I'll start by saying my housing search was anything but typical. At least from the experiences I've heard. Part 1: THE EXPECTATIONS Moving to Madrid is anxiety-inducing for an American. In a city of 3.3 million, there are thousands of apartments available online so you'd think it'd be easy... right?... wrong. First off - … Continue reading finding a piso/flat/apartment.
I figured it was worth while to document my student visa process so that anyone else considering doing the same could use this as a reference. If that does not apply to or interest you then I would suggest skipping or skimming this post. And if nothing else, hopefully the title made you think of … Continue reading visa visa.
Remember when I thought I would have enough time to blog? Remember when I thought I would have enough time to cook, workout, and read for fun? Me too. It's now mid-winter break of year 2 of teaching and I'm finding myself at a cross-roads. I'm nearing the end of my 2-year contract (officially … Continue reading bet then.
"Rookie years are rough" "A new new teacher? Woah... good luck" "I was the worst teacher ever my first year" "You'll look back on this in five years and wonder how you even stayed afloat" My reaction: 😐 cool. Those are the most common reactions I hear when I tell other educators that I … Continue reading pessimistically optimistic.
My last post was just before the end of student teaching, and now we are well into the heart of summer. I guess since Target already brought out the school supplies, maybe we are closer to the end of it than the beginning.... I've read through my blog posts a few times (is that … Continue reading overdue update.
Two days. That's all that stands between me and the end of student teaching. As I start the hunt for a big-kid, real-teacher job, I can't help but think about where I was 16 weeks ago. And I have a confession to make: the weekend before student teaching began, I made a very serious list … Continue reading that’s it.
I forgot what an emotional place high school can be. Angst appears to be at an all time high, at least among some of my students. And when the going is good (aka the daily post-lunch euphoria), it's nearly impossible to focus their new-found abundance of energy on anything academic. For some of my students, … Continue reading fist-pumps and eye-rolls.
If you ever want to test yourself to see how well you can explain mathematics, try teaching a room full of ELL students for an hour. (ELL = English Language Learners) You think quadratic transformations would be a difficult unit to cover? Now try adding in the fact that your students read, speak, and write … Continue reading relax.
I found a new reason to love teaching. You never know what's going to happen next. Teenagers (and really students of all ages) are still learning that skill where you actually think before you speak/act. This makes for some really hilarious and awkward moments. Like that time a student randomly pulled what I assume was a … Continue reading expect the unexpected.
We are entering the final countdown... apparently. Another student teacher told me today that there's 23 days left until we are officially done. The fact that I didn't already know that is a very good sign. I'm happy to say that I think I'm the only one who is not ecstatic that my time left … Continue reading 11 down, 5 to go.