Saturday, May 17, 2008

Seventeen Days

Seventeen more days of school. Seventeen more days of certain kids, the ones that make seventeen seem like forever...last week, my student teacher was teaching and I left the room. Big mistake on my part. When the dust settled, three students ended up being removed from the classroom for a day and a half.

The week after school ends (after those seventeen days....) I'm going to New York City for a quick weekend. A baseball game in Yankee Stadium. Walking down Fifth Avenue. Roasted almonds from the vendor on the street corner. That should be a good stress reducer. And then West Palm Beach for 10 days in July. Another something to look forward to doing. I asked my daughter today what she wanted to do in August. She thought for a minute and said, in all seriousness, "London is nice, but what about Rome?" -- that's my girl!

I don't know if the decision to go off Zoloft was the right one for me, at least right now. I know I'm quicker to be angry when I'm not taking the medicine. And my patience is thinner. But I'm not in a fog or 'zoned out' and I feel happier overall, I think. The people around me are being patient with my quick temper. That's all I can ask at this point.

Another 'new' news bulletin is the series of classes in which I enrolled. Dr. Kaplan in the education department at the University of Southern California (USC) is a leader in gifted education, especially in urban settings. I have been using her icons the past few months and have noticed an increase in academic vocabulary and connections among my students. I signed up for a Summer Institute with Dr. Kaplan, and enrolled in a certificate program with her that starts in October. The program lasts for one academic year, and my district is thrilled that I will be studying with Dr. Kaplan herself. I am too!