I always remember sitting in my classes the first day of class, and observing the type of decorating and arrangement of the classroom my teachers had done, but especially thinking of all the different things I would have done if it were my classroom. The most vivid time I recall doing this is my first day of 8th grade, and I think that was when I was at an age were I finally realized “Hey, being a teacher seems like it would be a fun career choice!” Luckily, that thought was true, but it’s also a lot of work, but rewarding work. In high school I had many amazing teachers, but especially my math teachers. I remember geometry class my sophomore year as the year I decided I wanted to be a high school math teacher. I realized this because in our classes we could contract for different levels of classes, and each level had varying expectations of you, I always went for the middle level because I knew I was good at math, but I never saw my self as an exceptional student in any subject area. I was smart, but none of it came super easy to me, so I never wanted to stress myself out by contracting for the hardest levels. My geometry teacher quickly realized that I should have contracted for the higher level because I sat there in class bored because I would be flying through that night’s homework while she was still teaching that material. Because she actually took notice of this, and cared enough to encourage me to change my level and challenge myself more I discovered that having a good math teacher, who cares about your learning is really important.
Knowing my major prior to college certainly made choosing Fontbonne easy, because they have a great Education department. Fall semester of my sophomore year here at Fontbonne I had a class where we had to observe in a school for the first time. Because they generally lump middle school and secondary education majors together (There are not as many of us as there are elementary, early , or special education) I was placed in a middle school just because of space in the high school math classes. I am very grateful I was because I found out how fun middle school students can be, and they are still eager and willing to learn. This is the reason I switched from Secondary Education to Middle School Education, but I am still planning to be a math teacher and I am very happy with my choices to this day.
This is a very hectic semester for me! I have to observe for a total of 80 hours in middle schools this semester, 30 for one class and 50 for another. I am also taking two online classes, which I am not the biggest fan of online classes, but I couldn’t avoid them! I have already had two group projects. So, I’ve basically been busy non-stop basically all my school work, meeting up with groups, observing and working. It’s been… interesting. Can’t complain too much because I have loved every minute spent in those classrooms this semester, which makes me much more confident about my decision to become a Middle school teacher, and excited for the day I have my own class and classroom!
Staying on top of all that needs to be done is the hard part. I have all of my course calendars pinned on the wall that my desk is up against so that I can constantly see the due dates of assignments, and check them off as I go. I hope that these observations continue to be as enjoyable as they have been, and that by the end all my effort shows for these classes. Fingers crossed!
I must admit that during my undergrad studies I went to the library to A.) Print a paper when my dorm printer didn’t work, B.) Find a book to use as a cited source when the professor required it, and finally (my favorite) C.) Take a nap! Now, college students, I am not saying this is the best way to use the library! As a matter of fact, now that I am in my graduate studies I have found myself in the library more than not, especially these last few weeks. I think the Librarians even know my favorite computer and my habit of grabbing a soda and snack after I claimed said computer then sitting down and punching out paper after paper. For those that don’t know, teaching majors have to complete what is called the Culminating Project which is a 3-inch binder filled with data reports, papers, lesson plans, reflections and samples of student work. Now, if you are like me and a commuter, the Library is the best place to complete this massive piece of work.
When at home, I find myself distracted by my dog who constantly feels she should be petted or played with, TV shows and movies, my parents telling me to do something, and of course taking a nap. However, when at the Library I have nothing else to do but sit and write. It’s amazing how when at home it takes me an entire day to punch out three papers, but at the Library I can be there for an hour and have my daily allotment of work done.
I honestly have no idea how I would have gotten my Culminating Project done without the Library at Fontbonne! If you are also fortunate like me and find yourself living out in a very rural area where the local Library doesn’t even have a computer then heading out to Fontbonne was the only way I had to print my papers out (I say this because after my last move my printer found its way down a flight of stairs, it doesn’t work so well).
To wrap this up, I must say, during finals or even during a stressful time try the Library, it can’t hurt to try!