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    1 month ago

    Spaghetti Dinner

    "My sister goes through boyfriends like she goes through spaghetti. One bowl after another!"

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    1 month ago

    Tuesday Translation

    ver: to see

    Guillermo ve la chica.

    Guillermo sees the girl. …in the most creepy way possible…

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    1 month ago

    meanstreets asked

    how did you meet your husband through tumblr? Sorry if you have answered this before

    Well, seeings how today I can say that Joserisms and I have been married for 11 whole months, I thought this would be a good question to answer.

    It was right before the start of my second year teaching, and I’d gotten a tumblr message from a guy who was about to start his first year of teaching. I don’t remember exactly what he asked, or exactly how I answered, but I sent him a message not thinking a whole lot about it. It wasn’t until I posted pictures of my classroom and heard from him again that I started to wonder who this guy was.

    You see, I try to keep my blog pretty private. I don’t post my whole name, I don’t write about the location of my school, its name, or the names/faces of students. So I was really quite shocked when this guy asked me specifically if I taught at a particular school. To be honest, I kind of freaked out. I thought I would have to delete my entire blog, warn my school, etc. (cause let’s be real…there are some real creepers on here). Before I did all that, I thought I would at least finish reading his message. Turns out he recognized the books I was using as ones he was familiar with. You see, the schools I’ve worked at are private and associated with a specific religion. There are a lot of these schools around the world, but not enough to where everyone knows about this religion. BUT when you come across someone who is this religion or is aware of it, it can be a big deal. So anyways, it turned out he and I share the same beliefs, had mutual friends, and went to sister colleges (oh, it also turned out that I hadn’t turned off my “tweeted from” location on twitter, so that’s how he really figured it out).

    It’s kind of funny looking back because when Joserisms and I first started talking, I told my sister, “Just because we’re both single and the same religion doesn’t mean we’ll get married and have babies!”Anyways…

    After emailing, and texting for awhile, we progressed to phone calls. I realized that he was a really funny guy who had his head on straight, and he was someone I looked forward to hearing from everyday. Our busy teaching schedules FINALLY allowed us to meet. We decided to meet at the Disney Museum in San Francisco because hey, if you’re meeting someone from the internet, what safer place than the Disney Museum?

    I was incredibly nervous, and found myself hiding behind my coffee and whistling throughout the entire museum (I whistle when I’m nervous). We hadn’t labeled this a date, so at that point I didn’t dare hold his hand. I mean, maybe he thought I was super weird? After the museum we decided head to Berkeley to check out the show Mortified. Unfortunately, after we both drove over there, we found out it was sold out. So we wandered around and found a great Thai food place. Things felt so natural, and I was already smitten. I’m not sure why this sticks with me so much, but I thought he was super great after the following happened…

    Our food came out, and he said, “Oh, you know what I want? Some hot sauce.” He turned to ask our waitress for some, and there she was, holding the hot sauce. His face got so excited, and he quickly put it all over his food. He then looked up, looked over at the waitress, then back to me, and said, “You know what I reeeeally want? A PONY.”

    Our waitress seemed to miss the memo, but I thought it was hilarious! After a few more hours of talking, my encouragement for him to hold my hand, he walked me to my car and kissed me on the cheek. Instead of being a normal person, I immediately asked, “Is that it?!”

    Then he really kissed me, and if felt like my knees were butter, fireworks were in the sky, and this Mozart was playing in the background.


    The rest is history I suppose. He is the perfect person for me, and I love him with all my heart!

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    2 months ago

    Classroom Smells

    "Hey, Mrs. V, it smells really weird in here. Like pencils and old taco shells."

    he was right

    that's was the exact smell

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    2 months ago

    Bakersfield

    Student: Where are we?
    Me: In Bakersfield.
    Student: I would expect they make really good cakes here.

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    2 months ago

    More on Classroom Management

    I got a few questions regarding the post about my classroom management plan, so I thought Feedback Friday would be a good time to answer them.

    Yes, a lot of the time we use “resolution.” Like asking the students how they plan to resolve the problem, etc. It can sound a bit nicer…but sometimes the word punishment comes in really handy with some students. Some take that word more seriously.

    I introduce this management plan the first few days of school. I explain our procedures and rules, and how those things would look if students are at level D and C behavior. I think it would be easy to implement with your classroom rules. I use my rules and procedures to show my expectations as a teacher, and the behavior plan gives a better idea of how to act in order to achieve these expectations.

    Sure thing! Students have chosen different things from exercises (sit-ups, push-ups, running, etc.), to staying in during breaks, self-detention, and community service. Some students will try what I would consider inappropriate self-punishments, or things that can’t be monitored, such as not using Facebook for a week, eating dessert with dinner, or whatnot. It’s just something I talk to the students about if they think that this resolution will really stop them from the undesirable behavior, or if it’s just something easy to write down on the behavior. For the most part the students are really honest with themselves and me.

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    2 months ago

    1dropsofjupiter asked

    I've been involved in education for years. I have volunteered for hundreds of hours in middle school and high school as a TA, I taught preschool, and I have been working as a TA for the past couple of years. I just recently graduated with my BA and have about 1.5 years until I will start looking for a teaching job. ( going for my MA). I get nervous just thinking about it. Were you ever this nervous? >.<

    I always get nervous! I think being nervous keeps you on your toes and encourages you to be your best. If you’re not nervous, then I don’t think you’re challenging yourself enough.

