Sunday, September 27, 2009

Weekend Get-A-Way

This weekend Brian and I got the chance to escape up to Lake Almanor. We wanted the chance to escape before rice harvest went into full swing and Brian begins working all weekend every weekend. This was our view from his parents beautiful cabin. We had a very wonderful relaxing weekend. Both mornings we woke up and rode our bike 4 1/2 miles to coffee. It was a VERY exhausting ride but totally worth it. The pups enjoyed the trip too. Peachy and Cabella can hardly walk today but I think they would tell you it was worth it if they could speak.
Brian and I have decided we are going to get in shape together. Starting tomorrow morning we are going to get up half an hour early every morning to run. Wish us luck =). Any tips?

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Engament Photos

They have arrived!!!! I am just beside myself. We recieved them in an email at 7:15 this morning and I woke Brian up and made him get out of bed just to look at them. He loves them too and he was a pretty good sport about being pulled out of bed at 7:15 on a Saturday morning. They are ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE! Rebecca and Barry @fordfamilyphoto are fantastic.
We took our engagement photos out in one of the rice fields that Brian's family farms and we had the use of all the buildings and vehicles on the property as well. Peachy and Cabella came along for the shoot and Rebecca and Barry somehow even managed to get them to pose for a picture.
We have to pick one photo for our save the dates and I just love them all I have no idea how to decide. If you have an opinion I would LOVE to hear it, PLEASE! Here are the fantastic photos: My mom says you should play the slideshow to the song "My Big Green Tractor and it actually is rather fitting if you have the song available =)

Friday, September 11, 2009

Things I have learned...

Student teaching has been a whirlwind but in the short time I have been teaching I have learned SO much, here are a few of my favorites...
1. I DO NOT write correctly. Throughout high school and college I have changed my letters, made them frilly and fun AND impossible for elementary age students to read. "Miss Kirk is that a backwards 3, I thought eight began with an E." OOOPPPS =)
2. Timers are the greatest invention EVER. Kids love doing activities in which they have to race the timer and they are also a great way to ensure I stay on track and remember PE, Music & Library.
3. Post it Notes are AMAZING. I have them stuck throughout the classroom reminding myself of various things (my pacing, my things I am working on,etc.)
4. Kids are brutally honest "Miss Kirk your hair is really messy" "Miss Kirk you look funny today" Geeze if I didn't have self esteem issues before I am really in for it now.
5. High Heels are still worth it. I know everyone keeps telling me I am eventually going to to give them up but right now I love them still.
6. Kids come up with the most elaborate stories "Miss Kirk my dog can play the trombone...and the the piano"
7. Don't ask rhetorical questions you will end up having a 20 minute conversation on The Three Little Pigs.
8. If you let one student go to the bathroom or get a drink all the sudden everyone will have to go at the same time

Student Teaching Update

I had my second observation today and if observations aren't bad enough with just my supervisor, she brought her supervisor to observe her! Geeze, talk about NERVOUS! This morning I was really wondering if I was going to make it to my observation let alone make it through it. BUT low and behold I survived. My supervisor and her supervisor were very impressed and said I was a natural, WOW talk about a compliment. I was pretty much glowing from ear to ear for the rest of the day.
Student teaching is so much fun, I am really loving it. As of Monday I will be solo teaching for 2 straight weeks which surprisingly I am not one bit worried about. I have the most incredible Master Teacher, Michelle Cherry, who has believed in and supported me since day one. Also I love our class. Our students are wonderful. We have our talkers and our daydreamers but they are all loving kind students who enjoy learning. I have to brag a little because my math lesson today was on 0 less, 1 less and 2 less and at the end of the lesson all of our students got 100% on my quick check worksheet (earning themselves 10 minutes of around the world math facts on Monday). Also 18 students out of 24 passed their end of the week spelling test (earning themselves doughnuts for Monday Morning, YUM).
I can't believe I only have three more weeks with them before I move on =(

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Brief Update

OMG! OMG! Where do I even begin??? My blogging has been horrible lately. However, I have a great reason. Student teaching officially began three weeks ago Monday therefore I no longer have much time outside of the classroom. But I am not complaining. I LOVE it. I LOVE my master teacher, Michelle Cherry and I LOVE our wonderful students. It's been three weeks and they have already won my heart. I would do anything for any single one of them and I would be happy to do it. It's incredible that I can be having the worst morning in the world and yet the moment those students walk in the door my luck changes and I find myself continously smiling.
Teaching is fantastic and if I ever doubted my career choice I am now 100% positive it was the correct choice.
I saw this video today in class and it was so inspiring I couldn't resist sharing it with all of you:
More about my student teaching later, I must get to bed.