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Mom22ns last won the day on April 4 2013

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  1. Mom22ns

    Make sure your kids keep copies of their syllabi!

    Also, if you need one and the teacher is no longer available be sure to ask the department office. I have to turn mine into the department at the beginning of each semester. I don't know how long they keep them, but I'm sure it is years (they store them electronically, so it isn't a big space issue).
  2. Neither of my kids took notes in high school classes until they started dual enrollment. We did a little note taking on textbooks, but not much. I don't think it has hurt either one of them at all. It sounds like she is already getting some note taking experiences. I would continue to look for a few of those here and there, but I wouldn't make it your focus. If she can do it for some things, she'll be able to do it when she needs to.
  3. Mom22ns

    Comparing nursing programs

    This is shocking to me! In our search we didn't see any clinicals like this. Dd's program is 5 semesters. The first semester is lab only. The second semester had one, 12 hr clinical day/week. She already did things like IVs and catheters in that semesters. Third semester she has two, 12 hr clinical days/week. I think it stays at 2 days/week the last two semesters as well, but I'm not sure. Definitely make sure the program has clinicals that have your future nurse prepared!
  4. Mom22ns

    TA experiences? (updated in OP)

    I'm a TA working on my master's. I teach two classes per semester in exchange for a full tuition waiver plus a stipend. For those who want to teach at the college level, it is a great opportunity to get a free education plus graduate with experience. Adding teaching to a full time load of classes is a lot of work and the pay is relatively low, so there are down sides as well. i love it and have no regrets!
  5. Mom22ns

    Did you keep or get rid of your wedding dress?

    This is me too. I don't know why I still have it. My daughter is 4 inches shorter and 20 pounds lighter than I was when I got married. She wouldn't want my dress even if she could wear it. I loved it though, so I still have it - silly.
  6. In the US most schools just call the terms fall and spring. Fall term starts in the fall and ends in the winter. Spring term starts in the winter and ends in the spring. I'm not sure how they got named - it certainly isn't consistent, but there you have it.
  7. Last semester I had 2 night classes and I was really excited not to have any this semester, then I realized that I have no time to get work/studying done during the day and all my evenings will be filled anyway. I'm not sure which I prefer. It doesn't really matter. I already know 2 of the classes I'll take in the fall are night classes again anyway. I'll just roll with it. It'll be over soon 🙂
  8. Congrats SeaConquest! That's huge! Welcome back 🙂
  9. I may have lost my mind, but I’m registered for four grad classes and I’m really excited about it! I’m taking Seminar in Children’s Literature which is focusing on classic children’s lit from the 19th and early 20th Centuries; Seminar in Basic Writing which is about teaching remedial writing in the college setting; Teaching Writing Online which is what I most want to do when I finish my degree; and Practicum in Teaching Writing which is required for all graduate assistants their first two semester of teaching (this will be my second). I’ll be teaching two sections of Eng110 (College Writing) which I taught last semester, so I’m hoping to have far less prep time this semester! The only major difference is that last semester I taught T/Th and this semester I teach MWF so I have to revise my syllabus a bit for that. This will be a very heavy load and I expect to spend the semester buried and in survival mode, but I’m doing it to give myself a lighter load next year. Hopefully in the fall I’ll be teaching different classes, maybe even two different classes and so prep time will go up and maybe way up. Also my degree requires taking comprehensive exams and I plan to do that in the Fall (November), and I’ll need time to study. I’m just planning to take Shakespeare and Limguistics during that semester which should allow me to focus more energy on teaching. As I said, I’m excited, but nervous that I’ve bitten off more than I can chew. I’m intent on keeping my 4.0! I’m finishing my Blackboard sites and syllabus this week, prepping a paper that Im presenting at a conference and starting on my reading for the semester next week, and I should be ready to hit the ground running when school starts the 14th!
  10. Mom22ns

    Comparing nursing programs

    When dd was looking for a BSN program, she started by looking at NCLEX pass rates. From there we looked at facilities, what kind of labs and what kind of patient dummies they had. Class sizes seem to be pretty consistent in BSN programs, but look at the class sizes for the prerequisites. An anatomy class of 50 is much different than an anatomy class of 200. You can check into what hospital/medical facilities they team with for clinicals, but we didn't see a lot of difference in clinical rotations between programs. Only one of the schools she looked at had a direct admit into nursing and she didn't apply there. Knowing she had to apply after her freshman year was stressful, but look at how they judge admissions and make sure she knows and is doing the right things. Dd's program only considers GPA and quality points, but some also do interviews and weight each part of the admission process differently. It would definitely have been possible for someone with a 3.6 (or even higher) GPA to not get into dd's program, if they were short on quality points. Good luck!
  11. My papers are all in and I'm done as a student. I give finals to two classes tomorrow then grade the 40 writing portfolios they will turn in. Once I post grades, I'm completely finished! This has been a hard semester for me. I didn't love my classes and I had one that was very difficult. I loved my first semester of teaching college though. I'm looking forward to 2 out of 3 of my classes for next semester and I'll be teaching the same classes I taught this semester, so I'm hoping for a happy Spring!.
  12. Mom22ns

    So how was fall semester for the college kids?

    Both of mine took their last finals today. Ds has one more paper to finish up. I think they've both had a good semester. For dd, it was a tough semester. In the BSN program, semester one is supposed to be the most work - to weed out anyone not willing to put in the effort, and semester two is supposed to be the toughest to weed out anyone who isn't smart enough. She has now cleared both those hurdles and has three semesters left. Ds has just one semester left. His final semester should be relatively easy - he hasn't saved all the hard classes for the end. He'll have 12 hours and only 2 upper level courses. He is pretty stressed about what comes next at this point, but not so much about finishing. If finished my semester as a student after I turned in my last paper yesterday. I give finals to two classes tomorrow and then have to grade the 40 writing portfolios that will come into me during the final. We all need the break for some downtime and mental health recuperation. Ds will be home Friday, and dd will be home Saturday night after her boyfriend's graduation party.
  13. I have a presentation to give tonight and 2, 15 page papers due next week. Then I have to grade all of my student's final portfolios. I'm guessing they'll be on pins and needles longer than I will lol. I totally relate to caring about the difference between the A and the A-. I have one class where my final paper is worth half the grade and the professor (my favorite) is a very tough grader. Ok, saying that, I'm headed back to work on that paper some more, because I'm really hoping it won't turn my A into my first A-!
  14. Mom22ns

    2018 Christmas Tree pictures

    I love the bucket! I'm waiting until the kids get home on break to put up the tree.
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