Spring semester is my favorite semester; the weather is getting warmer, summer break is approaching, and campus is a fluster of activity. I live in the all-freshman hall, Fisher South, and the programs that this building is responsible for in the spring are some of the most enjoyable. The Fisher South Hall government has kept busy all year and this week it hosted the second annual Fisher South Awards.
Fisher South hall government 2014-2015.
The Fisher South Awards is a night to be a little sentimental and reflect back on the year as a whole. A ballot sent out to the entire building with over 40 awards for which residents could nominate their friends, or sometimes themselves. These awards include categories such as “Best Bromance,” “Best Dancer,” “Best Couple that Never Was,” “Most likely to Start a Fire,” and “Biggest Gamer.” With so many categories, there was an abundance of nominations. A final ballot was created so students could vote on their favorites. Within two days, half of the building residents had sent in their votes. Everyone was talking about it!
The lobby of Fisher South was transformed into a venue fit for a prestigious awards show…red carpet and all.
As an elementary education major, there are required methods courses that we typically take during junior year. These courses explore methods, hence the name, that are most effective when teaching elementary students. I am in my last methods courses now which cover literacy assessments, writing and language development, mathematics, and science. Last semester, I took a reading methods class as well as social studies.
One of the main goals of the methods course is to prepare us before we go into our full semester of student teaching. For the past two semesters I have spent at least four hours a week in an elementary classroom. So far, I have observed in a third grade class, a collaborative first and second grade class, and now I am currently in a kindergarten class.
I have been very fortunate to have wonderful field experiences each semester with teachers ready to pour all of their knowledge into me. Not only do I get to observe classrooms and teaching methods, but I also get to teach lessons myself. This helps to prepare us before we go into a full semester of student teaching. Getting to spend a day implementing what we learn in our classes, with real students, is not only beneficial to our learning, but it gives us all something to look forward to each week.
In addition to going into classrooms, I also get the chance to tutor a student one-on-one each week for our Literacy Assessment class. This gives us more opportunities to practice writing lesson plans and to assess a student’s reading level. Even better, it gives us a chance to spend more time with incredibly cute kids.
It is the last full week of classes at TU, and that also means crunch time before we get to leave for winter break. In between studying for finals, there are a lot of celebrations to enjoy and look forward to. This past week, two resident assistants in Fisher South put on a program to deck the halls. With the help of residents, the whole hall turned into a holiday explosion. The first floor is the Christmas floor complete with three different Christmas trees.
On the second floor, the holiday is Hanukkah.
The third floor is decorated for Kwanzaa, but the decorations were covered by a multitude of students busy with their studies. The wall is covered with paper candles and banners in black, red, and green.
On each floor there are little notes that have facts about each holiday. So not only is it spirited, but we all get to learn a little about different cultural celebrations.
Fisher South also got to celebrate having 99% of the building complete the second round of MapWorks. This is a survey that helps staff get to know how they can better help the residents and how they are doing throughout the semester. This time, the reward was a chocolate party and it was the perfect way to take a break from studying.