It is really great to see you on board as an active member of the MERLOT Voices community. There are so many outstanding resources in MERLOT and our partner online communities, I know you will be well served by being involved. I also look forward very much to your contributions in the years ahead!
Things are good. Just working on getting a job with Fresno Unified. Its all in limbo but progressing. Student teaching is going well. Its definitely spring though. The kids are getting restless. but its fun.
my trip was great. My friend and I went all over the place the first two days. I already want to go back. I managed to get back and move this last weekend and now im in San Jose where we fly out from tomorrow for New York. when I get back we should get together. I have the girls over to my new place. :)
It's going okay. I need to set aside time to put up my lesson plans. I'm one of those ppl who likes doing stuff on paper, and transferring it to the computer takes me a while...not that it's hard, just annoying, I guess. lol.
my summer has some good and some bad: i hurt my shoulder at work, but my boyfriend proposed (don't worry, we're waiting to get married at least until i graduate), but I probably should have done more work on lesson plans and stuff. lol.
And if you click on the PST, click the "choosing a lab" link and you can see where each lab is located and what each lab does, then, check the "important dates" link at the top of the PST page to make sure you get your stuff in on time.
Yeah, the classroom is awesome. I'm finding that diversified instruction is more than something you learn; it's more of a habit that you have to create. My mentor teacher is really awesome about letting her students work together and actually facilitating learning rather than loading the students with a ton of facts. I also have a bunch of lab instructions and worksheets that you should check out.
Advice...find a way to relieve stress! Really though, everything is going pretty well considering (teaching in 3 different classrooms, making up a curriculum to a class, having a class of freshmen, then 2 classes of juniors/seniors).
My best advice
1. Do not take things personally, because for the most part, it isn't personal, the students are just...hormonal I guess.
2. Be super-organized. Students can't blame you for losing their work if you have a record of never misplacing anything. Plus if you have to create a curriculum binder (we do at our school site for each course we teach), it will be much easier to do if you can find all your materials.
3. Stick to your guns. Don't let kids push you around. Enforce your rules, even when they're trying to wear you down. It's a game they try out with all new teachers :)
How is student teaching going? I know that I should know this, but after a semester, I totally forgot! Where are you doing your final? Enjoy your break!