Field Trip

During the last week of February I went on a field trip with the 8th grade class that I had been observing for one of my classes during A term. I was very excited to go on this for a couple of reasons, the first being that it was going to be my first time on a metro school bus. Private school kid. I was also in charge of my own group of students and I also had not been to the Capitol in years.

The trip there was uneventful. All of the students were very well behaved even though half of the 8th grade class did not go because they either had bad behavior or did not pay for it. The first stop was the Tennessee State Museum. We were there to see the “Slaves and Slaveholders of Wessyngton Plantation. The plantation was located in Robertson County.  The students were split up into two groups. The group that I was with did an educational activity first that involved looking through primary sources to learn about the slaves that lived there. Overall, it looked like the students enjoyed the activity. When it was our turn, we went through the exhibit. It ranged from various items that were in the house to articles of clothing that were worn. 

Tobacco hanging to dry

Tobacco hanging to dry

When we finished in the museum, we made our way over to the Capitol building. The students liked the fact that someone is buried there and they all were able to identify Andrew Jackson.

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We got a tour and ventured upstairs where the students were able to sit in the seats in the Senate Chambers. Needless to say, they all loved that!

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Once the field trip was over, we got back on the bus and made our way back to West End Middle School. We did not get very far until we got a call saying the other school bus broke down. Oops. That provided some entertainment for the 15 minute ride back home. 

It was a day full of education and adventures with those little 8th graders! 

 

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New Year, New Beginnings

I am a little late on the whole new year, new you deal. So, a happy belated New Years to my short list of readers. It has been a busy past couple of months with work and school, and honestly not really wanting to write any blog posts because I was down in the dumps. Thanksgiving came and went, and then December arrived and it hit me that I was supposed to be leaving to head to Fiji. Actually, I would be there at this very moment. Yes, I am still a little bitter about the vents that occurred, even though you can’t control mother nature.

Honestly, it was a blessing in disguise. As most of you know I have rheumatoid arthritis. It is not something I talk a lot about on the web because I do not like to complain about it. It is a pain though, and for a while I was in remission, but as of August not anymore. I have gone through three rounds of infusions and finally after this last one it is helping. I have my next one in a few weeks and have started to notice the pain coming back. Cold weather also makes it worse. See, complaining.

I have also come to the realization that Nashville doesn’t  feel like home anymore. It feels like a stepping stone to wherever I end up next. Who knows where that will be, currently I am thinking out west. That could change next month, and it probably will. Because of the weird emotions I have been having I up and decided to delete Facebook this past Sunday, along with Tinder and OK Cupid. New year, new beginnings as I said.

There were some great times though. My family spent Thanksgiving and Christmas together for the first time in two years. My brother could not be here this year since he is doing the grown up internship year of his residency program. Family is amazing. Friends are amazing and when the blues hit you, they are what keeps you going, well for me at least.

I rang in the New Year with my best friend, Amber at the Old Crow Medicine Show Concert. Duh.

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We have also enjoyed going to Predators games and planning our spring break! Hooray for being a student!

Speaking of hockey games, I also got to see one of my great friends who no longer lives here, the one and only Josh.

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The spring semester started today and I am taking a full load of classes and working. I am still working on my 101 in 1001 list as well, along with wanting to travel and get outside more.

Things might be changing around the blog, but please do not leave me. I feel that I am discovering the person I want to be. Things could get interesting.

Unti next time.

Back to School (Again).

Hopefully for the last time?

Who knows.

There have been a lot of changes going on in my life and I cannot be more excited. I am starting graduate school again, and it is for something new! I will be going to school for my Master of Arts in Teaching at Cumberland University. I just cannot get enough of that place!

No, seriously, I am excited. So excited. I have realized that I miss learning history and sharing it with others. Just ask my Dad. I gave him a whole lesson on Sam Houston along with some of my friends. I was taught well! After I realized nursing was not for me, thanks micro, I tried elementary education, but was not thrilled about screaming kids and runny noses. It really takes a special person, and I know a few of them. I took some education classes in college, but I always wanted more history.. so I just did history. Now, I am back to where I started, well almost. This past week in my internship I have been making new place cards for all the exhibits and telling all the visitors about them. I am a good story teller from what one of them said. I love to talk about history and read about it. I am excited and so are my parents because they both understand my love for this subject and I have great professors to thank! Bell, Cheathem, Inman and Pope!

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Where does this leave me?

Classes start on Wednesday, but I will be taking online classes this fall semester since I am still in San Diego. I am taking one class during the A session and another during the B session. If I stay on track, I will be student teaching come spring 2015 and done with school! Let’s hope I stay on track.

My brother is coming to visit tomorrow!