{Vol. 3} The Preparation Begins

I have been going through the motions for the last weeks. I have been stressing about what I should bring, what do I need, how prepared should I be, and if there is a such thing as being to prepared. It’s official I am running around like a chicken with my head cut off and to top it all off I keep finding myself back where I started and that is nowhere.

The one friend I have in this situation is going through the same thing and you know what happens to two people who are running around like madwomen they bump in to each other and still end up back where they started. I think what I am going to do is compromise a list of all the things I would want my student teacher to have when she started.

I guess you can say that I am overreacting but student teaching for me is only 19 days away and I want to knock the socks of my CT! I guess I can wait to see what she requires me to bring since my first three weeks are observation but things never go as planned. I rather be over prepared then under. There are things that she asked me to investigate and I have been looking for that! This has given me a reason to use Pinterest for an obscene amount of time. I am looking for math workstations for 2nd graders. Here is what I have so far.



{Vol. 2} Meeting My Teacher

I was nervous all the way to the meeting. It was an afternoon meeting in the playground of the school. When I got there we introduced ourselves to each other and instantly my nerves calmed, I felt like I was at home. We discussed the class and the issues we could face in the upcoming school year. She talked a little about the curriculum and how the day is laid out. The meeting went smooth.

What I Learned:

Grade: 2nd

The School Day: 8:35-2:50

Amount of Students: 20

Reading: The Daily 5 

Interventions: Reading in the Day & Math in the Afternoon

What She Wants to Work On: Social Studies and Science

This was a great experience and I have been faced with the challenge of finding great activities for the Math Workstations. Pinterest here I come.  I am her first student teacher and we are both looking forward to the experience.


{Vol. 1} Student Teaching Nerves

This fall I begin student teaching. At first I was nervous because I didn’t have a placement and it was getting down to the wire. I didn’t want it to get to the point where I was meeting my Co-Teacher (CT) the same week that I started student teaching. When I got the email that included my placement I was extremely excited and then conducted all of the necessary research that I could about the school where I would be “working”. I got my wits together and called the school and then I discovered school ended the day I placed my call. I was nervous thinking that I would never hear from her (what can I say I can be a little dramatic). When I finally got in touch with her it was a big sigh of relief.  She asked me some questions considering that this is her first time having a student teacher. Now for the inevitable meeting. I don’t know what to do, how to dress, what to bring, do I come with ideas, or do I let her take the lead. All of these ideas are flowing and cramming themselves inside my brain and I am literally going nuts. They didn’t prepare me for this inevitable meeting, they didn’t tell me what I should expect and what I should ask the teacher about lessons and classroom setup. Now I have this meeting coming up and I don’t want to mess it up or come off too enthusiastic or not enthusiastic enough.

I will update you on Monday after my meeting and class.


All about Ms. White!



 I’m Ms. White, a 24-year-old pre-service educator working towards completing a Master’s degree in Elementary education. I received my Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign majoring in both Psychology and English. Majority of my undergraduate psychology courses were tailored to children and their psychological and physical development so unbeknownst to myself, I was preparing myself for the role of a lifetime – to become an educator!

I have an unhealthy addiction to critiquing television shows and writing literary pieces, but it is completely complimented by my love for the creative arts.  Creativity will play a vital role in my pedagogical and social authority. I think it is a tool that will undoubtedly aid in undermining some of the social and emotional problems plaguing our classroom halls.

Oh, and by the way, I am extremely awkward.

This awkward and nerdy girl will be student teaching a fourth grade class in the fall. Despite the rigorous and extensive workload presented to me in my education program to prepare me for Sept 5, 2014, I can safely admit that I don’t have it altogether yet. I’m okay with that, though. I’ve realized that no matter how much we prepare for the big things (like teaching), we’re bound to screw up at some point.

So here’s my journey of imperfect perfections through the lens of a student teacher.  I welcome all to witness my growth as a teacher in the making.


All about Mrs. Johnson


Hi I am Mrs. Johnson I am wrapping up my Masters in Elementary Education. I have worked with kids my whole life. I am an avid reader and I have a strong belief that I can change the world one student at a time. I know that reading is the foundation to all learning and I am prepared to work with your children to ensure that foundation is a strong one.

I always wanted to teach but instead of pursuing my dreams I went to school for my Bachelors in Accounting. I graduated in March of 2011 and still didn’t feel like I accomplished my goals. I decided to return to school to pursue my Masters in Elementary Education by attending Saint Xavier University after extensive research on state qualified schools. I have a strong belief that I can change the world one chapter at a time because if I can get children to want to read they will learn that they can do anything they put their mind to.

 I will begin student teaching in the fall and I want all parents, students, and fellow educator to take this journey with me. I will be updating my progress as I go along and adding any and all lessons that I have used and discovered throughout the entire process.