December 31, 2011
On the last day of the year, as I soak up my last bit of home before heading back to Arkansas tomorrow and back to my kiddos and Aula 6A on Monday, I realize that I have so much to be thankful for and that I have learned so very much in 2011. There have been many moments where I have wanted to stay in bed rather than brave another day teaching Spanish to teenagers, but there have also been moments that I have cried from joy and high-kicked (yes, literally) in honor of student mastery.
At the beginning of this calendar year, I was preparing myself for my TFA commitment, reading blogs and fantasizing about having my own orderly classroom where students would want to learn as much Spanish as possible and would study and succeed at extremely high levels. I ended up with a clutter of a room, full of sombreros and colores but also full of love and learning, both for my students and for me. In retrospect, being so idealistic was quite naïve, but being idealistic has enabled me to get up every day and believe in my kiddos and to also work my hardest to give them the excellent foreign language education they deserve. I am by no means a great teacher, and more often than not, I am not even a good one. The most important thing, though, is that I believe in my students and they know it. I’ve taught them about the achievement gap and what they are up against. I don’t let them complain or make excuses and remind them that they have to have ganas if they are ever going to achieve anything. They know I love them and they know I care about their futures. They know I’m harsh sometimes because the world’s that way, too. I can’t wait to see what 2012 holds for me and my 98 amazing estrellas!
At the end of each year, I always make resolutions for the next. I figure this year shouldn’t be any different, even if I rarely stick to the resolutions I make. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:
- Sleep more during the week and less on weekends.
- Exercise and eat a more balanced and healthy diet.
- Explore Arkansas!
- Be Profe less and Brittany more.
- Unsubscribe to junk e-mail, as it clutters my inbox and drives me absolutely loca!
- Blog more!
I’m sure there is much more I could do in 2012, but I give these six a try and see how it goes. No need to be too lofty in my ideals, right?
¡Feliz Año Nuevo a todos!
Also, if you want to fill a resolution of helping others or giving money to charity, please check out my CMEF page and donate to our service trip to Honduras! There’s only a few months left and we still need a great deal of help! ¡Gracias!