On to the Next!

Dear Readers,

I have decided that I do NOT want to return to my current job. It has its perks, but is too intense overall. So, I am looking for my next job. Wherever I go, I don’t want to look for another job. I want to stay put and retire from there.  I wanted the experience of moving around and working with a diverse population. I’ve done that, now I’m ready for some stability. I’ll keep you apprised of my job situation. Until then, bye for now!

 

The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly! Part 2

Dear Readers,

My break is almost over. I’ve had a fantastic break. I almost don’t want to go back, but since there’s only 6 more weeks of school left, I can do it. I’ll let the students take it easy on Monday morning. I’ll let them talk and tell what they did for their break. So, without further ado, here is part 2 of the good, the bad, & the ugly of what I like and dislike about working in a NPS.

What I like about working in a NPS:

  • That Aha! moment
  • Developing relationships with my students
  • Making a difference with the ones that I can
  • Putting energy into students who want help
  • The counseling given to each student

What I dislike about working in a NPS:

  • The fighting
  • The cursing
  • Patience testing behaviors that should have been dealt with years ago
  • Realizing I have to stop putting energy into some students
  • Doing what I can and moving on

That’s not all, but that’s all I got for now! I’ll write more this weekend.

Spring Break!!!!

Dear Readers,

I have not been writing. I’m trying to get back into the habit, but am finding it so hard. Going to just do it! Let’s see how things go!

Bye for now!

“Can I Read?,” He Asked.

Dear Readers,

Image                                                                                                                      This is the question my student asked me today. I was stunned that he wanted to read because half the time that I’m reading, he didn’t seem to be paying attention. Or so I thought!

Let me give you the background on the story that I read that piqued his attention. Usually his attention span is so short when I’m reading. He interrupts, hits others, and outbursts whenever he can. Well, his short attention span lengthened when I read a book of mine, Visiting Day by Jacqueline Woodson, about a young girl who lives with her grandmother because her father is incarcerated. This book really touched him because a family member is currently incarcerated. After reading this book, he began paying attention to all the books I read.

So, taking the advice of my assistant, I made a copy of the book for him. Once I showed him the book and wrote his name in the book, his eyes widened as he asked, “Is this for me?”

“Yes,” I told him. The only thing you have to do is behave for the rest of the day and it’s yours. Well, that proved to be too tall of an order for him. So, in order for him to be successful, I’ve decided to lower the bar and be more realistic. I’ve changed the time he has to behave from all day to the first part of the morning, which is about 2 hours. I will make sure he’s successful!

Now that you know the background information and why he now likes reading, I can move on to him asking to read. He came into the classroom after using the bathroom. Usually he makes noise and tries to get negative attention. However, he didn’t do that today. Instead, he came up to me and said, “Mrs. ?, since I had a good morning, can I read?”

I was temporarily taken aback because I couldn’t believe that he asked so passionately. “Can I?” he asked.

“Of course you can,” I told him.

Once I told him what book to read (Emma Kate by Patricia Polacco), he plopped his little self in my special chair and proceeded to read like I do. During the course of reading, he even had the nerve to tell one of the other students to be quiet.

“Well!” I said.

Today was one of the best days since I’ve worked at my school. There’s only about 2 months left in the school year and I really hope I have more success stories to report like this. If I do, you’ll be one of the first to know, Dear Readers.  I’ll keep you apprised. Bye for now!

 

 

 

 

 

My Voice!

Dear Readers,

Isn’t it funny how certain events in our life seem to correlate with one another. I’m talking about my voice, literally and figuratively. For the longest time I’ve felt as if my voice hasn’t been heard; in my personal life, at work, at church, etc. Well, once my church got it’s new pastor, I decided to go to work. I joined the Praise team (choir), started going to Bible study, and teaching the little children at Bible study.

Even though the problem was there beforehand, I only noticed and began piecing things together during choir rehearsal. Since I am soprano, I naturally sing high. However, if I am forced to sing low, my voice virtually disappears. It seems really tiny. But my voice didn’t just seem like that in choir rehearsal. It was like that in almost every aspect of my life. At work, in my relationships, etc.

I actually had a disturbing dream the other day where I was running from an attacker and couldn’t call for help. I was opening my mouth but nothing would come out. I was so puzzled because I knew that I should have been able to voice my concerns, but strangely unable to. Once I woke up and calmed down, I knew perfectly well what my subconscious was trying to tell me.

I vowed to myself to get myself heard. I’ll say that it’s worked because now that I’ve been singing in the choir for a couple of months my voice is stronger. I noticed that my voice is not only stronger in choir, but at work and my everyday life.

Since I prize my voice so highly, no one is happier than I am with the new developments. I will continue to speak up for myself and let my voice be heard. Thank you for listening!

Bye for now!

Troubled, Not Dangerous???

Dear Readers,

I’ve been meaning to write everyday, but have been so beat when I get home. All I want to do is sleep because my students are so exhausting. I am excited to be writing again even though it’s not as often as I’d like. Today, I’d like to write about my students, who my director says are troubled, but not dangerous. Well, I beg differ. Two of them have brought knives in the last month. One student had 6 fights in one day. While two of my other students jumped another student in class. Initially I was shielding the student that got jumped but had to move out of the way to call for help because they were going to get to him whether I was there or not.

Well, as I wrote in my earlier post, it’s no longer my problem as I am moving to Elementary where the students are much calmer. Also, I will have two assistants that come to work on a daily basis that have the students under control. I’ll let you know how things work out. Bye for now!

The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly! Part 2

Dear Readers,

I promised that I’d keep you apprised of the good, the bad, & the ugly at my adventures in a Non Public School. Well, today I have something good to tell you.

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