Archive for September, 2008

Our little king has arrived!

September 25, 2008

Jovanny Alexander
Born: September 25th, 2008 at 12:56 p.m.
9 lbs, 7 ounces
21 inches long

Our little king arrived at 12:56 p.m. The waiting room played very cute, nursery music when he was born. How sweet is that? It was an exciting day. Jovanny has the chubbiest cheeks and he is so long. He has the softest skin. Man, he just amazes me.

If I’m this in love with my nephew, imagine how in love I’ll be when it’s my very own baby!

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3 things to smile about

September 24, 2008

I was planning on blogging all about everything that’s going wrong in my life. I was planning on lamenting on how I feel like my life is falling apart and everything is crashing down around me. But, really, what is that going to do? It’s going to make me feel hopeless and desolote.

Instead, I’d rather write about things that are going good in my life. Everyone can always say a few things that make them smile and be happy everyday. So, here they are. My 3 things that I can smile about:

1. My nephew will be born tomorrow.

Jenny is scheduled to be induced at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow afternoon so, hopefully, by this time tomorrow, I’ll be an aunt and have a snuggly, sweet little nephew. I can’t wait for tomorrow. It’s going to be so amazing to be there. I’m still trying to wrap my mind around the thought that there’s going to be this brand-new LIFE here. It’s just amazing. A little boy! How much fun is that going to be? That is something to smile about. It’s one of the brightest spot in my life right now. Everytime I think of this baby, I smile and feel all fuzzy inside.

2. My fourth-graders are amazing.

My class of fourth-graders are the best class I’ve ever had. OK, this is just my third class but they are the BEST! I feel so comfortable around them and I really feel as if I’m their teacher. I don’t feel as if I’m a lowly intern. I feel in control and comfortable. They are funny, friendly, smart, and adorable. I love them so much. They are amazing. I love going to school every day so I can see them, talk to them, and teach them. Going to school helps me forget all my problems and they are the brightest part of my life. They make everything I’m struggling about totally worth it.

3. NFL Football is back in action!

Well, this goes without saying for me! My Sundays are back being full of lovely, NFL football. It’s a beautiful thing, my friends. I love it. Football is the absolute best sport ever invented and it feels me with such joy and happiness when I watch it. This makes me smile.

So, wasn’t that so much better than grousing about all the bad stuff in my life? Focusing on the positive is so much more, well, POSITIVE!

Exhaustion

September 19, 2008

So after 3 weeks of internship, exhaustion is setting in. I’m getting about 6 hours of sleep a night. I’m not tired at school. I’m very pumped up and excited at school but when I come home, all I want to do is sleep. I wasn’t tired for my first few weeks of internship but now it seems like I’m struggling to keep my eyes open all the time now.

It’s way more than being just tired. It’s exhaustion. I’ve never been this exhausted in my entire life. Tonight, I took a 4-hour nap and I would’ve slept longer if my mom hadn’t woken me up!

I couldn’t imagine doing this, my online class (which is soooo much work!), and have a job right now! We’re struggling financially BIG TIME but it’s only for a few more months and then I’ll be working (hopefully, as a classroom teacher!) and we’ll be fine.

For right now, I’m just going to try to get as much sleep as possible and take some vitamins!

Yo, Teach!

September 13, 2008

Well, I started my Final Internship two weeks ago and I’m almost full-time teaching. I was only supposed to be observing for the first 2 weeks but I’ve already become acquianted with the school and students so I started doing little things, like taking them to art or music and going over math problems and began teaching some subjects last week.

My teachers are so awesome. They don’t take their job too seriously, usually leave by 3:15, and they are really letting me become the teacher! My A.M. teacher is the one who may have the most trouble letting go of the reins but it’s in a good way. She does it so the students get the most benefit and also because she doesn’t want me to be uncomfortable. She wants me to be comfortable and at ease when I start full-time teaching. My P.M. teacher is so good about leaving me alone. I don’t think he’s been in there for more than 3 minutes when I’m teaching them. 🙂 I love it.

The kids are great. I have my quiet, “good” ones, my talkers, and my low students who need so much extra support. The good ones make the job easy, the talkers make it fun, and my low students make it challenging. I have one student who needs so much help in math. It is such a struggle to figure out how to explain something in a different way to help. But I want the student to succeed and will try my best to do it.

Anyway, I love it. It’s turning out to be my best internship so far. I had a good internship, a horrible internship, and a great internship. I’m learning more about my teaching and discipline style. I know there are some students I can’t joke around with and there’s some students I can. My P.M. teacher is even letting me assign homework and such! How cool is that?

I hope to give more updates, better than biweekly, about how my internship is going. It’s an exciting time!

It starts tomorrow!

September 1, 2008

Yikes!

I start my Final Internship tomorrow. I really don’t know how the next 3 1/2 months are going to go. Am I going to be stressed and tired 24/7? Happy and excited 24/7? A mixture of both? It depends on my attitude.

I choose to have a good one.

I woke up today, excited to get my Final Internship started. I’ve never been excited to start an internship. The teachers I have this go around are exciting teachers. They are real people who are funny and don’t take their job too seriously. I love them already.

I need to be full-time teaching by October 6th. In the meantime, I’ll also have to complete an online class where I have to shadow a student using special services (luckily, I have one of those in my interning class!) and volunteer for 20 hours in a special education environment. That class will keep me busy. I’m completing the first module now and it’s a lot of work. :/

And I also have to get all my requirements done to graduate. I have to make sure my online portfolio is all up-to-date (it isn’t), finding a way to get ESOL hours, passing another professional exam, and trying to find a job for January.

It’s going to be a long, stressful, but extremely rewarding 3 1/2 months.

Kind of like teaching will be.