Tonight I am thankful for my student teacher, Ms. Spradlin! (She won't be Ms. Spradlin for long, though. Come June she'll be Mrs....Somebody Else) I've been taking student teachers for a few years now, and after last year I almost threw in the towel and said, "To heck with it!" They were really starting to be more trouble than they're worth, but then Ms. Spradlin showed up and renewed my faith in young, eager educators! Once the kids and I figured out how to say her name correctly (she is NOT Ms. Bradley), we all fell madly in love with her.
She's a natural, and a good student teacher makes my job so much easier. I know that on her solo days, my kids are going to get high quality instruction and I won't have to go back and re-teach the content. Which means that the month of November is an easy, breezy month for me! Since I teach reading to my homeroom and science to all three classes, she's already taken over most of my day. The biggest challenge for a student teacher in fourth grade is delivering the content, and she has done her homework and planned the world's greatest Motion and Design Unit for our kids. Hooray for good teachers!
She just finished up a two-day solo and next week she starts her week-long five-day solo, so between now and Thanksgiving, I have lots of down time during which I can pull small groups of kids, do some one-on-one assessments, and *gasp* catch up on grading, planning and report cards! All of this means that I get to leave at a decent time in the afternoon and I don't have to take work home on the weekends, so I get optimal Mama and Nugget time! God bless GOOD student teachers!
Now I just have to figure out how I'm going to survive without her after December 3rd.....