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La maestra que enseña

The teacher that teaches

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October 2016

Laughs and giggles

Most of the time I will be posting about my daily struggles of being a teacher. And other times you’ll probably get some of my dry humor. 

Today is dry humor day!

So, I made up this alter ego, called “Evil Jani”. It’s me but with dark hair. 

Before I continue, you must know that I have crazy, curly, and big orange hair. 

A few weeks ago I began telling my students stories of things I used to do with my other students. Since we are in an alternative learning school, regular education is very different. The stories ranged from me giving pop quizzes to having them write 15 vocabulary words. Everyones jaw suddenly dropped and It became a big deal. The possibility of me being evil is close to none, but somehow, they realy belived me. 

A week after the stories, I found a black wig and decided to wear it to school. Kids were giggling all around and parents joined in on the fun too. I showed the kids that I was not threatening at all. But today, one of my students confessed that he still feared my alter ego. I quickly addressed it, fear is not something we want, respect and trust are more important. 

Compartiendo mi espacio

Como maestra siempre he sido muy territorial. Mis estudiantes muchas veces los veo como mis propios niños. Les doy las herramientas necesarias para poder ser exitoso en su vida y espero ver resultados. Ayer no pude asistir al trabajo ya que debìa llevar a cabo unas diligencias personales. Preparè mis planes para mis sustitutos y los dejè listos para ejecutar. Se que los niños iban a estar en buenas manos, sin embargo en el fondo de mi mente no paro de pesar en cosas terribles. Como por ejemplo: 

Dios mio, ¿habrè dejado las copias listas? ¿Vendràn todos los niños hoy? Se portaràn bien? ¿Los trataràn como yo hago? ¿Què estaràn haciendo ahora?

Todo eso es lo que mi mente insiste en pensar constantemente cuando no estoy trabajando. 

En cuanto a compartir mi espacio, siempre he sido muy buena en equipo. Sin embargo, tengo unos pequeños indicios de OCD y me interesa que ciertas cosas se lleven a cabo como indico. Asi que al tener a alguien diferente conmigo durante el dìa me ha dado trabajo acoplarme. Pero, eso sucede cuando eres maestro. 

October 3, 2016

As a teacher, we encounter trouble almost every corner we turn. It is our sacred duty to mediate between both parties and come up with a resolution. These last few weeks, one of my kids has been having a hard time. He’s been struggling with loss of a family member, as a child it is difficult to understand these situations. Upon his return, my teaching partner and I have been emotionally available for our student, we often go to him and let him know that we know and understand his struggle. But this kid has his guard WAY UP! So instead of dealing with his emotions and using his words, he uses his wit to drive other kids crazy. This has been the dinamic since he returned, he bosses, micromanages, picks and naggs everyones work or opinion.  

As a teacher, I want to address feelings and emotional concerns so that the kids have a less heavy day. I want to make things so fun that they forget how bad it is at home or wherever. Even if it’s only temporary, I just want them to feel safe and happy with me at school. 

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