End of Week 5

Well, my fifth week of student teaching has officially come to an end. I cannot believe it. We’re quickly approaching the halfway mark, and before I know it my time in Kindergarten will be done and I’ll head up to 3rd grade.

I can hardly believe it is going by so quickly. I spend a lot of nights up late (10:30ish) to finish lesson plans for two or three days ahead of time and regretting the decision the next morning as I roll out of bed around 5:45. My body still is having a hard time adjusting to the sleep schedule, but it certainly can’t get worse or feel more exhausted, right?! I sure hope not. Also – how can a week go by so slowly yet so quickly? Someone please explain!

This past week included oversleeping one morning by 45 minutes (and still making it there on time!!!), introducing my students to every early childhood educator’s best friend – GoNoodle, and teaching basically all morning of every day.

This next week will include taking on Social Studies – we’ll be talking about family! I will also be finishing up my edTPA lessons and pre-commentary to be prepared for filming the week after.

Please continue to keep Trevor and me in your thoughts and prayers as we still don’t know what the future holds for my job or our location…I’m so excited and anxious to see what God has in store!
XO Elisebeth


What I Read – Summer 2016

Please bear with me…This was meant to be posted over a month ago…….

SUMMER IS OVER? Yeah, that’s right…I start student teaching next week, which means summer is over.

I have always been quite the bookworm, and summer is the perfect time to take advantage of soaking up literature.

So what did I read this past summer?

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

This past year I have been really into memoirs/autobiographies, for example during the school year I slammed through The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls and got caught up in this whole business. Yes Please is the perfect combination of funny and real talk. Honestly, it made me want to go out and live a bit more. Amy Poehler’s tone was exactly as could be expected and kept me wanting to keep reading all night long. Definitely suggest this one!

The Unveiled Wife: Embracing Intimacy with God and Your Husband by Jennifer Smith

I actually bought this book a long ways back and intended to read it before I got married. Clearly that didn’t happen. The Unveiled Wife is an amazing book about marriage and the key role that God plays in it. If you’re getting married soon, or are married already, I suggest you take a look, or at least check out her blog: unveiledwife.com

Bossy Pants by Tina Fey

Bossy Pants was all in all, a great read. However, I think I would have enjoyed it a lot more had I read it before Yes Please by Amy Poehler. I had a lot of expectations for tone, that were just rather lacking in comparison. But I did learn a lot about Tina’s life and now feel I could be on a first name basis with her.

Kabul Beauty School: An American Goes Behind the Veil by Deborah Rodriguez

Memoir/Autobiography #3 for you today. Kabul Beauty School gives you an inside look at the culture in Afghanistan. And let me tell you, it is eye-opening. Like there were times I was crying over the shock that this book revealed to me. I am so thankful for mission-minded people like Debbie Rodriguez.

I normally read more during the summer, but I’m certainly happy with what I did get around to. What did you read?
XO Elisebeth

The First Two Weeks

My first two weeks of student teaching are done – wow, how can that be?! I am absolutely stunned that this time has gone by so quickly already.

Week one was filled with getting to know my students’ names and personalities as well as seminars at Concordia. As awesomely informative as the seminars were, they were equally scary and frightening. Like, how am I going to get all of this done?!

Week two was filled with my first lessons. I decided to first start teaching math. This was partially because I’ve always found math to be easy to catch on to and Kindergarten math is certainly no challenge for myself. I also chose it because it’s more structured and my cooperating teacher prefers for me to stick closer to the curriculum. Fewer things to need to come up with means less work and less initial stress, right? Wrong. These lesson plan forms are going to be the death of me.

I have now finished week two and have spent my weekend pouring over these forms for not only math, but now Jesus Time too! Yes, my second class I’ll start teaching will be Jesus Time..tomorrow…

I am still so excited to become a teacher and to have my own class, but sometimes it’s hard to keep that all in perspective. These forms and the looming edTPA are all I can see right now it seems. Which brings me to now – sitting at a Starbucks working on my lesson plans for the rest of the week.

I better start….
XO Elisebeth

The Final Semester

One week from today I will begin my final semester. I cannot believe this is it – I’m almost done with college. And to put the cherry on top – I will have completed my 4 year degree in 3 1/2 years.

One week from today I will enter a Kindergarten classroom. I will get to know my students and create so many awesome memories there.  I will commute to Minneapolis every week until December from our lovely apartment in Saint Paul. I will then have to leave those awesome Kindergarteners to do my 3rd grade placement, and create even more awesome memories. In each of those classrooms, I will teach for two weeks full-time (in addition to the other weeks of part-time teaching) and get a real taste of my soon to be profession.

It’s hard to believe the end is here. College has been filled with so many beautiful moments, so many amazing individuals, and so much knowledge gained. While my final semester will not mean time spent at a desk learning from a professor, I know I will learn the most yet from being at the front of the classroom.

As my final semester is about to start, I can’t help but look back on these photos and relive the years that have already happened.

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As this semester begins, I ask that you keep Trevor and me in your prayers! As the semester begins, my name will be sent out (hopefully primarily on the West Coast) for positions at Lutheran schools. While I am beyond excited to see where God will take us and how He will work through me, there is a lot of unknown right now! Prayers are so greatly appreciated!

I can’t wait to share some awesome things from this upcoming semester with you all!
XO Elisebeth

P.S. Is anyone SUPER PSYCHED for fall weather? (I am, obviously).

Growing Up

Today I had one of those weird moments where you realize you’re an adult. I was reading my friend’s blog and it just kind of hit me.

She’s in nursing school and it made me realize that we’re all finishing up college already. It’s been hitting me a lot lately that I will be doing my student teaching next semester, but to see my peers going through similarly exciting and important parts of their academic programs really hit home the point. We’re growing up. Some of us have grown up already. I may still be in school, but I am married. My best friend is getting married in less than two months. I have several friends who have children already. WHAT!? When did all of this happen? And how did it happen so quickly?

I recently came across a large document of information regarding the call process that I will be going through in a few months. For those of you outside of the Lutheran circle, the call process is a placement process for teachers, pastors, DCEs, and DCOs (I think there are a few others too, but I cannot think of them off the top of my head). For me, as I am getting my minor in Lutheran Theology at an LCMS school, I will receive a call to an LCMS school. While I have grown up within this process and gained a lot of firsthand experience with it, there were still many questions I have had. This document answered pretty much answered all of it. It has me beyond excited to begin filling out paperwork (my first meeting will be sometime after Easter!!) and get the wheels turning. This has really hit home the whole growing up idea, too.

I have really been into the “On This Day” feature on Facebook lately. This is partially due to my love of reminiscing, but also because it’s crazy to realize how long ago some of those oh-so-important high school memories were. Like, wow, it’s been almost three years since I graduated from high school. My baby sister graduates in May!

I am just dumbfounded by everything that has happened in my life and how wonderfully well God has established my path. Please keep Trevor and me in your prayers as the call process begins as well as for our schedules. We keep getting busier and it’s becoming reality that we need to actually plan dates.

Remember kids, don’t grow up too fast. You’ll be there before you know it.
XO Elisebeth