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Clinical Experience: A Race to the Finish Line

Posted in Mikayla Bergeron on March 30th, 2016 by Mikayla Bergeron – Comments Off on Clinical Experience: A Race to the Finish Line

Screen Shot 2016-04-10 at 4.34.47 PMThis week I will step foot in a school in order to complete my forty clinical hours before school ends. With only a month left of school, it is critical I clear out my schedule as much as possible in order to complete as many clinical hours during the week.

This semester I will spend my time in an elementary school, working with second to fifth grade students, in order to gain teaching experience with this age group. This is also a requirement that I must complete before I can student teaching next year. As a K-12 music educator, I must complete a designated amount of time with each level of teaching before I graduate college. Previously I observed the middle school setting at a school in the Moorhead area. Since I have been placed in an elementary school this semester, I will complete my semester long student teaching at the high school level.

During my clinicals I have spent most of my time assisting my cooperating teacher in her 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classes. I have had the opportunity to participate in activities and have one-on-one time with students. Even though I had not previously thought about teaching in the elementary school setting, being with these students has definitely made me think twice about the age level I would like to teach.

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April Drill

Posted in Mikayla Bergeron on March 29th, 2016 by Mikayla Bergeron – Comments Off on April Drill

Screen Shot 2016-04-10 at 4.31.22 PMApril’s monthly drill is this coming weekend and I am ready to get back to work. As summer approaches, my unit’s workload picks up with maintenance operations, weapons qualifications, as well as other missions. Last month’s missions included weapons qualifications on large weapon systems and a smooth range operation for soldiers to have the most opportunities to shoot and qualify. Last month’s training went by quite quickly because I was able to spend all day out at the range with my fellow soldiers. This month will be much the same for me. I will spend all day Saturday assisting soldiers out on the range to make sure their weapons are working correctly. If not, it is my job to fix them so that they are.

Every month I am reminded of the work it takes to keep a unit prepared. Each month we have critical objectives to complete and when one objective isn’t completed, the unit is at risk of not running as efficiently as possible. Each and every month, soldiers work hard so we are able to stay in the best shape possible and complete the missions at hand.

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Making Some Upgrades

Posted in Mikayla Bergeron on March 25th, 2016 by Mikayla Bergeron – Comments Off on Making Some Upgrades

Snapchat-5391637672290744243Before the season even starts, I am making some upgrades to my road bike in hopes that I will be able to push myself further and harder while on long trips. The first upgrade I have made to my road bike has been to purchase new pedals. The new pedals are made of metal, unlike my plastic ones which came on the bike my I bought it, and have two options I am able to use while riding them. The first option is to ride normally with any sport shoe of my choice. The second option is to ride with clips. Clips are placed on the bottom of a pair of biking shoes and they allow a biker to clip into their pedals. There are many benefits which can happen when a rider “clips” into their bike. It allows them to use all of their leg motion to move the bike forward. Most recreational bikers who hop on a bike only think about the downward motion of their legs when peddling. However, there is also the upward motion which can most easily be achieved when a biker is attached to their peddles. This upward motion also changes the strain placed on a muscles and allow a biker to go further distances. The second upgrade I have made to my bike is to buy proper biking shoes. These shoes hold the clips, which attach to the pedals, and for me specifically, they will keep my arches from hurting while peddling.

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Easter Break

Posted in Mikayla Bergeron on March 23rd, 2016 by Mikayla Bergeron – Comments Off on Easter Break

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This weekend students will be heading home to celebrate Easter with their families for a long weekend before heading back to school. My Easter weekend is full of activities spent with family. There will be dying eggs, an egg hunt, and of course, a meal for anyone who is around town. Luckily, I will be able to celebrate Easter with both sides of my family. My mother’s side has recently changed to celebrate on the Saturday evening before Easter while my father’s side has kept their celebrating activities to Sunday afternoon. This way, everyone is happy and able to see all member of the family.

As break becomes closer and closer every day, I am more and more excited to see my family because this will be the first time I have been home since winter break. With a busy tour schedule and group projects taking up time on the weekends, it was hard for me to find time to make the three and a half hour trek home to the Twin Cities. I’m looking forward to catching up with my siblings, as well as my parents, on all of the things I have missed while being away and telling them all about my tour this spring.

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Oratorio: First Rehearsal

Posted in Mikayla Bergeron on March 21st, 2016 by Mikayla Bergeron – Comments Off on Oratorio: First Rehearsal

Screen Shot 2016-03-27 at 6.55.06 PMToday is the day all of the choirs will come together to work on this springs production of a master work. The choirs have recently received their fresh copies of music. This rehearsal was the first of fifteen to twenty rehearsals that will happen before we all will step foot on stage and perform.

Working with all the choirs on mass choir music has become something I have enjoyed over the years. It is a chance for the choirs to come together, sit by someone you have never sang by before and work together to create music. The part I enjoy about this the most is being able to mix in the other choir members. It can be very enjoyable to sit never to someone, introduce yourself to them and get down to business working to learn some new music. All choir members have a lot of new music to learn but I am confident that we are able to make this year’s production a success.

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