The first day of school went really well! It was the exact opposite of last year. I felt prepared and confident, I corrected behavior, we got through every lesson on time, we mastered every objective, and after several successful conversations with parents and kids, my students respect me as a Spanish speaker. One of my students stayed after class waiting for her mom and she helped me clean up the room and we chatted in Spanish for a while and she told me I was a great speaker! That’s one of the best compliments I could get, especially from a student who just moved here from El Salvador.
I’m excited to keep practicing and better connect with parents this year. My goal is to feel 100% conversationally fluent by June.
Speaking of, I’m excited to get back on learning Greek now that Manoli is back and we aren’t in a fight. Operation trilingual is in effect.
Now I just have to finish my two hour regional presentation for tomorrow at 8am and finish prepping my lesson materials :o
So today our boss announced that Umeeka is quitting… the DAY BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS.
So now half of her 6th grade class has been added to my 7th grade class because it’s too late to replace her. I am not excited to be teaching a mixed class. It means double planning for me. And it means I am going to have to work that much harder to help students get along and act as a cohesive team.
To make the day crazier, the principal called an emergency meeting to announce that the school enrollment is too low so two teachers have to be let go- one 5th grade and one kinder. It was heartbreaking to watch the panic on the teachers faces when the principal announced what was happening. It’s amazing how teachers, especially in low income schools, continue to teach even with all of the odds stacked against them.
Blah, I can’t believe we are down 3 staff members in 1 day.
He said I love you and I said it back
Everything is going to be just fine
Today I bought 2 blazers, 2 skirts, 3 button up shirts, a sweater, and a cardigan for $60 at the fancy Palo Alto goodwill. Feelin like a savvy professional.
Hscandy is my lifeblood. She makes my world go round. Wishing her the most amazing experience in NYC rife with hot boys and run-ins with Taylor Swift.
I love you HRB <3
Manoli slipped and said that something was “why he loves me so much.” I know he loves me and has for a while. What hurts the most is that him being away in Greece made me realize for certain that I love him, too. But for him, it made him question our relationship.
I want to ask my mom for advice but I’m scared of what she will say. Given how my brother reacted so strongly that I should break up with him. It’s stupid but I also don’t want to crush my mom, who has literally never been happier than to see me in a relationship with a ‘great guy.’ My grandma sends her love to Manoli every time she emails me. If I stay with Manoli I really don’t want them to have a tainted view of him. I would want him to still be a welcome part of the family. But at the same time, I kinda need my mom right now.