Teaching

A double perspective on the world...

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This past weekend, we were able to celebrate the wedding of my "cousin" with family on my husband's Cuban side. The entire event was amazing; we were able to spend such good, quality time with people who we don't always get to see as often as we'd like. Everything was so much fun...babies everywhere, kids giggling, teenagers sneaking little sips of champagne during toasts, older people dancing salsa like they were still teenagers themselves...it was perfect! As I stood and talked to one of the women at the rehearsal dinner, I realized something that I have always heard about being bilingual...I have "double perspective".

I was chatting away with Cuban ladies about diapers and infants and toddlers and what I did for a living without even thinking that I was standing there (a foot taller than nearly everyone in the room and MUCH blonder) speaking Spanish. Only 15 years ago, I hadn't spoken a word of Spanish and I had not traveled out of the US yet...but here I was, yammering (and gossiping) away with the best of the "cubanas"!

Being bilingual, they say, is like living a double life. Not the kind where you feel sneaky or uncomfortable, the kind of life where things feel exponentially "doubled". Thanks, to my Cuban "familia" for including a giant gringa!

Now, I remember why I teach Spanish to those stubborn teenagers! :).

Happy Tuesday. M

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The softer side of "ms. P"...

20120904-184629.jpg I reminded my students of the quote above today and they seemed to enjoy it so I decided to share it with you. There is such truth in these words.

Related side-note: Also, how funny are teenagers? Just in general, they are ridiculously awesome and equally ridiculous. Today a kid said to me in class, "you've got a baby...are you old enough for a baby?" (note: the art of the backhanded compliment is alive and well in our youth.) Thanks guys. But then, seconds later I heard a girl mutter to a friend, "I like her better now."

Was it the baby that won her over? Perhaps. Most likely. Maybe me just acknowledging being a human? Probably not. One may never know. Ah, the mystery of adolescence. Each year I take two steps closer to figuring it out and three steps back. :)

Back-to-school, baby!

Life design 101... (aka "jumping ship"!)

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20120817-194250.jpgThis week has been my first at a new teaching job. It's been a true breath of fresh air and an inspiration in every sense of the word. Side note: need some inspiration? Check out children inspire design and the shine project.

Ok, back to my story... I had been VERY nervous about basically "jumping ship" with a major life decision this past spring when I, indeed, jumped ship. Change scares the bejesus out of me sometimes and I felt like I had finally lost it this July when it hit me that I was leaving a job I love, with coworkers I adore, and students who made me realize that I had indeed chosen a vocation (ps- its genetic! My grandma and aunts are teachers, thanks a lot, guys!) and not just a job.

But, there's this little face I needed to see more of...so, I did it. Love will make you do the darnedest things! I switched a hellish commute for a short one so that I could snuggle a bit more and spend non-commuting time with my favorite pigtail-wearing giggle-monster. I traded the Babysitter literally sent down from heaven (contact me if you need someone near DC because this woman is truly amazing...) for a (gasp!) stranger. It was one of the hardest decisions I've had to make, but...it's feeling good.

So, I leave you with this little story and no results. But maybe someone else out there who's about to splash into the water after jumping will feel a bit of solidarity.

Enjoy!

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Posters all courtesy of Pinterest. Look me up...I'm Megan Elizabeth!

"It's the end of the world as we know it..."

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It's that time of year again! The final countdown! Pardon my overuse of the exclamation mark! REM's song frantically plays in my head as I frenetically run around in circles... Really though, this full-time teacher-mama can hardly stand herself. Why, you may ask, am I so excited!? Tomorrow is that blissful day known to teachers as "the end".

While I will miss the kids that I teach and their fabulous and hilarious antics...(for example, the obsession with drawing me on the board each day to document my outfit and hairstyle choice in 3rd period Spanish...)

...I am ready to take it SLOW. I yearn to do NADA. All that needs to happen is a little walk each day, an occasional splash in the pool and a snuggle with my girl whenever I want to.

Summer, I love you.

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Best spring break ever? Yup.

This may go down in the charts as the best spring break ever! A whole day of relaxation has been quite successful and a trip to the park (x2) doesn't hurt.

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Plans for our break include massive amounts of stroller-ing and swinging, trips to Starbucks, a picnic to feed some ducks, lunch out on the town...

My my, how you have changed spring break. I think I love it! :)

Enjoy the sunshine. M

Brooklyn Superhero Supply Store

Very rarely do I revert to the 8 year old version of myself who wore tutus while climbing trees and playing make-believe. I can think of two , make that three exceptions: Magic Kingdom, anything Harry Potter related and a new discovery - The Superhero Supply Store. I almost bought a cape, that's how charming it is. This place is serious business.

Read more here: Brooklyn Superhero Supply

And here's the NYTimes article about their mission to make kids (and adults) feel like superheroes. nytimes article about the "store"

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The best part of this organization is that reading, seeing a tutor, and learning now have a cool guise. Super heroism!

Read more here about the good guys behind the "front": 826 NYC

And there is one in DC! Must go visit. The "Unnatural" Museum of History 826 DC

Teenage fashion: 1999 vs. 2011

During recent dress down days at school, (in a high school), I have become aware of how different it is being a teenage girl in 2011 than it was in 1999.  One word - Spandex.  THEY ARE NOT PANTS. See more at: http://tightsarenotpants.com/

1999 Fashion:

Cargo pants (lots of khaki!)

Baggy baggy shirts (often in plaid, yes please!)

Old Navy fleece

Adidas sandals (with socks...ewwww)

Life with Joey, Pacey, Dawson and friends always seemed so much simpler...

VS.

2011 Fashion:

Toms shoes

Spandex / "tights"

Skinny jeans

 

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