21 Kindergartners, 1 great experience!

21 Kindergartners, 1 great experience!

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This week, I finished my observation hours for my education class, and much to my surprise I became fairly upset when I realized that I wouldn’t be coming back anymore. I have been spending my time observing in the same kindergarten classroom at the Early Learning Center here in Alliance since the beginning of last semester. I have spent almost one whole school year with 21 kindergartners and really got a chance to see them grow. The time that I have spent with the kids at the Early Learning Center has really helped me to understand more of the kind of teacher I would like to be one day. I had such a great experience working with this class! The class consisted of nine boys and 11 girls, who were, for the most part, really well behaved. The cooperating teacher that I worked with could not have been a better mentor for me. Right away, I picked up on certain cues and methods she used in teaching the students and was able to also use them myself when working with the students. This gave the students more respect for me and helped me to establish a great relationship with them.

The day before my last day of observation, the students and teacher presented me with a gift. The gift was a book with a picture of the class on the front, and inside each child completed a page with a sentence entitled “Miss Farmerie and (their name)” as well as drawing of a picture of us together. They also gave me a travel coffee mug that they had each signed and drew on (the teacher caught on to my obsession with coffee)! The moment they gave me these gifts, I was speechless. I was so touched and thankful that they would think of me. I believe that, in that moment, I truly realized why I wanted to be a teacher so much. Not because of the gifts or any of that, but because I knew that I had impacted them, and helped them in some way because they were thanking me for it. I had established a bond with those 21 kindergartners as my first observation class, and I will never be able to replace that. As soon as I drove away from the school on that final day, reflecting upon everything I have done there, I realized how happy I am to be going into the field of education, and how excited I am to be a teacher!

Top of the morning to ya…

Top of the morning to ya…

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Hello everyone! With the shock of beautiful weather we were blessed with yesterday, spirits were high on campus as the celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day started fairly early in the morning. The majority of campus showed their appreciation for the Irish by wearing green! I also decided to pull out one of the only green shirts that I own from my closet, and indulged in  ‘ShamMUC’ shake from the B&B  in Campus Grounds to celebrate my Irish heritage! I must say this Saint Patrick’s Day mint chocolate chip shake was one of the best I’ve ever had!

I started my Saint Patrick’s Day off by going to the Early Learning Center in Alliance for my observation for one of my education classes. When you are an education major, some of the required courses that you have to take also require you to be placed at a local school for observation in your particular area of licensure. For example, I am majoring in early childhood education and am currently taking CE 250 with Dr. Watters, which requires my to complete 30 hours of observation in a classroom for early childhood which is grades k-3.

I complete my field observation every Tuesday and Thursday from 9-10:30 a.m. and I really enjoy it! I am currently in a kindergarten class, and not only do I love it because that is the grade that I want to teach, but more so because of what I can do for the kids when I am there. Yesterday I assisted a little girl in reading a new book all by herself! I was so excited for her! It was so great to see how happy she was after she finished the last page and went over to tell her teacher what she had done! It’s moments like that, that really get me excited to be a teacher!

After heading back to Mount’s campus from my observation, I had some lunch in the lovely HPCC and attended my two classes that I have every Tuesday and Thursday. My second and last class of the day was stage make-up. This class is probably one of the coolest classes I think that Mount has to offer! In stage make-up, we learn how to use make up to create different characters and illusions on our faces that would be good for those performing on stage. Yesterday was bruises and abrasions. After we applied latex, fake blood and scar wax to our faces, the majority of the class truly looked severely injured! How neat right? I really do suggest taking this class for anyone who doesn’t have any ideas on how to fulfill one of their fine arts requirements!

Here is a wish for all of my Mount Unions friends as this fun holiday comes to an end! Happy Saint Patty’s Day!!

Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers—
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours—
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!

Spring Break for Me

Spring Break for Me

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Wow. It’s spring break already. I wanted to relax and take a break from school work. Most students take this time to let everything from school escape them and sleep in. But, me on the other hand, I have gotten up early every day and have gone to elementary schools in my area to observe a music teacher. Being an education major, I am required to observe a teacher for 30 hours. I don’t have enough time in my regular schedule so I’m doing it during spring break. It actually has been quite enjoyable seeing all of the students and being back in a teaching position. Doing this really makes me very excited to teach.

The last part of my spring break will be like other students’, but for the week I’m going to go to school and teach music. Hope everyone else is having a great spring break and comes back to school all refreshed and ready for the last half of the semester.