Homework Saturday!

‘Ello fellow readers!

Sorry guys…I’m in a strange mood this morning! I hope each of you are having a fantastic Saturday! I’m so excited that I don’t have to work this Saturday! I’ve been working 6 days a week for the past three weeks, so I’m beyond happy to have a little break. My Saturday will be dedicated to catching up and studying for all of my tests this week! Midterms are upon us college students! What are y’all up to this Saturday?? Please let me know in the comments below 🙂

 

 

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Update!

Good Evening Everyone!

I know it’s quite late….I also know that I haven’t updated y’all in a while. Please don’t hate me! 🙂

I’ve been sooooo busy lately with work and school! I’m never home before 11 p.m. most nights of the week. The weekends are the only time that I get to spend on other things and usually that’s surrounded with homework.  Here’s a breakdown on my classes this semester….

Intro to Bio

Intro to Bio Lab

Foundations of Education

Finite Math

SCED1000 – It’s a online class all about creating my live text portfolio!

 

I’m kinda obsessed with my education classes. They are amazing! I actually begin going to the school Tuesday to do observations!! Oh my goodness! I can’t wait!  I’ll be sure to let y’all know all about it later on that afternoon!

 

Thanks for reading!

 

Mentor Monday: Teaching Through Exodus

GOOD MORNING EVERYONE!!

I’m alive…I’m alive! I had the unfortunate experience of coming down with the crud…on Christmas week too! I was in a Nyquil and Robitussin coma all of last week. I am much better now and my voice is finally back! Yay! I actually wasn’t able to teach last Sunday because I was sick so I didn’t have a lesson to post!
I was back this Sunday and feeling good though! It always amazes me how much fun I have with the kids regardless if it’s on my lesson plan or not. I wanted to kick this year off with a bang and what better way than with a fun, new series! For the next week we will be taking a walk through the book of Exodus and the life of Moses! Here’s a little breakdown of what we did today:
9:15 – 9:30 – Snack/Ask about what Santa Brought them and where they went for Christmas
9:30 – 9:45 – Will it sink or float? game
9:45 – 10:00 – Lesson 1: Birth of Moses and his arrival to the Pharaoh’s daughter
10:00 – 10:15 – Paper Basket Weave Craft
My favorite part of today’s lesson was definitely our “Will it float or sink?” game. The kids had a chance to grab things throughout the classroom and see if they would sink or float. We voted on each item before it was dropped into the bucket. We played this game to demonstrate how Moses’ mother made his little carrying case for the river the way she did.
You have all probably seen the weaving of paper in and out to make it looked like a weaved basket. The kids had a lot of fun cutting strips and weaving them in and out of the paper to make a basket. I had some older kids in my class today so this was a lot of fun for them as well.
Throughout the study of Exodus, we will be building a time line for us to follow as we go further into Exodus. I’ll be putting that in the classroom this Wednesday night so I will be sure to post pictures next week!
I hope each of you have a great Monday!
 Thanks for reading!

Wednesday Weekly Challenge : December 18, 2013

Good Morning Everyone!!

I’m currently on a Nyquil high so please don’t mind my potentially random post. I woke up at midnight last night with a sore throat and a stopped up head so obviously I went to the nyquil. Hence why I am rambling right now…. :p

Anyways, lets try and focus on weekly Wednesday challenge! Here’s the image I have chosen for this week….

Weekly Challenge Dec. 18 2013

“It takes a special kind of person to be a ____________.” How many times have y’all heard this phrase? I know that I’ve heard it a dozen times about numerous professions. I honestly think this phrase is true for any profession. We are all designed to be in a certain job in order to complete the task that God put us on this earth to do. Some of us were made to be doctors, others nurses, and still others stay at home moms/dads, but the kicker is that we all need to realize what we were put on this earth to do. It is very hard to get anything accomplished when you are just lolly gagging around this life not knowing what you should be working toward and feeling like you are wasting so much time. Trust me I did it for about a year!

