Reading about all your guys' classes makes me a bit jealous and wish I could clone myself!
I am intensely overwhelmed right now.
My 3 classes are very time consuming...with a lot of mental reflection, application and work.
BTW: these classes are, in addition, to my 1/2 day student teaching and preparation of teaching my own unit plan. I teach my unit the first 2 weeks of February and I cannot tell you how much revision, lesson plan writing and material gathering I have to do.
OK...as for classes:
1. Math/Science Methods: A very interactive class where we will be "doing" the actual lesson plans. But, she has a lot of projects for us to do, in addition to the reading.
2. Human Relations (aka Classroom Management): I am very fortunate that my University's program is very progressive in their Philosophy of Education. It is absolutely awesome. This is a HUGE class for me, one I have been looking forward to for years.
The professor is amazing. There is a lot of focus on community building, student-centered/generated techniques and focus on the developmental stages of the students (as individuals), in regards to expectations.
This is going to be a GREAT class for me.
3. Action Research. I LOVE research, so this class is going to be fun for me. BUT...the instructor (who is also my Guide Group leader) is HORRIBLE!!! On a personal level, he is great and I enjoy chatting, discussing and debating issues with him. As an instructor, he is a nightmare. A mind-numbling boring nightmare.
I have already decided on my action research topic. I am going to focus on classroom community, with a focus on morning meetings. I will be implementing morning meetings into my 1st grade classroom. The classroom community in my 1st grade classroom is completely non-existent. Plus, I am sure the students will be relieved, because currently, their teacher has them come into the classroom and do worksheets for the first 30 minutes of the day!