Biology Praxis

12.18.2012

| Education

Today I took my second Praxis exam, and boy am I glad that is done! The Praxis is a series of exams that have to be taken in order to become a license...


The Last Week with My Roommate

12.17.2012

So as I said in my last blog, I was upset with the anatomy final, so I came home and grieved in my bed while watching TLC. After a few episodes of "Wh...


Finals Week

12.17.2012

Hello, there! This past week was my last real finals week ever as an undergraduate, and it was the easiest finals week that I have ever had! I had onl...


Cake Boss and Catholics

12.08.2012

| Catholic

Hello, all! Today, as you may know, is a holy day honoring the Immaculate Conception of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Since it is a holy day, my roommate...


Feeling Loved

12.05.2012

Good morning! You know how artists and writers become famous after they are dead? Well, I feel sort of like that now that my college career is nearing...


Critical Reading and Writing Class

12.04.2012

| Education

Today is one of those days that I am just so grateful to be alive and healthy. I had my favorite education class this morning, which is critical readi...


R.I.P. Mr. Fish

12.03.2012

Today our family pet, Mr. Fish died. My immediate roommate got this beta fish two summers ago, and he became our family pet. Last year, another roomma...


Normal Student Again

11.19.2012

| Students

Friday was my last day at Stebbins, so I am back to being a regular student again. I absolutely loved being at Stebbins, but it is very challenging ha...


Teaching Physical Science

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 ...


Weekend with the "Fam" II

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...


Weekend with the "Fam"

11.11.2012

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


Teaching is a Vocation

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...


Teaching is a Profession

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!


PLT

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!


PLT

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...

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