My challenge for you this week seems simple on paper (or a blog), but it is often hard to do in our own lives. I want each of you to actively seek whether or not you are doing what God has asked you to do on this earth. Has he asked you to be a teacher and be all of those things listed above to a child you barely know? Has he asked you to take care of sick patients that don’t even know your name? Has he asked you to lead others to Christ simply be speaking of His name? Regardless of the challenge, it is your challenge and He will give you everything that you need in order to fulfill it!

I have already actively sought after my profession and my challenge and it is listed above. Every time I read a this or another quote on teaching, I always ask, “Are you sure this is for me?” God always answers my question every time I am around a child. My joy from being around them and being involved in their lives is the only answer I need.

This week ask God, “What is His profession and challenge for your life?” I promise that it will make all the difference.

Thanks for reading!

Monday Madness

I HATE MONDAYS! I HATE MONDAYS! I HATE MONDAYS! Did I mention that I hate Mondays?!? 

Well I do, they are absolutely maddening. I didn’t even get settled in this morning before I was cussed out by residents at least four times. You’d think that I’d be used to it by now, but some mornings it really does get to me. Anyway…(deep breath), I wanted to let all of you know my new blog schdule!  

Here’s a little breakdown…

– Mentor Monday – Monday is when I will reveal my Sunday School and Children’s Church lesson from Sunday and let you know how it went. 

– Weekly Challenge Wednesday – Wednesdays will typically be my rants about our education system for the week. I promise not to post more than one rant a week. Lol. 🙂

– Freeday Friday – Friday’s post can be about anything. Whether it be about school, a day in the life, or just something that was interesting to me that I wanted to share with each of you. 

 

I will probably be posting more than on just those three days, but I will for certain be posting on those days! Thank you so much for all of the new followers of my blog! Be sure to keep them coming! 

Try and have a happy Monday….I’ll try to turn my Monday around! 

Thanks for reading!

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Teaching Mishaps!

Happy Sunday! 

I hope you have all had a great Sunday full of church fun and naps! I’ve actually had two separate naps today…Don’t judge me. I’m trying to fight off a cold! I did have an amazing time teaching this morning even though it did not go exactly as planned. You will all probably get a kick out out of this, but I FORGOT the GINGER! I know…I forgot ginger for gingerbread cookies! Don’t ask me how I did it, but nevertheless I did. After two separate trips to walmart for ginger and then eggs, I finally got the dough together and rolled out. My girls loved getting to press the cookie cutters in the dough. They also enjoyed putting in various ingredients, stirring our pot, and then helping me knead the dough. My cookies turned out delicious too! This was my first time cooking them so I was a little nervous! 
 
Today definitely taught me that often times lesson plans don’t go as planned. It takes a good teacher to be able to take those curve balls and still make it work. I’ve always been the person to roll with the punches and you definitely have to continue that same attitude when you are teaching kids. 
 
Check back tomorrow as I release my new weekly schedule! 
 
Thanks for reading! 
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“You can’t catch me!” “I’m the gingerbread man!”

Good Morning Readers!

It’s Sunday, which means its time to teach my favorite Sunday School class! This week we are taking a hands on approach to our classroom theme, “The gingerbread Man.” Most people tend to focus on snowmen and Santa Claus , but I chose to do gingerbread men instead. This week our plan is to actually make gingerbread man cookies! I’m super excited. I’m definitely the teacher that likes to take hands on approaches to every project or lesson that I do. Here’s the story that I will be telling with the gingerbread man…
– Using one batch of Dough I explained how God formed Adam from the dust of the Earth and how we are all made from the same matter, just as the Gingerbread character is made from the same batch of dough.

– Then as the children cut the Gingerbread character out with a small cutter and added the currents again I explained how we are all made the same way no matter what colour or ethnic group we come from.

