Thursday, March 3, 2016

Slice of Life Day 3: Getting to know our Students

I am an academic support specialist for an elementary school. I work with all grade levels, and sometimes I forget to develop relationships with my students. I think this happens to me because I am busy, in and out of classrooms. It is not until January that I work with a steady group of students. Is this a bad thing? I hope not. I do make it a point every year to slow down a bit and foster relationships with those students I see consistently.  Today, for example a student I've been working with asked a question that I could not answer very honestly. So, I decided to spend some extra time with her to address the question. It seemed, she was being bullied, and she knew it.  Was it her cry for help? I don't know. But I took the time to speak to her and discuss the issue in depth. I know she felt better just by voicing her concerns. And, I was glad I took time to listen. The counselor will be involved in this matter.

We all have busy days and schedules to keep. Let's take a moment and listen to our students, even if it means staying after-school, or meeting during conference time. I know I will be doing this more.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Slice Challenge day 2

Quiet Time

It's late. As I sit down to write, I can hear the outside noises. A noisy car driving off, my cats bell and the clock ticking. I like and enjoy moments like this. But, I do miss the chaotic schedule we had. The time before our only daughter went off to college. I remember listening to advice from other mothers, they'd say...enjoy her now because children grow up too quickly.

It's ironic, I once longed for quiet time and now that I have it -I miss the busy mornings, and school games and track events. Life is like this. For now, I'll keep enjoying  my quietness.

It's late and, I can hear wind chimes out side, my cat's bell jingling as she moves around the house and the clock ticking.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

My one little word (olw), is Habit. I've never focused or chosen a word for the year. When I read a posting on it, I was immediately motivated to have my OLW.  I think this will help keep me focused through the year.  I chose habit because, I tend to have trouble getting started and keeping certain projects going, writing, eating healthy, etc. Habit is my word! What is yours?

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Christmas Spirit

Take a moment to stop among all the chaos of the holidays, and think about your Christmas Spirit. Where, or how do you find your Christmas Spirit?

After researching the topic, one newspaper reporter found that the "Christmas Spirit" is in one's heart. Does it hit when we unpack our decorations and start playing Christmas music? Does it happen when we decorate our tree. Is it more about presents?

I can honestly say for the past years, I've had no Christmas Spirit. I've actually felt more of a Scrooge. I could not even listen to Christmas music. My mom passed away six years ago and since then, Thanksgiving and Christmas haven't been the same.  On the outside I may had a smile, but on the inside I felt angry, hurt and  sad. Going shopping was the worst because my mother and I would do this together. It was a our ritual, although at times I would complain about her sly comments, I miss her; I miss her companionship and her voice.  When I see women with their mother's I get  sentimental, and I miss sharing those moments. 

 "Where or how do we find our Christmas Spirit?"  This year, I found my Christmas Spirit in my memories. Those memories I have of my mother. The memories of getting together for breakfast and planning our shopping days.  The memories of taking her to buy special dough for tamale making. Memories of her absurd, or silly conversations.  This year I put up a Christmas tree, and lights, I did my Christmas shopping alone, and was okay with it.  When I saw other women with their mothers, I smiled and  I remembered my mother, who I realize I carry in my memories and heart. 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Got Writing?

It's Tuesday, and I have not been consistent in posting my "slice of life". This is what is on my mind lately. Our district had a writing cohort of teachers, who would meet once a month and participate in book studies, write and collaborate. We no longer have this, what we have now is a staff development cadre.  Our focus is to create writing staff development for the district.  I miss the cohort! I miss sitting together with a group of  teachers who share the same writing philosophy and share the same concerns. There was something energetic about our meeting, I remember leaving the meeting feeling good about my teaching  and conversations that had taken place. And, I really enjoyed the personal writing we did together. It's been several years since the writing cohort was changed to a staff development cadre.  I miss, the reflection time, the collaboration, the friendships that developed with the teachers involved, and the inspiration..  Mostly, I miss the learning that took place.  I also miss learning from one of my good friends & mentor...Tina.
-Tina, "Thank You," for your training and words of wisdom..

Thank you "Slice of Life" for the opportunity to Write!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Slice of Life

Slice Of Life

So here it goes...

I've been stalking this website for a while and have been wanting to join the Slice of Life story challenge, but have lacked the courage. However, Slice of life stories and the, "Two Writing Teachers," website have inspired me.  This is my first Slice. 

Who am I, you ask?
I am a woman.
A wife, and a mother, 
a pet lover.
I'm Latina.
A sister to four brothers and,
A sister to four sisters.
I am an educator.
A book lover,
A runner,
A baker.
I'm a student,
A collector of words,
...a want to be writer!