Third inteview tomorrow morning!

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  1. Jem

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    Ok, this is it! My third interview is tomorrow morning at 10:30 CA time. I need to teach a 45 minute language arts lesson, a 45 minute math lesson, and then debrief for 20 minutes with the director.

    I'm thinking my language arts lesson will show how poetry is like a mystery, full of clues. We'll start out with a short mystery to solve, and then we'll take a look at a Robert Frost poem (the one about apples) and try to decipher it. I'm hoping I can stretch that out for 45 minutes.

    I'm totally lost on the math at the moment.

    I'm getting a bit nervous, as this is the final interview. We found a dream house this weekend that would depend on this job (and the house is only 10 minutes from the school!). I'm keeping my fingers crossed!!
     
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    Jem, I am sure that you will do fine. Is there any way that you can build on your lesson from last week for your math lesson?
     
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    Oh good luck Jem!!!!! I'm crossing my fingers for you!!!!
     
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    Crossing my fingers for you, Jem!!!! Good luck!
     
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    Praying for you! Let us know how it goes!
     
  7. Jem

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    Thanks, guys! DHE, not a bad idea. Last week's lesson was on geometry, and it was only presented to the teachers. But maybe I could something similar with fractions. I haven't taught upper elementary/middle school math in over two years, so I'm a bit rusty with my ideas. I'll have to do some searching on the internet tonight. I only have a few minutes before I have to take off for the gym, and then it's straight to the city to was dh's co-worker do some presentation. I wish I had a wireless card that would allow me to bring my laptop...
     
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    I did a shape hunt with students in my class after a geometry lesson, which they loved. Just an idea :)

    And for the poetry lesson, maybe you can add in the students working in partners to write their own poems. I like color poems, where they are each writing about a different color, including emotions, actions, items which are associated with the color.

    Good luck!
     
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    Good luck tomorrow! I have a feeling you're going to do fabulously!!
     
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    Good luck!!
     
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    An easy idea to extend the lesson on poetry:

    Have the kids go through the poem and circle or highlight 8-10 words from the poem. Then give them a chance to write something using those words.
     
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    Good luck!
     
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    I'll be thinking of you at 10:30! (And at 10:00 sending you calm vibes) !
     
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    Good luck Jem!!!
     
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    Good luck! You'll do awesome!
     
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    Good luck!
     
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    Ok. My fractions lesson will be regarding dividing fractions. We'll start with physical manipulatives. I'm going to make paper popsicles with double sticks the kids can 'break' apart (no dripping ice), and we'll discuss how 8 popsicles divided by 1/2 equals 16. That should get a discussion going. Then we'll try it again with Hershey bars (8 divided by 1/8 is 64-crazy!!). We'll write the problems on the problems on the board to show the algorithms connected with our actions. Then we'll move to drawings and word problems. The more advanced girl can move on to more advanced word problems, and I can work with the girl who seems to be a bit slower.

    Whew. I hope this works.
     
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    Good luck Jem!!!!!
     
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    Thanks! My language arts lesson turned out to be on Robert Frost's 'The Runaway'. We're going to do some brainstorming on teenage emotions on posters around the room to start off. Then we'll read the poem, and the girls will discuss how they think the colt is being portrayed as a teenager. They will have a graphic organizer where they have to pull phrases from the poem in one column, write their interpretation in the second column, write a text-to-self in the third, and then 'rate' Frost on how true this is to real-life teenagers in the fourth. I hope it goes well!
     
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    GOOD LUCK!!!!:):):)
     
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    AAAAAAAAAHHHHH! NERVES!!!

    I've been laying in bed for an hour, thinking of everything in the world. I've moved to the couch, and am laying in front of my computer thinking of everything in the world. My brain can't focus. Too much going on, too much to think about, my nerves on fire and my stomach feels awful. I know it's going to go fine, but I'm still so nervous. Blech.
     
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    Good luck, Jem!! Both of your lessons sound great for an observation lesson. Crossing my fingers for you!
     
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    Jem, would it help to visualize yourself going through the lessons, the debrief, then going to your car and jumping for joy at how well it went, then going to get a coffee?
     
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    20 more minutes, I'm sure you're on your way! Good Luck!
     
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    fractions lesson

    I really like this activity... will use it myself! Good luck - thinking of you!
     
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    Praying for you Jem!
     
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    Good Luck Jem :) I am sure you are wowing their socks off :)
     
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    Ok, I'm done and back home. I just ate, so now I can write.

    There isn't much to say-I think it went well enough. Hard to evaluate yourself. The director had some good things to say, and some suggestions, which is always bittersweet. She wants me to come back tomorrow afternoon and teach a 7/8 science lesson. Luckily I have one written already, so I don't have to work on it tonight.

    I'm ready to be done with this. The stress is getting to me.
     
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    How many times are they going to make you go thru this? I am tired for you. I hope things will work well for you. What will you do for your science lesson? I can't wait to hear that you have the job and remember that they have to give you some suggestions. Suggestions are not a bad thing.
     
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    My lesson is on the relationship between the color of stars, and the temperature. Students will graph and do some writing. It's the 'Lives of Stars' lesson here. I worked on it for my interview a few years ago.

    http://www.realclassroomideas.com/171.html
     
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    Wow, they really are making you go through a lot of rounds of interviews and demo lessons. I'm sorry that the lessons today didn't go quite as well as you wanted them to and hope that your science lesson tomorrow goes great! Good luck!
     
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    Jem, I'm sure it went great. Having some "suggestions" helps them look like they have something to offer to YOU as a teacher there. I am so excited for you.

    I have never heard of so many demo lessons, though. Are you sure some teacher isn't out on vacation and they don't want to hire a sub? Goodness...

    Can't wait to hear more.
     
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    After jumping through so many hoops you better get an offer for this job!!
     
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    Ok, I'm feeling a bit better about things. I'm just tired and overwhelmed. I don't think you could cram much more into my life right now-we're still living out of boxes, I'm trying to keep up with Sprout, I have interviews just about everyday, I'm becoming a Big Sister and working through that process, dh is stressed at work, we're looking to buy a house and going through THAT process-AAAAH! I just felt like it all came down on me after the lesson this morning, when I was asked back... again.

    But I WAS asked back. And I'm sure I did a fine job this morning. After reflecting on her suggestions, they aren't a big deal. I just take criticism very badly, and I'm working on that. And maybe she just wanted to see how I would respond to suggestions. So now I'm going to not think about the lesson tomorrow and work on other areas of my life that have been neglected, such as grocery shopping, eating (funny how being hungry makes you a monster...) and unpacking a bit. Maybe I'll even watch some tv. And play with my bunny. And not think about the lesson tomorrow.
     
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    Great strategies, Jem!
     
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    Jem-you definitely have alot on your plate right now. I don't take criticism well either so that would have probably hit me as well. Are any of the suggestions something that you could incorporate into tomorrow's lesson? That would show the P that you can take suggestions and turn around and improve on them relately quickly. Good luck tomorrow! What time is the lesson?
     
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    Good luck with the next lesson! :)
     
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    Thanks, guys! The lesson is at 1pm CA time.

    Not sure about the suggestions. One is that she thought the language on the graphic organizer was a bit advanced for them. I will double check my activity sheets for tomorrow's lesson. The other was that we were talking a lot about teenagers, and she didn't feel fifth and sixth graders were teenagers. So that doesn't apply to tomorrow.
     
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    Good luck today Jem! It's a great sign that they want you back, even if it is a pain in the butt!! I'll be thinking of you this afternoon.
     
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    Good luck today Jem. Hopefully this will be the last hoop and you'll leave with a job!
     
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    good luck!!!
     

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