Entries Categorized as 'teaching'

home bound

Date December 17, 2008

My plane leaves in just over two hours from now.  I’m sitting in my classroom staring at my bags and smiling at the way Colombian children say goodbye.  There are hugs and kisses and wide grins that let me know they might miss me just a little. “Give saludes to your family from us, Mees!” […]

teacher fashion is the next big thing

Date November 24, 2008

I like to imagine that if you saw me in a crowd you’d think rockstar or artist or writer or America’s Next Top Model. Okay, that last one’s a stretch, but a girl needs dreams. Sadly, I am none of those things, and today when I saw my reflection in a window all I could […]

teaching and T.I. who knew?

Date November 4, 2008

I teach.  It’s my job and I’m crazy about it.  It’s hard and I’m exhausted at the end of every day, but it’s fun.  It’s an adventure and it gives me all sorts of things to write about and think about and read about. Truthfully, sometimes I feel like the dark horse.  My classroom is […]

costumes, candy and a basket full of tired

Date October 31, 2008

My brother works entirely too hard.  He’s successful and good with finances and long term planning.  He can fit in at a dinner with more forks than he needs and he’s right at home with a bunch of small town rednecks talking about hunting season or cleaning fish. He’s versatile like that. Brother reads this […]

My momma raised me right.

Date October 21, 2008

“Did you have a good sleep?” he’d ask me every morning and my answer was always the same.  “Yes, sir.” My last day working at Port Hacking, Atto told me he’d miss being called Sir and to this day if I answer my mom with a “yes” there’s a “yes, what?” that comes quickly on its heels.  […]

Gifts for the Sister School

Date October 6, 2008

I teach at a private school where the tuition rivals what I paid for my college education. Our campus is tucked neatly into the back corner of a hidden away street outside the city.  In the past 20 years it has changed from an old farmhouse into a picture of growing perfection.  Red trim on […]

The truth about my sanity

Date October 2, 2008

Lindsay thinks I’m some sort of super star teacher.  She said so in this post.  (this one, too come to think of it.  Thus, I must offer a rebuttal. Note to Lindsay: I ain’t nuthin’ special. Seriously, I think Linds has this fluffed up idea of me.  That’s probably just because I tell funny stories […]

1 Thing

Date August 22, 2008

I’m guest blogging for Dr. Mims today as part of his 1 Thing series. You can read my post here. (I’m really proud of this one.  Y’all check it out and let me know what you think!)

Tan Bella

Date August 15, 2008

It’s no secret that I love cafeteria ladies.  I love the heart that they have for serving and I appreciate how hard they work, not to mention that I heard all sorts of tales from the lunch room as a child.  My grandmother, after all, worked in the cafeteria for umpteen dozen years.  So, each year […]

Me Bags

Date August 13, 2008

I like beginning of the year activities. They’re a chance to get to know one another and to be silly and to build community. One of my favorites is Me Bags. I ask kids to put three objects that best represent themselves in a bag and to share the contents with the class. Today there […]