Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The One Where An Angel Appeared!

Today. Just another exhausting day. Ugh, I sound so blegghhh.

Today, I got a practicum student!

[[Flash back to last year. I got a practicum student for the first time. He was over six feet tall.

He scared me.

He sat at my small group table and did his homework instead of listen, observe, and learn. I did nothing about it, because honestly, I didn't even feel confident enough. But it irked me. A lot.]]

But this girl! SO super sweet. Willing to learn. And I told her about my challenging class, as she came during my planning period, and I was able to prep her. I told her, in generalities of course, the struggles that  these kids go through both in and out of school, and how we play a huge part in their lives.

And then, not one hour after she arrived, she asked if I wanted her to grade my spelling tests from last week that are still sitting in my grading drawer.

Our local university has sent me an angel! I only have her on Wednesdays for the next month or so. I hope to be a great model and help her in any way that I can. She's only a junior, so she just has to observe, then do a lesson or activity for her professor to observe. Since we're creeping up to the DCAS test, we're in spiral review mode! I asked her what her favorite subject to teach was, and she said math. So I gave her some topics that we're going to be reviewing like crazy-- 3d shapes, area/perimeter, division.

I saw a linky party going on for upper elementary teachers! So I joined, obviously! Go link up at Fabulous 4th Grade Froggies! Just when I got my google reader down to a managable number, I'm going to add more blogs to my feed. Great idea, Meg. But I can't help myself! I don't want to miss any of the ideas you all have to offer!

One last note. Teachers are special people. We are multitaskers. We get more done in an hour than most get done in a day. But there's one special group of people who deserve even more recognition.


Honestly-- I don't know how you all do it, teaching all day then having a family to take care of. Last night, I passed out on my couch at 8pm. I have no one to worry about but myself [besides my boyfriend. And my foster cat who is currently hiding from me], so I have that luxury. So this last tidbit should serve as a KUDOS! to all of you teachers who deal with what we have to deal with ALL day, then go home and lead a family. You are admired!


  1. Thank you for joining my linky party! Your blog is beautiful!

    Fabulous 4th Grade Froggies

  2. I also have NO IDEA how teacher-parents do it. Just like you, I am exhausted at the end of the day and I'm lucky if I can take care of my own needs!!! Haha!

    And you sound like a GREAT cooperating teacher! I love that you asked her what she wanted to teach. I wish I had a practicum student to grade my giant pile of student work... sigh. :)

    Marvelous Multiagers!

  3. I am your newest follower, and I hope you will come by and check out my blog.

  4. I am in need of a practicum site for my grad work and will gladly grade papers if needed. JUST LET ME IN! Sigh... you will see my frustration on that tomorrow. As far as being a teacher-parent... we are not superwomen/men. It is all just part of the routine. Tonight, I made the kids read me a bedtime story. I was so tired and now that they are asleep... I am awake.

    Think, Wonder, & Teach

  5. Having preservice and student teachers is so, so awesome when they work hard and want to do a great job. I always appreciate learning from someone else too, especially someone who is so fresh and excited. I'm glad you seem to be clicking with her!

    I found you through the linky. I'm excited to connect with other intermediate teachers! I'm your newest follower too.

    Christi =)
    Ms. Fultz's Corner

  6. Wow - she sounds great already! It's disappointing to have a student come in who doesn't really want to be there.

    And I'm with you on the teacher-parent thing. I have huge respect for them! I'm kinda dreading having kids (is that bad?).

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

  7. Wow! I'm jealous! I'm stuck with kids grading papers lol

    I just joined your blog via the linky party. Can't wait to read more.


  8. I am your newest follower. I am glad I found a new third grade blog. I am really new to the blog thing and am falling in love.
    You can always check out mine.

  9. Hi. I am your newest follower! I found your blog through the link party. Come over and visit my blog when you have a chance.


  10. Hi!! Glad you have a great practicum teacher :) I'm your newest follower and a fellow third grade teacher. I found you through the linky party as well. Please stop on over to my blog when you have a chance.

    Teaching in Paradise

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  12. Hi!
    Had to delete my last comment because I realized I was repeating myself LOL! Can I borrow your practicum student for one day? I so envy you. I am a fellow 3rd grade teacher and your newest follower!
    Patti :)
    A Series of 3rd Grade Events

  13. Couldn't agree more about the teacher+parent thing. What amazing people! I have no idea how they keep everything together so seamlessly.

    Fun blog! I'm excited to read more and am following you now.

    Katie Smith

  14. Stopping by to say hi, found your blog through the linky party...I'm looking forward to reading all these great posts! Stop by my blog sometime:

  15. Hello! I found your blog through Fabulous 4th Grade Linky Party. I'm a first year teacher and will be teaching third grade in September. I'm both excited and nervous about having my own classroom. My new hobbies are searching for teaching blogs and Pinterest. LOL! I'm impressed with all of the blogs and ideas from novice, to veteran teachers. I finally got around to creating my own blog! I originally planned to create a blog during my student teaching but it never happened. So I decided to chronicle my first year in third grade. I'm new to the blogging world so bare with me. I hope you will visit my blog and join!

    Peace & Blessings!