The Best Compliment Ever.

May 14, 2011 at 7:02 pm (Creative Writing, Education, Kids, Student Teaching) (, , , , , , )

I’m not very creative. Occasionally, I fool myself into thinking that I’m witty and original, but the harsh facts are these: whatever I’ve said, it’s been said before; whatever I’ve done, it’s been done before. End of story.

However, I did have a really cool moment in student teaching yesterday. We’re in the middle of state testing – not a fun time for anyone – and I was helping proctor the test for a small group of kids. Well, they finished and we gave them papers to colour, legos to play with, the whole nine yards. I got out my laptop because, let’s face it, that California English Language Development Test (CELDT) paper is not going to write itself (see how unoriginal I am? Perfect example!). With one eye on the kids and the other on my screen, I tapped away, pushing through the paper.

But this time of uninterrupted productivity did not last. Read the rest of this entry »

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Allergies.

April 8, 2011 at 10:47 pm (Education, Kids, Student Teaching) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

So at an unnamed school at an unnamed time I was working with some unnamed students.

There’s one that cries. A lot. At first I felt bad. Then I realized this kid would cry if you gave them candy and they’d cry just the same if you kicked them out of the classroom. There’s your background. Read the rest of this entry »

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Finding My Way – Manic Style!

February 12, 2011 at 12:13 am (Academics, Contentment, Education, Future, Life Propelling Forward, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I am consistent in a few things in life:

1) My love for God and those He’s placed in my life (though I do fail at times)

2) My coffee consumption

3) Wasting time on facebook

4) My tendency to debate for the sake of debating (or boredom…)

5) Persistently, perennially, planning my forthcoming prospects

6) Love of change

Without a doubt there are more, but these are the few that come to mind. I’m just going to expound upon the last two. Right now I am exhausted, but I feel I’ve been neglectful of this site so I’ll tell you what I’ve been thinking about the past five days. I’m working through my student teaching and as I do I find myself continually planning for the imminent future. I’ve been looking at schools, advanced degrees, fellowships and various career paths. This was how my week played out.

MONDAY: I decided that teaching was not a field for me to be involved in for more than 10 years. I am just past my 10 year high school reunion mark, so it is still fresh to me how quickly a decade can pass. That being the case, I decided I had better pull it together and come up with an exit plan, to be meticulously implemented sometime within the next 10 years. Read the rest of this entry »

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9 Reasons I Am Thankful I Am Not An Elementary School Student

January 27, 2011 at 9:47 pm (Education, Life Propelling Forward, Student Teaching, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

1. I can slouch in my chair all I want.

2. Ending sentences with prepositions is where it’s at. For substantiation on that matter, check out: http://grammar.about.com/od/grammarfaq/f/terminalprepositionmyth.htm

3. I have extreme difficulty raising my hand quietly before speaking (seriously, ask any of my profs).

4. Having both feet on the ground when I sit is a near impossibility.

5. Chewing gum in class is what makes me feel like both a kid and a (slightly rebellious) adult.

6. I already did my time asking permission to do EVERYTHING. Read the rest of this entry »

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