Teaching Physical Science

My Life: Amy

11.13.2012 | Education

This week is my last day at Stebbins for my methods portion of the semester. Yesterday I didn't’t have to go to school because the teachers had ... More

Weekend with the "Fam" II

My Life: Amy

11.11.2012 | Service and Giving

I started writing about my river steward family in my last blog and it ended up being too long, so I decided to make it a separate blog. I could proba... More

Weekend with the "Fam"

My Life: Amy

11.11.2012

            This past weekend I was super busy splitting my time between my various “families.” One of ... More

Teaching is a Vocation

My Life: Amy

11.05.2012

Good evening! I hope you all are having a great start to your week! My week started off a bit rough, but I am reminded why teaching is not a job but r... More

Teaching is a Profession

My Life: Amy

11.05.2012 | Education

Good evening! I hope you all are having a great start to your week! My week started off a bit rough, but I am reminded why teaching is not a job but rather a vocation.

So I woke up this morning at 5:00 to study anatomy before going to school, which I actually quite enjoyed. With the time change, 5:00 felt like my normal 6:00 mornings. Anyways, I got up, showered, made some toast and coffee. I really enjoy slow mornings like that because I went into school feeling all ready to go. Well within my first hour at school, I heard way too many sad stories of bad choices students make, parents make, and people make in general. Days like today remind me why I chose teaching. I am choosing to teach not because I want to have my summers off, tell kids what to do, or make 150 teenagers suffer through my classes everyday. I am choosing to teach because I hope that I can be at least one person to say good morning, have a good day, good job, and all the other small things that can mean a lot. I hope that my students learn a lot of science and go out into the world as informed individuals, but I mostly just hope that my students learn how to make good choices, find comfort in my classroom, and feel like they matter simply because they are alive.

I have to admit, I had no idea how hard teaching was going to be. I am only there half days right now and I feel quite overwhelmed at the idea of full days. Fortunately, I have a good support system with my cooperating teacher, my roommates, my fiance, my family, and my professors. Have a blessed evening!

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PLT

My Life: Amy

11.04.2012 | Education

Good afternoon, all! I hope everybody is having an enjoyable start to November! I swear this semester has been the fastest yet. Tomorrow is my third anatomy exam of the semester, which means that finals are just around the corner!

Yesterday I took my Principles of Learning and Teaching exam (PLT), which is the general teaching license test that all teachers take. It was very strange to take a standardized exam after not having to take one since high school. I must say, I do not miss them. This test is not very hard, and pretty much everybody passes it on their first try, but it still makes me a bit nervous. I did not study a whole lot because the education classes I have taken here really prepared me well, so we shall see if that played out in my scores. The test was actually offered here on campus, which was nice because I was comfortable and knew most of the people in the room with me. In high school I always hated having to go to a strange place to take a test. Now I have to take a test for my biology license and a general science test for my physics, chemistry, and geology license.

After my test yesterday, I decided I deserved to order myself some Chinese food, so I tried out this place called CJ Chan just up the street from my house, and it was super good! CJ Chan serves Japanese and Chinese food, and it is just seconds away from my house, so I believe I have a new favorite place to eat.

As for today, I studied anatomy before noon mass, went to church, watched a bit of the soccer game, and now back to studying. Have a great Sunday!

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PLT

My Life: Amy

11.04.2012

Good afternoon, all! I hope everybody is having an enjoyable start to November! I swear this semester has been the fastest yet. Tomorrow is my third a... More

Registering for Spring 2013

My Life: Amy

10.31.2012

Hello! I have a million things that I should be doing right now besides writing this blog, but I can't help but share my sadness as the series of last... More

Registering for Spring 2013

My Life: Amy

10.31.2012 | Education

Hello! I have a million things that I should be doing right now besides writing this blog, but I can't help but share my sadness as the series of lasts begins. The realities of being a senior are beginning to hit more and more as this semester quickly approaches the end. I register for spring 2013 courses tomorrow afternoon, and it really started to sink in that I am quickly nearing the end of my days as a traditional undergraduate student.

