I must apologize. I have no pictures for you. It’s sort of a cardinal sin of blogging, but I couldn’t help it. I’ve been working all week, and as you may know, taking pictures at a school is a difficult mission given legality issues…and the general creep factor you project when cameras and kids are involved.
Given my photographic limitations, I have only words. I know that nothing’s worse than clicking onto a blog and seeing a solid page of writing. Unless I was searching Google Scholar, it’s unacceptable. So please forgive me. I will do better in the future. Today I wanted to go over some mental musings.
1) Work Clothes
Am I just lame, or does anyone else find it difficult to dress for work appropriately? As a young female teacher, it is imperative to present a mature, professional image. Not only the school staff, but the students need to perceive you as older, wiser and not to be trifled with. Women must strike a delicate balance between professional and dowdy. It’s not the same for men. Every man, regardless of age can throw on slacks, a button down and a tie and blammo they are good to go. In basic slacks and a button-down I start down the stuffy schoolmarm path. However, if I try to dress a little trendy I run the risk of being confused for a student, or looking slightly inappropriate (i.e. tight clothes, revealing necklines). Even my hair is an issue. It’s so easy to wrap my hair up into a bun, but I know this is pretty quintessential ‘marm. Sorry, but it’s out of my face, looks more professional than a ponytail and it’s easy. I suppose I could get up a little earlier in the morning to tame the beast up there. Must think on that. Must find a ‘work-style’ blog. Oh sartorial woes…tough life right?
2) Technology at MIS
Students at MIS each get a Macbook. Having previously observed students abusing their privilege to gifted laptops (interesting idea New South Wales), I was immediately on high alert to thwart any internet tomfoolery at MIS. However, my vigilance largely been futile. Yes, the occasional student ventures onto a frivolous web page, but by and large those kids are actually completing their classwork. I am continually impressed by the integration of technology at this school. Nearly every lesson I’ve covered involved use of the laptops, along with an internet component. Lessons, resources and materials for each class are online for student access. Classrooms are well equipped with data projectors, smart boards, elmo’s and laptop hookups. The ease of technology inclusion feels natural, and I’m still amazed at the lack of student abuse. I’m left wondering what’s special about MIS that allows this system to function so well. Affluence? Academic rigor/expectations? Firm discipline structures? To be determined…must investigate further.
3) German Brownie Mix
I wanted brownies. Hoping to find a cheap and delicious brownie mix, I trustingly purchased a RUF (German brand) box the other day. Dearie me. What I got were sad approximations of the thick, fudgy American brownies I’m used to. They were thin, they were cake-like, they were downright insipid.
Note to self: Must spring for the expensive Betty Crocker mix in the ‘USA’ section next time- it’s worth it. ( I suppose I could make them from scratch too…ugh I’m lazy)
Addendum: Also purchase ice cream. Mmmmm brownies a la mode….