Who Am I?

Catching up on blogging, I haven’t really given an idea of who I am to my readers. I’m a student teacher in central Indiana and I am in my senior year! I graduate pretty soon and I am SO NOT READY. I love teaching and I cannot wait to have my own class, however, college has been the best experience of my life thus far. I have met so many new people, had so many great experiences, played lacrosse and did cheerleading and created memories I don’t want to ever forget. I also became a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. This was one of the best decisions of my life. I have met some of my greatest friends through this organization and made so many connections with alumni! It is crazy how many Greeks there are in teaching and I seem to meet a sister or a member of another chapter everywhere I go! I couldn’t be happier with what I have going on right now and I am so excited to see what life has in store for me. ❤

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Uh Oh ISTEP!

Today, I was able to witness ISTEP first hand! ISTEP is our statewide standardized test. As a student, ISTEP never really phased me. I was a good student and I enjoyed school. However, It seems like standardized testing is a little more stressful now that I am seeing it from the other side. I worry about how the students will perform and it is such a weird feeling not being able to guide them. As bad as I wanted to nudge them, I didn’t. Talk about heart breaking! A student can do so well for so long and then get to the big test and forget it all. I understand test anxiety considering it is something I have had to deal with for some time now but it’s sad to see how stressed a 3rd or a 4th grader gets about a big test. As I take my required tests to get my teaching license, I think about these kiddos and how if they can stay remotely calm for the biggest test of their year, then so can I! ❤

I’ve never had a blog before…

My first post in my very first blog! How exciting! I’ve spent the morning in my student teaching classroom, as I do every day during the week. However, today wasn’t as normal as most of the days I am here. Today a student, who I have never been able to get to open up to me and who usually does not talk much or participate in class, was talking up a storm! He had comments and questions and raised his hand to answer questions! I couldn’t believe it! I started to wonder about what could have sparked this sudden involvement and remembered back to last Thursday. He decided to stay in the room during specials time and he ended up talking to me about McDonald’s and crazy creatures he had heard and learned about. I think that by showing interest in what he loved made him more excited to share his thoughts. As a student teacher who is very close to graduation and my own future class someday, this was such a rewarding experience and I am so happy to be able to talk to the student and hear what goes on in his head. He is truly brilliant and has so many interesting things to say! I think it is safe to say I am in the right profession. ❤