I wish I had weeks to celebrate Father's Day, instead of one rushed day before we enter the dark chaos that is the final week of school. Weeks would barely be enough time to tell him how much I admire, respect, and adore him. My father, or as I call him, "Papo," is the most … Continue reading To My Papo
I got an email on Wednesday from Uber Vanilla. It was one sentence, and it read: "Please come see me in my office at 12:20 to talk about next year." My blood pressure reached an unhealthy level, and I struggled to stay focused during my morning class. Other teachers had been getting their teaching assignments, … Continue reading Good News! For Me! Por Fin!
So, we all know that my time at this school has been rough. And with every passing day, it seems that there is a little wedge of news getting between me and my feelings that next year will be any better. Today's news, for example, was that we will be adopting a high school type … Continue reading Good Things, in the Form of Takis
Well. I made a decision. I'll be staying at my current school. This drop of mocha isn't going anywhere. And you know what? I'm okay with it. At least, I am now. The hour or so after I got a call telling me that the best they could offer me was .5 ELD at this … Continue reading Time to Upgrade that Armor
Remember how I interviewed for another job? Well, I had to wait about a week and a half to hear back, and well, I heard back. They called me at 8:30 p.m., smack dab in the middle of a stress-induced Grey's Anatomy marathon. "Is this a good time to talk?" She asked. It's finally over, I thought, my … Continue reading Choices
Recently, I was trying to teach my students the difference between "to," and "too." I told them about how even adults get it wrong, especially on social media. "You know what I imagine when someone uses the wrong 'to/too'?" I asked. My students just raised their eyebrows expectantly. "If someone writes, 'that's to funny,'" I … Continue reading Introverts, Teaching, and the Right To/Too
*I am aware that it is now May 6th, but I don't have the mental energy to start a new post. Today is Cinco de Mayo. So that means that my day started out with my school blasting some Marc Anthony (who was born in New York, and whose parents are from Puerto Rico) song … Continue reading Science Fiction, Amygdalas, and Cinco de Mayo
So, I applied for another job. My interview was yesterday, and by the end, it took all of my willpower to not launch myself across the conference table and say, "can I start tomorrow?" It's not that the school promises to give me everything I want. In fact, there's a good chance I wouldn't even … Continue reading Wait, Did I Just Feel Hopeful? Weird.
I recently read an amazing Love, Teach post titled "How to Teach a Middle School Class in 49 Easy Steps" It was of course, amazing and hilarious and understood perfectly how chaotic it can be on a daily basis. As I sit in yet another week of required state testing, I felt inspired by this amazing … Continue reading Proctoring a Middle School State Test in 46 Easy Steps
This month has been tough, guys. First week in was the Equity Retreat Disaster of 2017, and it has just continued in a downward trend ever since. The more that happens, the more I want to reach out to people and vent. The more I try to do that, the more I realize how alone … Continue reading Mocha Island