Monthly Archives: October 2013

People Meant to Help

Hello everyone!
Sorry it’s been a long time. With Thanksgiving tossed into the mix, fall suppers in the community, and simple (or not-so-simple) daily life, I’ve been a bit distracted.

All I want to do in this post is thank those that have supported me. Truly, throughout my university field experiences, I have had nothing but amazing people that have come alongside me. This includes coop teachers and faculty advisors, as well as profs. They have been instrumental.P1030291edit2

This week my faculty advisor came to watch me teach for an hour and a half. It was a Friday, it had been a rough week, and I was exhausted and frustrated. I was feeling like I couldn’t do anything right and was ready to throw in the towel for a few days. However, after teaching a couple of lessons that I felt were mediocre at best, my faculty advisor showered me with praise. He prides himself on giving nothing less than honest, professional observations so I knew he thought he was totally being genuine. Still, I told him blatantly that I disagreed. Anyway, long story short, I accepted his opinion as an encouragement that I’m doing the best I can, and it’s a pretty awesome best. I’m still not thrilled, but I am more at ease that just maybe I am okay.

So far as I can tell, the university has done a pretty good job at hiring their faculty advisors for us. And for that I am truly grateful. I think we can use all the confidence we can get, and it’s nice to feel someone is rooting for us! They don’t really have a whole lot of say in your evaluation (the bulk is your coop teacher), so you feel more at ease allowing them to watch and take notes for you. They are simply there to give you feedback. And my biggest realization is that their expectations aren’t unrealistic. They are so encouraging and I’ve always felt better after they’ve visited. I don’t think we’d survive very long in this profession if we didn’t have someone that we could seek out for affirmations, encouragement, and advice. 🙂    THANK YOU, ENCOURAGERS & SUPPORTERS!

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Posted by on October 27, 2013 in University Success


A Quick Pace

Well, what’s new this week? That’s a difficult question! This week flew by.

My biggest challenges continue to be feeling like I am not helping each student succeed sufficiently. However, also, as I am wrapping up two units in the next week as well as adding other subjects, I feel I am forever planning. I know I don’t have to reinvent the wheel and my coop has provided me with great ideas and resources, but it’s still a matter of finding that wheel in the midst of a …haystack?! Last weekend I finally had to leave it all behind and refresh. I was sick (ya, something all interns end up having by the end of their first month. I thought I would be the exception. False.) and I needed to get rested and healthy. It helped this week go more smoothly because I was more at ease.

 My “shining” moment of the week was when a group of students were discussing me (they didn’t think I was in ear shot). There were about five of them concerned about what would happen when I leave. One said, “It would be really cool if Miss Van Kannel could graduate university and then come back here and teach us in Grade 4 next year!” One student who I thought despised me (I am always after him to sit down, or stop talking, or to try working on his assignment, or to have “hands off”) asked me today, “Do you really have to go back? Where? For how long? Where are you going after that? Are you coming here?” It made me think that I’ve had a positive influence already on at least a handful of kids. That counts for something. Also, the students are beginning their final projects for the first Social unit and some of the things that they are thinking about in regards to conflict and conflict resolution are awesome! I couldn’t have expected better! That’s exciting to see!


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Posted by on October 6, 2013 in University Success