Friday, February 14, 2014

Project Life: Week 4 & Catching Up

I can honestly say I have never been so busy in my almost twenty one years of life.

I'm enrolled in 9 classes, which is 21 credit hours. (Meaning I spend an average of 21 hours in class a week - not counting all the homework and studying I do outside of class).

As an elementary education major less than a year away from student teaching, I'm beginning practicum experiences and spending a lot of time in elementary schools. This semester, I am required to spend 80 hours in three different classrooms. 20 hours with a reading specialist, 30 hours with a special education teacher, and 30 hours with a general classroom teacher during the subjects of math, science, and social studies. Thankfully two of my placements are at the same school and the other school is nearby, but, 80 hours is A LOT.

Prior to starting at my new college this school year, I worked part-time at two libraries. During my winter break I picked up some hours at one of them and was asked if I would like to continue working one Saturday a month, since I'm home all the time. Of course I said yes! Not long after that, I was asked if I would be interested in working weekend hours at the other library because they are undergoing some major changes and were in need of immediate help with someone who did not need very much training. So, I am back to working two jobs (which I love, don't get me wrong) and traveling home every weekend. It's only an hour and a half drive, and I was coming home pretty much every weekend anyways. I am so thankful for the opportunity to work again at two places that I absolutely love and enjoy.

In the fall I also started teaching Copic marker classes and I am continuing to teach monthly classes at The Scrapbooking Studio in Davenport, Iowa, and also at a store closer to my hometown in Sandwich, Illinois, called Peddlers Den. It is so much fun combining my passion and my hobby. I am on the design team for The Scrapbooking Studio as well, and am also currently designing for Two Berry Creative.

So, aside from all that, I'm also trying to maintain a social life and create some down time for myself. My friends coerced me into joining two intramural sports - something I have NEVER done before and NEVER thought I would be doing - and I am now cosmic bowling on Monday nights and playing volleyball on Thursday nights. Both start within the coming weeks, and I'm both excited and a bit nervous because I'm not very athletic!

I apologize, I didn't mean to write a book! I feel so guilty for not posting as much as I normally do, but honestly my days blend together and I have no idea where time goes. I have amazingly been keeping up with my Project Life pages and working on a few other projects as well. I miss regularly crafting so much! I'm counting down the days until my semester is over at the beginning of May. :)

So, with that all said, let's take a visual look at my crazy life with my Week 4 Project Life spread:

I limited Week 4 to a one page spread because it wasn't a very eventful week. This was also a design team project for The Scrapbooking Studio made with We R Memory Keeper's "Notable" collection (more projects created with this line coming next week).

The two pictures in the center were taken in my Assessment and Diagnosis in Reading and Science Methods for Elementary Teaching courses. In learning how to be a teacher, we often play the role as students so we can better understand how to teach alongside learning different teaching methods. In Reading, we played a word forming game using candy hearts, and in Science, we planted lima beans.

There was also a lot of snow this week and while waiting for the bus (which was over 20 minutes late - ugh) Danielle and I decided to make snow angels in the parking lot. I think we've been spending too much time acting like kids in class!

The January card was cut from a 12x12 sheet of paper from "Notable" and instead of writing the dates of the week on the title card, I used an embellishment to indicate the week on the calendar card.

I almost forgot - Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! Have an absolutely lovely day. :)


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