Grad School Chronicles: Week 7

As I mentioned last week, Monday was the end of the first term.  It's a bit confusing.  Classes run on a semester system, but certain courses are busted up into terms, rather than running the entire length of the semester.  Oddly, the classes that ran on the term timeline were two that easily could have been stretched out a bit longer (for the sake of my sanity and stress level), but that's another story.  For the sake of my weekly blog posts

Anyway, in my final presentation for the term, we had technical difficulties with the PowerPoint end of things. At the last minute (literally), I realized one of the main slides had somehow been deleted.  I quickly made a new slide to that the place of the one that went missing.  (I am not very iPad savvy; especially when it comes to Google Drive.)  I did not realize that there is some sort of "auto correct" type feature when creating a slide within Drive, and what was supposed to say the word "independent".....said "indecent".  Yep, according my my presentation slide, I will have indecent little readers in my kindergarten classroom.  {slaps forehead repeatedly until a big, red hand print appears}

No telling what that oopsie did to my grade.  As awful as it sounds, my error got a hearty laugh from my classmates, and I had to keep on truckin' with my portion of the presentation after turning twelve shades of red.  I persevered!

I came home to find this amazing card waiting for me in the mailbox from one of my long-time friends.  We have known each other since junior high, and she is, no joke, one of the most supportive individuals on the planet.  Feeling the love, even after my indecent day.  lol


What are my thoughts for the week?
1.  Whatever you do, don't trust anything you type into Google Slides on the fly.
2.  I sure am glad to have one term under my belt!
3.  I am proud of myself for too many reasons to list here.  That will have to be another blog post on another day.  :)
4.  I am beyond thankful to have an awesome Texas BFF who loves me enough to send me a card of encouragement!  I love having cheerleaders in my life!!!!

Daily 5 Conference in Tacoma, WA

Well, I did it.  I took the plunge and signed up for the Daily 5 conference in Tacoma!  It takes place August 6, which just happens to be the first weekend of summer break.  {Talk about perfect timing, eh?}

Cons:
  • I am officially $445.00 in the hole between conference and motel room fees.  My poor little credit card is on FIRE!
  • It freaks me out to stay in a motel room alone.
  • I will most likely not know anyone there - no one to chat with throughout the day.

Pros:
  • Ummm, I get to go see The Sisters LIVE!
  • I will be gathering their awesome information first-hand!
  • I will re-enter my teaching career with solid strategies that work well for teachers and students!
  • I get a night away from home -- Amen to mini vacations!
  • Perhaps I will make a few new friends and meet new colleagues.
  • I have never been to Tacoma...it might be fun!
  • Free breakfast bar during the conference registration process!

Clearly, the Pros outweigh the Cons.  I am beyond excited, and I will be sure to give a little update once it is all said and done.

Grad School Chronicles: Week 6

Week 6 brought many, m-a-n-y, many presentations.  To be honest, it is presentation overload for this teacher-chick!  One of the highlights was playing with wax given to me from the group covering Waldorf education.  I made a turtle.  A classmate made the gnome.  Yes, that is a gnome.  :)




What are my thoughts for the week?
This is finals week for two of my four classes.  I am sad to see these two particular classes go.  I loooove the two professors.  As you can see by my awesome wax turtle, we have one heck of a time in class!  Moving forward -- I am ready to take on two new classes as of Wednesday morning!  {Gulp.}

Grad School Chronicles: Week 5


Week 5 brought Mrs. Wishy-Washy.  Why?  Because I love her, that's why.  I somehow conned each of my group members into using the book for our presentation, and it was so much fun!  The best part was when our group had the entire class create an author/illustrator page to describe their favorite part of the book.  It was like watching a bunch of five and six year old kids light up.  Greatness!  

I plan on adding this page to my Mrs. Wishy-Washy story sequencing activity pack super-soon.  However, if you need it prior to spring break, shoot me an email and I will send it to you.


What are my thoughts for the week?
I am tired.  Very tired.

Grad School Chronicles: Week 4

Week 4 was epiphany week for me.  I realized and came to terms with my limitations; one of those being how many items I can physically drag between Vancouver and Portland each day.  I did myself (and my back) a giant favor by purchasing a rolling cart to haul all of my materials.  It's pretty snazzy, and I love the cover!  I picked it up on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1T4ecnl




What are my thoughts for the week?
I had to let a lot of things go this week.  From A-Z, I let it all go.  Much of this has to do with no longer being able to do my own thing when it comes to quite a bit of my class work.  The program I attend heavily focuses on collaborative work, which usually ends up calling for quite a bunch of presentations.  Part of this style of education is somewhat liberating because we are able to jigsaw our work.  The flip side of this style causes me to feel exhausted due to the sheer amount of communication that must take place in order to make it all work well.

The great news is...I am a full month into this program.  Only 10 more to go.