Tuesday, February 25, 2014

This week has been great, I've just been getting caught up on everything that is coming to an end soon. Last week there was a student who came up to me and she was super sweet. She decided to call me "pal" and that's been the name that has stuck with me. She thought she was going to push me on the swing at recess, and she decided to tell me all kinds of useless information. She went on to tell me her mothers name, which happens to be the same as mine. I told her this and she began to tell me that's neat, but I'm not her mother. I had to laugh at this, she is super sweet and very caring.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

So not much is new this week, I have just been trying to get things done and ahead of schedule. I was sad to hear that I lost a distant family member yesterday, she had lived a long, full life. The sad thing was it was my great grandmas cousin and they were very close. I hate to see people getting older, and that is one of my biggest fears. Hope everyone has a good week!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

What a busy week it's going to be. You would of thought that I would have done homework over the past weekend with the nasty weather we have had, but I did the opposite. I have spent many hours tonight getting caught up on all of my assignments. I can't believe it's already 6th week. Good luck to the rest of my college friends, hope the term is going good!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

     Often we take for granted the time we have with people. I will never forget all of the memories we shared together, or just simply having him by my side as I grew up. My great uncle Aaron was like a grandpa to me, always being there to cheer me up, tell me silly jokes, or just sit in the shade on a warm summer day and share all of our fun times together. One story that we always laughed about was the time I helped him pick up walnuts. We lived next door to him out on the farm for as long as I can remember. He loved to have different trees, berries, and nuts. His favorite was his English walnut tree. One day I decided to go help him pick up the walnuts from around the tree. He sat in the wheelbarrow with a smirk on his face, watching as I picked up the walnuts. When I was finally finished for the day, he handed me a few bucks and we both went our own way. The next morning when I woke up, my hands were stained black from the walnuts! I guess uncle Aaron "forgot" to tell me that they would do that. I had to go to school for the next few days and explain to everybody what had happened. I did not think it was funny at the time, but thinking back about it I can now laugh.
     Growing older and weaker, I would go over after school and cook him dinner, clean his house, or help him with odd jobs. Sometimes it was just something as simple as visiting with him for a few hours in the evening, whatever it was, it never got old. As he was there for me growing up, I was there for him as he grew older. It was rough to see the condition he was in, but he was not going to let that change the outlook on his life, he knew he needed to be there for my family.
     The time came and we had no choice but to put him in a nursing home, he was having problems and was unable to live alone, he needed full time care. Not long after being in the nursing home he fell and broke his hip. Due to his age and health (he had congestive heart failure), surgery was not an option. From this point on, I knew it was only time before he wouldn't be with us anymore. I still visited him as much as possible at the nursing home, but he was slowly dying inside.
     On February 4, 2006 my mom went up to see him, she could see the pain and suffering in his eyes. She told him that if he feels he needs to let go, we would understand and we would be okay without him. She thanked him for everything he had done for our family and told him that we loved him. As she left that day, he gave her the slightest of a smile that he could. Early in the morning, about 3:00 a.m., we got a call from the nursing home saying he had passed away.

Although I know he is in a better place, I miss him like crazy. I just wanted to take the time to think about the past and remember my great uncle. Tomorrow marks 8 years that he has been gone.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

It's the second week of my practicum, this week I found out what I will be teaching for my five lessons. I will be doing reading with the class. This will be a lot different than my last set of lessons I had to teach. The teacher gave me all of the things I need, with a basic outline of the lessons. It really saves me a lot of work because she wants it done just like she does it, and to pretty much use the basic lesson out of the book. For my last practicum I taught social studies, for these lessons I was able to do whatever I found interesting from the text. I have enjoyed seeing the different ways that teachers do things in their classrooms.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Today was the first day of practicum, I'm in the third grade this term. I was nervous at first, but the students seemed to warm up fairly quickly. I am excited to be able to meet with my teacher more to figure out what the rest of the term will bring. She said we will meet tomorrow to figure out the lessons I will be teaching!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Beginning of the term...

It's once again the beginning of a new term, this means lots of new classes, assignments, and stress. I feel like I have learned a lot already this term, I find myself being more prepared and excited to become a teacher someday. I will be doing my last practicum placement in the third grade classroom. This will be new for me, I have been in first and fifth. I'm excited to see what this term brings, and what new things I will learn from it!