What I Wore: Halloween

Trick or Treat! Give me something COFFEE!!!!!

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College Student during Mid-Terms

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What I Wore: Classroom Field Experience Day 7

Green Sweater & Tan Skirt from Desert Industries, Boot Socks from Target and Knee High Boots from Deb
Green Sweater & Tan Skirt from Desert Industries,
Boot Socks from Target & Knee High Boots from Deb


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Major Influences

Every summer I had the opportunity to spend quality time with my grandmother on my father’s side, thanks to our family blueberry farm. She would be in the field every morning picking till lunch and then in our berry shed every afternoon cleaning, weighing and preparing the blueberries to be taken to the cannery. Most afternoons I would bring her an ice tea and try to give her a hand but would end up talking more than helping. She told me stories about her life growing up in the Ukraine and shared some secrets about my father as a little boy. I thoroughly enjoyed those moments I spent with my grandmother; it is where I began to value family and the importance of being there for one another. I also learned from her incredible work ethic (she was out there every summer until she died at the age of 99) and the ability to withstand a lot of stress (she became a widow when all 9 of her kids were all under the age of 16).

As I grew older I began volunteering in our community’s library as an aide. I spent most of my time re-shelving books, fixing the bindings and organizing the card catalogs. My favorite times were the ones I spent helping our Children’s Librarian, Bonnie. She was so much fun to be around and made working in the library even more enjoyable. She challenged me with new tasks and helped me develop goals and held me accountable to them. With her, my appreciation for books and the ability to read continued to blossom as I began to explore my ideas of helping children, this grew into assisting her in Saturday morning story times and then expanded into starting my own story time with some older kiddos in the afternoon.

Before leaving home for college I met a phenomenal woman, Angela. She was a youth leader in my church. It was her who I could confide in with all of my teenage highs and lows. It was her who I could turn to for godly wisdom as a young woman looking to adventure out beyond my small little world that I grew up in. It was her that I learned how to develop and strengthen my Christian morals.

Looking back I am so grateful for these incredible women that came into my life and assisted me into becoming the woman I am today. I am saddened that the three of them are no longer in my life due to death and loss of contact (I bet I could find Angela on Facebook), but what they taught me is instilled within me forever.
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Creating a Teaching Philosophy

Having a personal educational philosophy is important because it acts as a road map for your teaching. A road map shows you how to get to where you want to go, it is something that can be changed and is flexible depending on the direction you choose and what your destination is. Without a guide, a road map, a strong educational philosophy you are bound to get lost, lose your way, and end up where you did not want to be. To create an educational philosophy you need to do the following:
  1. Identify your own beliefs – what is the purpose of schooling? Is my role as a teacher to pass knowledge onto students or should I guide students as they learn on their own? How do student’s best learn? Is motivating students part of my job, or should motivation come from within students? (I strongly believe a teacher should be one of the child’s biggest fans!)
  2. Examine these beliefs to ensure they are consistent.
  3. Create your philosophy into a statement. (Kauchak, 2014, p168-169).
Kauchak, D., & Eggen, P. (2014). Educational Philosophy and Your Teaching In Introduction to Teaching: Becoming a Professional (5th ed., pp. 168-169). Upper Saddle River, N.J.:PH/Merrill/Pearson
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Can we Fix it?

My heart is saddened by the following statistics:

– A third of our students in the country does not graduate.

– Another third is not prepared for college after receiving their high school diploma.

– Only 35% of high school seniors are proficient in reading.

“Our goal is to make all schools high quality schools, make every classroom one where if a kid is showing up taking their responsibilities seriously, doing what they are supposed to do so that they can succeed, they are going to be able to read, they are going to have high math scores, it is going to take some time. But what we have now learned that there are schools that can work – even in the toughest of situations – once we know that, then it is inexcusable to not try to make every school to perform at that same level.” – Obama


It was asked during an interview by a middle school teacher in Cleveland – PARENTS!!! To paraphrase, parents are not being held accountable for the students – all the blame is being placed on the teachers. I agree, I believe that teachers, parents and students are like a three legged stool. It is difficult for a stool to complete its purpose without all three. I agree that we need good teachers, I agree that our education should be better funded, I believe that given the right situations a student can (if he or she accepts the challenge) excel, I believe there are great parents out there given any situation they will do whatever it takes to help their child succeed. But if one of those legs are broken, wobbly or completely absent you cannot always have a purposeful stool.

If we are to fix this problem we need to fix all three legs.
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What I Wore: Classroom Field Experience Day 6

Black Sweater from Desert Industries, Dress from Kohl's, Black Leggings from Target, Brown Knee High Boots from Deb
Pink Hair Accessory gift from Mom, Black Sweater from Desert Industries,
Dress from Kohl's, Black Leggings from Target, & Brown Knee High Boots from Deb

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What I Wore: Classroom Field Experience Day 5



Green Sweater from Desert Industries, Black Pants from Deb, Black Shoes from idaho youth Ranch
Green Sweater from Desert Industries, Black Pants from Deb &
Black Shoes from Idaho Youth Ranch



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What I Wore: Classroom Field Experience Day 4

Denimn Shirt from Banana Republic, MorningSide Elementary Shirt, Black Leggings from Target & Black Shoes from thrift store Dessert Industries.
Denim Shirt from Banana Republic, MorningSide Elementary Shirt, Black Leggings from Target
& Black Shoes from local thrift store.

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What I Wore: Classroom Field Experience Day 3

Jean Jacket from Target, White Lace TankTop from Dessert Industries, Black Skirt from Deb, Pink Shoes from Payless Shoe Source
Jean Jacket from Target, White Lace Tank-Top from Desert Industries,
Black Skirt from Deb & Pink Shoes from Payless Shoe Source

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