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Musings of an elementary school teacher excited about educational technology

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I found an apartment!

and it accepts ALL my fur babies! It's within walking distance to campus, comes furnished, and includes parking. I went to Boston last week for my school's open house and to check out potential housing. I only saw a couple of places, and I'm glad that one of the places ended up working out. I signed the lease and submitted the security deposit/last month's rent, so everything is looking good. That's one less thing to worry about. =) Also, Boston is amazing. I love it. I am in love

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Everything is happening so fast

So now it's hit me - this is for real. I'm moving across the country to study at HARVARD. If someone had told me this when I was a kid, I wouldn't have believed me. I was still in my mother's womb when she came to this country. We lived out of a car and in crummy motels. I even lived in foster care for a bit. I never would have thought someone from my background would achieve something like this. I'm excited - no doubt about that - but I'm also starting to stress out. I am rec

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I guess I will be traveling with one less companion

As much as I love my cat, my mother is quite attached to him and begged for me to let him stay with her. I figured I might as well leave him with her so he can keep her company. She's going to need it. So, as of now, it will just be me, the boyfriend, and the pups traveling to the other coast. I've booked my flights for admit days and I'm pretty excited. I've never been to Boston so I'm eager to explore the area. Every day I'm just like, "wow, this is actually happening. this is f

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I GOT IN!

It would appear that my dreams were indeed accurate! Dreamt about a rejection from Stanford and got rejected from Stanford....dreamt about an acceptance from HGSE and I just found out I was admitted into the HGSE TIE program! AHHHHH! The official freak out begins! Where am I going to live? How am I going to pay for everything? What's my financial aid? How am I going to tell everyone at work? I didn't even tell my mom I was applying! Now I need to tell her I'm moving across the cou

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Got my first rejection letter....

I know for sure now that I won't be attending Stanford's Learning, Design, and Technology program. I can't say I'm too shocked or hurt. I knew it was a long shot, and truth be told, my heart wasn't that set on the program. I am really hoping for HGSE. Last night I actually had a dream that I checked my email and saw the rejection email from Stanford. Today that's exactly what happened. A few weeks ago I had a dream that I received an acceptance email from HGSE. What's crazy

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Because Puppies Make Everything Better

Here are some pictures of Walter (the puppy I got a few weeks back) and his recent adventures. Gordie makes a few appearances as well. And nope, these guys are not related to each other: I know it could be any time between this week and the end of the month that I hear back from the programs I applied to. I've been trying to keep busy but I've been going nuts. I don't like to read into things but I find it crazy that my boyfriend and I both had

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Exercising

I've always had such a hard time maintaining a work out regimen while going to school/working. I don't like getting up super early, so working out before work/school never happens. By the time I'm done with work/school, I'm too exhausted to go. BUT I AM MAKING CHANGES. Granted it's only been a week but I've been going to the gym 5 days now, and don't people say it takes 21 times for a habit to form? So if I keep at it, eventually it'll become a habit. Or so I'm hoping. Anyway, bas

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I Had the Most Amazing Dream

I dreamt that I was checking my email and lo and behold - AN ACCEPTANCE FROM HGSE. I was insanely happy and started shrieking and dancing in disbelief. Then I woke up. Is it March yet?

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Feeling Depressed and Unmotivated

I guess this is just what comes with the whole process of grad school applications. I'm doing my best to stay positive but I am constantly filled with doubt about how I really measure up to other applicants. I wonder why I even put myself through this in the first place and how all the money I spent could have been put to something else. Sometimes I think maybe this is just a defense mechanism. If I have low expectations, I won't be disappointed if I'm rejected, and will be extrem

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I Love My Job

Sometimes my job drives me nuts but there are moments that make it worthwhile. Moments like this - where my students are inspired to build a Rube Goldberg machine outside of class after learning about potential and kinetic energy as well as machines. http://vimeo.com/84629817 https://www.dropbox.com/s/1362mr679toqo1b/2014-01-20%2015.38.29.mov

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I Can Kinda Sorta Maybe Relax Now! Also, I Am 100% Done With This Shit

All my apps are submitted and all my LORs got in. It turns out one of my writers was sick with the flu and he got log jammed with early semester work. Now just comes waiting for the next few months to hear back. However, working as a teacher, I have found that time passes by so quickly. In the classroom, anyway. In other news, a meeting today solidified my decision of wanting to leave my district. There's been many charters opening up in our district, and our enrollment been declining.

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Sometimes You Just Have to Roll With It

Today is the deadline for Stanford. My app is in and I am just waiting on one LOR. I had asked my letter writer in November, and he agreed - he just asked me to send him reminders as the deadline approached. Well, I've been doing that....every time I log on, though, it says 'has not started' next to his name. ;__________; I'm hoping that I'll get an email at midnight or something letting me know it got in...just like another of my LORs did for the TIE program. Another one of my LO

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Finding Things to Do to Pass the Time

I'm lucky that I have a job to keep me busy throughout the week. I'm already in the midst of assessments and preparing for parent-teacher conferences. On my down time and weekends, however, I find myself compulsively checking my email and these forums. I know March will be here soon enough, but right now, it seems so far away. I've recently started pushing myself to go to the gym on a consistent basis in order to de-stress and get in shape. When I don't get around to going to the gym,

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Back to work...

I've enjoyed my two weeks of holiday vacation. Alas, it has come to an end, and tomorrow it's time to return to work... I love my job but it's definitely hard adjusting to a regular work schedule again. I bet it's just as tough for my kiddos. I am anticipating reviewing rules and procedures...two weeks is a long time for 4th graders... On the bright side, my applications are done and submitted. At this point, there's nothing I can do except wait and see how it turns out. It brings me b

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Pets and Grad School

One thing I've been thinking about lately is how my pets would handle the move across the country, if by some chance I actually got into HGSE. I've had Pirate (the cat) since I was in high school and have had Gordie (the dog) for about two years. I think Gordie would adapt more easily, as he's used to going on road trips. He's experienced snow once, too. Pirate, on the other hand, would take some time to adjust. He's never seen snow; I wonder what his reaction would be. I also wo

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The Panic Is Starting to Set In

I was panicking the other day about my LOR coming in late. I had notified my writer in November, and had sent polite reminders. Around the end of December, I was really freaking out when I received a response saying she was out of town but would work on it when she got back. It hadn't been submitted yet. Today I received an email notifying me that Harvard app's deadline was extended to Monday (it was originally tomorrow), so I breathed a sigh of relief. The LOR should be on time now. Now, I'm

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Introduction and Stats

I figured before I delved into my journey I should provide some background information. I'm currently an elementary school teacher at a Title 1 district. I love being in the classroom, but I aspire to be an edtech coordinator/technology specialist. I'm really passionate about education and technology, and my dream job would be supplying urban schools with technology and training educators in using it effectively. (I come from a low socio-economic background, and this is why I want to w

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