Friday, April 4, 2014

Pretty Nails!

I am part of this super awesome program called Influenster where I am able to try out products for free and then give my opinion. Who doesn't love free stuff?? This time I received an imPRESS press-on manicure from Broadway Nails. It was even in my favorite color-pink, of course! The press-on nails are quick and easy! There is no glue and you don't have to worry about smudging paint or dry time. Best of both worlds! I liked my imPRESS manicure and definitely recommend it to all my beauty and nail loving friends. :D

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

ACE - Attitude Changes Everything

12 Girls, 2 Coaches, 1 Team, 1 Dream

My sister's high school basketball team got a new coach this year. The girls decided on a team motto - ACE attitude changes everything. Well the ACEs (as they call themselves) decided on a goal. There were going to make it back to the state tournament. 

They had a fairly successful regular season, only losing two games. At districts, they upset the first place Pilot Rock Rockets to take the district title! Pilot Rock had already beat my sister's team three times this season. Their double overtime district win was one of the best games I had ever seen!

This win gave the ACEs the number three seed going into the state tournament. A win this past weekend means they are top eight in the state! The tournament starts tomorrow and I cannot wait to watch! Go number 4 and go ACEs! :D

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A Finished Unit :)

My five lesson practicum unit came to an end today. Part of me is sad and part of me is relieved! As a teaching student, I know this is just five of hundreds of lessons I will teach. I feel myself becoming more comfortable and confident in myself as a teacher. I was worried about teaching math to sixth graders, but I did it! :)

Before teaching I noticed that many of the students in the class had trouble paying attention and staying on task. I knew what I had to do – come up with an incentive! Throughout the lessons I gave the students “math money” for answering questions, solving problems, and doing their homework. We had an auction today and the students were able to spend the money they had earned. Prizes included mystery bags and coupons for “free late work pass”, “listen to music while you work”, and “skip bellwork”. It was a big success!

I know that teaching is a difficult profession to enter right now, but I truly believe it is what I am meant to do! I cannot wait to have my own class of smiling faces. Until then, I am going to learn as much as possible and enjoy the ride!


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

My First Lesson :D

I stood in front of the room with all eyes on me. I could feel myself start to sweat; I was so nervous! Who was I kidding, I was born to do this. I was born to teach. 

I was not too excited when I found out that I would be teaching multiplying and dividing fractions, but I decided that I would figure out a way to make it fun! Oh and multiplying and dividing fractions is way easier than adding and subtracting! So after searching Pinterest and TeachersPayTeachers, I found some great activities and ideas (those sites are lifesavers!). One day, the students will play math bingo, and another day they will do an activity with dice. I also came up with the idea to hand out "Math Money" to students who correctly answered questions or problems. I am holding an "auction" at the end of my unit! :) 

Even though I was ridiculously nervous, I taught my first lesson today and it went really well! The students were engaged and excited. Some of the usually low achieving students were even "getting it" today. One particular girl was smiling ear to ear because she understood the concept and was getting every answer right. That made me feel great! Who cares if I was shaking inside, the kids didn't know that! Accidently dropping the SmartBoard Pad wasn't in the plan either... but oh well! I would say my first lesson was a success!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

RC Cars and a Lego Movie

"I'm twelve and let me tell you, being twelve is rough! I wish I was two years younger again" The words "uh... okay" escaped from my mouth. I thought first graders said the darndest things, but sixth graders can definitely hold their own! I was worried that the sixth graders would not be as fun and challenging for me, but boy was I wrong. I am always amazed by what they say and what is "cool" right now. 

One of the students absolutely loves RC cars. Another students asked if I had seen the new Lego Movie. According to him, "it is totally awesome because it combines all of the movies into one!" Wow, I must really be missing out! Just today, one of the girls presented me with a Valentine's chocolate bar. Adorable! It is good chocolate too! I flipped the bar over and laughed. It said, "To: Mrs. Robinson" That's pretty close to Miss Roberts...right? Oh sixth graders, you are really growing on me! I cannot wait to see what else this term brings. :)

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Is It All Worth It?

