Today was a special day because I spent the day at Boston College. I will be attending the Lynch School of Education (starting this summer!) to receive a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. Their Catholic mission is very similar to the Holy Cross TEP. I am excited to continue my Jesuit education here. I got to stay over Saturday night with my cousin Sarah who is a current senior at BC. It was sunny and 65! Here are some pictures from the amazing day:
This week is my second week with three full classes. This is definitely A LOT more challenging than my schedule before! It is so hard to keep track of who has done what, what I have said to who, and what agenda and objectives I need to put up on the board each period.
How do you stay organized while student teaching?
Here are some tips and tricks that are helping me right now:
Set out your weekly block schedule so you can see which classes will drop throughout the week. I also put the daily time schedule next to each block.
Quickly jot down what each class did each day after the bell rings. It only takes 30 seconds and it truly saves you from the “Did this class do this yet?” headache tomorrow! My mom is an awesome teacher and this is her template she gave me.
The Pass it in Bin helps to organize submitted student work. I go through it after each period so the Do Nows and Exit Tickets don’t pile up. Also, the black stackable bin is super helpful to organize lined paper, computer paper, colored paper, etc.
Make copies the day before so you aren’t stressed or rushing around during your preps.
Use multiple calendars to help you visualize the major assignments due for Holy Cross courses as well as your breaks. As you can see, Easter is right around the corner!
A few last thoughts:
Stay tuned for my last post where I show you my outfits of the week‼
Happy Monday! Here’s a little tour of Sullivan Middle School and my classroom. ↓
How do you stay motivated while student teaching?
We are more than halfway through student teaching. Some days, it is hard to stay motivated and positive when that alarm goes off in the pitch blackness. However, I use Pinterest as a Dream Board and I check it every morning to get motivational quotes and photos. Here are some examples of what pops up on my feed:
I also watch daily Lenten Reflections from Dynamic Catholic to help me find purpose in each day. The videos are sent straight to my email and they are only 3-4 minutes long. I like to listen to them on my walk home from the gym in the morning before I leave for school.
Utilize Pinterest or other forms of social media to manifest your dreams and receive daily inspirational quotes.
Interact with people who are going through a student teaching experience like you. Don’t be afraid to ask them for advice! Ms. K and Ms. Trueman always make me feel better when I am having a tough day.
Surround yourself with people who bring you joy and make you feel better about yourself. Lunches are my 30 minutes of the day where I can relax with fabulous coworkers who inspire me.
Stay in tune with nature. Watch a sunrise or sunset to slow down and realize that the days are getting longer and better weather is coming!
Watch short guided meditations or reflections on YouTube in the morning before you start your day to find purpose.
Today, I got up and went right to Mass at 10:30 with my sister. Usually, I got to 7 PM Mass at Holy Cross with my friends but today was a special day. My cousins just bought a beach house in Newport so my family went to go visit! My sister and I stopped into this church on the way home. Mass on Sunday always helps me to remember have gratitude for the beautiful life I have been given. I’m so lucky I get the opportunity to be a student teacher and go to my dream college, Holy Cross. Every day is a blessing and a gift. My Catholic faith and my teaching vocation go hand in hand.
I only live an hour from Newport so it was a short drive over. It was 55 and sunny out and we even drove with the sunroof open. We spent the afternoon touring the house and spending time together. Since they live right on the the Newport Cliff Walk, we made sure to take a walk there. It is so beautiful!
Then, my Grammie treated us to dinner. It was delicious. It was special to have such a fun day spent with family. I’m so grateful we got to spend the day together. Sometimes it is hard to slow down and take time for what we value in life, but I think that days like these are so important and special! I feel refreshed and ready to take on another week of student teaching.
Today I got to sleep in for the first time in a while. I went to Kimball because my sister is a freshman at Holy Cross at she has guest swipes. We both got omelets! My favorite omelet has feta cheese, tomato, spinach, and onion in it. I have not been to Kimball in months so it was fun to catch up with my sister and spend the morning together.
My dad and brother were in Worcester today and surprised my sister and I with Starbucks coffee. It was so sweet of them!
Then, I went back to my apartment and did some laundry. I like doing my laundry on the weekends because it makes the rest of the week so much easier. My friends and I did some homework in a study room in our apartment. I was super productive and got everything but two things done on my to do list.
I baked these gluten free chocolate chip muffins for a special day that I will blog about tomorrow! The secret ingredient is coconut oil instead of butter.
My friends all met up at 6:30 PM at Chipotle. I got a bowl with lettuce, brown and white rice, cheese, mild salsa, and sour cream. So yummy!
The last thing I did today was meal prep for this week. I love making my salads and washing all of my fruit ahead of time because it saves me so much time in the mornings.
