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Soooo....basically subbing has taken over my life, among other things. Besides fooling around on my phone, I think this is the 2nd time I've opened my laptop in about 3 months. It's both a good thing and a bad thing. I went from having absolutely too much free time after graduating to having no time at all. In the end, I'm happy. I'm doing something that I find truly rewarding, and in my most cases of happiness in my life, it was unplanned. I'm pretty happy that I fell into teaching. It was really overwhelming at first and a bit scary, but I'm truly finding a love for it. Waking up at 6 am every morning to wait for a call, not so much ;-)
Subbing is a tricky profession. You have to be able to go into a classroom and pick up where the teacher left off, with little or no prior knowledge of what exactly the class is learning or already knows. All while trying to keep order and have the children like you, but not completely walk all over you because you are just a substitute. The first thing a child thinks when their teacher is out is play time! That isn't the case for K-5. We're still expected to go over any material that the teacher was expected to complete that day, screaming children and all.
I've worked with kids before in the past, but never in as structured a situation as daytime school. I've been a camp counselor, a pottery teacher, a babysitter and a tutor. Informality at its best. "Adjusting" is just one word you could use to describe my first week of subbing ;-) I really wasn't sure if this was something I should be doing. I almost longed for a computer and a desk to crawl under.
I give classroom teachers so much credit for what they do day in and day out, 180 days a year. Those two summer months off are a job necessity for the profession. Otherwise, there would be a surplus of ex-teachers in the loony bin. Being a sub, I go in and I go out. Sometimes there's weeks or months in between having the same class again. It's the perfect job for someone who gets bored easily. Seeing so many new faces is something I enjoy. It keeps things interesting. Since I'm only in one school so far, I'm getting to know all the kids pretty well and I have the opportunity to work with every grade.
My favorite part is the interaction with the kids. Their young, untarnished, innocent (some not so much) personalities are priceless. Some of the things they come up with and say is hysterical, and often inappropriate. Remaining professional and having to scold is not my favorite part, but I do it...usually with a straight face ;-)
I'm really happy that I was led to this path and I'm curious to find out what will happen down the road.
I've finally brought my blog back from the dead! 2008 has surely passed by like a whirlwind and I JUST finally got the internet back in my house. I spent the last 5 months desperately trying to pirate off of my neighbors, to no avail. It's now smooth internet sailing from here with my wonderful new cable modem. I no longer associate web surfing with extreme frustration and mental pain ;-)
Here's some highlights from the last few months:
* Graduated College! woohoo!
* My boyfriend got into the FDNY EMS academy! go Sal!
* Spent a lot of time in PA this summer - visited New Hope, Philadelphia & stayed with Sal's sister and brother-in-law in Milford for a few days.
* I started substitute teaching which convinced me to apply to grad school for teaching. I heart the childrens.
* 2008 election is still confusing me
That's pretty much all I can think about that is significant. I'm definitely going to try to update this thing more often.
Here's a sneak peak of my current project, which is coming soon.... to a theater near you!
Decided to play around and do an illustration friday instead of school work :-P I'm definitely feeling the "senioritis" coming on, as this is my last semester and I have no drive to do any school work. I'm planning my summer vacations instead....hah!
We just got Dance Dance Revolution this weekend. The game is by far the most addictive game I've ever played. We had so much fun with it, especially since it made all of us novices look lke arses ;-) It's the perfect game to be addicted to, especially if you need to lose a few pounds like moi. My sister's wedding is in 3 months :-X
I had to create an "inner space" that makes one feel safe, done in plexiglas for my 3-D Design class. A dollhouse came straight to mind when I connected safeness with childhood. I always wanted a dollhouse growing up (to feed my obsession for all things miniature hehe) so I thought what's better than making my own?
I was really intimidated by the whole 3-dimensionality of the class. I've never really delved into the world of 3-D before, except for maybe playing with clay or paper mache. I really got a lot out of the class and was happy to have taken it. I just might take a sculpture class one of these days! ;-)
So I got myself an internship at the fabulous Keena Co. showroom. Keena is a sort of a middle man company that sells designers products wholesale to stores, mainly home decorative items and stationery. They also work with getting designers into the press. I'm really excited about it since I'm in love with every line and designer they carry. Every Friday I'll be parading around items by the lovely French Bull, New Arcadia, or ThomasPaul, to mention a few. :-D
Inside view of stage one of my project for my 3-D Design class. On the final piece I took out the wall on the first floor and made it all one floor. Don't mind my messy tape job ;-) Gotta love the recycled priority mail cardboard box look.
Stage one of my project for my 3-D Design class. This model is done in cardboard, but the final piece is in plexiglas. I used opaque colored plexiglas. We had to construct a piece with interior space that could be considered a sanctuary or a "safe place". My mind went straight to the safeness of childhood, reminding me of a dollhouse. I always loved miniature things as a child and always wanted a dollhouse, so theres the inspiration ;-) The plexi piece is due tomorrow, so I'll post pictures once I get it back. I had so much fun with this project!
Just like with fabric, I have a problem with collecting pretty patterned paper. There are so many gorgeous papers out there. This is one of my all-time favorites. I'm really loving tree designs this fall. I can't wait to use it.