Caroline in the Delta

Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Aug 19 2010

IT BEGINS.

I have not been able to sleep past 6:30am in the past week. I can go to bed at 11 or 2, and still will wake up at 6:27 or 6:32, long before my 7:14 alarm. If you know me even a little bit, you realize that this is an insane phenomenon. I am known for being a very talented sleeper, 16 hours is not a rarity for me. Until I moved to Arkansas…

It’s kind of nice, really. Today I managed to go for two runs. One at 6:45 because I was so anxious about my day, and another at 9:45pm with Nicholle because by then we were both so anxious.

I spent my morning driving an hour to Pine Bluff to apply for a new social security card. If you’ve been reading this blog, you realize this is the FOURTH TIME I’ve been to a social security office in the Delta. Having or not having my passport was always a huge issue, so today when I applied and she only asked for my driver’s license I was moderately unhappy, but got over it.

Then Wal-Mart, the school, then meeting with PD Kate, then school, then more school, then running, now finishing up things for school.

Yesterday was open house. I met about half of my homeroom class and some others. It re-lit the fire! Which was almost a surprise. I thought meeting my students would make me more anxious, but it calmed me down and got me excited again. Tomorrow will be very very different than anything I have ever done in my entire life, but this is a good thing! This is a wonderful thing! Pre-teens, be taught! Learn to write! I just hope my students that only speak Spanish don’t get too overwhelmed.

Back to the powerpoint…

4 Responses

  1. : )

  2. There are a lot of strategies for ELL kids you can use… basically, it usually amounts to finding different ways to teach vocabulary – like Frayer models (http://www.character.org/lessonplan-mckeeroadelementaryschool), using pictures, and activities… usually this applies to all students, anyway. You’ll be surprised how good ELL kids are and (usually) how hard they work.

    Here are some good resources: http://www.everythingesl.net/inservices/using_siop_model_08621.php.php

    I’m obviously doing a lot more looking into this now that my school year is about a week away here in Taiwan.

  3. Sally Korth

    Carolina,
    Hmmm 4th time at social security office, that must be the Korth in you!
    I can’t wait to read about how your day went to day. I must say that it is truly amazing that you are waking up and GETTING up so early in the morning. Must be you are super excited and a little tiny bit anxious about each new day.
    I love you sweet car car. Love, Auntie

  4. Cindy

    School started today! OMG! Hope you weren’t overwhelmed and that you had at least one aha moment.

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