I don’t do New Year’s resolutions, I do, however, avidly partake in birthday resolutions. I figure if I’ve managed to make it through one more year then I deserve to give myself some sort of goal to get me through to the next. That being said, on Tuesday I hit the big 2-8. That’s right […]Read more "Birthday Resolutions, One Year Later"
Today I began to really dig into my personal statement for grad school. I’m trying to look for an angle, develop a story and detail my experiences so that someone (Columbia University I’m talking to you) wants to accept me into their MA TESOL program. It’s a seriously daunting task, but it has forced me to […]Read more "My Year in Vignettes"
I’ve been in a major funk. Lets just get that out of the way. Generally I am able to make the decision to be happy even when things are tough but recently I wake up every morning and can’t help taking my thoughts to a highway of pessemism. “It’s still October.” “How many days until […]Read more "A Rollercoaster Ride (Not for the Faint of Heart)"
Wait, maybe I’ve got the wrong holiday… Well, it’s been a week since my last posting about some of my in-class frustrations and I am happy to report that I have made some great strides forward. Thank you to my teacherfriends who responded and offered suggestions, encouragement and their time. I continue to take your […]Read more "Halloween Miracle"
I’m finally admitting it to myself, I am frustrated with 90% of my teaching situation because I am not in charge, nor is it really my classroom—ever. And while this makes me sound like I’m not a team player, I would like to argue the opposite side of the board and say that maybe I’m […]Read more "Co-teaching Woes"
The last time I wrote I was on the cusp of my first teaching job as a TEFL teacher in France. I was scared out of my mind because I had 16 days of unemployment, because I was in a foreign country with minimal cash and nowhere to live, because I was new to the […]Read more "Perspective"
“Um is an interjection.”— favorite saying of 8th grade English teacher, Mr. Pringle. Mr. Pringle— only teacher of hometown school system to have taught all 6 of my siblings, as well as myself. Myself— a pile of varied interests. Interests— (currently) getting certified to teach English as a foreign language while living in a foreign […]Read more "The Rundown"