August 25, 2011 Leave a comment
This was my first full day subbing and while it was bittersweet, seeing all my former students, I felt a bit upset at the fact that I couldn’t enlighten a new full group of students. My former students were a bit upset at that fact and proceeded to tell the principal in their own words how getting rid of me was the worst mistake ever…bless them! In any case, getting back to the hectic-never-knowing-what-I’ll-have-next days again, but it was worth it.
First thing back to subbing and I’m already making mistakes…didn’t take roll, got on the computer to check email only to realize they deleted my account, and it wasn’t my class, so all this awkward what-should-i-do nonsense running through my head….I really want my classroom back.
The problem today was trying to teach English without going into a History Spiel about how Sandra Cisneros was basing her essays and characters off of experiences she had while she was a child and a lot of these experiences are from a time where being Mexican wasn’t a good thing. In any case, they were confused on the subject, couldn’t figure out why the person couldn’t change her name because she didn’t like it. The problem is they see people like Sean “Puffy, Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, Diddy, tra la la” Combs, and Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta aka “Lady Gaga” in their view sights, they couldn’t understand that changing your name was a significant dishonor to your parents, and in the case of Sandra Cisneros, your culture. Again, over their heads. But they got it when I explained to them how would their parent’s feel if they decided to change their given name to something else.
After that smooth sailing, but again it was hard to get back on the saddle after being destroyed emotionally over stupid State budget cuts, putting more people into unemployment, and thinking that the Governor can become President GRR!
The extremely, psychotically, irrationally angry-need-to-break-things, Oracle of Dreams