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After a month off for Christmas break and four weeks of classes, I am so excited to be getting back into a classroom again. My first practicum was so great and let me see what it really looks like to be a classroom teacher. But I’ve already shared my thoughts on my first practicum; let’s look towards the future. I’m not taking any methods classes this semester so I don’t have any large practicums (like last semester’s), but I have two smaller practicums. The first is for Intro to Exceptionality, where I will observe 10 hours in a special education classroom. The second is for Reading Intervention and Assessment, which is focused on reading groups.
Last Friday, I ventured out into the beautiful, albeit freezing, morning to meet with my new mentor teacher. I’ll still be at River Ridge High school, but it will be nice to see another teacher’s style and classroom. The teacher I am paired with this semester specializes in English and Special Education so I’ll be able to complete both practicums in the same classroom. In addition to seeing her teach, the first class period I’ll be there each week she co-teaches with another English teacher. I have never seen co-teaching in action at the high school level, so I am particularly excited for this.
I am so grateful for the Education program here at Saint Martin’s for getting us into the classroom as much as possible. There’s only so much talking you can do in class without seeing the it in action. With these practicums, that’s what we’re able to do and everyone in the program will be better teachers for it. I can’t wait to see where this semester takes me.
This weekend I made some soup and was inspired! How about feature a soup a month from #CookAtSMU? I LOVE soup, especially right now while it’s cold. Soup is also really great because you can make a ton at once and save it for throughout the week. Then, it’s great to reheat for lunch or dinner and can be taken to go or eaten at home. My goal is to make a big pot of soup once a week, but know my hectic schedule that’s not entirely realistic, but once a month I can definitely do! Look out for future Soup of the Month posts!
But now, without further ado, I give you this month’s soup: Winter Lentil Soup. As we were fully in the thick of winter, I thought this was an appropriate soup for February. I’ve seen this recipe multiple times on different sites, but I first saw it on Yummly.com (my favorite place to find new recipes). This recipe makes 6 servings, so you can share or make lunch for the whole week! Here’s the full recipe:
- 4 leeks, in 1/4 inch half moons (I ended up only using two… mostly because I wrote it down wrong on my shopping list)
- 1 bunch kale, destemmed and in 1/2 inch strips (I used purple kale, but any kind of kale works)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 28 oz. whole tomatoes (after making this, I would have preferred to use diced tomatoes, but I don’t think it really matters. Choose whatever works for you!)
- 6 cups water
- 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into a 1/2 inch dice
- 1/2 cup brown lentils
- 1 tablespoon thyme leaves, fresh (If you’re using dried thyme, only use 1 teaspoon)
- 2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat.
- Add the leeks and cook for 3 minutes.
- Add the tomatoes and cook, breaking them up with a spoon, for 5 minutes.
- Add the water and bring to a boil.
- Stir in the kale, sweet potatoes, lentils, thyme, salt, and pepper. Simmer until the lentils are tender, about 30 minutes.
- Spoon into individual bowls.
Also, if you like cheese like I do, be sure to add to some parmesan after serving. It makes it even more delicious!
Let me know what you think of this soup if you try it and lookout for future Soup of the Month posts!
Before the crazy, sound-shattering awesomeness of #PackThePavilion, Matt and I got a chance to the see the UN-packed Pavilion (pictured above). We had fun walking around the then silent court, taking #CenterCourtSelfies (pictured left), and practicing our dunking skills.
Soon after the Pavilion was packed with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and all the other great SMU supporters. The student section was a sight to see on Thursday. Never before have I seen that many students at a game. It was great and a lot of fun! We were able to fill the regular student section AND a whole extra section . Also, the Tenino High School pep band was there which made the game that much more awesome. They played throughout the game and definitely added to the overall experience of #PackThePavilion.
As much fun as the game was, the pep rally beforehand was definitely my favorite part of the evening. The TUB was filled with students, playing games, making signs, painting faces, and posing with Marty. It was cool to see everyone all decked out in their new #PackThePavilion shirts, SMU scarves, and other “white-out” gear. The pep rally was a great way to get everyone psyched up for the game.
During the game, I heard some of the alumni talking about how much fun they had had at the alumni pep rally beforehand. It was cool to see past SMU students still enjoying the camaraderie and school spirit. Because of this, I am excited to be attending some of the #SaintsHomecoming events in a couple weeks, namely the Benedictine Institute Lecture with Ken Butigan. Definitely stay on the look out for some blog posts and tweets about those events!
I cannot believe it is already the spring semester. It feels like just yesterday I was moving into Burton, it was 90 degrees, and the fall semester was beginning. But here we are, at the beginning of another semester.
I am so excited to be back on campus, back in classes, and back in the office. I don’t know about you, but I get bored pretty quick with no classes to work on. This semester is going to be a very interesting one for me too, which is adding to my excitement for it to start. It is also going to be a lot of work. With seven classes for a total of 17 credits, I am definitely not going to have a chance to be bored anytime soon. Now that I’ve completed all of general education requirements, all of the classes I am taking are directly related to my future profession, becoming an English teacher. While I loved the gen ed courses I took (shout out to Dr. Werrett’s RLS111 class!), I am so excited to be getting into the nitty-gritty of the teaching profession.
The only class I am a little worried about is ED 383, which is Child Abuse/Teacher as Counselor. I know that this class is going to be very difficult to be in and learn about the awful things some people can do. But I’m trying to stay positive and I know that it’s an important class and that by being prepared I can better protect my students.
What are you most excited about this semester? What are you most worried about? I’m sure this is going to be another exciting semester at SMU and I cannot wait to see what it has in store for me!
As of Tuesday, I completed by first practicum in the Education program here at SMU. It has been a great semester and I am so grateful that I am able to have this experience. That is one thing I LOVE about the SMU Education program: getting right into the classroom. Being able to observe and participate in the real-world setting is invaluable as I begin to form my own ideas and philosophies about teaching.
In the Core Block class that I took in conjunction with the practicum, we had a great discussion on what we got out of the practicum. We all agreed that what we observed and did in our classroom the last few months was definitely the best use of our time and that we wished we could spend more time in the classroom. In our Educational courses, we learn a lot of theory, but being able to see this theory in action is the most important part of learning the theory. Through the Education program, I will do at least 3 more practicums (about 1/semester) and I cannot wait to get back into the classroom and begin learning again.
My final for the Core Block class is to write an essay on my teaching philosophy. The experience I gained from being a real life classroom have given me the information necessary to write an essay like that. As I write this paper over the next few days, I will look back on my time in the practicum classroom to inform my paper.
It’s definitely a bittersweet end to the semester. On one hand, I am one step closer to becoming a teacher, but on the other, I am sad that I can no longer spend my mornings with the students I feel like I was just getting to know. I cannot wait for next semester and my next practicum. Stay tuned to see how it goes!