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Reflections from Rebekah: A CS Student Teacher

Midpoint Madness Lesson plans, assignments, edTPA, OH MY! I’m about to start full time teaching for six weeks and it feels SO crazy. It seems like just yesterday I was meeting my teacher and getting to know my students for the first time. We are just now reaching our mid-point of the semester. This week…
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Reflections from Rebekah: A CS Student Teacher

At All Times The assistant principal at Cleveland Elementary School gives the morning announcements at 8:10 am every school day. Over the loudspeaker, we hear him lead the students in the Pledge of Allegiance, the School Pledge, and the singing of The Star-Spangled Banner. As I go into my fifth week of student teaching, I…
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Reflections from Rebekah: A CS Student Teacher

A Few Deep Breaths I vividly remember my first day at the Chicago Semester office as a student teacher. It was a warm, Sunday afternoon and I was waiting for my train at the Irving Park “L” stop. I had been dreaming of student teaching with Chicago Semester since my sophomore year at Calvin College,…
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Reflections From Emilee: A CS Student Teacher

“Life begins outside of your comfort zone.” A phrase that I never really understood until I packed up my things and moved to Chicago to take on the most challenging, yet rewarding, semester of my college career. Not only did I walk into a classroom to help move twenty-nine sweet and knowledgeable second graders towards…
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Reflections from Emilee: A CS Student Teacher

With only four weeks to go, I am torn between the excitement of graduation and the reality that I will be leaving the city and my students soon.  That said, there is still work that has to be done before any of this can happen! So what has happened in room 222 this past week? …
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Reflections from Emilee: A CS Student Teacher

As I begin week 10 of my journey here in Chicago I am confident that my choice to participate in this program was the best decision for me.  I continue to be challenged daily and have gained the needed tools to handle these moments of opportunity.  I have seen my ability to manage the classroom…
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Reflections from Emilee: A CS Student Teacher

It is hard to believe I am already in my seventh week here in Chicago.  I am a little less than halfway done and the time is flying by.  The past few weeks have been extremely busy diving into my edTPA requirements for licensure in the state of Illinois, as well as taking complete control…
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Reflections from Emilee: A CS Student Teacher

“Great things never came from comfort zones.” As time flies by here in Chicago, I continue to see the truth in these seven words. Within my classroom and outside of my classroom, I have experienced growth through new and challenging experiences. I teach at a school that is 68% Asian and this past week has…
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Reflections From Emilee: A CS Student Teacher

Student teaching in Chicago seemed far-fetched for a small town girl like me.  However, when the opportunity presented itself, I could not help but feel intrigued and excited at the chance to step outside my comfort zone and grow personally and professionally. My name is Emilee Livesay and I am starting my 4th week at…
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Reflections from Daria: A CS Student Teacher

  After spending sixteen weeks in Chicago, the semester has come to a close. It has been a bittersweet end to the semester – leaving my students, after spending more hours with them than anyone else over the past few months, was extremely difficult. As I zipped up my coat to leave the school on…
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