Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
i just got back from a meeting about alaska and i CAN'T WAIT FOR SATURDAY!!!!!!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
i have almost no homework anymore. i am able to work on standards at school during prep hours and i have all of my lessons planned for the week. i've been watching a lot of smallville.
a spider walked across my chest last night while i was reading in julia's bed. i had to move back up to my bed. i'm pretty sure i killed the spider but just in case i will be sleeping in my bed the rest of the week.
Monday, March 23, 2009
today was a good day. i had 5 kids (FIVE!!) for my first social studies lesson. and i was being observed. lolz. we're working on a writing project where each kid gets to write either a journal, a letter to a friend, or a report (as if they were a reporter) pretending that they are in one of the western states. some of them have written some really really good ones! a lot of them haven't even started though.
play practice is going well. i'm glad i am not in charge of it but on the other hand there are many times when i want to jump in and tell some of the kids what to do. i'm very excited for the 4 performances on friday. i will be taping it so that i can show off how great/precious my students are.
we're making paper tomorrow! i hope it works....i tried it tonight with newspaper and it didn't really work. i have regular paper for tomorrow so it should be better. right?
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
lunch today looked soooo disgusting. it was ham patties on a bun. sure it was. i think it was just uncooked hamburger. it was NASTY! luckily i had leftover pizza, cheerios, and white chocolate chips.
i downloaded a bunch of phil collins songs. julia inspired me. i'm listening to them on repeat and it. is. AWESOME!
Monday, March 16, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
i have been observing a lot more now that i am not full time. i still teach a major part of the day, but not all the time anymore. it's been really fun to be able to watch my students. i observed most of the first week but i didn't really know any of them yet. now i notice all kinds of funny things that they do. for example, yesterday one of my students said to the other boys at his table, "i'm not really here today. it's just my soul." he looked so serious when he said it and he didn't know i was listening. i've also noticed a lot of note passing going on. sheila can't see it when she is teaching so i've started to go and take the notes. they get sooooo mad! the notes are usually stupid "how are you?" "i'm fine" "good" but sometimes they say "will you go out with me? circle yes or no.
i have to take a math test on saturday! ish! me no wanna.
today was my third day observing "social studies." the first day they talked all day about dairy. the second day they talked all day about dairy. today she decided to mix it up. they talked about soymilk. they are learning so much about the midwest!!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
social studies is 70 minutes long. today all they did was watch a very strange video about a cow that subs for a class and teaches them all about dairy. then we made homemade ice cream. that's all they got accomplished. in SEVENTY minutes. the unit they are working on right now is the midwest. i know wisconsin produces a lot of dairy but i really don't see how watching a horrid video and making some ice cream taught them anything. the ice cream was really tasty though.
i now have 2 cooperating teachers because i still do most things in sheila's room but i am now in social studies for a major part of the day with rhonda. she wanted to meet with me quick at the end of the day to discuss next week since i'll be taking over. when i went to her room she didn't mention anything about what i'll be teaching. she only talked to me about casual friday and how, since i'll be in her room now, i need to think about how i dress on fridays. "I know that a lot of people dress very casually, but they already have jobs. if you do wear jeans you need to dress them up with heels or jewelry." i was really mad. there are teachers at the school that wear sweatpants. SWEATPANTS. and not just on fridays. and she was telling me that i can't even really wear jeans anymore. ugh! i was annoyed.
the rest of the day went really well. it's been so nice to have less to be in charge of. i am able to talk to my students a lot more and am not constantly thinking about the next lesson i need to teach. plus i've had a lot more time to work on my semester projects so that i can get them done before i go to alaska.
Monday, March 9, 2009
i also had an alaska meeting. we didn't really find out anything new, though. my professor did bring in some pictures from when she was there and they made me even more excited. i keep forgetting that i actually have to do work while i'm there. i feel like i'm just going to be exploring barrow but i'm going to be really busy.
tomorrow's another day. i have hardly anything to teach this week and i'm looking forward to having time to work on my other projects for the semester. blah blah.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
my birthday was a really good day. it started with being sung to by my carpool friends and ended with phase 10 with julia, lisa, and deja (i had a real kitty in my house! it was awesome!). in between there were many cards and a lot of good food. overall it was one of my better bdays!
tomorrow i have seminar which means i get to sleep in an extra 2 hours! woohoo! but seminar is extremely boring. but i do get to see all my education friends that i haven't seen since the last seminar.
sorry that this isn't very long, but i have laudries to put away. seacrest, out.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
i gave my math test today and they all did way better except one girl who did worse. frustrating!!
i feel like more must have happened today but i can't remember any of it. today was a loooong day and i don't want to think about it any more.
in other news, tomorrow is my birthday! hannah is buying everyone in the carpool breakfast!! yay! and lisa is coming. we will be consuming lots of cake and ice cream.
also, lost is awesome! i don't how i will be able to wait 2 whole weeks for a new episode!