I am so excited to share about my SPUD (Student Programs for Urban Development) site, Ascension After School Program. The students, grades 1-6, go to Union Hill School and are so filled with life, love, and energy. This program truly gave me the confidence to change my major and affirm that I wanted to be a teacher. I have been going to this site weekly from 3-5 PM for four years now. We spend the first half of the afternoon playing with the kids in free time. Then, we work on homework together. Sister Pat, who runs the program, was actually my dad’s first grade teacher☺
After SPUD. . .
Pasta dish recipe: Broccoli, kale, olive oil, spinach, cherry tomatoes, kalamata olives, onion, garlic, garlic powder, dash of salt, pepper.
9:00 AM: Pre-Practicum– Today, we learned about an active learning strategy, Four Corners. We discussed an article on the Finnish education system and compared it to ours. When I saw that my professor made my class cookies, I knew it was going to be an awesome day!
10:00 AM: 20th Century America– We submitted hard copies of our 5-7 page papers on the Redemption era and continued our discussion on the Gilded Age.
11:00-1:30: Black Biographies Seminar– In class, we learned about Marcus Garvey’s life. Then, we made Jamaican patties for lunch! My professor always makes us food because our class is during lunch time– it’s the best.
2:00-3:15: Urban Education– We learned about what solidarity means.
After classes, I met my younger sister, Catherine, at the gym to go for a run. Then, I did homework at Starbucks with a friend.
I also wanted to show you my room and what my apartment looks like! Here are some pictures.
In addition to my bedroom and our living room/dining area, my three roommates and I also have a full kitchen (with a dishwasher, fridge, and sink), a bathroom, and a shower.
Pro-Tip: You can tell how long it is going to take you to get to school when you live on city-side of the building. This video shows how you can see the traffic on the major highway, Interstate 290, that takes you across Worcester. It’s great!
For breakfast, I made oatmeal using gluten-free oats, chia seeds, hemp seeds, cocoa nibs, strawberries, blueberries, black raspberries, dark chocolate sunbutter, and a little granola on top. So delicious!! I only drink decaf coffee (with a little coconut milk) but I love to start my day with something warm to drink.
For lunch, I packed a salad with spinach/kale blend lettuce, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, kalamata olives, onions, sweet potatoes, carrots, and some pumpkin and sunflower seeds on top.
I ate dinner in my apartment with my two roommates, Lexi and Sarah. This was a true “comfort food” dinner. I have to admit, the soup wasn’t homemade– I used a tomato soup from Panera in the Holy Cross Lobby Shop 🙂 But it sure did the trick!
For the afternoon, I did some homework and worked out. My day ended with a super interesting seminar, Student Mental Health, which goes from 6-8:30 PM! Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post where I share an apartment tour.
I’m so excited I get the opportunity to start the College of the Holy Cross Teacher Education Program (TEP) blog takeover series for the week. Today, I spent three hours at Sullivan Middle School in Worcester where I work with 7th grade history students. I am only spending three hours a week this semester there, but in the Spring I will be there full-time. For today’s post, I really wanted to focus on giving a little tour of what Sullivan Middle is like— hopefully the pictures below bring it to life!
Break down of today:
Here’s a little run down of how my schedule went today:
8 AM: Wake up, shower, breakfast, pack lunch, some homework
10 AM: Class (20th Century America I)– We learned about the Gilded Age and what makes a corporation unique.
11 AM-2 PM: Sullivan Middle School– I observed and assisted with small tasks and one-on-one help in class. I get to carpool and spend lunch with my two friends Ally (Math) and Hannah (English), who are also in the TEP. We are all part of the 7th grade team.
2 PM: Office hours– Went over a few questions for a history paper due Wednesday with my professor.
3 PM: SGA Meeting– Since I am Treasurer of the senior class, I met with the class president, Brandon, and our advisor, Simone, to plan more Senior Ball details.
4 PM: Writer’s Workshop Appointment— I met with a trained student worker to make some edits for my paper (the same one I went to office hours for earlier!).
5 PM: Gym and dinner– Even a short run on the treadmill helps 🙂
6-9:30 PM: Work– I work 10 hours a week in Dinand Library as a Student Reference Assistant.
10 PM: Manic Monday– My roommate, Lexi, is an amazing singer and my friends and I always go to cheer her on at the Monday night Delilah’s performances in Hogan Campus Center.
Overall thoughts on the day:
Today was a great day! It was super busy and scheduled down to the minute but I really enjoyed spending most of it with my students at Sullivan Middle. I’m still getting to know their names and personalities, but I’m getting better each week. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post where I talk about what I eat in a day as an “almost” student teacher!