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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Practicum Prep

Finally, I am able to get into a classroom! It seemed like I would never get to this day but here I am! However, before we get to that there are some things that you will need to purchase and have ready. I HAVE to be organized before starting something! And it HAS to match! (Is anyone giggling over my obsession with the colors of things yet?)

I was in Office Max the other day and found THIS! It was $5 but look how pretty... black and white on the outside red on the inside. {HEART}! I have two of these... I need 1 more. They had another one but it was periwinkle on the inside and did not match. Blah...  (You have to be laughing or at least rolling your eyes by now. Hubby was!).  Binder 1 holds university specific information, Binder 2 holds certification, both state & national information, and Binder 3 holds district information (or will).

I love my Panasonic SLR camera - holds thousands of photographs! It is also big, complicated to use (though not overly so), and expensive. I took it on a three week vacation and it had over 4000 pictures on it with room to spare. Naturally when I went looking for a small camera to fit into my pursue, I looked for another Panasonic and again am in love!

First... it is matching. See, its black! This baby is the older version, cost me $125 on sale, and did not come in red. The new one costs over $300 and its red. It also has a 3D mode which I have no clue what that would be used for. Anywho... back to my new toy... I mean the item every teacher must have before stepping into a classroom. One of the greatest tips I have received is to take A LOT of pictures. You will need to take pictures of students working, classroom designs, and bulletin boards. The camera must be easy to use as you will need your mentor teacher to take pictures of you teaching and working with the students. This was the #1 recommendation for preservice teachers.

The next item on the list was a notebook. It should be hard-bound and professional looking. I found this one for $8 and it is the right color again (I warned you about my obsession, right?). I love the fact that it matches as I can carry it with my portfolio to my practicum and student teaching. Plus all of these items will match my teachers bag (future blog post)!!

What did you purchase to prepare for your practicum/student teaching? Is there anything else that I am going to need?

~ 3-ring binders
~ Pocket-sized Camera
~ Hard-bound Professional Notebook

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At February 8, 2012 at 8:03 PM , Blogger Classy Confessions said...

This cracked me up. I bought a 3-ring binder because we have to have a portfolio of all of our stuff to turn in at the end of the semester and that was pretty much it. I did buy a few things along the way. Well actually I bought a nice, new planner but only because I needed a new planner. Nothing to really do with student teaching. I bought a few things along the way like lined post it notes and odds and ends. I am curious as to how your experience goes. I know that all schools/states/districts all have different requirements for obtaining certification. Could you maybe do a post on the whole over view of your experience? And thanks for the encouragment on the eating healthy!

At February 9, 2012 at 5:51 AM , Blogger Kim said...

In my class the kids always say "Match Matchy" because I have the SAME obsession!
I am already excited to see the "teacher bag" post!

LOVE that hard bound notebook!

Finding JOY in 6th Grade

At February 9, 2012 at 8:21 PM , Blogger Literacy Teacher said...

I student taught so long ago I cannot even remember what my must haves were... LOL. I would suggest a nice durable folder b/c even now when I go into classrooms, if I see a wokrsheet I love, I ask for a copy! Then I use a yellow highlighter and write master copy on it. (Yellow highlighters do not show up when you copy!!)

At February 12, 2012 at 12:46 PM , Blogger Becky said...

I have 2 bags (both Vera Bradley but different patterns). One is for grad school and one is for teaching. It really helps me have the right materials in the right places :)

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