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
school went well today. my kids were good (at least until pretty much the end of the day). we're working on reader's theater this week so i'm basically having them read through different fairy tale scripts during guided reading. they love plays and they love fairy tales so they are enjoying it so far.
math went well too. today was our last day of new material before the test. we worked on input/outputs. most of them caught on right away--i just had a few who got really frustrated but i was able to work with them one-on-one and i think they started to get it. we have a review day tomorrow so they'll be able to practice even more. they've actually already taken the test because i gave them a pretest. one of my semester projects is to show how students have improved on a certain unit. we have to give a pretest, teach a unit, and then give the test. we then have to show how each student did and whether or not they improved. blah blah blah.
my birthday is on thursday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
the drive home was SCARY but fun. i was glad i wasn't alone because i would have been even more scared. and, aside from my 3 carpool buddies, i had hanson to keep me company.
i finally have my appetite back! i've eaten many bunny cheese crackers and lots of chocolate. and we just ordered pizza! i hope the delivery guy doesn't go in the ditch on the way.
i hope that the weather clears up so that i can go to the cities tomorrow! i will cry if i don't see my favorite little sammy!
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
my kids were out of control today. i had to yell at so many of them. they were tattling like crazy and talking and moving all around the room.
a lot of my kids call me ms. brackmen, ms. brackens, ms. brackerman, or mrs. bracken.
on another negative note, i feel like crap. i have hardly eaten anything today and i was ready for bed at about 7 this morning. i am hoping to be asleep by 830 tonight--we'll see how that goes.
i actually do have one good thing to say--my carpool enjoyed my playlist!! i even discovered someone to bring to the next hanson concert so that i don't have to drag julu there with me! she'll be so pleased!!
Monday, February 23, 2009
i had to give out some checks today. for some reason, all the kids in the school have been acting up. when i talked to the other student teachers they all said that today was not a good day behavior wise so i know it isn't just my students. at first i felt bad that i was giving them checks but all three of them really did deserve it. plus, the first check is only a warning. getting it sure made S (my problem student that i talked about earlier) and A very mad at me. by the end of the day they seemed to have forgotten all about it, though.
after school i spent a long time getting a math game ready for tomorrow. i don't know how fun it will be, but most of my students are pretty competitive so i think they'll enjoy it.
tomorrow sheila will be gone and there will be a sub in my room all day. barf.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
i should be sleeping by now. i have to drive tomorrow so i have to get up even earlier than normal. i don't want to miss the end of the oscars though. i'm really hoping milk will win but i guess it'd be okay if slumdog won.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
but then we (julia, katie, alanna, and I) went to ruttles and i had a yummy veggie burger.
tomorrow is friday!!!!!!!
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
school went well today. i made a jeopardy game for spelling/vocab and my kids had a lot of fun. i really need to work on getting them to be quieter, though.
tomorrow we are playing a few more games to practice spelling and possessive nouns.
oh, we got a new girl today. she was very shy at first but a few of the other girls gave her a tour of the school and throughout the day she started to open up. there are some really nice kids in my class and they were very eager to get to know her which was great.
i start full time teaching next week!!!! this weekend is going to be very busy with lesson planning, etc. i hope i can get a lot done!
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
I got all of my valentine's from last week today. Lots of yummy candy (that Julia ate most of) and some cute cards.
I made a girl named S really mad today. She had one of those stupid paper fortune tellers and was distracting some of the other kids so I told her she had to put it away. She didn't so I took it from her. I gave it back to her later but she was still mad at me. All the kids are supposed to high five me before they leave but she stormed off. She gets up at 4 every morning to go to day care so I am used to her getting crabby at the end of the day so I wasn't that suprised by her reaction. She'll be over it by tomorrow.
