It's DEBBIE DILLER DAY!
BIG day today in the life of a student teacher! Ok, let's take it back to college for a minute...Imagine going to classes everyday-learning about using stations in your classroom, reading books where you are learning strategies from faceless people. Well today I got to put a face with those strategies in a BIG way. THE Debbie Diller- Math Stations guru- made her way into my classroom today. Now, to all of you normal people that doesn't really mean anything, but to us educators, Debbie is kind of a big deal. In first grade, we had been preparing for her visit ever since my mentor teacher and I visited her workshop in January. We had been working to perfect our math stations, which I believe I posted about previously, and today we got to show off! The amazing moment for me came when Debbie Diller walked into the classroom. I was with a small group of students, engaged in a greater than/less than sorting activity, as the other students worked in their math stations. Debbie perused the room, asking random students what they were doing, and offering suggestions of things to do differently- then finally - she came to my table. My heart began pounding as she pulled out her video camera to record what we were doing. Imagine my thinking as I am this little student teacher who has no idea what I am doing compared to this expert. She began making suggestions for how I could make my activity more beneficial for students, and I thought to myself; this is incredible. I have heard about this lady in school and now here she is in front of me; teaching me directly. I could NOT have asked for a better opportunity if I tried. I feel like I am being continuously sculpted into what I believe will be a great educator one day. There are too many AMAZING things happening, and AMAZING people that I get to learn from to think any differently. I immediately took what Debbie suggested and tweaked the activity, and I could not be more proud of the finished product! I posted it on my TPT site so that we could all share this Debbie Diller approved math station activity!
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