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August 11, 2012

Well, I finally found out where I’m moving and what I’m doing.  My new co-teacher called me and we have an appointment to meet today. Talking on the phone with her, she seems like a cool lady. Very energetic. I’m hopeful. I’ll also see my new apartment on Monday. I will have to move. I had been hoping that I could stay in my old apartment, but that is not to be. However I’m pretty happy so far.  — wow! I’ve accumulated a rather large amount of stuff.

Also I got 3 out of 4 grades back – 1 A and 2 B’s I’m still not sure about the grade for Literacy….. however I’ve decided that I’m cool with having to re-do the class if I have to.

I’m thinking of getting a new blog just for my bike riding. I will just have to remember to bring my camera along more often.

 


Campy

August 7, 2012

So today was the second day of summer camp. Usually, this would mean I only have 2 or 3 students show up.  Fortunately (or unfortunately depending on your point of view) my students know this will be our last summer camp, so they showed up.   We played a game where they had to figure out who killed me (murder is my favorite camp!) – it is kind of like alibi, but I give them all the information. Just not all at once.  Each student gets one clue, and they have to ask each other to get them all and figure it out. They did a good job, and they did a very good job explaining why they chose the suspect they did. I left pretty happy.  Tomorrow we will play “Clue” –

I saw Ms. Woo, my co-teacher. She was looking very cool and fresh despite the heat. I don’t know how she does that. I must admit I”m a bit jealous.  We talked about the new school. I won’t know where I’ll go until the 13th, so I’m looking at websites for teaching young children, but I really don’t know what I’m looking for. I guess general ideas.  I also don’t know if I’ll have to move or not. I’ve decided that even though I have WAY too much stuff accumulated, I”m going to be happy either way. Either I can stay in my apartment that is being newly organized, and I’ll get to ride my bike to work or I’ll get a new apartment, and I can start fresh. Either way I’m detehrmined to be happy.

I’m very grateful I have a nice place to hang my hat.


Well, it has been a long time

August 5, 2012

I’ve been thinking about this blog for a while. It is like an old friend you haven’t e-mailed or called in a while, and every time you don’t call or write it seems more difficult to get to it.

I am finished with the epic mistake of taking 4 classes at once. I did pretty good on three classes (but I’ve emotionally and intellectually made peace with the fact that I will probably have to re-take the Literacy class. It makes me sad, but I’m still standing.. barely.)

I am also thinking of re-taking linguistics. I really enjoyed the class, but right now I couldn’t tell you what I learned. I think the recommendation of only two classes a semester has some merit.   I’ve never run into my wall, I’ve always been the one who does a bit too much, but then I like being busy so it is a good thing.

With that, I will say that I’m taking two new classes, and a class on rock climbing (even though I’m a little more than a little  fat, and I’m old and out of shape) – and I’m back on my bike, with a new plan for a long term bike ride.

I’ve decided to take it a bit easy this semester, because I’m going to be starting something new. Elementary school. eeek.  The little ones scare me a bit, and I’m just now starting to look at lesson plans and materials for them. I’ve decided to have fun, and to get in touch with my inner child.  (since I’m really a 12 year old in a 46 year old body, it shouldn’t be too hard)

And that is me, and I’m going to try to get back, and be a better blog hostess or whatever we are called.

 


I think I made a big mistake

June 17, 2012

I’m taking 4 classes for summer. Grad school is harder than it looks, and I shouldn’t have taken so many classes at once.  The hard part? I really enjoy the classes I just feel like my brain is pudding and I can’t seem to take a proper break. Every time I turn around it seems I’ve forgotten to do something so I’m always a bit behind. I still haven’t caught up in Linguistics. I am however making a pretty decent grade in Multi-lingual and Multi-cultural education. I think what the best thing for me to do is the best I can in Linguistics, accept the poor grade and re-do it next semester. Sigh

I will probably NOT be posting regularly.


Whaat to do?

December 12, 2011

I’m trying to get back into the whole blog thing again. I really like writing, and I have a ton of ideas, but it seems like every night I think, I really should write my blog, and then I do something else. I think I’ve kind of burned out a bit.

I am trying to find the passion again, I do have an opinion on the whole brouhaha over the SMOE decision to let us all go by 2014, and I have some strong opinions on some of the articles I’ve read on education reform. I am also excited to start my winter camp.

As my taekwondo teacher used to say, step by step.

 


That went surprisingly well.

November 21, 2011

My students have to take a speaking test. This usually drives even the most confident of students to tears. I don’t like driving my students to tears, so I try to make it as painless as possible. I tell them to breathe, and set my face in the most sympathetic and encouraging expression I can muster. 

Most of my students do pretty well, and I can tell they studied the questions, but like all teachers, I have The One Class. The class that sometimes drives me to tears. So I had already told the class that if the majority did well, I would have music and games, but if the majority say “pass” to all the questions, we would study instead. 

Well, I almost didn’t bring the music clip because like I said, this is The One Class. I was most pleasantly surprised today. One student who is normally very shy and doesn’t speak much tried, and although it wasn’t an A, she did make more of an effort than I expected. I told her I was proud of her, and she looked at me like I was crazy. But I was proud, because she went out on a limb, and did something that was very difficult for her. Her spine straightened a bit. These are the moments I love.

The rest of the class did well, and I had a few more surprises, so we listened to some music and I gave them some free time and talked to them and tried to encourage them.  Even though it was a Monday, it was a pretty good day.


I didn’t realize…

November 19, 2011

I had been gone so long. So far grad school is going well, and my students are still pretty awesome. I am going to try to work a bit more on this blog, and try to get more of my teaching philosophy in.

A friend is doing an online teaching portfolio and all the cool teachers have a teaching philosophy, so being a semi-cool teacher, I want one too.

I can tell you what I love about teaching- it is creative, no class or day is the same, I work with people who want to make the world a bit better, my work is something of value. I believe that education is a key to happy life. It can help bring people out of material poverty and mental poverty.  I love that ah ha moment when one of my students finally get something I’m teaching. I love working with my students, I love planning a lesson and tying to make sure that the higher level students are challenged and the lower level students can build on their language.

But I don’t have  a  philosophy of teaching. That is going to be my new project – after the final project for grad school.