When I started this blog my goal was to use it as a space to explore both my personal and professional growth. When people who don’t get it say “try to separate the personal from professional” I’m like nah… that ain’t me. They’re the SAME. This is WHO I AM. That’s why “Authentic Señora” seemed to be a fitting title. It was learning about #authres and more real, personalized teaching, and if I had $1.00 for every time I heard and read the word “authenticity” or “authentic” in my counseling MA program, well… I wouldn’t have student loan debt. Continue reading
I’ve had lots of ideas for blog posts in my brain. I thought I’d come and write one called “Summer, Teacher BFFs, and Curriculum Camp… and who am I?” But it became clear that this one post would be like 5,000 words, so I decided to break it up and drop them all like a surprise new Beyoncé album – all at once. So:
Frau and I have been teaching for several years in various schools and departments. We were both educated at U of Illinois. We started attending professional conferences together while teaching. After several years of self-doubt and budding self-confidence (We strongly believe that it is vital for human beings to be able to hold contrasting thoughts in their minds and hearts at one time) we asked ourselves… Continue reading
I’m going to start this out with a truth I hold to be self-evident: one cannot make it in this field without a teacher BFF. Some of us have families (of origin or of our own) to support us; some don’t. Some of us have “regular” friends; some don’t. Some of us have spiritual communities; some don’t. Some of us have a dog to snuggle with; some don’t. Some have a life partner; some don’t. Y’all I mean it – a Teacher BFF is er’thang. Let me introduce you to mine – Frau Lauren Arkin.
Ok, here’s the quick history of my life as a Spanish teacher.
Narrator: it was not quickContinue reading
Ugh. April blues. Is that a thing? Or do I just have the regular blues? The end of the year is in sight. I’m putting in POs for materials for next year. I’m ready to wrap up, enjoy summer, and start fresh. I want to do landscaping at home and play with my kid… But wait… TWO MORE MONTHS OF SCHOOL!! It’s the season of SAT tests, Jostens meetings, assemblies, etc. In a school where my class sizes are already between 2 and 11 kids… missing a couple means HUGE changes. Continue reading
This is the third year I’ve taught Mira Canion and Carol Caab’s Piratas del Caribe y el mapa secreto in my Spanish 1 class. The first year I did it, it was required/strongly suggested from the district office. I was just a baby first year teacher who had never heard of TPRS and none of the other teachers in my building were buying in. I tried my best to “do what I was told” but it was challenging when surrounded by other naysayers and not being a believer myself. I bumbled through it and did my best (and then quit teaching for a year… that’s for another story.) Continue reading
Remember that time I thought I’d start a blog? HAHAHAHAHA.
It’s been 10 months since my first and only post. That’s pretty cool of me. I don’t know how people do it – all those Spanish teacher bloggers out there who are moms, wives, friends, teachers, sponsors, take trips, famous conference presenters… DO YOU ALL HAVE THE HERMIONE TIME TURNER OR WHAT?! LET ME IN ON YOUR MAGIC! Continue reading
Well. I decided to try the blogging thing.
Who am I? A Spanish teacher (AKA language acquisition specialist) – just trying to find her way out here on the path to proficiency. Continue reading