Wednesday, November 19, 2008

blessings

Teaching is going MUCH better. So much better, in fact, that I now no longer dread having any classes. The "testing" period is over; the children have decided to accept me; I have decided to not eat them for breakfast. :)

There are still the "noodgie" students, as I like to call them. That's a nicer term than I would actually like to use. But, I have started to make some good observations of the motives behind the noodgie behavior which in turn helps me take an appropriate consequence when they act out. Most of the children acting out at this point simply want attention, and these children want attention because I know for a fact that people at home are either too busy (for good reasons or for other reasons) or uncaring. So, it's easy to feel pity and give grace, but these children also need boundaries and tough love. So, at this point, I am trying to be as firm and kind as I can without giving in to their shenanigans. Not as easy as it sounds.

Especially because these 2 kids I have been referring to are absolutely hilarious. No joke. I would be laughing out loud if I knew they could handle it.

So, it is a Wednesday, and I am halfway through my school day and almost done with my work week. I have gotten through the tougher classes and now only have a wonderful kindergarten class that does anything I say and a fun Second Grade class that is always entertaining and productive.

So, at the moment, life is pretty grand and I feel blessed by God to be in this time of my life with a steady job, wonderful family and friends, and kids to help me laugh through the stressful moments.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

My first audition in a very long while

Starting the audition process is intimidating, but rewarding. I have auditioned for a small opera company in W., Ma, and just heard back from them that they will not be using me for their upcoming shows. But, on the upside, they sent me a personal email saying that they really enjoyed hearing me, let me know that I was "seriously considered" and if someone ends up dropping out, they will give me a call. So, there is a chance I could still be used. They encouraged me to audition again in the future. So, I think that is an encouragement. I know I have a lot to work on, and I don't think that was the best audition I've even done, so for them to still be pleased for the most part is a good sign. I will press on. I would like to audition for the BSR general auditions next, so that will be the next focus until something else presents itself. At least I made an effort!