Last year, I discovered that I had an intolerance for peppers. I had eaten a giant, beautiful, grilled red bell pepper on a burger and then spent the next three days no farther than 10 feet from the nearest bathroom. When I told a friend a few weeks later, she laughed and said, "Intolerance to … Continue reading On Being Okay With Being Me.
I like a good list. During the school year, I make a to-do list almost daily. It helps keep my anxiety and procrastination in check. This year, I've decided that I needed to write a list of stuff that teachers should have to help them survive their first, fifth, or twentieth year of teaching. Warning: … Continue reading Seven Teacher Essentials That Aren’t Super Cheesy
The day after school officially ended, I found myself picking out paint. For my classroom. Clutching the little cardboard paint color squares, I realized that I was being an idiot. What am I doing? I thought. It's SUMMER. More importantly, it's summer BREAK. As in, take a break from thinking about your classroom. As in, take a … Continue reading No School July
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
There are moments where I feel like the universe hears me complaining that nothing exciting has happened for a while. The universe then rolls up its sleeves, puffs out its chest, and says, "Well, here you go!" Most of our Thursdays start with a staff meeting. Usually, they are intensely boring. Today's started out as per usual. … Continue reading Tell Me Somethin’ Good
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
Today is Mother's Day in Mexico, so I thought I'd take the opportunity to write about mine. I still, to this day, cannot understand how she was able to leave everything behind: her family, her house, her friends, her job, her life, and come to a different country to start almost completely over. She was younger then, … Continue reading My Mama, My Hero