SOL day 31
Can’t believe it’s been a month with the Slice of Life Challenge! I really enjoyed reading many posts and receiving comments 🙂 Since I am doing the blogaday challenge, writing every day wasn’t anything new; however, I had some more creativity with inserting poems into my posts, which was a fun change.
I had my first day observing/helping in Kindergarten. It was a very fun experience! I discovered many more techniques for teaching. I had forgotten that Kindergarten has many similarities with Pre-school, like singing. I will have fun learning the songs that we use for transitions! Today was a very long day after my relaxation during break, but it will get easier when my body and mind get used to sleeping and getting up earlier. My CT is a very sweet-natured woman and she will be a great mentor for me this term. I take over some reading groups tomorrow and will slowly be transitioning to more and more things – this is stressful to think about as well as difficult to take in with everything from the school day, but I’ll get used to it and feel less overwhelmed as the weeks go on.
Sorry about the short post tonight! My brain is somewhat fried due to not getting a very good night’s sleep yesterday, so I can’t think of much to say. There were so many great things about today that haven’t really soaked in, but I will continue writing about my experiences in the classroom this term.
SOL day 11I know I just wrote a reflection piece yesterday, but I really needed this to stay sane! I am starting to panic a bit about the final paper and all the other small things I need to complete before going home. Poems are a great way to relax and get creative juices flowing, rather than just sitting and freaking out. I learned about the Diamante poem through my CT in the fifth grade class during their writing with Bare Books. It starts with a noun, then has two adjectives, three verbs, four nouns (two related to the first noun and two related to the opposing noun), three verbs (about opposing noun), two adjectives, and the second noun. I thought it was fitting because it compares opposites, and I wanted to look forward to the “relief” at the end instead of the “stress” currently in my mind. My poem is below 🙂
Do you ever feel the need to WIGGLE all your stress out?
Well, that’s what I love about dancing! I did dance classes when I was younger and was always into moving around outside. It is important to have some form of exercise that makes you feel calm and energized – for me, that is dancing. I try to do zumba classes once a week, just simply dance to music in my car, or in my living room after I get home. Dancing really gets your endorphins up and you can play songs you like! For the way I do it, it is important to laugh at myself and have fun – sometimes, dancing can be taken too seriously like for competitions or performances. It is exciting at the beginning when you are learning the moves, but after practicing it for what feels like a hundred times, it can be dull. That is not a great way for me to build up my positivity. I enjoy dancing to a routine sometimes though as well as just randomly jumping around.
I think dancing can be a great way for children to exercise as well – dance is a wonderful art form that teaches children about beats as well as music and simple movement of their bodies. My writing teacher last term had a wide repertoire of talents he enlightened us with, and one of them was teaching dancing to students. We learned some ethnic dances like the polka, the promenade mixer, Pata Pata, and Ma Navu (they were great ways to involve everyone and some were partner dances that rotate which helps students mingle with different people). I found a fun poem I wanted to share 🙂
“We dance for laughter,
we dance for tears,
we dance for madness,
we dance for fears,
we dance for hopes,
we dance for screams,
we are the dancers,
we create the dreams.”
As future teachers, we are inclined to keep working late into the night after our field placements or class. It is important to us that we bring our “work” home and plan for the next day’s lesson by prepping materials. However, we aren’t teachers just yet and having class til 8 or 9 at night as well as teaching part-time in the classroom from 8-3 can be very stressful and tiring. Burning out is inevitable if you do not help yourself out and take a breather. Even though there is homework most nights for a class the next day, you should rest after your time at field placement on the one night we have off. There are always things coming up that you could work on, but if they aren’t long projects, you can put them off a day or two. Stress can build up quickly if you are constantly on the move and don’t let yourself relax with a fun book, show, friends, or by taking a nap. I took advantage of napping on Monday this week because I could just tell that I was utterly exhausted – my eyes were closing at about 1 pm that day and when I got home at 3, I crashed. I felt very refreshed afterwards, and like I could continue the week without struggle. Yesterday was my day without class and I made sure not to do any homework! I did my blog post, caught up on some shows, and read chapters of my professional development books. I have done work on Thursdays previously, so resting instead was a very good discovery 🙂