This week started off with a bang, or shall I say BOOM! I spent my Sunday at home snuggled up with the dogs while screaming and yelling for my favorite team. I even won $40 in a football pool through my work! Plus the Seahawks got the big win of course!

This exciting Sunday spent with family is just what I needed after a long stressful week. I was feeling overwhelmed with homework, work, apartment/house hunting, and attempting to have a social life. Writing eleven lesson plans, a ten page paper, and numerous other papers and assignments is a little bit intimidating. Whenever I start stressing out, I slow down and remember why I am in the program in the first place. I want to be a teacher. I want to make a difference in the lives of children. It is then that I realize all of the late nights and early mornings, all of the homework, and all of the missed social engagements will be worth it. I can do this!

This week’s lessons:
Slow down and enjoy the little things (like a Seahawks win!). In tough times, remind yourself why you are where you are and remember it will be worth it in the end. Tough times never last, but tough people do!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Sixth Grade Hooligans

No more “Good Morning Miss Roberts!” followed by a big hug each morning. Now I am worried that I will be faced with an “Oh hey” or a weak smile. At the beginning of the term I was devastated to learn that I was placed in a sixth grade classroom for my Winter Practicum as a teaching program student. I was in a first grade classroom the term before and absolutely loved it! The students loved going to school and had so much enthusiasm. Honestly I was nervous about my placement in the sixth grade classroom.

 My first day went much better than I thought, however, and the crazy sixth graders are starting to grow on me. They are funny, understand my jokes and sarcasm, and they are independent. Last Friday, one of the students led a craft for the class. They made the most adorable little reindeer out of wine corks. I even got to make one! The class is a little rough, and I know I will have my work cut out for me when I teach my practice lessons, but it will be worth it!

This week’s lesson:
Don’t be afraid to try something new!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

A Very Special Day

Today is a very special day! Seventeen years ago on this exact day, my life changed forever. I became a big sister! Four short years later, my blonde haired, blue eyed little sister was almost taken back. She was mutton busting (riding a sheep) at the local family rodeo. It all happened so quickly. One moment she was on the sheep and the next moment she was lying unconscious in the dirt. She was rushed by ambulance to the hospital, then life flighted to Boise, Idaho (the closest children’s hospital). My brave little sister spent over a week at the hospital, at least half of the days spent in the ICU. There was bleeding in her brain and none of us knew her fate. Would we ever bring her back home?

 One day, she awoke with a start and began talking to my mom; progress! Slowly, day by day, she began her condition improved and she was released from the hospital! Once home, she had to relearn everything… she had to be potty trained and even learn how to walk again.

 Now my baby sister is a junior in high school. She is a star varsity athlete and at the top of her class academically. No one would have imagined she would be where she is today. She is smart. She is athletic. She is strong. She is beautiful. I am proud to be her big sister! Happy Birthday Carsyn Jean! <3

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Slice of Life - Viva Las Vegas!

School has started up once again and I can’t say that I am not excited. I am not looking forward to all of the work, but I love being in the classroom!

While working on my ever-growing list of assignments, I can’t help but look back at my winter break experiences. Having recently turned twenty-one, my mom planned a trip to Las Vegas! I knew this trip was going to be amazing, but testing as well because we were not only taking one of my grandmas, we were taking both! After surviving a quick flight and one very aviophobic grandma, we made it!

We spent three days exploring, playing slots, dancing, shopping, and most importantly laughing. I was in awe as we took in the water show, the strip at night, and the beautiful hotels. My favorite place was old Freemont Street. I met up with my roommate from freshman year and had the time of my life. I became closer to my mom and learned that my grandmas are two of the wisest people I know. In the end, I wouldn’t have rather went with anyone else!

This week’s lessons:
Appreciate the people in your life, especially family. Be smart, live in the moment, and make your life worth looking back upon. Cheers!