My name is “Mrs. Bees,” and this is my student teaching journal. I will be starting my student teaching in the fall of 2008 through the graduate certification program at my university, and am keeping this blog as a place to record my thoughts and hopefully communicate with other current and future teachers.

I received my BA in English in 2004 and returned to school in 2005 to pursue my MA in Education. Along the way I took a detour into the world of politics, and another detour into the corporate rat race, managing to squeeze in an evening class or summer session here and there. In the summer of 2007 I entered a three-semester graduate certification program and spent two months working from 8-5 and going to school from 5:30-8:30, four days a week – and then I got the email saying that I’d been placed with a mentor teacher at a local high school. I quit my job, got a graduate assistantship, and hit the ground running. One semester later, I find myself gearing up for my real live, dawn-til-dusk full-time student teaching experience. That’s about where I am at the point in which I am writing this page – for future developments, read the blog. 🙂

My penciled-in plan is to teach junior high English in one of the area school districts. I would also be happy with high school, but I really believe that there is a lot of good work to be done at the junior high level. I think about my eighth grade teachers and am motivated to teach that age level – not because they were great, but because they were so awful that I’m determined to make up the cosmic deficiency they caused by being in the education system.  I would still be delighted to teach just about any grade level, but I am SO in love with tenth graders right now that I can hardly imagine teaching anything other than sophomore English. I guess maybe that’s just a sign that I’d be content wherever I end up!

It is my hope that I can find a way to combat the “I can’t write/I hate to read” attitude so prevalent among teenagers. Writing ought to be natural, and reading ought to be an adventure – it makes me heartsick that so many people don’t experience them in that way. I’d also like to work to bring writing – not necessarily research – back into the English classroom. I had years of English class where all we did was dissect literature and think how bored we were. Literature is fundamentally important, but writing is its complement and shouldn’t be neglected.

I’m very interested in “gifted/talented” education and finding ways to give the right challenges to students at varying levels of ability and interest. I’m also very interested in personality profiles, multiple intelligences, and other assessments of student motivation. I’m a very computer-oriented person and would like to use electronic journals – like this one – in my classes; I think that they not only fulfill the purpose of traditional English class journals, but teach students valuable and marketable computer and communication skills. My other big interest, in terms of education, is extracurricular involvement and its effect on student achievement and development. I was heavily involved in extracurriculars as a student, and have a great appreciation for the effect – both positive and negative – they can have.

As a teacher I plan to be as involved with the students’ extracurricular lives as possible. I want to be the teacher who is always at every game, every band competition, every concert, every science fair (and, by the end of the year, in intensive care! ;)) I’m a warm, friendly person, and hope that my students will like me in the way that I liked some of my favorite teachers; on the same coin, I hope that I’m able to be firm enough initially to control my classroom as a new teacher. I’m curious to see how my sense of humor translates to teenagers, and I’m hoping to learn how to juggle (literally) by the end of the year. Seems like the sort of thing any good teacher ought to be able to do.

I’m 28, married, no kids yet. Mr. Bees has also returned to school to become a teacher – of government, in his case. I have lived where I live since 1995; I love animals, wish I was more artistically talented, and need to get in better shape. I like thrift stores and symbols and used book shops and chai tea.

I teach seventh grade English and reading in the northwestern United States. I’ve got a fairly homogeneous group of kids – mostly white middle-class – but by all accounts have the toughest third of an unusually tough group. I’m new at this. I love it.

I’ve just been hired to teach sophomore and junior English – again, in the northwestern U.S., but in a somewhat smaller and more rural school district with more diversity, more flexibility, and more challenge. I’m entirely excited.

This is blog is as anonymous as I can make it for the privacy of my students and so that I can occasionally wig out without embarrassing myself too publicly. Hello!


3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. everydayjae  |  May 3, 2008 at 11:44 am


    I wanted to drop you a note of appreciation.

    I am a teacher in training as well, and have found the experiences that you share to be real, honest and (sometimes unfortunately) cautionary as to what I will face soon. The poise and grace tempered by a good dose of reality that you present your classroom experiences is applauded from this corner!

    I’m considering blogging my experiences when I start student teaching. How has blogging this experience helped you process the year? Has it been an effective tool?


  • 2. Butterfly_Cake  |  November 20, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    I just discovered your blog today and I spent the afternoon reading back a few years. This is one of the better education blog/journals that I’ve encountered. Thanks for sharing!

  • 3. Ms. Lee  |  November 4, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    I love your blog. It seems we share a similar concept and passion for teaching! 🙂


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