Thursday, March 26, 2015

Incubation

Now that I've had time to process, it's time to write about it. As of mid-March, I am no longer a middle school ELA teacher. It wasn't my choice (and, as opponents of charter schools will tell you, being an 'at will' employee gives these organizations the right to hire and fire at any time) but I'm looking at this situation as a fresh start. I've been working since I was 15 years old, partly because I had my oldest daughter when I was 16 and partly because I felt like I had to prove something. 'Proving something' got me very far, including--graduating from a vocational high school on time with honors, graduating from Mount Holyoke College while working part-time and mothering full-time, and graduating from Simmons College for my Master's degree while commuting 1.5 hours each way. However, through all of the schooling and teaching, I never really sat down and asked myself--what truly makes me happy? I fell into teaching; I originally wanted to work with older children in a mentoring or counseling capacity. I still do, to some extent. I also like to: write, read, create collages, mix patterns, colors, and textures within my wardrobe, organize items, drink tea, take day trips, visit new restaurants, laugh, and watch TLC and HGTV. In other words, I let my job define me for too long. I am way more than what I do for a salary. This is my incubation period.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Spirit, I'm available...

This academic year has pulled me back to my roots/ foundations. Why is education important (especially for working class students of color)? What does a rigorous classroom/ school/ teacher look, sound, and feel like?

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Finally...

Since I turned in my notice, I can officially say that I'll be working for a new school district in the Fall. To say I'm excited would be an understatement!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Check in

Oh man! A lot has been going on behind the scenes this year. In October, I presented at a Best Practices conference. I also presented at a Tech Ed conference with a colleague in February. In addition, I'll be working with a student teacher in March. I am definitely ready for the next step...

Monday, August 26, 2013

First Day

The first day of school went well. For the most part, the students are well behaved, however I have huge classes (30+) this year! Let's hope that there's enough funds to hire another teacher and/or some students transfer to a different school.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Dreams of Difference

*Sigh* To quote Lorraine Monroe, a gifted administrator & consultant, "when I think of the power of the crazy, creative maniacs who actually carried that first school where I taught and what a great school we could have created, I regret our timidity and lack of daring in not starting our own school." Heavy stuff.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Vague-ish update

It's hard writing here without giving away too many specifics... I'm neutral about this school year. This is my 8th year of teaching and I think I'm hitting that 'seasoned and hardened' stage. I know that I still have a lot to offer and yet... I know that I haven't found my 'ideal' situation yet. Is there even such a thing? Can I find it without relocating? Will this place/ position closely match my philosophy of teaching? I'm determined to find out. I know my next career move has to require that I step forward as a teacher-leader. I've been complacent for way too long. I currently have no interest in an administrative position. However, I would love to be a teacher-activist and I can see myself as a comfortable & knowledgeable presenter. So, I guess this year is all about taking those small steps to see those goals realized. Well, I do have an opportunity in October to present to a group of colleagues, so there's a start!