Where have I been?
Nowhere new. I have so many mini stories, heartbreaking stories, funny stories about the things kids say and the way they think and I honestly wish I had been keeping up with this blog so I could share them with all of you, instead of just my parents..though sometimes I’m pretty sure it’s just my parents reading this.
The kids are good, most of the time. And not in a behavior sense, but more in a social-emotional way. I’ve stopped thinking of kids as bad and good. All of my kids are good, sometimes they make poor decisions (the same way a drunk person might, because children are really just small drunk people), but they aren’t bad kids. I can’t say that the good morning hugs are getting old, because every single morning I’ve come in to school, there has been someone who wants to hug me. My…
I’m from a small county in Virginia and that’s where I went for the holidays this year. Despite it’s size, it’s one of the wealthiest counties for it’s size in the nation and the public schools are amazing. I think I’ve mentioned before how lucky I am to have lived where I lived, and attended…read more »
I’ve been ignoring this blog for awhile, for no other reason than I’ve been up to my eyeballs in red tape and assessments and long-term plans, short term plans, visions, and observations. Is that a good enough excuse? Anyways, I’m not doing well, in fact I’m doing pretty shitty. I’m sure sometimes everyone feels like…read more »
I’m having trouble motivating my kids. I’m getting so exhausted repeating myself all the time. Repeating instructions, repeating rules, repeating expectations and constantly expecting a different result…isn’t that the definition of insanity? I guess it’s only the 2nd week…read more »
So I got a job, finally. And it’s a job that isn’t affected by the teacher’s strike which will start on Monday. I’m teaching 10 (though I have yet to have all 10 show up for school) 3-5 year olds in a community based organization (CBO) for half day pre-k. They’re pretty adorable kids and…read more »
I’m snuggled in bed in Humboldt Park on a Thursday at 3 which can only mean one thing. That’s right, I haven’t been hired yet. I’m not very concerned, and my self-esteem has yet to take a huge hit despite the fact I am now in the last 10 corps members from ECE to still…read more »
I’m currently on a train traveling from DC to RVA but a week ago I was my last day of teaching with my kids. A week ago I was still Ms. Olivia, and a week ago I did not have Strep C. Now institute is over, and I just regular Olivia, and I have amoxicillin…read more »
We do these diversity dialogue sessions periodically during institute to help us reflect on our identities. They are technically known as “DCA: Diversity, Community, Action” (I think…?) and we usually split into groups based on what topics we’d like to discuss. Sometimes a Corps Member Advisor (CMA) leads a discussion, and sometimes it’s just another…read more »
Hey all! TeacherPop.org just interviewed me and a member of my collab for their “Burning Questions” section on the site. It should go up tomorrow at sometime. TeacherPop is really great and it’s also helping promote the idea (as I like to put it) that teachers are people too. I think people sometimes think we’re…read more »
I talked to some TFA people from the nationals office today. They came in at 8:15 am when we had one student and we were just setting up. So they sat and asked me questions about my institute experience while I sorted blocks for my math lesson. It just furthered my belief that they really…read more »