• In Math 362, I had the opportunity to visit a first grade classroom two times over the course of the semester. Working with different children of varying academic levels was eye-opening, as I was able to see for […]

  • In TEDU 389, the elementary writing course at VCU, I was able to score the writing of elementary school children. From doing this, I learned that students in the same grade can be on completely different levels […]

  • ALYSSA wrote a new post, Personal Narrative, on the site Alyssa J. Krenik 1 month ago

    In my writing class, TEDU 389, I wrote a 5 page personal narrative. I¬†included each of the 6 writing traits as well as author’s craft. Throughout my college career, the majority of papers I have written have been […]

  • In Math 361, I was able to work with the computer program, Geometer’s Sketchpad. I was nervous to work with a program like this since I have never considered myself tech savvy, but I soon realized the importance […]

  • I have attached the digital story I created in TEDU 389, my writing class. I was not exposed to the same amount of technology that students are today, so this project was challenging for me. I was skeptical at […]

  • I have completed a Child Abuse and Neglect training module provided by the Virginia Department of Social Services. As a future teacher, I know how important it is to report¬†any signs of abuse or neglect a student […]

  • ALYSSA wrote a new post, Literary Toolkit, on the site Alyssa J. Krenik 1 month ago

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  • ALYSSA posted a new activity comment 10 months ago

    I think exercise is all about being fun and creative! There are so many things that can be considered exercise, and dancing is definitely one of them. I love that you love to dance! I’m so happy that it balances your mood and calms you down. This makes me think of what we talked about in class when it comes to the benefits of exercise, and I am so…[Read more]

  • ALYSSA posted a new activity comment 10 months ago

    I am exactly the same when it comes to how I sleep. I always need noise, and there is honestly nothing worse than sleeping in a hot room. When I don’t have noise or am trying to fall asleep in a hot room, I focus on that, which just keeps me up. I really like the point you make when you said that when you’re well rested you can function fully.…[Read more]

  • ALYSSA posted a new activity comment 10 months, 1 week ago

    I like when you said that the next time you feel an argument come, you will step back and assess the situation. This is something that I also need to start doing. I get really heated very fast, which always makes a situation worse. Getting out of the box is extremely important when it comes to relationships, so I’m glad this week was based on that.

  • ALYSSA posted a new activity comment 10 months, 1 week ago

    I like that you talk about your happy place, and it’s important to find that even when we can be put into situations that bother us. We don’t always know what others are going through like you said, which makes it important to think before we act. Sometimes we need to think of others before we think of ourselves. I’m glad that you have reflected…[Read more]

  • ALYSSA posted a new activity comment 11 months ago

    I hope you continue complimenting those around you, because sometimes I don’t think we realize how much of an impact they have on people. You mentioned that you helped out your mom in a small way, and I think that’s so great because sometimes the smaller things we do for others can mean so much to them, and we don’t even know it. I love your use…[Read more]

  • ALYSSA posted a new activity comment 11 months ago

    I think it’s important that you brought up the negativity we see today in the news. It has become really overwhelming, and I wish just as many positive stories were shown. When I see an act of kindness or am a part of one, I truly appreciate it. Acts of kindness are definitely contagious like you said, and I hope that one day they completely…[Read more]

  • ALYSSA posted a new activity comment 11 months, 1 week ago

    I think it’s awesome that you are taking the steps now to achieve your goals in the future. You make really good points in class, and I think you should definitely write them down! I like when you talk about improving your listening skills. I think that when we really listen to others, not only do we learn more about that person, but what they say…[Read more]

  • ALYSSA posted a new activity comment 11 months, 1 week ago

    I like what you said about not being able to help others without helping ourselves first. I think that when we focus on our strengths and how we use that in our daily lives, it will allow us to impact others in a positive way. Even if your mission isn’t to help others, I think that when you find your purpose in life it will impact others in ways…[Read more]

  • ALYSSA posted a new activity comment 11 months, 2 weeks ago

    I think one of the biggest parts of being mindful is also being positive, which is something you touched on. Even though being mindful can be hard, it is extremely important to sit with our stress and discover what is really happening. I’m so glad you realized that your actions/thoughts affect others around you! That is something I am working on…[Read more]

  • ALYSSA posted a new activity comment 11 months, 2 weeks ago

    This week also really spoke to my soul. I realized how important it is to be mindful and deal with the thoughts that fill our mind. Being empathetic isn’t always helpful like you said, but I think that can be fixed by practicing mindfulness. There is a way to understand what others are going through without being affected by it, which is something…[Read more]

  • ALYSSA posted a new activity comment 11 months, 2 weeks ago

    I am also someone who is affected by the moods of others, but I learned that being mindful can help with this. Empathy is an important part of being mindful, so I am going to work hard to practice it in order to truly understand that if someone doesn’t smile back at me, they just may be having a bad day. I really like when you say that when we…[Read more]

  • ALYSSA posted a new activity comment 12 months ago

    I also am not a fan of people who show off, but I think it’s important to help those people build on their strengths in a more positive way. I really like when you said “it is about others” because when we think of others and their strengths, we build on our own which is very beneficial. Saying what is on your mind is a great thing and can totally…[Read more]

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