Normally at this time of year, I am frantically trying to figure out my complicated schedule between education and biology. I would sit here with my desk covered in various check sheets, a calculator, many windows open on my computer, and a puzzled look on my face. I would calculate how many hours I had left for each degree and how many hours I had left to take at UD to ensure that I graduated on time. I would make various schedules and try to craft the puzzle just right, so I could fit in all of the classes. I would also try to hypothetically estimate my GPA for the end of the semester and for graduation. I would poll all my friends to ensure I was taking all the "good" classes with the favorite professors. Once I thought I had my schedule just right with the best classes, professors, and time, I would obsessively check the enrollment for each class and hope that I could get a spot in the classes I wanted. This year I have no papers out, only the usually windows up, and no calculator. All I have to do is register to student teach and figure out how I am going to get a geology to finish my integrated license. As stressful as scheduling was, I have to admit that I am a bit sad that that phase in my life has ended....

To prevent myself from getting all upset about this list of lasts, I am going to get back to my lesson plans for tomorrow. Have a great night!

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Day 1 of Cell Unit

My Life: Amy

10.29.2012

Hi! I believe winter is upon us. I am sitting here in my house absolutely freezing. My house on campus has a half story that serves as the second floo... More

Day 1 of Cell Unit

My Life: Amy

10.29.2012 | Education

Hi! I believe winter is upon us. I am sitting here in my house absolutely freezing. My house on campus has a half story that serves as the second floor, so we really struggle to keep the room warm in the winter and cool in the summer. I sleep with my heated blanket on high every night with a sweatshirt, flannel pants, and fuzzy socks, and then I fear the morning when I have to crawl out of my little "den."

Anyways, this week I am teaching a five-day unit on cells in one of my biology classes. Up to this point, I have been co-teaching and doing a little bit of teaching, but I have never planned my own lesson plans for class yet. I have been slaving away on this unit for the past week and I feel completely unprepared for the rest of the week. Today went swimmingly, though! I have to video-tape myself teaching one lesson this fall, so I taped myself teaching today, and it went great! I have a great group of students in my second period class, so it was a safe choice. We learned all about the scientists who historically contributed to the cell theory in biology. I was all excited because I made these cute little tombstones (touch of Halloween) for each of the scientists. I put a little paragraph about that person's research and a bunch of pictures to display their research. The students then had to become an "expert" on one scientist, and go back to teach their group about that one scientist. This method is called jigsaw and encourages all of the students to do the work because they are each responsible for something. After the students learned about each of the scientists, they had to devise the three principles of the cell theory based on the scientists' findings. I was completely shocked that most of the students got two of the three principles on their own! I hope they actually enjoyed the activity and learned something.

I enjoyed seeing them carry out the plans that I had been working on forever. It is such an awesome feeling to see the planning come to life. It is also exciting to see the students actually discover the knowledge! I hope I have the same success tomorrow. As for today, I have anatomy at 2:00 and genetics of disease at 3:00. Have a great Monday!

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Trunk-or-Treat

My Life: Jessie

10.26.2012

This week, I participated in Trunk-or-Treat twice.  For those of you who don’t know, Trunk-or-Treat is an event put on by the Neighborhood School Centers so that children within the community can still go trick or treating without being fearful of their neighborhoods. More

Back to School

My Life: Amy

10.21.2012

This past week I started back at Stebbins High School again. I was there for a week at the beginning of the semester to get my feet wet and have conte... More

Parents' Weekend

My Life: Amy

10.21.2012

Hello! In case you are unaware, UD has a designated weekend for parents to come to campus every year and this weekend was it. I have actually never ha... More

John Stuart Society Donor Dinner

My Life: Amy

10.21.2012

Hello, all! I have much to catch you up on as UD is always full of exciting happenings. First off, I thought I would share with you my experience at t... More