roverscoutproblems replied to your post:Do any of your students follow you on Tumblr here?Naaaahhhhh. After 62K+ people it was bound to happen.Do you regret that they have found you?I actually had one student tell me my blog wasn’t that interesting! “I’ve got better things to do than read your teacher blog,” she said.Here’s the thing: I don’t post anything scandalous or inappropriate, and I never dog on my job or specific students. I save the awful rants for my husband and texting with positivelypt. ;)Worst case scenario: They get a broader understanding of how liberal the GSA-sponsor-theater-directing-English teacher is.I used to write a column and get paid to share my opinion with about the same readership. I’m just doing it in a different format.
It’s true. We regularly text each other and say, I wish I could write about this…. but…..
It’s nice to have someone that is also a teacher, but also far removed from the school who you can trust and talk to.
- I really miss having internet regularly and faster than dial-up.
- I got pretty choked up discussing the Pre-K Stepping Up Party at the end of the year. We always sing a good morning song with all three classes and then a goodbye song after all the classes have performed their own songs. The goodbye song we are using this year was what got me. I was like NOOO! I don’t want to say goodbye to _______ (insert all my students names). I’ve always loved my classes dearly, but this is the first time I’ve had that reaction.
- I adore my assistant.
- Family stress (grandma’s super sick) and the house stress combined with being pretty sick got to me on Monday. Multiple co-workers noticed at the end of the day and I couldn’t hold back the tears. Then more people came to ask what was wrong. I told them I loved them for asking, but if I kept talking about it I’d never stop crying. One friend told me that people are so drawn to me and I’m so nice and helpful that when people see me sad, they can’t help but come hug me. It made me feel good.
- Our school has a high turn-over rate for teachers. We serve the poorest kids in the district and the greatest number of non-English speaking households. This affects our testing and in return our school grade. It also gives our staff different difficulties than other schools in the district. The past two weeks I’ve made an effort to tell the teachers (especially the new ones) that I think are passionate about our kids that they are the kind of people I think our kids need, how awesome they do here, and that I hope they end up staying. I really want a strong and long-term staff to develop here.
- One of my ESE students that has a lot of outbursts has done so awesome for over 2 months that there’s no more pretending on my part about being super happy to see her. I truly am. That means a lot to me.
- Miss you all. I keep getting signals that I have a message, but then there’s nothing there. Sorry!
- Leonardo DiCaprio: *names his child Oscar*
- Doctor: "Would you like to hold h-"
- Leonardo DiCaprio: "Say it like we rehearsed it."
- Doctor: *sighs* "And the Oscar goes to..."
I am allergic to my house right now, and I had to spend far too much time in there with contractors yesterday. My sinus and lungs are paying for it today.