geometry to the mix!! Starting next week, Ms. C will have every morning “off” because I will be running the show. Wowza!

On a third and final note, I am quickly realizing just how much paper teachers accumulate!! My stack of master copies is already alarmingly large. Time to assign a binder just for those!

Anyways, I’m off to mark! Hope you’re having a fabulous evening.

Chat soon,

~Miss Parfitt