So my work as an SAT tutor is finished until September. I have to say I really loved working with small groups of extremely motivated and polite kids in extremely luxe settings like country clubs and penthouse floors of office buildings. You are probably thinking, “Sounds great! What’s not to like?” and you would be right to ask. The answer is nothing. It was awesome. However, it did take up some precious time of which I have little since I am always planning my classes and grading at my full time job. Continue reading
I have about two months of school left. (Yes, TWO MONTHS! No more complaining about snow days extending the school year ever again!) I have been working really hard to capture the attention of the seniors. In the last few weeks, the Ministry of Education added two extra weeks onto the end of the year for seniors and announced that the kids would have to take Examenes de Grados. If the kids do not pass, then they do not graduate. Whaaaaa? Yup. True. Aaaaaaand totally ridiculous. ¡Así es la vida!
When I am not planning or grading, I am daydreaming about all of the things I will do once I have the time. Here are my lists: Continue reading
So after my last post I received LOTS of feedback. All of it positive and kind which was awesome. I heard from people I haven’t spoken to in a long time which was a hoot! I have decided calling it ‘The Year of Megan’ sounds a wee bit too self involved after a few loving jokes from friends. Thanks for keeping me humble, fam. 🙂
In addition, I realized this might be my midlife crisis. I quit my job. I am with the most amazing younger man on Earth. And I moved to a new country. All signs of a midlife….crisis? I don’t think I’m in crisis. I googled ‘other names for a midlife crisis’ and Continue reading
Well, I have a big decision to make and I’m learning a lot about myself in the process of making it. First big realization: I don’t like making big decisions. It’s stressful and I have a face full of blemishes to prove it. Second big realization: Continue reading
OK – it has been a really really long time. I’m embarrassed to admit how long. All you have to do is look at the time stamp on my last post and you will know my shame. Continue reading
So I haven’t posted in a month and a half. People have been bugging me about it and I have to admit I feel a little guilty about it….but only a little because things at work are CRAZY!
I teach at a private school in Quito which has an amazing reputation and equally amazing children. First, let me acknowledge that I am teaching the most homogenous group of kids that I have EVER taught during my 19 years. They all come from upper middle class families. They all are light skinned Ecuadorians. They all have supportive, two-parent households and do not have to work a part time job to get by. You get the idea.
Despite its many differences from my school’s demographics in Boston, the school has really made me think about what happens in the US in terms of education from the teachers’ point of view as well as the students’ point of view. These kids love to learn. They Continue reading