profilepicturedecision.

I decided to join LinkedIn today, to help my future you know? I have the option of uploading a photo of myself because people like to see who they are reading about. I get it. So I decided to browse my Facebook photos. Upon browsing I realised something, I have no “professional” photos of myself. I am either posing with someone or with a weird face or I’m in my car (not exactly safe, though I am at stoplights when I take them…usually). So I decided to find my top five best pictures that represent me. The real me.

You may vote if you wish. I’m leaning toward #1 personally. Mostly because I look so adorable in my little helmet.

1. This picture shows that I am both physically fit (seasonally at least) and safe (helmet). Both are good qualities for an aspiring teacher. Not only do I practice proper safety, I can also chase after children if they escape. Or at least run them over with my bike.

Safety first!

Safety first!

2. This picture shows that not only do I have impeccable taste in men (IT’S CHANNING TATUM…*cat call*), but I also have celebrity connections (celebrities have money…school districts usually need money…need I say more?). It also shows that I have a super goofy fun side (obviously).

Celebrity connections.

Celebrity connections.

3. This picture shows that I am good with kids. Which is obviously necessary for teachers, though my students will be slightly older. It also, again, shows my fun goofy side. Also, companies use kids in their commercials to sell products…everyone likes adorable kids right? So…Emma, work your magic!

I like kids.

I like kids.

4. This picture shows my amazing fashion sense. It is both professional (heels, vest with a beautiful flower thingy on it, scarf) and it shows my personality (boxers, sweats, warm hat, funky socks). This would make a great interview outfit. I would totally get the job in this little number. Bonus that I look super confident…like I could take over the world or shape “eager young minds”.

Professional yet personal.

Professional yet personal.

5. This picture shows that I am young. Because I am young I can better relate to my students…because I am young, hip, and cool…or because I look like I’m 15. But come on, look at that face…so adorable right?

I'm 28. Not 15. I swear.

I’m 28. Not 15. I swear.

– gypsyjess.

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classes.

I’m OFFICIALLY all signed up for classes.

FAFSA completed. Registration done. Fees paid. Books and school supplies purchased.

Wallet empty.

I am taking 12 hours this semester. I’m going to take it easy at first since I’m working as well. I don’t want to overload and flunk out!

I’m taking:

Western Civilization II
Intro to Political Science
Foundations of Education
Educational Psychology

I was able to schedule all my classes on Tues/Thurs which leaves my Mon/Wed/Fri open for work!

I’m excited and nervous. Mostly excited though. I love school and learning. If I could be a professional student I would but I hear the pay sucks.

Wish me luck!

– gypsyjess.

“ihatetowait.”

With my recent decision to go back to school I have been forced to do something that I’ve been doing for a long time, for a lot of different things.

Wait.

And just like Inigo Montoya in The Princes Bride, “I hate to wait”. I’ve been waiting for a lot of things in my life. A well paying job, a man, a house, kids, money to travel…the list goes on. It seems all I’ve been doing so far is to just make it through one more day, week, month, year, in hopes that the thing I’m waiting for, is next. I’ve been spending my life waiting for the next event to happen and in the process, I’ve been wasting my life. The day to day life. I’ve been taking the little joys in life for granted.

When I compare my life to my friends lives I feel so unaccomplished. I don’t have a career, a husband, a family of my own, all the things that make a person feel accomplished in American society, or society in general. I mope around telling myself “this is only temporary, that job will come along, that man will come along and all will be good and great again.” But the thing is, if I can’t find happiness in my life now, I will never feel accomplished or happy because I will always be relying on the next big thing to make me feel happy. I won’t feel happy until I’ve met the man of my dreams. Then I won’t feel happy until we are married. Then I won’t feel happy until we have kids. On and on and on. Nothing but waiting. Again.

I recently watched “P.S. I love You” [for the hundredth time]. I love that movie for many reasons, Gerard Butler being one of them. Seriously, what’s not to like? He’s rugged yet gentle, he has a wicked Scottish accent, muscles and those eyes…*sigh*. That aside, I noticed a quote that I hadn’t really noticed before. I’m a quote person. I love quotes. The quote happens in the beginning of the movie, when Hilary Swanks character, Holly is arguing with Gerard Butlers character, Gerry. The conclusion of the argument ends like this.

Holly: I see people buying bigger apartments and having babies. I get so afraid sometimes our life’s never gonna start.

Gerry: No, baby. We’re already in our life. It’s already started. This is it. You have to stop waiting, baby.

I realized, I’m Holly. She spent so much time just waiting for her life to start that she forgot about everything that was important, her husband. It wasn’t until after she lost him, that she realized that she took it all for granted. I don’t want to be her. I don’t want to wake up one day and realize I pissed my life away. I want to enjoy my life. The everydayness of life. The miniscule things about life that most people pass by without so much as a glance.

I want to take chances and make risks. After all, this life is only temporary. What I do in this life is not about the job I had, how much money I made, it’s about how many people I loved and how I loved and lived for God.

So my first big risk, applying for college to get my teaching license. If I don’t make it after I do all that I can, perhaps it wasn’t meant to be. But I won’t go down without a fight. If I win, I’ll be happy and if I lose, I’ll be happy because I know, God has something else for me.

– gypsyjess.

P.S. I think you’re hott, Mr. Butler.

