I have been learning so much from my cousin’s baby. Yesterday, she learned how to balance on her two feet for a couple of seconds until she fell right on top of me. Today, she had an infant walker in front of her. She is able to pick herself up by bending both of her knees and lift herself up with her upper arms on the walker. She accomplished the goal, which was lifting herself up from the floor. Next, she puts herself back on the floor by bending her knees, and slowly releasing her upper arms from the walker.
She kept on bringing herself back from the floor only to release herself from the walker back to the floor. I jokingly told her granny, “you see that is how she keeps herself fit by exercising the way she does”. I suddenly released that she was trying to practice on how to balance as well as positioning her body.
I am not sure why I thought to myself “she is practicing on how to pick herself right back up after going down on the floor”
I realized this is how life is, by going through our own ups and down be it in relationships, work, school and life in general.
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.
So a virtue that I am practicing is diligence. Diligence is a careful and persistent work or effort. As a special education teacher, there are so many things to do from lesson plans, IEP, meetings/phone calls to parents, Professional development, grade meetings, parent engagement notices, administration duties, etc. The list goes on and on. I feel that so far I have been diligent this entire week.
To become diligent one must be extremely organized. So some helpful tips:
- Pray (put God first)
- Read the Bible (so many tips about daily life)
- Clean up any messy area/cluster place
- Buy organizers such as agendas, folders, notebooks, filing folders
- Prioritize your work (ask God to help you)
- Make time for nature walking
- Cut down destructions (such as tv, shows, non-excessive talking/chats)
2 Peter 1:10 Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to make your calling and election sure, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall.
A negative situation happened to me during work. I internalized the conflict and took it personal. Though the comment of my paraprofessional hurtful, untrue and humiliating (she said it in front of the kids), I could have taken the situation in a productive way.
Upon this tragic event, I realize that I had a problem with my emotional being. I started to notice a pattern that has been happening during the work place. I wanted to find a solution to this internal problem that I had. I realized that when a co-worker said or did something I did not like, I would either say or do something negative back or avoid her all together.
I came upon this Catholic Psychology school webinar. It talked about the two types of psychology one is the disease model which tends to look at the past. The other is known as positive psychology. I started to work toward a goal that I could work on for today, which will continue for about a month until it becomes a habit.
I never heard that one could work on a virtue as a goal. So there are many types of virtues out there (I probably will write another blog about this). This is what has made me work so hard today so I don’t focus on the past.
So my tip for today. Think of a virtue you would like to work on today. Write in a notebook to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and Scared Heart of Jesus on this goal. Read the bible for inspiration, pray the Rosary to obtain that grace…
The first week of school, I cleaned my classroom and brought my supplies to decorate the bulletins. This helped my classroom to appear as any other classroom, where learning would grow.
The first day of school, I was anxious and excited. As the weeks went by, I realize that I have a lot of learning to do. It is one thing to sit in university and analyze theories, which is completely different being in the classroom with children.
I learn more at work than I do at university. I am still learning about the school, neighborhood, students (including their families), administration, and curriculums.
I feel that university is good in that there is that field work, but it needs to teach teachers to teach effectively in various subjects in line with the NYS core skills. This would help teachers relate this to their field work. Also, there should be more classes on lesson planning, assessments and relationships (with administration, families, and community).
I am please to announce a very special guest in NYC, ….Papa Francisco. While he is in Manhattan, I am taking the train to my university course. I am really excited to hear his messages, and see his gestures to the public from the television.
Blast from the Past
I was in Yankee Stadium when Pope Benedict visited NYC. I was extremely excited. I wore a black dress because I have seen delegates and world leaders wear black when they visited the pope :).
At the time, I was going through a lot in terms of what I career path I should take, and volunteering at prolife clinics. Now that I look back, I am happy to have gone through that experience. It all started when I wanted to be an ESL teacher (teaching English as a second language). I was volunteering at a place where I taught civics to immigrants. I came upon Roe vs. Wade, and I started to investigate. I decided to learn what abortion, which led me to see many images of the deceased unborn babies. I couldn’t believe the lies and manipulation that women are facing in my country.
The director of the place did not want me to talk about, so I decided that it was best that I leave. I wanted to help these women encountering these unfortunate circumstances. I volunteered at EMC, and meet wonderful people, who are dedicated in supporting these vulnerable women. The Sisters of Life’s ministry is making great changes in women’s hearts with the grace of God.
I remember these words that Pope Benedict said “And this, dear friends, is the particular challenge which the Successor of Saint Peter sets before you today. As “a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation”, follow faithfully in the footsteps of those who have gone before you! Hasten the coming of God’s Kingdom in this land! Past generations have left you an impressive legacy. In our day too, the Catholic community in this nation has been outstanding in its prophetic witness in the defense of life, in the education of the young, in care for the poor, the sick and the stranger in your midst. On these solid foundations, the future of the Church in America must even now begin to rise!”
I will never forget the day I met Pope Benedict. I felt that his peace radiated on to me. He definitely had a close relationship with Jesus present in the Eucharist. He is a holy man. I hope and pray that one day I will also met Pope Francis live; until then watching him on TV is good enough for me.
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.