April 1st, 2011

Rainbow Umbrella

April showers

I kicked butt on my March goals! GO ME. After failing so bad in February, it's nice to be feeling good about myself again.

For April, I meant to scale back a little but it didn't seem to happen. Cross your fingers for me!

1. Continue creative job searching for a full-time, permanent spot.

2. Complete: four in-person teacher classes, two online teacher classes, and 20 hours of my field-based experience.
In-person: April 2, April 9, April 12, April 30
Online: April 2, April 2
FBE: twenty hours

3. Register for my teacher certification test.

4. Email YWLA about a possible visit.

5. Make the most of my time at the library. Learn new things. Look for opportunities to take on new projects and responsibilities. Look for ways to be creative. Look for projects I can talk about in interviews.

6. Say thank you as much as possible. Write thank you notes. Reach out to people. Make my gratitude, for things both big and small, known.

7. File mattress claim.

8. Do something fun and just for me.

9. Stop being so passive-aggressive on Twitter. Just walk away, unfollow, breathe. I control my experience there, so make it a good one. Also, refuse to follow people whose only purpose is being bitchy.

10. Get everything ready for Big Bang claims. *whimper*

And that's it y'all! I'm exhausted just thinking about this month. But, I'm determined to make the most of every day, so...here we go!
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SPN: Sam Loves Lists

I'm ready for the big time, is it ready for me?

Today I volunteered again in the middle school library, and it was interesting mostly because a group of about thirty eighth graders were in there getting a review class for the TAKS exam. TAKS is a standardized test that eighth graders have to pass in order to graduate. PERHAPS COINCIDENTALLY, the school systems also get funding initiatives, so a great portion of time every school year is spent on How To Pass TAKS.

Anyhoo, we also had to take a standardized test to pass eighth grade (though it was a different exam, I believe) when I was in middle school. I don't recall it being a big deal though. This may just be because I'm a smart kid so I was unconcerned, I don't know.

It was interesting to see how much of the class was focused on test-taking techniques rather than on mastering the material itself. Not sure I personally agree with that approach, but it must work or they wouldn't do it. It was very, very interesting to listen to.

The last hour was a review of math (algebra and geometry) and I was rapt with attention. I have to take my certification exam in June and so I soaked up as much as I could. I'm 38 and still mystified by fractions, I admit it. Math always has been like a foreign language to me, my brain just doesn't GET it, somehow.

So, then I went to the grocery store. Came home and made another batch of enchiladas (I had all the stuff leftover), and a batch of fajita vegetables. I also made this yummy baked broccoli-thing. Haven't tried it yet but it looks good.

I registered for my teacher test -- June 16. *bites nails* I've made a deal with myself not to worry about it until it gets closer. Done and done.
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