Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Student Teaching Update

After over two months straight, I finally get a week off for spring break! It's been tough to keep up on blogging and social media, so I thought I'd post an update!

This semester I have been student teaching in a local 2nd grade classroom. I have absolutely LOVED it. I feel so comfortable teaching, using classroom management techniques, and creating fun activities. I have grown so much as a teacher, as a woman, and as a Christian.

I have been so busy, between student teaching 8-4, working 4-6, and lesson planning and/or babysitting at night. My friends complain they never see me anymore. Student teaching has sucked my social calendar dry, which stinks because I'm trying to lead a Bible study and help friends plan for upcoming weddings. I definitely don't have enough hours in my day. It doesn't feel like I'm in college anymore. It feels like I have a real job (only..I don't get paid).

I have had so much fun teaching the students about motion (rolling, spinning, etc.), Native Americans, chapter books, measurement, and soon starting a unit on opinion writing. I love teaching them how to learn.

During this spring break, I am nannying a ten year old boy, so I am spending a lot of time in the woods, playing games, and watching cartoons. While he's currently playing games on his iPAD, I'm in the middle of writing lesson plans for next week, and stressing out over which school districts are hiring. I never really get a break, do I?

I know that I am doing what I am called to do. Even on the weekends, I find myself thinking about the kids, and praying for them. I love them so much, individually and as a class. It's a difficult class, but I am learning so much, and I am grateful for each one of them. My co-op has been absolutely amazing and inspiring. I love learning under her.

Only one month of student teaching left. As soon as we get back from break, I'll be teaching whole-day. I'm so excited! It's only going to get harder, but I know that I'm only going to grow more.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

It Was Me All Along: The Most Genuine Book I've Read

Through Blogging for Books, I was given a free copy of It Was Me All Along by Andie Mitchell in exchange for an honest review.

I had heard nothing but great reviews on this book, and it had been on my wishlist for weeks. I was thrilled to get a chance to review this book.

In this memoir, Andie reveals her struggle from a young age with overeating and obesity. From the first page, she is honest with her insecurities, doubts, and failures. But all of it is written in a beautiful way that makes it impossible to put the book down.

Her heartbreaking stories and hilarious memories mix into the perfect book. Most of all, I love her genuinely as she openly admits struggles.

And the best part is, her struggles don't stop once she becomes skinny. This book isn't about losing weight and your life suddenly falling into place. She admits to breaking down, seeking help, and losing love.

She didn't lose weight through a major surgery or crazy diet. It was all about portion size and self control - something that most Americans struggle with, and almost everyone can relate to. 

For anyone who is struggling with their weight, I definitely suggest this book. It will give you inspiration to continue (or start) your weight loss journey, but it also will motivate you to take chances, try new things, and find yourself.  

As soon as the book was done, I felt the need for more. I found her website and stalked her instagram. I found a closeness with her. She was so open in her book, I felt like I actually knew her. I couldn't get enough.

I recommend everyone reading this book. It has become one of my favorites.