Recently, I went to TJ Max where I saw a small pumpkin which had the words “thankful”. I wanted to buy it but I decided to wait for next month. I came to think about it once I asked my cousin how was her day. “Fine, I have nothing to complain” she said. I realized right then and there, that I too had nothing to complain about. Yes, there are days where I am tired, exhausted, worn-out, nervous, anxious and overwhelmed. I wouldn’t change for the world when a Hispanic student gives me a hug, a student concerned about my feet (a long funny story), I help children understand the difference between odd/even numbers, and when I read a book aloud.
I have to think back to that small pumpkin and be more thankful for the small stuff in life such as my health, education, and just being. I thank God for giving me a new school to work in, and my final year in my master’s degree program. I do have many things to be thankful for such as my family, my neighborhood, my church that is across the street. I thank you almighty God for the many gifts you have given me, and I continue to ask that you help me in my career to be the best teacher and I welcome Jesus into my classroom everyday. I love you God, my heavenly Father. Amen
I have been reading this terrific book entitled Talk to the Hand by Lynne Truss. She is an expert on manners and the English language. I could not believe how rude I have been by not editing my writings. Whenever I write, I tend to write whatever came to my mind without checking grammar, punctuation and spelling.
I had made the readers do double work by interpreting my sloppy writings. Many apologizes on that. I will continue to write on femininity, manners, education, books, travels, Catholicism, and many more.
I often think about how forgotten the first commandment is. We often justify our love of God, on how we are a good group of people.
Questions that ought to be consider are the following:
Have I treated people, events or things as more important than God?
Have I prayed on a daily basis?
Have I read the bible or other spiritual books (from holy people such as the saints)?
Many people can answer this question, at least I hope.
I have prayed deeply to the Scared Heart of Jesus, which I received a friendly reminder from a dear friend. I realized that I have been attached to degrees, careers and materials because that is the one place no one can’t argue about. Who doesn’t want these things?
I came to the realization that I have often judged people who didn’t have these, maybe it was because in my household it was often talked about much more than faith (easy to talk about degrees, careers and materials in secular circles).
In my prayer for some reason I feel that all will be alright. In my prayer, I came to the conclusion that Jesus is the best teacher. I must imitate and follow Him.
I want to give a shout out to my sister, who texted a prayer at a time of a mini “crisis”
Wow, I can’t believe I made it through. So many tears, laughter, dreams and nightmares have kept me up at night (none to maybe three to five hour of sleep). There are so many lessons that I have learned, mistakes I have endured, growth that I have made.
I realize that I have been a negative person due to the fact that I have never done a job where I needed to come prepare with lesson plans, communicate with many people and join many meetings (parents, paras, administration, grade team, etc).
So some points that I would like anyone that wants to become a teacher here is the following:
- Come prepared on a daily basis, weekly, monthly
- Make lesson plans fun and interesting.
- Make a field trip (on a monthly basis, perhaps)
- Build a positive team.
- Come to work with a positive disposition and with a smile.
- Pray the rosary everyday, listen to the bible audio.
- Sing a spiritual song everyday.
- Anything negative or bad happening, pray to God. Talk with a therapist, friend or family member
- Write a journal entry (I have a spiritual one that comes in handy).
- Join a Catholic group of fellowship (You will need friends that are not part of the DOE)
- Go to mass especially adoration (Jesus is present)
I know that God is helping me through this journey. I might not have done the most perfect job, but I know that God helped me endure through the students’ emotional turmoil, the paras and administration’s negativity, but I can say that I stayed the course and did not give up. I made it through the year, and that I am proud of.
We live in a world full of many gadgets and technology. Have you ever taken the time to put these things away, in order, to read a book or exercise outside.
I started noticing that many of my time is either looking at pinterest, youtube or other blogs. Not to say that there is anything wrong with these, but all things most be kept in moderation.
I tend to do nature walk every weekend. I feel that it rests my mind and body. It is also has a spritiual/religious element to it by being reminded of what God has created. How good and beautiful the things that He has created?
I think another thing we forget is exercising the mind. I was watching this youtube video from Hillsdale College (probably one of the best colleges that teaches truth along with reason), and I couldn’t help myself but how I should read more books for my mind’s sake.
Another thing that has inspired me was Pope John Paul II. Did you know that every morning, John Paul II would read the news in every language that he knew.
Check out this video on the importance of reading in order to excerise the mind:
As a special education teacher, I tend to have many meetings, conferences and appointments with other health providers, teachers, administration, parents, etc.
I pray to St. Raphael for my meeting tomorrow. At times, it could be overwhelming in terms of communication. When a teacher is trying to help a parents’ child, and that parent is flat out denying what her child is doing…then, this is what hinders the child to obtain the services she needs to help her.
I pray to St. Raphael to help in this meeting, and to help me with my communication skills.