Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The long update

Well, it's been a little while since I've blogged. It's been lonely! Tad and Afton went down to California last Thursday and got back late Monday night. It was so quiet and I realized I'm kind of afraid of the dark! Hehehe! I just don't like being by myself at night. Tad's brother, Russell, just got home from his mission in Guatemala. He will be coming to live with us in a few weeks for the rest of the semester. He wanted to get up here and he could only come for the last block of this semester. (Which is 6 weeks) Anyway, so they had a lot of fun visiting with family. And mommy had to stay home :) I spent a lot of time with Meagan, my old roomate. Of course, we had to dye our hair, so now my hair is reddish-brown. It looks better than what I thought it would look like, but Tad said he likes the blond better. I'll get pictures to ya of that sometime!
I had midterm evaluations and one of my cooperating teachers decided that I only deserved all 1's! (The lowest scoring you can get.) However, each time my supervisor came to evaluate me she gave me mostly 3's. (The highest scoring you can get.) It would have been a little less humiliating if it had been things she had talked to me about previously, saying that I needed to improve. There was only two things she had talked to me about before: classroom management and printed lesson plans. The lesson plans were easy to fix, but the classroom management is a little hard when she is still in the room and starts off the class every day. I was almost in tears after the meeting with her and my supervisor. Then my supervisor came up to me and said, "Cara, don't worry. You are doing great and this will be easy to improve upon." My other cooperating teacher was nicer, but I still got some scores that I was disappointed with. It's taught me that I can't be perfect and won't be perfect, even after eleven years of teaching. I am learning a lot and will continue to learn a lot. Thankfully, the district has harvest break for potato harvesting. Which means I get the next week and a half off! I have three different novels to teach after harvest break and I already have two of those unit plans finished. (Planned while Tad and Afton were in California!)
Well, that's about it right now. The end is nearing and I can't wait! We will soon be in Georgia with my family! I love it! As always, here are some pictures.


~ThE JeNsEn FaMiLy~ said...

I cant put any pics that we have on the header b/c they're too big. :( Love the new pics of afton!! shes just the cutest thing ever!!

Michelle said...

Hi Cara!
This is Michelle(Van Every)! I found your blog- your family is beautiful! And your daughter is just precious!
I am also a high school teacher- I just started my 3rd year here in Vegas. Don't listen to a thing your cooperating teacher says-- students teaching can be SOOOO frustrating sometimes, I totally know how you feel! That is absolutely ridiculous that she starts the class! I was so mad for you when I read that! It should be your classroom, the teacher should be invisible. Hang in there, I was so happy when student teaching was over, and I finally got my own classroom-it's totally different (and better) when it becomes yours.
I am so glad I found you! All the Allen memories came flooding back, and I realized how much I have missed seeing you! Hope you didn't mind me putting in my two sense, but I just really know how you feel- feel free to vent if you ever have to- here's my email:
mvlawther at gmail.
thelawthers at
Great to see all is well with you!