Almost Done

I only have two weeks of Student Teaching left.
I graduate from college in less than three weeks.

I’m not really sure what I’m doing after. I always assumed that since I’m going into Lutheran education, I would be moving right away after college to wherever I had taken a call to. Here I am, beginning of December with no call, not even an interview for a call.

Last week I had two interviews. I’ve been offered a job. I’m not sure if I’ll take it. There’s a lot of thinking and praying to do about it yet, but at this point I’m just not sure.

I never thought I’d be so unsure after finishing college.

I have loved every second of student teaching. And I’m so excited to someday have a classroom of my own, I just was hoping it’d be closer in time to when I finished student teaching.

Everyone keeps me asking what my favorite grade has been or what grade I absolutely want to teach. And I had been hoping that student teaching would reveal that for me and it honestly hasn’t. It’s just made me certain that I love teaching.

Keep Trevor and me in your prayers as there’s a lot of unknown right now.
XO Elisebeth

edTPA

This Friday my edTPA is due.

edTPA is the pinnacle of your education career and induces a lot of stress. The procedures and requirements are crazy even though the general concept is not. Basically, you have to video yourself teaching a couple of lessons and write about a 30+ page paper on why you planned what you did, why you taught how you did, why you assessed how you did, etc. You focus in on two students in addition to the whole class and write on how you were able to assess them and their needs, provide feedback, and so on.

As my professors and peers say, it’s all good teaching. Everything you do for edTPA is good teaching, most of it comes naturally to be honest. The hard part is the writing your thoughts out perfectly so someone else can essentially read your mind.

This Friday I will regain my life. I’ve put so much time and effort into this project. I cannot wait to finally hit submit!

Extra prayers for me for the rest of this week would be appreciated as I put on the finishing touches…
XO Elisebeth

P.S. – SO proud of Trev and his new job! So send up some praise for that too!

Goodbye Kindergarten, Hello Third Grade

Want to feel extremely popular and famous?
Leave the kindergarteners you’ve closely worked with (for 10 weeks) and go up to the third grade. Work with a few of their older sisters for half a day. Enter lunch room with third graders. Be approached and hollered for like you’re a superstar by your previous kindergarteners.

Seriously. This week has been all kinds of emotions.

I’ve gone from working with a bunch of energetic and extremely loving 5 year olds to working with a bunch of super smart, more controlled, semi-dramatic, 8 year olds. For those of you not in education, it may not seem like much of a difference..What’s three years? But wow! My new kiddos are learning multiplication, whereas the kindergarteners I was just working with are just now learning about the numbers 6 to 10. It’s insane what kids learn in a matter of three years.

My first day in third grade I was like NO WAY. These kids are learning big kid things. They don’t have to be accompanied to the bathroom. They know how to stand in a straight line quietly. They know how to write sentences. These kids are too intelligent for me to teach.

Days two, three, and four have adjusted me well though. I’m excited to start teaching Math and Reading next week and to take on even more responsibilities within the classroom. My CT is super great and has helped in the transition. Also, tomorrow we have a field trip!

Here’s to a successful and insightful rest of my time in Third Grade!
XO Elisebeth

P.S. I graduate from college next month. WHAT?!

So Busy

I’ve been incredibly awful on giving y’all updates on life…and this week will be no different!

What’s ahead for the week?

Tomorrow, I have a maternity session scheduled. Wednesday, I am shooting Abi Ann, Us the Duo, and Pentatonix at Xcel Energy Center. Thursday I get to have a break in the evening. Friday, Trinity First has their Fall Festival. Saturday I have a couples session.

This week will have a lot of amazing photos to go through. I cannot wait. My creative juices have been rising again and I can’t wait to go into these sessions with ideas.

Also – new photography website COMING SOON. Can’t wait to share it with you lovelies!

Peace out,
XOElisebeth

P.S. I’m in the last two weeks of being in the kindergarten room and my edTPA is killing me.

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