The weekend has come and gone, and the whole time it was here, I was dreading Monday. The Monday where I would have to say goodbye to my mentor teacher and take over the classroom all day, by myself. I was at ease when I left on Friday because my mentor teacher and I had gone over the lessons and what I would be doing (just like a mother would do when she is packing up her child's bags for them to leave for college... it kind of felt like that actually lol) during the day. She got everything I would need for the reading and we went over the stories and as well as the lessons. It was perfect.
Then came the weekend. I made myself not think of the planning or anything all of Saturday. It worked. I had fallen asleep Friday night while grading papers and the next morning, they were pushed away until Sunday. I had an enjoyable Saturday and I got to see one of my old soccer teammates. She flew down from South Bend, where she goes to grad school at Notre Dame, for the weekend. It was lovely to see her and spend time with her. There are so many great stories to tell regarding with that friendship and I shall tell them one of these days ;)
Anyways, Sunday came and I had my materials for math. I planned for the week and I was content. Then I went to get my big, fat, notebook with all the other lessons contained in it. It was nowhere to be found. I would have handled it well if this was missing till Monday morning when I needed it, but this particular lesson was going to be observed by my supervising professor, so I was freaking out. Long story short, I had left it on a desk in the classroom on Friday with it opened and ready to plan.... Monday morning came and I planned that lesson in 5 minutes! Thank goodness Mrs. R helped me get everything together before we left for the weekend. The lesson went alright and my professor said I did well so I'm thankful to have made it the first lesson of the first day I got the kids all to myself in class.
So Monday was a success. Tuesday was a little harder because we had to go to the library during reading time and we had the counselor come in and talk to us during our writing period. Therefore, teaching time was limited and I did not get to meet with all of my reading groups. I have some things I have to catch up on but I think I have been doing well so far with taking over the classroom.
On a separate note, I am thinking that getting back into reading for fun is a good idea. One of these days I am going to spend the whole afternoon at the library and check out books I've never heard of and some I have. Yes, I will!
Hope your week goes well and that it's as fun as mine! :D