Wednesday, March 8, 2017

3/4 Done with Student Teaching

I'm 3/4 of the way done with student teaching! I finished my placement in Kindergarten in October and my placement in 5th grade in December. I'm now done with my 1st special education experience in 5th/6th grade. I honestly have had a really amazing student teaching experience and so far I have had three really great mentor teachers that have passed on their knowledge to me and helped me to become a better teacher. I'm especially thankful for this special education experience because she has really understood me and that I am in my 2nd semester of student teaching. She has given me so much freedom. We spent a few days together at the beginning of my placement and then she let me just take over her schedule and she spent some time with other students. She would come check in on me, but I really loved being left alone. I finally felt like I could do things my way and try some new things I have wanted to try. I just felt like she trusted me. She knew that if she did leave I still would be teaching and doing what I need to do. She saw my passion for teaching and she gave me the most amazing, honest evaluation.

After half a year in 5th/6th grade I'm extremely sad to leave this placement. I have spend a lot of time getting to know the 5th graders and I really have enjoyed working with them. I haven't had as much time with the 6th graders and although some days they make me want to pull my hair out I still enjoy teaching them and spending my days with them. I have gotten to know the staff in this building and everybody has been great as I go on this journey.

My final placement is in high school SPED. I'm super scared about my move to high school. I 'm going into a new building where I don't know my way around and I don't know any of the staff members. My biggest worry is the students and if they will accept me as their teacher for the time I'm there. I don't plan to work with high school students, but I need to give it my best shot during student teaching and perform well enough to pass my final evaluations for graduation. I need to pass one last observation by my university supervisor and once May 1st rolls around evaluations will be done and I can breathe. Fake it to you make it is my saying for high school. I'm sure I will grow to like the students, but I'm not meant to be a high school teacher. My dream is to be a kindergarten teacher and that dream still stands. I try to remember that when I first moved to 5th grade I was scared too because in my mind 5th graders were way too old. I have always loved the little kids, but it took me until student teaching to make me realize that I could be a great teacher to older kids also. I don't know that I will change my mind about high school, but I can most likely be a great teacher for the time being.

I have begun applying for jobs and I'm waiting to hear if I get interviews. I'm working on the last of my homework and I'm close to being done with homework for the semester, so I can focus on interviews. We have Thursday and Friday off this week and I'm excited to have such a long weekend. I'm so ready to have a classroom of my own and I'm so excited to embrace this adventure of being a 1st year teacher and giving my students my all.

Monday, March 6, 2017

February Wrap Up and March TBR

My reading slowed down a bit in February. I have been reading The Distance from A to Z since December and I finally decided I should finish it. This book overall fell really flat. It had so much potential to be a cute read, but I just didn't love it. I loved My Name is Rapunzel and I figured out why I have wanted to read this book since it came out. I had to interlibrary loan it, but it was so worth it. I loved the story and the history that the author gave Rapunzel. I may do a full review on this book. I recieved Intermission from Netgalley and I ended up really enjoying this book. It was such a deep YA contemporary and I did write a full review on this book. My last book of the month is I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You. I got this a couple of summer agos from SYNC audiobooks program they do in the summer. I finally decided to listen to it and I really enjoyed it. I'm currently listening to the 2nd book.

The book that slowed me down in February is The Opposite of Me, which I will have a review coming soon, but this book was slower than I would like and it took me a while to get into it.

I read 1/5 books of my TBR from last month.

I'm being ambitious this month as First Comes Love and Two by Two are both big books, but I'm hoping to also read some books I own this month as part of the Take Control of Your TBR Pile.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Take Control of Your TBR and Author Love Challenge Sign Up

Of course I have another month where I plan to take a break from library books and really focus on the books I own. I have so many wonderful books I would like to read, so I'm excited to get to a few of them in March. I will have my TBR list up soon. 

Along with the Take Control of Your TBR challenge I will be participating in the 24 hour readathon. This won't be anything as exciting as Dewey's readathon, but I hope that I enjoy this one and it will give me a great opportunity to really test out the new Bookout app. 

