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Reflections from Anna: A CS Student Teacher

A few weeks in to my life in the big city, I can confidently say that I am so glad I decided to take a leap into the unknown Sophomore year when I signed up to do Chicago Semester. It has been quite an eye opening adventure to find and spread my, albeit temporary, new…
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Reflections from Rebekah: A CS Student Teacher

Alumni Changing Seasons and Cheesy Quotes I sit here on my computer searching endlessly on the internet for non-cheesy, “end-of-life-season” quotes. Let me be the first to tell you – it is pretty difficult to find quotes that aren’t cheesy! Change is something that is incredibly difficult for me, so I find it very helpful…
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Reflections from Rebekah: A CS Student Teacher

Ready for Change? You would think that I would be full of energy post-Thanksgiving break. You would also think that I would be fired up and excited to tackle my last two and a half weeks of student teaching! (Oh my goodness, how has time gone by this fast?) Unfortunately, both of those statements above…
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Reflections from Rebekah: A CS Student Teacher

Welcome To The End Wow, I feel so weird writing this blog post because I am about to go into my last few weeks of full-time teaching. With Veterans Day, parent-teacher conferences, and Thanksgiving Break, I only have 10 days left of full-time teaching. This cannot be real! I’m trying to soak up as much…
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Reflections from Rebekah: A CS Student Teacher

Fall Festivities It is week 8 for us over here at the Chicago Semester Program and let me tell you… the time has FLOWN by! Last week I completed midterm evaluations with my cooperating teacher and my professor. Midterm. Evaluations. I made this joke last week during seminar, but I’m nervous it is truer than…
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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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