Why I Didn’t Give Up

A Personal Story One of the hardest experiences of my life was the first semester of teaching by myself from January to May of last year.  I say “by myself” because I also taught from September to December of 2017, but my sponsor teacher was always by my side to guide and support me everyContinue reading “Why I Didn’t Give Up”

What I’ve Been Up To

Thursday, August 30, 2018 University On Wednesday I attended class at university after a long day at work. I questioned my decision to take the two courses I signed up for because I was already tired by the time the class started. Today, I read a few pages of an assigned chapter, and I don’tContinue reading “What I’ve Been Up To”

How I Chose a Master’s Degree

If I had the money I’d probably complete an MFA in creative writing or more specifically poetry. Since I have to be realistic, I chose a degree that I concluded would make me more marketable since I’m not planning to have book published  any time soon because I’m not writing one. I chose a Master’sContinue reading “How I Chose a Master’s Degree”

My Least Favorite Part About Being a Teacher

As an aspiring poet, I wanted to become alluring. As a teacher-to-be, I soon figured out that the mystery within allure does not help the teacher. As I teach, I gravitate toward speaking sentences that will help set an atmosphere of connectivity. Mystery in the education setting creates barriers and misunderstandings. My humanity is behindContinue reading “My Least Favorite Part About Being a Teacher”

First-Year Teaching Advice: The Best Piece of Advice

I remember the worries I felt before I started my teaching internship. Would students like me? Would students be smarter than me? Would I be able to manage all the tasks required of a teacher such as turning in grades and weekly less plans on time, attend all faculty meetings, and have enough energy andContinue reading “First-Year Teaching Advice: The Best Piece of Advice”

First-Year Teaching Advice: The Importance of Reflection

Reflection over my first-year teaching is what allows me to step back and look at what has and hasn’t been working. There have been days when I remember that quote by Albert Einstein: The definition of insanity is repeating the same behaviors and expecting a different outcome. I’m especially reminded of it when I reflectContinue reading “First-Year Teaching Advice: The Importance of Reflection”

First-Year Teaching: A Reflection

As the Oklahoma teacher walkout enters its fifth day, I am reflecting over my first-year teaching, and what I need to improve when school is back in session. It’s difficult to be raw and honest about my experience of my first-year teaching because as much as I want it to look flawless and inspiring bothContinue reading “First-Year Teaching: A Reflection”