Teachin' Spanish For America

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Apr 07 2013

Spring Break, or, Why I Worked All Break

Tonight is the last night of my spring break, and the last day I will have off (besides weekends, which barely count ;)) until June 28.  There is much to be said.
First off, the short answer to the question “Srta. D, why did you work over your spring break?” is because I needed some inspiration.  But why did I need some inspiration?  Ah, that’s a more interesting question.
Perhaps I needed inspiration because the issues I have had with my placement school and the wrap up of my commitment have allowed me to accept a position as a middle school Spanish teacher at a different school in Newark.  Because I am a responsible human being, and because I believe that Spanish is important (even when the actions of others say that they don’t), and most especially because I love my kids, I let my school know as soon as I accepted.  The…

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Jan 20 2013

What Has Been Happening?

Well, I am still teaching Spanish For America.  I am now considered a fully certified K-12 Spanish teacher.  And, in line with my 2-year commitment, I am still teaching at the same school.  Year 2 is much better, overall, and I’ll explain some reasons why. When I walked into my school at the beginning of last…

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Jun 14 2012

La Srta.: Also a recess coach

So I came here to vent my frustrations and when I went to look at the list of draft posts I haven’t yet posted, I found one with the above title.  I thought that was pretty funny, considering it’s also the reason I am currently frustrated. To make a long story short, sorry I haven’t…

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Feb 23 2012

My kids: infuriatingly awesome

Weekly update here.  You know, I think three weeks after the last one.  I’m bad at this game.  I’ll start with some stories that I never, ever want to lose and so I hope I read this site when I’m a million and one. First off, a kid that I have a lot of trouble…

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Jan 29 2012

An interesting week! Reflect.

So it was an interesting week in my school, as my previous two posts may have indicated.  I’ve hit some lows this week — in motivation especially.  Since starting this job I have been tired, and frustrated with my kids and myself and my life and my abilities.  I’ve been frustrated with my school.  This…

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Jan 26 2012

My previous post

Is now password protected, since freedom of speech is an illusion in this country.

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Jan 25 2012

Protected: I was written up yesterday…

There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.

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Jan 18 2012

Just a quick thought as I paperclip 120 baggies to 120 8-page flashcard pages to send home to 120 families. My “office” lives behind a temporary wall in the resource room, so I spend an unusual amount of time around my resource room kids.  God, do I love them. They are in the room for…

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Jan 14 2012

It’s beeeeen One Week!

So I’ve decided to try and commit to a weekly reflection, posted here, about the week/my job in general/education in general/TFA haps in my region.  The wandering of a slightly crazed elementary school Spanish teacher This week was our first week back at the job (we had two weeks off instead of the usual one).…

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Jan 09 2012

Teaching in 2012: Lots of thoughts

I think my resolution this year is to live intentionally. I want to erase those moments of cool irony from my life–I think it takes a lot of courage to announce your passion for the world, to embrace it and its wonder. It is easier and safer to be cynical and jaded. But if more…

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