In addition to learning how to say no and learning how to stop apologizing for things that aren’t my responsibility, I realized this week that I am in the midst of learning how to ask for help. I’m not talking about asking for help doing things I don’t know how to do. I learned that … Continue reading Here’s the thing about asking for help
Most teachers like to get out of their classrooms during their break. They go to the library or an empty specials classroom or the cafeteria to get work done or to do something that is not at all school related. I, however - and this is the homebody in me - love to be in my classroom. … Continue reading First day of school!
At the beginning of the year I set some goals for 2017. One of the big ones was to start an English school at my house. God put the idea on my heart towards the end of 2016 as a way to get to know and serve the kids in my neighborhood. Then, a friend … Continue reading We Need Help
The thing about being a teacher is that no matter how successful I am, I fail. The thing about being a teacher is that I have 19 students in my care at one time. That’s 19 little human beings with their own personalities and preferences and learning styles and likes and dislikes and lengths of … Continue reading Being a teacher
Tomorrow will be my fourth first day of school as a teacher at Las Palmas. Tomorrow begins my fourth year of my dream job. This morning I was up on my roof redoing my laundry (it rained yesterday and the only downside of rain is that it undoes all the clothes washing you did if … Continue reading Here’s the thing about Ron Weasley and another new school year
Here's the thing about my first year teaching first grade... it's over! I did it! We did it! Yesterday Glennon (I feel like we're on a first name basis now for how often I reference her posts) told us to love ourselves and be proud of ourselves for something we've done lately. Yesterday I sat with my … Continue reading Here’s the thing about my first year teaching first grade
Today I was talking to a student about idols. I asked him why he constantly talks even when I have asked the students not to, even when it is against the rules to do so. He thought for a while and then answered that it was because he likes to talk to people. I proposed … Continue reading Here’s the thing about an active mind
When I was interviewing for teaching jobs during my last year of college, one question I asked each school was, "How much of your student population is made up of natives?" I did not want to move all the way to Honduras just to teach American kids, when I could've just as well stayed in … Continue reading Here’s the thing about blonde baby dolls
This week was a perfectly ordinary one spent at home with my cat. Each day I went to school, came home for lunch, reading, and a nap, tutored, wrote a chapter of Grayson (second draft, let's do this), read some more, and watched TV. It was great. Four weeks from today I'll be in Brooklyn. Articles … Continue reading Check this out!
Teacher confession: Sometimes I let my students play "Fish for Jayden" with the yarn and cardboard letters they're supposed to be using to practice their fine motor skills. Sometimes I let students give me a massage that kind of tickles and kind of hurts when they're supposed to be reading a book or sitting with … Continue reading Here’s the thing about six-year-old belly laughs