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The time has come!

Over this past holiday weekend, I realized that I only have 9 more days (8 now!) left on the term before I am heading back home 😮 This term has been immensely more successful in terms of my teaching and the positivity of the teachers around me. I have actually been able to teach full days with my cooperating teacher out of the room, or even not at school at all! There was a day when she had a substitute and I was completely on my own for management and organizing the day. I was nervous, but she gave me her confidence and the students did not turn the classroom upside down – heck, they almost tied with me in the point system I use! There are always certain parts of some days where the students are chattier and we have to stop more often to wait; however, I would not at all consider this term a failure. I have learned that I still love teaching elementary, and have grown confidence in myself as a teacher and with building relationships with my students. The same students that move my cooperating teacher through the roof have pushed my buttons as well, but by taking some of their rewards away, they were aware that I was in charge.

end-of-term-2016

Tomorrow is my last time for teaching all day..this is bittersweet – on one hand, I am exhausted and ready for a break, BUT I love the students and have really gotten into the rhythm of how to teach the third grade class. I have applied to many jobs and submitted my EdTPA for approval – now I am just waiting to hear! I really want to have an actual job in January, and a passing mark for my license is a must 🙂 I plan to give many people Thank You notes and/or flowers for all of their help this term with financial issues, registering issues, and general help along my journey! I know I still have 8 days until I actually leave, but I am already feeling the ache in my heart for the kids and the experience. I will also miss my current roommate and her cat very much – we plan to see each other often though!

 

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Can’t be common with children (263 out of 365) #blogaday

I love that these books are not common! It is always fun to find new stories to read to the children, so they don’t always hear the same ones about friendship. These also show different types of relationships, which is important for young students – they need to see non-comforming groups of friends to show that anybody can hang out together.

Nerdy Book Club

stratford zoo revue romeo and julietHello out there in Nerd-Land! So the second volume in my Shakespeare-inspired graphic novel series is coming out Sept. 29th (The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Romeo and Juliet). While working on it over the past few years, I’ve spent a thinking about great couples in picture books.

I think picture books are some of the best explorations of friendship/relationships that exist in literature. If I put on my literary/child psychology hat for a moment (I’ll be quick, I promise!), I would say that one of the great cognitive leaps we make as human beings is when we break past parallel play and realize that everyone else is a sentient, thinking being. Even as adults, we need constant reminders that “others” (racially, culturally, politically, behaviorally) are “us.” That is where companionship starts. That is where love begins.

Because picture books specifically target children at the age that they…

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