– Once the Gingerbread characters are baked, unless you are an expert baker, I defy anyone to find two Gingerbread characters exactly the same, especially if the children have cut them out, thus I explain to them how even if we are made the same way from the same stuff we are also unique and special.

Here’s the timeline that I will be using:

9:15 – 9:30 – Begin mixing ingredients with students
9:30 – 9:45 – Begin using cookie cutters to cut cookies and place on pans
9:45 – 10:00 – Place cookies on pan to bake
10:00 – 10:15 – Clean up all of our mess and continue to cute and place cookies on pans

It’s definitely as detailed as a normal lesson plan would be, but it gives me a basic timeline for class tomorrow. I will post some photos tomorrow afternoon of the finished cookies. I hope each of you has a happy Sunday!
Thanks for reading!

Encouragment is Key!

Hello Readers!

Today I’m particuarly thankful for encouragement. It is encouragement that continues to keep my anxiety at bay. I cannot even begin to tell you how much everyone has continued to encourage me as I’ve decided to go back to school for teaching. It has been a whirlwind of emotions and I’m so thankful for those that have been with me through it all. I’m especially thankful for my friend Jessica. She always lets me go on and on about my classes and how excited I am about them. She never complains about it at all. I keep her updated with my daily countdown of days until school starts, which I know can be annoying. By the way, I have 25 days until I start school! Anyways, I’m getting sidetracked. Her encouragement is one of the reasons why I haven’t decided to just give up already. My schedule in the spring will not be easy by any means and I’m probably going to have more than a few mental breakdowns. However, I know that her encouragement and the encouragment of my other friends, coworkers, and church family will keep me right on track. God has made me to be a teacher, for this I am absolutely certain. It may be the hardest road I take thus far in my life, but I also know that it will be the most rewarding one. I thank each of you for reading my blog everyday through all of my rants. I’m sure they will only get more cumbersome as I actually get in the classroom, but I do ask that you continue to encourage me. Everyone needs encouragement whether your 1 or 100 years old.

Today I ask that you join me in encouraging Jessica. She has an amazing blog Thrifty N’ Thriving . It is full of ways to save money, DIY home projects, and she also keeps you up to date on the ongoings in her life. I ask that each of you please encourage her just as she has always encouraged me.

Thanks for reading!

No Work Today!

Good Morning Everyone!

I’m so excited because I don’t have to work today! It’s not some kind of holiday that no one knows about and I’m not skipping….Lol. The company I work for doesn’t allow us to work 6 days in a week and I have work this Saturday, so I got to choose a day to take off this week! Yay!
While I’m off today, I will be working on some updates to the blog. It looks a little to simple right now and my personality is anything but simple!
Stay tuned for more blog posts today as well!
Happy Thursday Everyone!

Sappy Tuesday!

Learning to Teach with Taylor

Good Morning Readers!

Today I am feeling exceedinly sappy, hence the quote above. Don’t get used to it 😉

Anyway, I absolutely love this quote. The first time that I actually read it gave me goose bumps. This quote is so true. The moment that I begin to learn about a child’s life is the moment that my caring begins and never ends. In todays society, parenting has gone by the wayside. I have so many parents that cuss at their children, yell at them, never ask them about their lives or school and then wonder what went wrong with them. Unactive parenting is one of the major reasons why our children today are cussing and yelling at other students. This is also the reason that bullying within the school system has skyrocketed. We always blame children for not doing what’s right, but they’ve never been taught what is right. We have to many adults blaming children instead of helping children learn right and wrong.

This week I have a challenge for each of you to invest in a child’s life this week. The child can be one of yours, a child from your church, or someone that you may just know. I ask that you ask them about their day and actively listen to it! Encourage those children and let them know that you care by continually asking about their day and listening. It’s a small thing that can make a huge difference in their lives. Some of you might say that it takes to much time, but it’s actually very simple. I usually take about 10 minutes out of my day to talk to several children on my property after they get off the bus. Please help me and other teachers out their show children that they are important and can better themselves.

Thanks again for reading!

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