Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Summer School - For Me

Yesterday, I mentioned the book I am reading for my summer class. I'm taking Cultural Diversity as part of my ESOL endorsement program. 

And ack! 

We have to do video book reviews - well, last week, that took 30-hundred tries because I was using my phone and first I was sideways and then upside down, and I couldn't figure out how to turn it {neither could College Girl, which definitely made me feel better lol!} so I had to re-record. {Plus all the I don't like how I sound, or said that, or flipped my hair there!} And we have to do a Cultural Diversity Experience - which means go some place where I'm the minority and probably be uncomfortable. And we have to do a Digital Media Presentation and one of the choices for that is using Screencast-O-Matic - which I've never heard of {although there are a couple other choices which I have heard of} and then some other more regular stuff. 

And I was thinking last week - I don't want to learn anything new, I just want to get through this endorsement program. 



Really, Sara, you don't want to learn anything new? 

So I'm trying to have a better attitude. My video this week only took 4 tries. That's right, not 4 hundred, just 4. And even though I don't agree with a lot of what this book is saying, it's making me notice things. Like when I went to the grocery store yesterday, and the Hispanic shelf stocker lady wouldn't look up at me. Yikes, what have I done to make someone that afraid or nervous? 

And perhaps most important, I need to push, push, push my kids. I really tend to let them off the hook too easily. Or I tell them it's ok, when really they need to make corrections. I don't know yet, how to balance this with my personality, but I'm seeing again and again, that this is what all my students need. 

So, for the past month or so, I haven't been blogging like I'd like to. I feel like I don't have anything to say. But I think that's not really true; I just need to get back into the practice of writing. And wouldn't that be just what I would tell my kids??? 


  1. I love your honesty Sara. Great post.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

    1. Thank You Tammy - that means a lot coming from you!

  2. I'm eager to hear more of what you have to say... Keep it coming!!

    1. Oh thank you Alyce - and back at you! Let us know what you're learning in your class. Sara