Monday, February 16, 2009
I didn't have school today. Instead we had a workshop. It was actually way more interesting than I thought it would be. I learned about "Daily 5" which is basically using centers for reading. Then I had "Smart Boards." Smart boards are pretty much the coolest things ever--I hope I have one in my classroom next year. If not, I am stealing one from someone else. I'm going to try to use S's as much as possible in my lessons so that I get used to them. The next workshop was "Math Centers." Sheila was one of the presenters so I already knew a lot of the stuff she was talking about but it was still interesting. Then we had lunch. Hannah and I ate in a 1st grade classroom all by ourselves because all the teachers went out to eat but we had brought our own food. I brought left over cous-cous made by Angie and Katie. It was sooooo good!
After lunch I had "Library Resources." It was split up into three parts. One of them was on links to use to enhance your classroom. Two of the links were the best. sites. ever. taggalaxy.de is an awesome site that lets you search for pictures. I've spent a lot of time looking at pictures from Barrow. The other cool site was wordle.net. It makes pictures out of words. I've spent a lot of time on that too. After the workshop there was a staff meeting. It was actually pretty interesting even though not of it mattered to me.
It was a long day--I've been finalizing my plans for this week. I think the rest of the week I can start working more on my portfolio project that is a semester-long project.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Speaking of math, it was my favorite part of the day today. They are working on division right now. S does timed tests which I really don't like but I do think it makes them really work hard to learn the multiplication and division facts. The two math classes are split by ability. In the first class they almost all pass the tests every time. In the second class I think there are only 3 or 4 who have passed everyday. They get to play a lot of fun games to learn them though. That's mostly what I do with the kids while S works with a small group. Today D--one of my favorite kids--got in trouble during recess which is right before math. He is EBD so he has a really hard time of cooling down on his own. S asked if he wanted to practice his 2s in division since he still hadn't passed them. He said yes so she asked if he wanted her to help him or if he wanted Miss Bracken. He chose me!! And after we practiced he passed!!! A little girl named T didn't pass her 2s though and she was really sad and started to cry. She has a twin sister who is in the high math class and has done well on her division tests so I think that might have something to do with it. S said that if T wanted she could retry the test in a little while after practicing some more with me. So I worked with her and then she passed too! I think that both D and T know how to do division they just can't do it very fast and aren't good under pressure.
Another good part of my day was when I was walking back to the classroom after bringing my kids to art. A little kindergarten boy passed me and I said hi and he ran up and hugged me. He was missing a bunch of teeth and couldn't talk very well. It was really cute.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Lost was pretty good, mostly because Charlotte died.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Today was D's golden birthday. He is slowly becoming one of my favorite kids. S told me that at his old school he got in all kinds of trouble for threatening and hitting teacher, but she's had no problems with him at all. I think he's a really sweet kid. Since it was his birthday he brought everyone in the class a donut. He is probably the smallest kid in the class. It was so cute to see him carrying a huge box. He could barely see over it. He was so excited that it was his birthday. He got some little presents from S (a free assignment, a pencil, maybe something else) and we sang him Happy Birthday. There also is a postal service within the school and he got a few letters today which was cute.
I got to start teaching a little today. I didn't write any lessons or anything but I helped with one of the guided reading stations, I read the class a chapter from "Shiloh Returns" and I worked with some individual kids who were gone yesterday. We also did stations in math and I was able to walk around and play games with the kids. I also was in charge of filling the class "Me Box." I took it home last night and filled it with things about me. I put a few pictures, a cat book, my movie and concert tickets, and one of my cutmolas in it. In all the pictures they first guessed that Julia was me. Barf. One of the boys asked if my nephew was a boy or a girl. LOLZ! They LOVED my cutmola. They had art later in the day and made me promise to bring it with to show the art teacher. I did and she was doing them with her 6th graders and so she asked if she could borrow it to show them. woooooo. I've never met anyone who has heard of them but she also went to Gustavus and she knew my art teacher from here really well so I think she probably learned about them the same way that I did.
Time for trivia. Bracken, Out.
P.S. P told me I was really cool. Oh, and A is obsessed with me. She wasn't here yesterday so I went up to her right away to talk and the rest of the day she kept asking me for help or telling me to sit by her.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Some of the highlights of the day:
- a boy named L bought me a cookie at lunch
- we got to visit the public library and it was awesome
- someone said it felt like April out and S said she wished it was. D said he didn't want it to be April because then Miss Bracken would be gone.
- by the end of the day I had all their names memorized
- I bonded with a girl named L over our love of cats. P told me she used to have a cat named Smokey. He was a boy.
Lowlight of the day:
- my sandwhich was disgusting
Tomorrow I am going to start working more with the kids. Today I basically just observed without getting involved but from now on I'll be helping with small groups and starting next Tuesday I will be teaching everything except math and the week after that I will be teaching full time.