Springing Forward

Ok. Eventually I will get this right. To date, I haven’t exactly made this blog a top priority but I think about ContraVerseSee all the time. For once, I have the two conditions necessary for me to write — a spare moment and an uncluttered mind. Both happening at the same time is rare. In short, I have a lot going on right now.

At work, the kids are only a month from state testing. Naturally, we teachers are under more pressure than they are {sense my sarcasm}. While I understand that educators need to be accountable for kids actually learning what they should, I will never comprehend why D.C. calls for 50% of a teacher’s yearly evaluation to come from kids’ test scores. In most states, standardized test scores count for between 20% and 30% — this makes more sense. Hopefully, the District will follow suit one day. Until then, I am uber-focused on delivering great instruction, making tight lesson plans, coming up with engaging activities, etc.

Anyway, by the time I get home at night, the only thing I usually want to see on my computer screen is a funny video or a cute pair of pumps. It’s all good, though. At least it’s not pitch-black when I leave work now and the kids are (finally) onboard with becoming great mathematicians — at least until mid-April. As of late, it’s not unusual for one of them to look at another and say “Would you be quiet?!? It’s crunch time!” LOL! #LOVEIT

Speaking of April, Spring Break is upon us. For most people my age, the mystique of SB has begun to die down. However, when you’re a teacher, you are always reminded of Spring Break because school shuts down for it. What this means for me is a solid 10 days off, weekends included. I wish I could say I had something extraordinary planned but I’m broke (or should I say all of my money is accounted for).

I got a nice lil’ something back from the Feds when I filed my taxes but I decided to be responsible and put most of that money into my saving account. I left a little out for new tires and a few pieces to spruce up my Spring wardrobe, but I digress. It’s cool. Nowadays, the weather seems to always be nice no matter what time of year it is, so I’m sure I will get to lounge on someone’s island once or twice before the year’s over. A quick trip to Miami or another stint in Jamaica sure would be nice, though.

I do have Spring Break options. I’m considering going to Detroit with a few of my girls. I’m dying to get one of those Coney dogs I hear everyone talk about so much and I want to see 8 Mile. Don’t worry, If I go, I’ll be sure to pack my bulletproof vest. Safety first. 🙂

Now, I didn’t want to talk about this prematurely but a couple of months ago, I applied to be a corps member advisor (CMA) at Teach For America’s Philadelphia Institute this summer. Even though I made it to the second round, the phone interview was an intense 90-minutes of role play and Q&A — so I didn’t want to get too excited. A few days ago, though, when I received the e-mail that started with “Congratulations” I went ballistic!

This is a huge opportunity I’ve been blessed with and I am really looking forward to training new corps members. It’s nice to know that a prestigious organization all about great teaching thinks I have what it takes to teach other people how to teach!

I still remember going through summer Institute — the 18-hour days, the inevitable sleep deprivation, the endless sessions on literacy and curriculum. It’s nice to be on the other side of the fence. The 18-hour days and sleep deprivation continues, though. 😛

I’m amped! I get to be in my hometown all summer, doing something meaningful. Even better? My partner-in-crime Khabria is going to be a CMA, too! Not only am I going to have fun but this position is going to GLOW on my résumé and put a nice piece of change in my pocket. Thank you GOD!

Things haven’t been “all work, no play” for me, though. I’ve spent a considerable amount of the free time I do have partying hearty! I was sooo over the club scene but these last few weekends? Party. Animal. Hey, I have to blow off steam some way! Hehe!


One thought on “Springing Forward

  1. exactly the virtual junk marelis are going after the analog spammers. Personally I find 100 spam emails more annoying than five flyers ( and if we promoted hemp and converted the tobacco farms , the paper would be plentiful). I agree , Canada Post has been too eager to triple the junk mail in number and weight, and people are getting pissed by the overkill. We letter carriers are getting bogged down with too much weight. But if this program succeeds I’ll probably lose my job and e-spam will increase exponentially. All of which will thrill the sponsors of this website, no doubt

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