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).
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.
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.