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I just saw this on NPR’s website. If there ever is a time as an EL teacher that you try to explain what you do, this might be a good way to show… check it out at https://goo.gl/C2mtqd

 

helmet-158268_640.pngSometime this spring, I applied for a scholarship to be part of the 40-Hour Teacher Workweek Club, a professional development club created by Angela Watson.

I am a workaholic. I work all the time. I ignore my family a lot. I love my job and I wish I could do it better. But I need to spend more time with my little family before my girls grow up and leave the nest. No matter how much I really want to do my job well.

I don’t know if I can work 40 hours. I work a lot. A lot a lot. Even when I’m sleeping.

My friend Mary told me this morning that maybe I could cut down to a 60-hour workweek.

Next week I’m going on vacation. So maybe I can put it on hold for that. We’ll see.

In the meantime, I’m going to set my brain to work on prepping for an easy peasy start to the new year, despite teaching a new class and trying to flip the content. (That means putting the lecture outside school hours so we can focus on practice in class. More time for students to get the help they need!)

We’ll see, we’ll see.

It’s a lofty goal.

New-Americans-swimming-YMCA-Bishop-20170612In my first full-time job in Burlington, VT, I was teaching alongside a colleague who taught me much.

Here’s a story about her class and how they are learning about swimming. It’s the same program that brought my YES class to the Y. She’s been bringing little ones to the Y for quite some time, through a program that teaches water safety to 2nd-graders.

I can’t wait to see where this goes… for both of us. Take a chance to listen.

It truly does take a village.

Who knew?

Food for thought as we move into the summer…

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On the last day of Year End Studies, students get the opportunity to check out what happened in other programs. People who went on trips have to make presentations. Most of the cooking classes serve up tastes of what they made. And we went back to our pictures.

Through the generosity of Burlington School District, I was granted 20 iPads a couple of years ago for my EXCEL program, which serves the newest students in our district with the lowest English proficiency levels. Pictures are worth a thousand words, particularly when you don’t have the words yet to say what you want to say.

Sadly, one of our iPads was retired after this YES program. I usually make students carry them with their case covers, but the covers get lost. So this year, I went without, and one of my iPads paid the price.

But giving students the opportunity to document their learning in this way crosses language barriers and gives them a voice.

We used a program called Animoto, which is a simple online program that takes video and photos and throws them into templates.

I’d like to once more thank all the organizations that helped us out during this Year End Studies class: The Teddy Bear Factory; BCA Firehouse Gallery and Fletcher Free Library; Pomerleau Y and Pine Island Community Farm; Burlington Parks and Recreation for providing our beautiful parks and bike path; Shelburne Museum; Spirit of Ethan Allen, ECHO Leahy Center of Lake Champlain; Shelburne Farms; CHILL, my lovely colleagues at BHS for sharing your classes and Sara Crothers for showing us another beautiful part of Vermont; and the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts educational programs.

It’s been a lovely two weeks. Next year, maybe we’ll do it again.

#YES@BHS #SoGrateful

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