Thursday, September 29, 2011

Oh, third graders.

SO it's my fifth week already of student teaching. The time has just flown by.

It's funny, because every day there are at least ten times when a student says something hilarious, and I think, "I definitely need to blog this." But then, by the end of the day, I've completely forgotten the funny little gems I wanted to share. Now, I could keep a little notebook and write these things down so I could share them in this here blog, BUT I already get made fun of enough by my fellow third grade teachers for being a nerd, so... I don't know if getting caught taking notes would be the best thing! ;)

This experience is amazing. Every day, I learn SO much. Every day, I feel more and more confident that this is where I'm meant to be. It's exhausting, demanding, and sometimes ridiculously stressful, BUT the fun that I have with my students and getting to see them learning definitely makes it all worth it.

Here are some things I do remember that the kids said today:

Student 1: "Ms. Verbil, are you married?"
Student 2: "Oh my GOSH that was SO rude of you to ask! You can't do that!"
Student 1: "Why?!"
Student 2: "If she's not married, you'll make her feel bad about not having a husband yet!"

Student: "Ms. Verbil, I just wanted to let you know that you don't make me feel weird."
Me: "I don't even know what that means."
Student: "Well, basically you just don't."

I'm still confused about that one.

After hearing one of the parents talk about Rosh Hashanah today:
Student: "So wait... you get to blow a cool horn thing and leave school early today? I want to be A Jewish!"

Sunday, September 04, 2011

After the first week...

"Ms. Verbil, is Utah a foreign country?"

One student to another student:
"What does G.A.T.E. stand for?"
"It stands for I'm smarter than you."

Oh, my kids.

I just love them to pieces already. Granted, there are a few troublemakers but it's nothing I can't handle. I hope.

My first week went relatively well. It consisted of assessing every student in a TON of different ways to determine where they are in math and reading. We also had TWO birthdays already in the first week! I have a set of twins that I can already tell apart. Thank goodness for THAT because with this being the twins' first year in the same class, they have been trying to get away with the "classic" twin tricks since day one. They've already tried to switch places twice!

I'm so grateful to have started my student teaching at the beginning of the school year. This way, it's not like I'm a stranger in the classroom coming in halfway through the year. I think with me being there from day one, I'll have an easier time getting respect from the students.

I LOVE it so far. It's only the first week, however, and it only gets more difficult from here. Wish me luck!