Sunday, April 24, 2011

Hard work pays off at track meet

     This past friday i was involved in the track meet at Cortland where i ran unattached for two races. A  month ago i decided to begin training again for running because of my chance to be apart of the cross country team in the fall. I entered myself in the 1500 meter and the 5K race to see where i stood.

     Having not ran a competitve race since almost a year ago i was nervous to find myself back into the competition. I seeded myself at a 4:50 with my best time being 4:36 back in community college. I crossed the finish like with a 4:40 flat which was 4 seconds slower than my personal record. To call this a motivational boost is an understatement. I couldn't believe that i was almost as good as i was a year ago and it only took me a month of training! So what's the moral of this blog? You can do anything you want if you put your mind to it. Believe in yourself and just as my old coach used to say "NGU - Never Give Up" on anything. I'm one step closer to my dream and that is to make the cross country team

     I did finish last in the 1500 and next to last in the 5K with a 18:15 but that's not the point. The point is i'm returning to a lifestyle that i gave up almost a year ago. I plan on aking this to new heights, heights i never thought were possible until i make them possible.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

St. Mary's receives a visit from the Dinosaur Train!

     The lab for this week incorporated the children's show Dinosaur Train. But for me the most important part of this lab was working with the pre-k students. Having 2 nieces i feel more comfortable around children in this age group because i've handled situations similar to this at home before. Although my oldest niece is 2 and a half i'm about to begin reading to her so i can have more practice come time to the teacher setting.

     One of the things i have been blessed with through motor development is coming out of my shell and bringing life to the students. When i sat in front of the pre-k kids i felt right at home. I couldn't find any books on dinosaur train itself however you can't go wrong with dinosaurs and it showed, the kids loved it!

     To have students ask you if they can read the book, keep the book, or even asking me what my favorite dinosaur is puts a huge smile on my face and confidence in my heart. This is something i want to do for a living and these kids are showing me that i do have what it takes to make it. Along with the reading, my lab partner Will had an ingenious idea of coloring dinosaur eggs

     I gave a student my egg that i worked so hard on. He appreciated it so much that i added on to me egg and the other side i didn't work on and he gave it back to me. During this activity the one thing i was happy to witness was that the children displayed manners really well. They asked for a marker saying please and taking them saying thank you. It's the little things children do that can amaze me. I hope i'm in the pre-k room 1 more time because they are an honor to work with!