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    1 month ago

    So this happened last night. So proud of my 8th graders, and so grateful all the planning, preparation, and programming went well. It’s a lot for one teacher!

I will miss these kids a lot. I will miss teaching junior high a lot. I cried a lot, but I am happy for what the future holds in my career.

Happy summer everyone!!

    So this happened last night. So proud of my 8th graders, and so grateful all the planning, preparation, and programming went well. It’s a lot for one teacher!

    I will miss these kids a lot. I will miss teaching junior high a lot. I cried a lot, but I am happy for what the future holds in my career.

    Happy summer everyone!!

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    graduation

    8th grade graduation

    fifth year teacher right here!

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    1 month ago

    Tuesday Translation

    la falda: the skirt

    "Hey, Mrs. V, that’s not a tumor on her butt, it’s supposed to be a bow."

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    1 month ago

    Someone is sick in bed all day. Misery loves company!

    Someone is sick in bed all day. Misery loves company!

    poor hubby

    but those dogs!

    so cute!!

    sick husband

    call me Nurse V



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    2 months ago

    blueeyed-wanderer-deactivated20 asked

    Hey Miss At! I've been a long time follower and admirer of your blog. I'm about to graduate with a degree in Middle School Ed. and I saw the advice you gave another aspiring teacher. You suggested volunteering in classrooms. I thought that was a great idea and want to give it a try. I have time elapsed between graduating and graduate school. What's the best way to get a spot? Should I go to a teacher, the principal/faculty, or the school district to find a volunteer spot? Thanks :)

    I wouldn’t say there’s a certain way to get a “spot,” though there may be schools out there with some sort of program like this. I would think the best way is to contact a teacher or school you know. See if they have some suggestions of getting your foot in the door, or specific classrooms to help out in.

    Hope you have a great weekend!

    In reference to this post.

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    2 months ago

    katastropheking asked

    What made you become a teacher?

    I’m sure this will sound so cliche…but I wanted to be a teacher since I was four. I’m was one of those many little girls who set up her “classroom,” with all her stuffed animals seated be height, and sticker charts for each. Sure, when I was 13 I wanted to be a singer (though that is not what I would call a skill of mine…), and at 16 I thought being an interior designer would be great, but deep down I always wanted to teach.

    And now as my fourth year of teaching comes to an end, I am still really happy with my career choice! Not the most exciting story, I’m sure, but thanks for asking @katastropheking!

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    2 months ago

    Spaghetti Dinner

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

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    2 months ago

    Tuesday Translation

    ver: to see

    Guillermo ve la chica.

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

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    2 months 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

    lol

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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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