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This morning I went to get a TB test. The nurse asked me where I worked and for the first time I got to tell someone (other than my friends) that I’m a middle school English and math teacher. It was a pretty amazing feeling to say those words aloud.

And as I was sitting, waiting to be called back to the room I started feeling a little overwhelmed, am I really doing this (the teaching, not the TB test)? Can I really do this? Then I thought about the kids I taught this summer, two of them just finished the 6th grade and are on a 2nd grade reading level. They are bright, charming boys who worked so hard and showed up every single day of summer school. I made them read aloud, and write in complete sentence. I made them answer questions and then pushed them to tell me why. And they hated it at first, but I remember one day when we were learning about inferences and for the first time everyone’s hands shot up, high in the air to answer the question. They were smiling and almost bursting because they wanted to give the answer, because they knew they knew it. Then, when we were reading aloud, instead of trying to get out of doing it, Willie asked me if he could read next.

So,yes. I’m really doing this. And this poem does a better job than I could explaining why - Taylor Mali: What teachers make.

I figured that since my first year of teaching is going to be insanely busy, really effing hard, and completely exhausting, I should have something going on outside of school. I’m not sure when exactly I convinced myself that training for a half marathon would be a good idea, but I did. In November I’m running the Philadelphia Half Marathon. So, it’s probably about time to unpack my sweet kicks and hit the pavement.
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I figured that since my first year of teaching is going to be insanely busy, really effing hard, and completely exhausting, I should have something going on outside of school. I’m not sure when exactly I convinced myself that training for a half marathon would be a good idea, but I did. In November I’m running the Philadelphia Half Marathon. So, it’s probably about time to unpack my sweet kicks and hit the pavement.

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Life - a brief update

I’ve been back in Philadelphia for two weeks. The past week and a half (and the next four) I’ve been in (unpaid) intensive training for nine hours a day plus hours of studying and related work afterwards (and sometimes before, like on Wednesday when I woke up at 4:30am to practice for an assessment). Today is the first day that I’ve had more than ten minutes to eat my lunch. There’s a lot I could complain about, but I’m still really excited to be here and I’m learning so much. Monday I start teaching reading in summer school to a class of 6th graders. Things are moving fast, maybe a little too fast for me to be comfortable, but someone wise once told me that, ‘if you’re comfortable (in life), you’re doing it wrong’. 
So, here’s to it being Friday. Finally. I’m planning on sleeping in to at least 8am tomorrow morning. What luxury.

okokilltellyou:

A-Reebs-aderci, Rebekah (Taken with Instagram at Two Way Lounge)

Some people I love.

okokilltellyou:

A-Reebs-aderci, Rebekah (Taken with Instagram at Two Way Lounge)

Some people I love.

Of interest:

  • I received my Praxis II scores today. The ETS and the PA Dept of Education have certified that I have the content knowledge necessary to teach high school mathematics. (Whoot!)
  • Two events have been added to my weekend schedule - Donna Summer BBQ and Water Balloon Fight. 
  • Shorts, tank top, sneakers (no socks) is the best outfit for bike riding. (I kind of forget about this every year until the first hot day, and then - BAM - I’m instantly in summer-fun-time mode. Speaking of summer-fun-time, I need to clock some serious stoop hang sesh and backyard bbq time before I leave this city.)

Yesterday was pretty much perfect.

BIG news folks.
In June I will be leaving Chicago and moving back to Philadelphia. When I was out there a few weeks ago it was for an interview and I got it. 
When I first moved to Chicago I did not like it, at all. I was sure I would put in one year and then be out. Six years later, and I can say that I really do love this town. A huge part of that is the amazing friends I’ve made here. If I tried to explain how much these people (you know who you are) mean to me I’d start crying, and I’m not ready to start the waterworks just yet. So I’ll just say, I love them immensely and I’m so fortunate to count them as friends.
But, it’s not all frowns and rainy days. Here’s the puppies and sunshine side of this change. I’m ready to be be back in Philadelphia and start a new, exciting (and a little bit scary) chapter of my life. I’m looking forward to rediscovering the city and reconnecting with old friends. And I’m so happy to get out of this 9-5 office gig and do something I truly care about.
The next couple months are going to be kind of completely crazy, but I’m ready for it. So, here we go… 

BIG news folks.

In June I will be leaving Chicago and moving back to Philadelphia. When I was out there a few weeks ago it was for an interview and I got it. 

When I first moved to Chicago I did not like it, at all. I was sure I would put in one year and then be out. Six years later, and I can say that I really do love this town. A huge part of that is the amazing friends I’ve made here. If I tried to explain how much these people (you know who you are) mean to me I’d start crying, and I’m not ready to start the waterworks just yet. So I’ll just say, I love them immensely and I’m so fortunate to count them as friends.

But, it’s not all frowns and rainy days. Here’s the puppies and sunshine side of this change. I’m ready to be be back in Philadelphia and start a new, exciting (and a little bit scary) chapter of my life. I’m looking forward to rediscovering the city and reconnecting with old friends. And I’m so happy to get out of this 9-5 office gig and do something I truly care about.

The next couple months are going to be kind of completely crazy, but I’m ready for it. So, here we go… 

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