Musica, maestro

Above is some old-school music (I was in middle school when Monica was popular).  I was asked about my summer plans.  I don’t plan on going anywhere but reading, studying and writing.  I have to take a NYS bilingual exam in two weeks, and I have to take an education course on bilingualism. Si, hablo espanol.

I’m about leave for mass.  I will keep all of you readers in my prayers.  May God bless you all. Peace.

Teacher’s Exams, Gracias

So I passed all of the teacher’s exams.  I am elated.  I can’t even contain myself.  I would like to thank my family, friends, teachers, professors, and of course you.  Thanks for your prayers, and patience….Yes, I know I haven’t written in a long, long time.

I was super busy.  I was working full-time as a substitute teacher at an elementary school.  I was also taking about two university courses.  I had plenty of classwork as well as homework to do.  I was also studying for the new version CST elementary exam.  I finally passed!!!  So now, I’m looking for a summer job for the next two months, as well as a full time placement.  So please keep me in your prayers.

So I would like to mention the process that I went through this year.  I live in NYC, so there are three teacher’s exam to pass, they are the following:

1- EAS – it’s basically about educating different types of students such as special needs students and ESL students as well.

2-ALST – it’s about your ability to know how to read and write. It’s almost like an ELA exam.

3-CST (depending on the grade levels you are obtaining your degree in).  It has three parts containing ELA, Math and other subject areas.

How does one study for these exams.  Amazon.com was a good source to buy cheap prep test books.  Another site is the NYS Teacher’s exam site, where it has the latest practice exams.  Another good source to study is Brooklynedu.org – The teacher’s name is Bridgette (the best).

If you are a teacher in any other state/you’re in my state, please leave a message. Gracias

Busy as a Bumblebee

It has been a while since I last wrote….as you could see I have been very busy.  I have a test this coming Sunday, and I hope I pass.  Later on, I will explain the process of becoming a NYC teacher, but that’s for another time, another blog.

I must say I love the weather now.  In NY, we are use to those cold winter days, chilly winds, and frostbites.  Now, the sun is out and I wish I was in the beach than at home.

Stay tune for next blog, and keep me in your prayers.

Paz y amor

Where am I going?

I have been going through some difficult moments for the past few weeks. It was the first time that I had to take a good look in the mirror to see that my words and actions have been reflecting the person that I did not want to be. I feel that I have not been living a good life though I calmed to believe that I have.

I went to a retreat where I reflected and contemplated on the person that I would like to imitate. Retreats are the best place to rest, pray, and reflect. Life runs at full speed, and sometimes we need those moments of tranquility in order to know what path we are walking in.

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood. And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim Because it was grassy and wanted wear, Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the same, And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way I doubted if I should ever come back. I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.

 

Comfort Prayers

Wow, it’s been a while since writing this blog.  I have gone through many changes:

I am in my third semester in university (obtaining a master’s degree in Special Education)) I am living and learning through my mistakes.  This is best type of learning from what I have been told.

I went through many difficult moments (still am), which is what has kept me from writing my blog.  I went through tears, anxiety and stressful moments.  Being a teacher is a rewarding occupation, where you make an impact in a child’s life.  As a teacher, there is an element of vulnerability too.  You are centered stage, the facilitator, the conductor, the role model.  Most of the time, you see your own weaknesses as well.  You put yourself out there for all to see.

I went to a store the other day, and I brought a book entitled “Comfort Prayers: Prayers and Poems to Comfort, Encourage, and Inspire” by June Cotner.  The instant I opened the book, I knew it was for me.  I end this 1st blog of 2015 with this

Changes by Sharon Hudnell

Storm settles into quiet,

Darkest dusk leads to a dawn,

Bleak winter melts to springtime,

And the tide turns-

Hold on.

Back again

I’ve been away due to major changes happening in my life. First, and foremost I have been accepted to a teaching program where I will be obtaining a master’s degree in education while working at the same time. Before any of this occurs, I have to pass three major exams. Keep me in your prayers.
Second, I am so happy that summer is here. Today, I went to the beach. I loved relaxing under the sun and swimming in the water. This summer, I plan on going to the beach on the weekends if my schedule permits me.
Third, I’ve been meeting a group of Catholics in the city and it’s been a blast to encounter young adults making a difference in the world. I am attending a Catholic gala in June, and I can’t wait to meet new people of the faith.
Have a blessed week.
PS- Summer is here, put on your dancing shoes.