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Testing, testing…1, 2, 3!

February 16, 2010

Things have been going surprisingly well in my placement.  My students appear to be reading, they are engaged and they have respect for me.  I’ve certainly had some classroom management issues (who doesn’t?) but I’ve been working on them and gaining more respect and authority every day.  Then, last week I decided to give them their second and final test on Great Expectations.

I told them on Monday that the test would be on Thursday.  Then I told them again (you have to repeat these things a million times, fyi).  Then everyone started talking about how we might have a snow day on Wednesday, the day of our scheduled review.  I was very clear and said that, if there was a snow day, we would still have a test on Thursday.  Well, Wednesday came and there was indeed a snow day.  No snow, but a snow day nonetheless.  I spent the day doing laundry, grading book reports and proofreading the test I was going to give my students the next day.  I didn’t realize that teachers love snow days just as much as their students!

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Hitting the ground running…

February 16, 2010

It’s very early on a Monday morning and I have so much to do today so I’m hitting the ground running…at least that’s my mind set for today. Post office, laundry, homework, doing my mobile day (trying to figure out where). This week in my Social Problems class we are discussing issues that hit home; our troubled urban centers and racial and ethnic equality; our country is so far behind other industrialized countries and still far behind in terms of racial relations and equality. So when I hear why can’t “we” put racism behind “us,” I’m wondering who is “we” and who is “us” I’m still here in the present confronting and being bombarded with it daily.

I received a call back for a second interview today and I’m feeling very grateful to God and upbeat about what this could mean. I’ve been out of work for a long time.  Need to focus more on my thesis and submit an outline and other stuff tomorrow after the interview. Officially, I’ve hit a wall but I plan to work through it…

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I’m Not a Comedian, But I Play One At School

February 8, 2010

I’ve always fancied myself a pretty funny gal. I like to break tension with laughter and keep people engaged with humor. I don’t know why, but for some reason I assumed that this facet of my personality would be left outside the classroom. As I spend more time teaching, I am starting to realize that this job is a very personal thing. All of your personality quirks, your idiosyncrasies and (hopefully!) your talents come out with full force when you take your spot at the front of that class. If this freaks you out, I completely understand. It freaks me out too, but it’s true. All of the current research urges teachers to show students who they really are and connect with them on a personal level. For me, this is the easiest and most natural thing I do…and the funniest.

Okay, I realize that I keep asserting that I’m funny, but haven’t made one joke or attempted to prove that I’m not deluding myself. Allow me to go into some of the things I’ve said in the past week. My class is reading Great Expectations by Charles Dickens right now, and this has offered me several opportunities to show off how “punny” I can be to my students. The first thing I did was start calling Magwitch, Pip’s convict and benefactor, “Manwich” because, as I explained, “he’s messy like a sloppy joe and I have trouble remembering names.” I got some laughs, and I’m convinced that my students weren’t just laughing for grades. At least, I hope…

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What happens to a dream deferred?

February 8, 2010
Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes

Sunday was a day to read the Sunday paper, watch Masterpiece Theatre and work on a big box of chocolates. My favorite Poet Laureate is Langston Hughes (Feb 1st is his birthday), so I read “A Dream Deferred” it’s posted on my wall, aloud to myself.

On Monday, I left the house much too late and got caught in the lunch hour line at the post office, and the MBTA has a bunch of snafus to the point that I called the bus “hellbus”, and a bunch of other mishaps during the day. I visited a new library and a café where I met another student who was on the “6 year plan” as he described it. Me, I’m on the 26 year plan!
Senior Seminar class was tonight, one of my few on campus classes, it’s weird to be on campus after taking so many online courses, my topic is “Do term limits affect voter turnout,” something that I’m interested in since I testified at a term limits hearing at City Hall last year.

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Emily – Student & Teacher

February 1, 2010

My name is Emily Workman and I have always loved to read.  That may sound like the beginning of an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting speech, but that’s probably because my addiction to reading is about as fierce as they come.  It took me quite a while to realize that the rest of the world didn’t take to reading like I did.  I used to go through books with such voracity that my Mom, brother and I would walk out of the library every week with stacks upon stacks of them.  Let’s face it, I’m a huge nerd and I like it that way.  Thankfully, the world needs nerds like me, because we tend to make the best teachers!  In my endeavor to share my passion with the rest of the world, I have decided to teach high school English and have been working toward getting my teaching license through Northeastern University’s MAT Program since this summer (2009).  I just started my student teaching, and I love it!
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Ginnette – Sociology, Cats, and the Search for a Job

February 1, 2010

Busy day today — went to the library first with my neighbor to do testing for a Census job but they weren’t holding testing that day and ended up having an unplanned meeting with my neighbor and another friend who was there. I’m preparing for a job interview so I had to get a haircut and had a chance to shoot the breeze with the folks in the barber shop while putting to use what I learned as a Sociology major into practice while we were discussing the consumption of meat and why there are new technology products on the market all the time.

Then off to get my nails done, I usually don’t for every interview but for this one I’m going all out…then I get to thinking that the next time I want to find an eco-friendly nail salon. My best friend says I’ve been crunchy for a long time and I guess this proves she’s right.  

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January 29, 2010

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