Living the licensed life!

I officially got the email today saying my teacher’s preliminary license has been approved!! All my schooling has been shown its reward 🙂 I have an interview on Friday for an ESL part-time job, and I should be part of the substitute program (now that my references have gone through!) Life is really coming together – BUT I need to let myself fall into slumber so I am not too exhausted tomorrow at my current job with toddlers!

This is my last post in my field placement page as well as getting through grad school! I have my master’s and my license in my hands – feels good 😀


Pursuing poolside (200 out of 365) #blogaday

200 POSTS!

As a last graduate school hurrah, one of my friends and I are going to relax by the pool with our books. It doesn’t sound like celebrating, but it will be nice to chat and see each other again before we both have to pack up our places. True friends can simply hang out without the need to do anything spectacular. I still can’t believe grad school is over! I’ll be working on my final paper later today or tomorrow, and packing up my apartment soon. This will probably be my last “Getting through grad school” post!


BBQ to meet the NEW (194 out of 365) #blogaday

Today, we have a BBQ to wrap up the end of the our year, and the beginning of the new cohort’s year. It will be interesting to compare how we were when we started to what we are like now. Even though it is only one year, there has been a BIG change in most of the graduate students – we have actual teaching jobs and have grown through the field placement work. I wish the best for the new members!


The ceasing of summer classes (190 out of 365) #blogaday

I can’t believe we have finished having a full day of classes! We only a few more days with one afternoon class next week, and then we have no more in-class time. When I finish the final assignment for that class which is due in a few weeks, I’ll write about being officially done. BUT I am very close! This graduate program flew by in this last term – we have all grown so much in our experiences and with each other 🙂 It’s crazy that there are only a few more weeks until we disperse into our classrooms for setup and training. We are going to be REAL teachers soon! 😮


Reveling in relaxation (187 out of 365) #blogaday

Now that it is coming to the end of the term, I am able to relax more when I am at home – the teachers are giving us in-class time to work on final assignments for this week. I have one big paper that I’ll start working on this weekend BUT I am mainly catching up on shows and starting a new mystery book 🙂 It’s very nice to have this time before I start work in August! It will be tougher to have free time, alone or with family and friends.


Ready for read-alouds (178 out of 365) #blogaday

Some of these books seem great for my classroom library to read-aloud to my pre-k class! I really like the look of “how to read a story,” “crenshaw,” “marilyn’s monsters,” and “circus mirandus.” I chose “how to read a story” because the children are still learning the basics of holding a book, and knowing what parts of the book mean. They will all be fun, imaginative stories for the children to rest and simply listen to!

Nerdy Book Club

When you get a group of literacy educators together at a table over dinner, what does the conversation turn to? Books! The problem is how fast our “to be read” stack grows when we get together. So. Many. Books. How to help? We each decided to pick just one book (this is really hard!) released in 2015 that we consider a must read. Not necessarily the best book of 2015, just a book that we feel should not be missed. Is your credit card ready? Here we go!

Franki’s Pick:

marilyn's monster

Marilyn’s Monsters written by Michelle Knudsen, illustrated by Matt Phelan

“This is a fabulous story of a take-charge girl named Marilyn. The story is a happy one and the monsters are totally adorable. This is a book that I need to have in the classroom as I know my kids will read it over and over again. ”


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Three-day weekend transformation (175 out of 365) #blogaday

Make you sure to take advantage of your friends on the 3-day weekends given 🙂 I went to a birthday BBQ party last night to start off the weekend right, and tonight I am enjoying my time outdoors by the pool and going out with a friend later. It is important to keep busy, so you can continue to grow bonds with people in your life. Many of us starting thinking about the fact that there are only a few more weeks before people disperse to their own jobs…we need to stay close while we can, and this 3-day weekend is a big help!


Taking a teaching position (172 out of 365) #blogaday

Yesterday, I visited a school where I was offered a teaching position – I really liked it! My classroom was HUGE, and I will be coteaching with another new teacher fresh out of college. It is a pretty flimsy curriculum-hold on the teaching that is done, which will allow me to come up with more engaging lessons and play centers for the students. I can’t believe I have a job 🙂 I will be sending my acceptance email to them today! My job is teaching pre-K at Lake Oswego KinderCare, and I want to start looking at the curriculum more closely and getting some extra materials together. Only a few more weeks to focus on classes and assignments 😮


Socializing with school buds (167 out of 365) #blogaday

Tonight made me realize the importance of having a support group of friends! It was very fun to gossip and laugh about our teaching experiences 🙂 In one of our classes, the professor discussed the importance of sharing stories – I definitely agree after tonight. Other people, not in teaching, try to understand what we are going through but don’t really relate. Since this is our last term in the graduate school program, I want to make sure we all see each other as much as possible!