“myname’stheteacher,thatiswhaticallmyself”

Summer is over. School has begun. Life is speeding up. The leaves are changing and the weather is cooling. Thankfully.

And just as the leaves, my life is changing as well.

I received my Praxis I study book in the mail yesterday. I haven’t begun reading it quite yet but soon. I plan on learning as much as I can about this test so I can get a really good score on it. I believe the minimum score for the State of Ohio is a 173. I plan to get much higher than that.

I found a website that has practice tests on it as well so I plan on take one test before I begin studying and one after to compare my scores.

So far only one subbing job has shown up for me and it’s not until September 14th. I hope more will begin popping up shortly. In the meantime I plan on signing up to sub at a few other school districts. Depending on how many jobs I get all together, I may consider getting an evening job a few nights a week.

I received information from a few colleges regarding their Post-Baccalaureate licensure. I found one in particular that I like. It’s at Capital University and it seems to be exactly what I’m looking for. I’ve emailed the admissions woman a few times and have decided to apply.

I’ve decided that I will go to school to obtain my teaching license and try to get a job teaching Business [since my Bachelor’s degree is in business], either in High school or Middle school. Then, when it’s time for me to get my Master’s, I’ll get that in Social Studies education and hopefully merge over to that instead of business. Unless I really enjoy teaching business, then I’ll continue that route. We shall see. Right now my focus is applying and acceptance.

I really hope enough credits transfer from my transcript and I can begin classes in January. The classes are geared toward working adults and so they are all offered in the evenings and you can go at your own pace, i.e. take as many or as few courses as you want at a time.

I’m really excited about this new chapter in my life. I feel for the first time my life [the career part anyway] finally has some direction and an actual, realistic goal. I’m really glad I took the advice of friends last year and applied to be a substitute teacher. It made me realize that teaching was what I always wanted to do, but was just too afraid to do it. However, I decided to take the advice from friends and family [that they have been giving me for years and years] and become a teacher. I just wish I had listened to them before. But I guess everything happens according to God’s plan so there is a reason I waited. Maybe because I wouldn’t have been a good teacher then. Or I wouldn’t have done very well in my classes and failed. Who knows. All I know is, this is what I’m supposed to be doing now. And so I’m going to do it.

Prayers are greatly appreciated as are words of encouragement and advice. Thank you for coming with me on this crazy journey of mine.

I leave you with a few quotes regarding education and teachers. Enjoy.

“Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.” – John F. Kennedy

“He who opens a school door, closes a prison.” – Victor Hugo

“Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.” – Jacques Barzun

“Teachers are expected to reach unattainable goals with inadequate tools. The miracle is that at times they accomplish this impossible task.” – Haim Ginott

“Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.” – John C. Dana

– gypsyjess.

autism.

Watch the video.

 

 

I work as a Special Education Sub for my local school district. Before becoming a sub, I was mildly familiar with Autism however, I had never been exposed to severe Autism until I began subbing.

To be honest, it was quite an eye opener. I had done some research and knew a little about it. The difficulty with Autism though, is that there are so many different characteristics and the scale is so large. To fully understand Autism, you can’t just read about it. You have to see it. You have to be around it. And you need to constantly education yourself on it.

Autism is growing at a dramatically rapid pace. 1 in every 110 children are Autistic. Boys are 4 times more likely to get Autism than girls; 1 in 70 boys is Autistic. Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the United States (an annual increase of 10-17%) yet less than 5% of research funding goes towards it. More children will be diagnosed with Autism this year than cancer, diabetes and AIDS combined. There is no detection nor is there a cure for Autism.

To get an idea of Autism, check out this video. It’s of a little girl who refuses to eat. She has a “fidget”, which is basically an object that they use to help de-stress themselves or self-soothe, think of a “stress ball” that you might use at work (or at home!). “Classic” signs of Autism are: tapping, rubbing, and scratching the fidget consistently. As well as the mini-meltdown when the fidget is taken away.


 

I have nothing but admiration for parents who face the daily challenges of having children with Autism. People have no idea, I have no idea, how hard it is. Here is another video of interviews with parents of Autistic kids. It also has clips of their kids as well. The mother who talks about how her son will never get married or have children of his own, that broke my heart. As a parent, knowing you are powerless in that your child will never have a “normal” life and future. I couldn’t imagine that. That would be the hardest for me.

 

 

April is “National Autism Awareness Month” so educate yourselves about Autism. Visit www.autismspeaks.org to find out more.

 

 

ilovemakingnewfriends!

Today I spent the day at Bunsold Middle School. I was in the MD room all day. There was a kid in their, let’s call him “A”, who I made friends with. He’s a little boy [not so little I guess since he’s in 7th grade] with Down’s Syndrome. I hung out with him during Health class, he gave me a high five when I opened his locker [after the third try], and during recess, we played basketball. Every time I missed a basket [which was all but 3 times] he would cheer me on and say, “you can get this one Miss Falk! I know you can!”

At the end of the day I walked him to his locker, which I opened on the first try [got another high five!] and then took him to where he needed to be to catch the bus. I stood by the window making sure he got on the right bus. He was about to turn the corner when he turned around, glanced around and when he spotted my face, gave me a huge smile and a wave! It was adorable.

He’s a great kid. I hope I can go back sometime and hang out with him again.

Kids are amazing. I love them. Life would be so boring and lame without them. They really do make the world go around.

– gypsyjess.