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A Gift for My Teachers

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Good Morning People!

After, I finished this semester, I had to give a gift to the people who supported me through this ordeal  Student teaching is HARD and I really had no idea what I was getting myself into.  Let me tell you the 10 things I learned in Pre-K

  1. I am out of shape.  To be in a Pre-K class you have to Move it, Move it.   You have to …MOVE IT!!
  2. I need to get in shape.
  3. Germs are dangerous.  The germs in Pre-K are VERY dangerous and have the ability to just knock you down
  4. Keep an eye on what is under foot.  After being there a month, I sprained my ankle during BUS DUTY!
  5. Go to work no matter what!  I learned that people still work when they are hurt and/or sick.  (in the Army, you stay at home)  Pre-K is a time sensitive situation.  Every student needs you to be there everyday in order to succeed.
  6. Teaching makes you forget.  There are so many things you need for school.  Maybe you get an idea in the middle of the night…make a designated spot for all those ideas to rest or you will drive away without them.
  7. Kids do remember.  Unlike your own children, your students remember EVERY idea, suggestion, promise you MAY have said, so please set a reminder so you don’t forget.
  8. Parents are like the Lotto.  Today could be YOUR day!  I LEARNED to be clear and consistent with parents.  Communicate often and stand your ground.
  9. Eight hours is the Key!  To make it through the day, you need eight hours.  There is no way around it, so if you have to sleep from 6 in the evening and get up at 2 in the morning.  Do it!
  10. Be proactive not reactive.  Take vitamins, drink water and carry tissues with you everyday.  You are not sick …you are FIGHTING a cold.

Ha!  I know it seemed like I did not learn anything about teaching ….I did!  I promise.  Those were highlights ;0)

I was fortunate enough to be with two amazing teachers and a supportive Paraprofessional.  They were patient, kind and clear about their expectation of me.  They answered all my (many) questions and helped me be more reflective about my teaching skills.  In turn, I spent some time doing my labor of love for them.  I tricked each of them in telling me their favorite colors and worked a little each day on my quilt tops.   Here is the picture.

This quilt was for my supervising teacher.  She liked fall colors.  I really love this pattern and love how in one spot you can see a purple cross. It is really stunning.  You can see in the second picture the quilting and my crazy binding.

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This binding is so not me…but perfect for this quilt.

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So sorry for all the progress pictures but, I was super busy and gave the quilts away without taking any finished pictures.  Oh well…this quilt was made with all cotton coutures purchased at Bloomerie Fabrics.  This fabric is amazing to work with…if you haven’t tried it..please do!
IMG_0289I love how the quilting made these perfect little stars.

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The quilt is a log cabin made with cotton couture once again and is so much prettier in person.  IMG_0315Here is the snap shot of the binding and the backing.  I think it is really cheerful. 
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Well that is all for now.  Until tomorrow.  Sew Pretty!

Kerrie

Author: Pretty Lady Baby

I am just a girl trying to be crafty. Well really a woman but my thoughts are girly. I am embarking on a journey. I hope to complete all of my goals, share and learn from others.

5 thoughts on “A Gift for My Teachers

  1. Love the quilts. The stories make me think of working as a substitute teacher for 1st and 2nd graders many moons ago. No second teacher, no paraprofessional, just me and all those adorable huggers. That’s what I remember. 5-6-7 year olds need to hug you. Alot! As fun as it was to be with them once in awhile, I’m not sure I would have survived a whole semester.

  2. What a wonderful gift ! You do fine work and they will each treasure the quilt and the memories of you associated with your teaching days together. You sould like you learned an awful lot during your student teaching time. I have 1 daughter who teaches at the middle school level, and knows all about those GERMS !! Get your flu shot!! Take your vitamins! Enjoy everyday!

  3. The quilts are lovely – what a nice gift for those teachers!

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