Saturday, July 31, 2010

I made a podcast!

Hey all!
I made this podcast with my friend Allison in our Master's class for technology. It took us forever and is really advanced, since we are the only ones that did 17 different audio clips. Anyways, we find it funny. Check it out! Oh yeah, if you listen carefully you can hear our instructor in the background.


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

10 Things That Make A Husband

Feel free to add to this list.

1. He opens your doors, simple, but so true
2. Holds your hand
3. Uses please and thank you
4. Smells good
5. Always over uses I love you's
6. Kiss in the morning, when you get home, and goodnight
7. Doesn't swear
8. Pays attention to the fact that the world is more threatening for girls
9. Cleans just because
10. Doesn't start eating until you sit down.


Friday, July 23, 2010

How I got my job

Told this story at lunch the other day. Grandma suggested I put it on my blog.

People always ask how I got hired at the school I student taught at. Well, it is actually very unusual. I told the principal ahead of time I was going to Europe. I wanted to interview, but needed to know when since I would be out of town for nearly a month! He never gave me an answer, just told me to keep checking. I came to the decision that I would just go and find other opportunities when I returned home. Little did I know I had someone else looking out for me (Howard Mitchell-my student teaching mentor).

I was in Germany when I came into our hotel for the night and we were to go get our keys and meet up with our group for dinner. Everyone was finding their keys easily and without a problem. I went up to the counter and couldn't find our room key. I finally asked, "Do you have a room key for Amanda and Jackie?" The front desk lady got that horrified look in her eyes and asked, "Are you Amanda?" I thought oh crap, someone died. She hands me my key with a note on it that said


My tour guide starts freaking out and stops everything, the dinner, everything. We have to find a computer, we find one in a lounge but you must pay for each minute with your coins.

I finally get logged in to find and email from Howard, Dr. Aslett, and my mom. I open hers first, she tells me Mr. Mitchell has called the University, her work, and home to speak with her to get a hold of me to interview at Escalante. She had called a few times but we weren't in and left a note. I finally stop panicking and start emailing back everyone. A week later I interviewed over the phone in Switzerland with the Escalante staff. It was quite entertaining and they seemed to ask a lot about Europe instead. :) Came back a few days later, got a contract offer. I would definitely say with a little luck and help from friends, I ended up with a really cool job. Thanks Howard and Mom.

I must add, when I returned home I did chew my mom out about the note. Next time I requested she put no one has died, check your email at your convenience!


Friday, July 2, 2010

Me? Talk to University students about teaching?

This last week I received an email from a friend who came in a few times this year to observe my classroom. She asked me to come to talk to her methods class at the University of Utah this month and talk about what it takes to be a teacher to students coming in to the classroom this fall. I did this one year but with a group of students from my cohort. This is the first year I will fly solo on speaking to a class. This is also the first year I will have a student teacher from the U. I have taken them from other Universities in the past, but never a full time student teacher from the U. I am supposed to show them resources, talk about what it is like to work in a Title 1 school, how I developed as a teacher, pull some resources I have used, and give them a reality check. I'll admit I am a little nervous but ready to help. She offered to compensate me for my time, I declined politely, I just want us to produce better teachers. I go in July 26th we'll definitely need to see what happens here. :)

Wish me luck!