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A. E. Stover
02 January 2020 @ 12:10 pm

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Holy fuck I don't know what I'm doing with my life anymore. I don't know if I can handle being a teacher, hahaaha somebody help me please.
A. E. Stover
I got a job.

I'll be teaching in New York City come this September. I'm the new social studies teacher for the 6th and 7th grades; two 6th grade classes & one 7th grade class, two of the three being ICT (Integrated Co-Teaching)/CTT (Collaborative Team-Teaching) classes, as well as a Media/Technology class. So, four classes a day, five days a week. And that's not including extended day programs, planning/development periods, observation/feedback sessions, and self-reflection time.

Busy can't even begin to describe what my life will be. I'm terrified at the sudden onslaught of responsibilities, but I'm also determined and excited to make changes in my students' lives.

I won't be blogging much on LJ anymore; maybe during the off-days to summarize what I've been doing. And I definitely don't think I'll be doing anything fandom-related for a while. But I do plan to do a weekly blog, focused primarily on my experience as a first-year teacher: from my job searching craze to the hectic hiring process, and of course my teaching methodologies, classroom management successes and disasters, end-of-the-year results, and the next steps. Tumblr will serve as the platform, just because it's easier to use on both a PC/laptop and phone app.

So, yeah.

Let's survive.
A. E. Stover
28 June 2014 @ 09:26 am
I went to Jamaica, Queens yesterday to return my cable boxes (thus ending my cable relationship with Time Warner) and my mom had to drive locally on the way back... We drove through Jamaica Avenue, where gentrification was at its worst and had squashed out so many of the mom & pop shops that the area used to be known for. And it made me so mad.Collapse )
A. E. Stover
22 May 2014 @ 10:52 pm
Pearson has agreed that edTPA (the big teaching certification exam I'm taking) is flawed. The exam may be suspended indefinitely, starting next year.


At least I didn't have to pay for that shit :V

(also I thought the exam was pretty well designed. and fun. (?????!!) oh well?)

(also I graduated from grad school so now I am big adult /o\)
04 April 2014 @ 06:37 am
Ah. It's just me.

Just me.

I'm still alive.
05 February 2014 @ 07:58 am
Despite the terrible weather in New York, public schools remain open. I didn't mind. I was looking forward to doing the follow-up lesson from yesterday, especially after I got such wonderful feedback from my CT and my field specialist.
Unfortunately, the neighborhood I live in seems to think that none of its residents ever leave the area.Collapse )
A. E. Stover
30 December 2013 @ 08:29 pm
when i look back at what i've done so far, i feel proud.
but i look back at the things i want to do...

and then i don't.