    You’ve already put in so much work and so much heart, I wouldn’t let the fear of butterflies keep you down! Sounds like you’ve got things figured out and are doing whatever you can to be a great teacher to your future students.

    Best of luck! Let me know how your journey continues :]

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    2 months ago

      So Catchy

      1. Girl:

        I love this song! It's so catchy!

      2. Boy:

        What are you talking about? This isn't catchy. Now fishing...THAT'S catchy.

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    2 months ago

    I have a little bit of news…

    Remember way back in February, when my students thought I was gone for the afternoon because I was pregnant? Well, I’m still NOT pregnant. Instead during that time I was going through the process of looking for a new job.

    You see, it’s not that I don’t like the school or my students. In fact I love my class! They are a handful, but they are also a ton of fun. I’ve enjoyed working in private schools for the past four years. I feel I have the opportunity to really get to know my students and bond with them. I have really small class sizes, I see them constantly after they move on to the next grade, I see them in church, and I go on amazing trips with my classes…but something these past two years just hasn’t felt right. I’m not going to go into the details, but it’s gotten to the point where I’ve been questioning whether or not I really want to be a teacher anymore. If I’m not able to feel like myself and be the best teacher that I can be, then I need to make a school change because not teaching is out of the question. So for both personal and professional reasons, I am moving on.

    I am lucky to live in one of the top school districts in the state. I am also lucky that this year was the first year in twenty that they had a job fair for their “big” hiring for this upcoming school year. After several rounds of interviews, and out of over 400 candidates, I was one of 22 to be offered a contract before placement (meaning the district hired me knowing they wanted me to work for them, but before individual schools even posted their openings…if that makes sense).

    This pen from the superintendent of the school district makes it all official… Though I’m REALLY sad to say I’ll no longer be teaching those crazy junior high kids, I am excited to say that I have been placed at a new school where I’ll be teaching 4th grade this upcoming school year!

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    Yay for new adventures and the opportunity to continue to learn and grow into the best teacher I can be!

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    2 months ago

    Tuesday Translation

    el toro: bull

    El matador quiere tener un picnic con el toro.

    The matador wants to have a picnic with the bull.

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    2 months ago

    Marine Life

    Standing on a cliff at the top of our hike, a student looked down to the ocean below us and saw something in the water…

    Student: Are those seals or are those people?

    Camp Guide: I don’t think seals wear fluorescent snorkeling gear…

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    2 months ago

    Happy Mother’s Day!

    I know everyone is saying it today, but I am so incredibly blessed to have such an amazing mother! I am grateful for her care, concern, and love she shows. She supports me in every decision I make, whether it’s the wisest or not. She continues to take care of me, despite me being “grown up.” I’m sure she would still style my hair if I asked her to! I love you, mom! Thanks for being so wonderful.

    This Mother’s Day is also my first official one with two moms! I hear so many horror stories about terrifying mother-in-laws. Thank goodness I don’t have any of those tales to tell. My mami-in-law is the sweetest woman! She’s accepted me with open arms and treats me like I’ve always been a daughter.

    I’m feeling so lucky today!

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    2 months ago

    spbell asked

    Can I ask you what is your classroom management plan?

    I’ve adapted my classroom management plan from Dr. Marvin Marshall. It’s all about intrinsic versus extrinsic motivation. There are four levels of behavior that are posted in the classroom for students to easily reference.

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    Here’s basically how it’s set up…

    D: Democracy

    • intrinsic motivation
    • you do good because you want to, not because you could get something out of it (i.e. do well because you want to be the best you can be)

    C: Conformity

    • extrinsic motivation
    • you do good because you are being rewarded in some ways (i.e. do well in school because you have to get good grades, not get in trouble, etc.)

    B: Bullying/Bothering

    • unacceptable behavior
    • being in others’ personal space, bossing, bullying and/or bothering others

    A: Anarchy

    • unacceptable behavior
    • out of control, noisy, unsafe

    Sorry this picture isn’t better quality. It’s the only one I can seem to find right now.

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    The students’ goal is to be at level D or C, and they need to figure out what they should do to reach those levels. I like this plan because it’s super easy to redirect the class or individual students. If the class is getting a little rowdy, I just ask them what level they are at, and then ask them to change their behavior.

    If an individual student continues level B or A behavior after being asked twice to change, they are given a “My Behavior Plan.” I’ll either place this on his/her desk while I’m teaching as to not interrupt the lesson, or ask to see the student after class. This half sheet of paper has a few questions for the students to answer.

    1. What level of behavior was I? What was I doing?

    2. How did my actions affect the class?

    3. How did my actions affect myself?

    4. What will I do next time?

    5. What is my self punishment?

    Yes. The students need to punish themselves. My belief is that I didn’t do anything wrong. If I punish the students for their bad behavior, they are going to be mad at me when I didn’t make the poor choices in class. If they have to punish themselves, it seems to make their unacceptable behavior more real to them, and they are more likely to remember not to do it again.

    This plan has worked really well for me for the past 4 years, and I’ve used it from 4th grade all the way to 12th grade. I think it can easily be adapted to various grade levels. One thing I suggest, especially for younger grades, is coming up with a list of acceptable self-punishments with your class at the beginning of the year. This at least gives them a starting point, and you won’t get the, “Can my self-punishment be to not have a cookie for dessert tonight?”

    Thanks for the great question! Hopefully you or someone else will find it at least a little bit helpful :]

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    2 months ago

    Woodpecker

    On our hike at Catalina, a student of mine shouted,

    "Look! It’s that one kind of bird! What’s it called again? That bird that pecks wood?"

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