Thursday, March 1, 2018
Slice of Life March 1st -- "Life Changes"
As I pick up my blogging "pencil" again this year, 11 months since I put it down last year...I am reminded of how many changes have happened in my life in just 365 days.
--I relocated from Webb City, Missouri to Indianapolis. I love cities, so this place just fits me!
--I moved into a new apartment. It's a little outside the metro area, so I live across from a farm with horses, but can still get downtown in 15 minutes or less. Perfection!
--I got a new job. I went from teaching 6th grade Communication Arts to 100 kids, to teaching 21 4th, 5th, and 6th graders in a multi-level, multi-language, many-cultured, wonderful classroom.
--I've learned a ton of Spanish and a little Somali, Arabic, Turkish, Swahili and Tigrinya...plus a few others! And, yes, Google Translate is my best friend!
--I've realized how real the immigrant and refugee crisis is in our country. And by "crisis", I mean the struggle these precious babies and their families face getting here and living here. The circles under their eyes in the morning are not from playing X-box all night...it can be from all kinds of adult problems they face too early in their young lives.
--I have a new blog. --sad sigh-- Normally, I'd be excited, but I'm actually mad at myself for not transferring ownership of the blog to my new email before the school more. So...my last 4 years of Slicing can be found at misscollins606.blogspot.com. I figured this out yesterday, so I threw together this one. I'll refine it later, but it'll do for now!
--I've rekindled friendships that had been lost in time and made lifelong friends with my new colleagues. It felt like I had never left when I reunited with my old friends...hugs and tears of happiness! And my colleagues...the best! It is a unique experience to be in a school with only Newcomer ELLs, and you form some pretty quick bonds with the people who are there with you!
--This is the first year I'll be slicing alone at school. To be fair, I didn't ask around, but it's a little sad. I hope my Webb City slicers find me in Indy! I miss my writing community!
Happy Slicing, everyone! :)