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  Sunday, March 9th 2008 5:21 pm  
» Midpoint of the Semester
Mood: accomplished
I'm at the halfway point of the semester! Here's a summary of what has happened so far:

Two weeks ago, I began observing in an eighth grade history classroom. I will be there 55 hours this semester. It's up to the teacher how much I will be involved, if I will just sit in the corner and watch, or assist her. So far, I've been grading papers and listening to the lectures, though she says she will utilize me more in the coming weeks.

The kids were taking a test over the 60s my first day observing, so I asked to take it too. Got a B+. Not bad for not having read the textbook or studying at all. The outcome of this test was very important, if I had done poorly the teacher probably would have reconsidered having me in her classroom. I think I've made a pretty good impression and shown her that I know what I'm talking about.

In addition to that, I will be presenting the Junior Achievement program in a fifth grade classroom. JA is a series of five 45 minutes lessons designed to teach economic principles to elementary school students (K-5 grade) to prepare them to interact in a global economy. Each grade level has a different program. I actually went through the third grade program way back when.

So far, my gen ed classes (Public Speaking, Art, and Humanities) are a breeze. I don't anticipate them being much of a problem. My education class is another story. It's pretty challenging. Lots of assignments. Observing takes up a lot of time, too.

I will graduate this May with my associates degree, though I still have one more semester at my community college to get a few more prerequisites out of the way before I can transfer to Greenville next Spring. I haven't decided if I will live on campus or commute, it depends on how my schedule works out.

So that's how things are stacking up this semester so far. This next week is spring break, though I still have observing I need to do during it. Looking forward to summer, both for the free time and nicer weather. I'm tired of snow storms and the cold.



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