I have known about this challenge for several weeks now and I was having a hard time deciding if I would join. It sounds like such an excellent idea, but which author should I choose. I started going through my options and it was really hard to pick to be honest. I could Debbie Macomber, who has a million novels I haven't read, or I could pick Jodi Picoult, which I'm always saying I should read more of. I could pick Nicholas Sparks and read some of his older novels I haven't read. I'm proud to say I made my choice for this year and hopefully the challenge will return next year and I can choose a different author. For 2017 my author of the year is going to Kristen Hannah. 

I have read several novels by Kristin Hannah and I have loved every single one, but I would love to dive into more of her novels throughout 2017. 

Novels Read:
Firefly Lane
Fly Away
The Nightingale
Magic Hour
Night Road
True Colors
Winter Garden

Novels To Read:
Home Front
Angel Falls
Between Sisters
The Things We Do for Love
On Mystic Lake
Summer Island
Home Again
Distant Shores
The Glass Case
If You Believe
Waiting for the Moon
When Lightning Strikes
Once in Every Life
A Handful of Heaven

So do me a favor and push me to read some of these books this year. My goal is going to be to read 5 Kristin Hannah books this year. I might listen to a few of them as audiobooks. 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

February To Be Read List Winner February 2017

My Winner for the month of February is....

The Opposite of Me won by an overwhelming number. This book was a forgotten book on my TBR list, so I'm excited to read it. 

Book Review: Intermission by Serena Chase (no spoilers)

Book: Intermission
Author: Serena Chase
Publication: November 15, 2016
Source: Netgalley
Read: February 5-11, 2017
Summary (from Goodreads):
And this kiss . . .

 This kiss is everything I’ve needed to say . . . and longed to hear.

 Sixteen-year-old Faith Prescott eagerly awaits the day she will exchange her small Iowa hometown for the bright lights of Broadway, but her success-driven parents want her to pursue a more practical career, labeling “artsy” people—including their daughter—as foolish dreamers worthy of little more than disdain.

 When Faith meets nineteen-year-old Noah Spencer she discovers someone who understands her musical theatre dreams . . . because he shares them.

Faith’s mother despises everything about Noah—his age, his upbringing . . . even his religious beliefs—and she grasps at every opportunity to belittle his plans to study theatre and pursue a stage career. When those criticisms shift further toward hostility, resulting in unjust suspicions and baseless accusations, an increasingly fearful stage is set for Faith at home, where severe restrictions and harsh penalties are put in place to remove Noah Spencer from her life.

 But Faith has never connected with anyone like she has with Noah, and no matter how tight a stranglehold her mother enforces to keep them apart, Faith will not give him up. Behind the curtain, Faith’s love for Noah continues to grow . . . as does her determination to hold on to her dreams—and him—no matter how high the cost.

*I recieved this book for free in exchange for an honest revieve. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

My Thoughts:

I have to start off this review by saying I loved this book. I loved Faith and Noah and their relationship. Madeline Faith Prescott is 16 years old. She lives in the spotlight and loves acting. She can't wait to trade away her small town for her dream of a career in theathre. Her first connection with Noah begins with their shared love for acting. But it isn't too long into the book that you realize that everything is against them and their relationship. 

As the author states at the end of the end of the book she hopes that this book has moved you, but you can't ingore the more serious themes of this novel. Faith's parents rule is that they must meet any boy who their daughter is going to date. Noah isn't even given a chance. Once Faith's mother finds out that he is 19 years old. Every contact to Noah is taken away from Faith and they must make a decision that could change their entire worlds. It was really sad seeing Faith go through this harsh world with her mother. Especially when I knew the other side of Noah and I knew that the things she said about him weren't true. My heart broke for Faith. 

This book spans over 5 years and a lot changes in that time. I fell in love with Faith and Noah and I knew how I wanted the book to end, but there was a point that I thought this book was going to turn out totally different than I thought. I was kept in suspense to the very end. I think the theathre aspect was so fun and so different. I haven't read a book like this one ever. This book was amazing and I highly recommend this book. I'm so glad I read it.