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overheard at school

The architects of our brand new school building are documenting their works with photos and videos during the school day. Two girls are watching a camera crew get video footage of another grade at recess through the window of their classroom.  Girl 1: I think they are filming a movie on the playground. Girl 2: Those kids get to be in a movie?! Girl 1: Yeah, I it probably starts like, ‘They were all having a great time at recess. It was a beautiful day. And then the ZOMBIES ATTACKED.’ ❂ *full disclosure: this is the same mastermind behind the piñata diaries   Slice of Life is a daily writing challenge during the month of March hosted by Two Writing Teachers. Visit their blog for more information about the challenge and for advice and ideas about how to participate.

before that…

I crunched another tortilla chip as I watched the sun set from my parents’ rooftop patio. Before that, I lugged three floor pillows to the top floor to make myself a cozy reading spot in the dying sunlight. Before that, I sat down at my dining room table, texting my friend, noticing the birds and squirrels playing in our yard beyond the glass doors. Before that, I walked with my mom to the car, pulling off my sweatshirt in the unexpected heat. Before that, I promised the janitor who wanted to lock up the building that we would be out in just 10 more minutes! Before that, I scrolled through my playlists on Spotify, looking for some fun background music. Before that, I decided on the Stracciatella, instead of the chocolate gelato. Before that, I snapped a picture of a funny sign from the Italian deli to send to my friends who live in Italy. Before that, I overheard my mom and her friend discuss work and blogging (and heard my name pop up a few times….!) from downstairs. Before …

know it all

I have been working as a school-based substitute teacher at Discovery Elementary since October. My position is slightly unique, because while I am a substitute teacher, instead of getting a 6:00AM wake-up call, my assignment every day is to arrive at the same school and fill in the gaps. Sometimes subs don’t show up, teachers call in sick at the last minute, or need to go home early. Other days someone needs to be on coverage for teacher’s who must attend hour-long SPED/IEP/504/whatever other acronym meetings. Some days everything is covered and I spend the day in the library or monitoring recess. As frustrating as that may sound to some, I love this job. Those who have subbed before know how enormous of a difference it makes when kids recognize you, and especially when you already know their names. Learning the ropes, knowing how to navigate the building, being clued into which attention-grabbers each class uses, figuring out how to make the SMART board work or what kids are allowed to use their iPads for are all …

keeping it 💯

Today was the 100th Day of School, and we all celebrated being 100 days smarter! Imagine my surprise when my post-it note memory from March 4, 2015 read: 100TH DAY OF SCHOOL!!! Quelle coïncidence! That day was a lot of fun. The entire school of about 120 students was split into multi-grade groups of around 10 that all participated in a series of fun 100th Day Activities: build a tower with 100 kapla blocks, make a necklace with 100 beads, add your self portrait to the 100 smiles poster, sort and count 100 objects…. I was assigned to the Name 100 English Words station. All of my students had about 10 minutes to remember as many English words as they could, with the help of a few categories we had prepared to prompt them (colors, days of the week, school supplies, foods, etc). These are kids in a 50% English immersion setting, so they really were able to name 100 words, and in some cases even more!! Working the station with my friend Estelle, a student teacher at the …

Endless Summer of Fun–employment

Even though today is the first day of October and it’s been a chilly, rainy week and schools started at least a month ago, I still feel like I’ve been on summer vacation since May.  This isn’t the nice beach vacation you have in mind though. It’s the forced vacation of being “funemployed.” After what feels like a million unsuccessful interviews, I kind of had to accept the fact that for the types of jobs I wanted, I either should have applied for them while still in France, or I would have to wait until schools were starting up again, when theatre seasons were starting up again and therefore making new hires: August/September. Let me tell you, that made for a pretty depressing June and July. (Sidenote: Is it really normal for employers to interview you twice and then never ever contact you again, even avoiding your multiple polite emails on the subject? I’m asking because this happened to me more than once, and it just seems extremely rude, not to mention inconvenient. I literally missed out on other work …