Sunday, May 19, 2013

Big Tasks

I dislike big tasks. They overwhelm me.

Report cards.

Parent teacher conferences.

End of the year slide show.

I have never done a slide show before. Let alone one on a deadline. School is out on Thursday, so if I'm going to do it, it has to be now.

Mrs. Jones is creating a slide show. She is young and all and knows all about PowerPoint. So hers is going to be I know. I saw the beginnings of it yesterday.

Because of that I felt compelled to create one for my class. (No, I'm not trying to keep up with the Jones'! Ok, maybe I am.)

All those sentimental feelings. Looking at old photos (from this school year). I just want to capture that in a memorable way.

Fast forward 4 hours.

I have it put together to the beginning of April and I just want it finished. I'm not even sentimental anymore.

It is 5 minutes, 28.3 seconds long. Tomorrow. I will pull it out again tomorrow.

Next year I am so going to do this month by month as it happens. (Giggle, giggle, yah, right, how am I going to have time for that?)

Speaking of next year... I am going to have a student teacher next year. I get to meet her on Wednesday. 

I had one once before. Back in the nineties. When I taught special ed. 

So, it appears I have another big task ahead of me.

I need help blogger friends.
1. What do I need to do to be organized for a student teacher?
2. What do I need to do to be organized for a student teacher?

I hardly feel organized for myself, now to add another person in. 

If you don't respond, I will have to scour blogs, and Pinterest and I don't have time for that. I'm going to make data binders and pacing guides and all manner of goodies. (Big task?)

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  1. I took a class to be a cooperating teacher (though I haven't had a student teacher yet), and one of the assignments I found valuable was to make a week-by-week responsibilities "list" (for lack of a better word), where each week I was adding more to his/her plate. I think some of the first duties I gave were to check kids in at the beginning of the day and to lead morning meeting among other things. This was for a 9 week placement, so by the time weeks 5-6 came around, the student teacher was the full time teacher. I think if you have something like that set out and give it to your student teacher ahead of time s/he knows what to expect and you don't have to scramble to think what the next subject your ST should take over. Good luck!

  2. My university (FHSU) gave us a timeline for responsibility and tasks we needed to be sure to cover. So it might be beneficial to check with your ST and see if her school has that covered. That's all I can say, since I am barely past BEING the student teacher. :)

  3. p.s. EXCITING! One thing my cooperating teacher kept telling me was how much more two people can get done that just one! Assessments, art/craft projects. Projects.


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