This week's topic is a tic-tac-toe theme. You choose any three in a row to answer.
First: I went to college at Cairn University. It is a private school in Pennsylvania. A favorite memory would be when I was a sophomore. My roommate and I caught a train into Philly and then caught a bus in the wee hours of the morning to attend the Army/Navy game in Baltimore. My brother was a Navy pleb (freshman) at the Naval Academy and we went down to watch the game and visit with him. I love football, so watching the game was a blast. I love my little brother, so being able to spend some time with him was great.
Second: My first year of teaching was a bit of a blur. I was blessed to begin teaching fourth grade in the classroom that I actually student taught in (my co-op became the computer teacher at the school.) Since I had student taught there I had a head-start when it came to the school and the other faculty, but it was still overwhelming. I had five of my twenty-two students that were challenging. I had to quickly fine tune my management strategy to survive the year. So much to learn and do, but I am thankful for it. I'm a better teacher because of it. When I mentor new teacher's now I always remind them that it gets easier, they just need to hang in there.
Third: My favorite grade to teach is fourth grade! I was a December graduate so I subbed in grades K-6, but 4th has always been my favorite. I love that the students still care, they care about school, about what, I, as their teacher thinks, and they are just beginning to really develop their own personalities. I love that they are independent enough to work on their own and problem solve, but they aren't afraid to ask for help.
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