May
12
Filed Under (Uncategorized) by dutchmonkey on 12-05-2009

I know I haven’t posted in a while…even though I said I would.  I honestly don’t know that anyone has noticed because many of you already know the circumstances of my life right now.  I don’t really care to elaborate too much; suffice it to say that my life changed suddenly and drastically shortly after my last post.  This “change” was NOT a pleasant one…it ranks as probably the worst event(s) of my life thus far.  And no, I haven’t come to terms with it yet; but, I recognize a lot of good that has come out of it, things I truly wouldn’t trade.  And now, here I am, in The Interim.  Perhaps I’ll keep posting or perhaps I’ll wait for my next adventure….I’m not sure.  Either way, I’m simply waiting.

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Feb
17
Filed Under (Germany 2009 - Student Teaching) by dutchmonkey on 17-02-2009

Well, my weekend was something all together different than other trips.  I have dual reactions to it; on the one hand it was amazing and wonderful and fantastic and on the other hand it was just awful.  It really comes down to people.  Maybe it’s just me and my people-loving, people-pleasing, yet independent nature but it truly does come down to the people you discover along the way.  Relationships absolutely determine who you are and what your life is going to be like.  This isn’t a new revelation for me but this weekend was just the most vivid picture of that.  Anyway, a bit later I’ll actually update on the events but for now this is what has been on my mind.

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Feb
10
Filed Under (Germany 2009 - Student Teaching) by dutchmonkey on 10-02-2009

I know it has been a while since I have updated.  I get to find out how many people actually read my blog when I don’t write it because everyone suddenly wonders where I am!  I’m doing fine, it took me a couple of days to get over my nasty cold/flu thing.  I went home from school after first block on Wednesday last week with a fever.  But after a good LONG nap I was better. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb
03
Filed Under (Germany 2009 - Student Teaching) by dutchmonkey on 03-02-2009

I went skiing in Garmisch this past weekend.  It was truly an adventure.  When I have more time I will tell the whole story.  Teaching in my Drama class has gone well and my teacher absolutely loves me.  However, I’m having one of the worst weeks of my life.  I woke up sick on Sunday after skiing all day Saturday.  And the week hasn’t gotten any better.  I’m not going to go into it.  It’s a long story and I’m not sure this blog is the best place for it.  I’m stressed and sick and overwhelmed and I’m not sure I can actually handle it.  Things are not good with me right now.

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Jan
26
Filed Under (Germany 2009 - Student Teaching) by dutchmonkey on 26-01-2009

Hmm…where to begin…I guess stuff has happened but the days move so fast I can hardly keep up, much less actively remember what I’ve done.  I do remember that last week, on Wednesday I had a really great activity in my 7th grade Family and Consumer Science class.  I did a role playing activity with a theatre twist and it was fantastic.  Thursday was average but Friday was kind of crappy.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Jan
21
Filed Under (Germany 2009 - Student Teaching) by dutchmonkey on 21-01-2009

I’m really tired today.  I like that I have a chance to update this blog daily be cause that means I’ll get a lot of the details down for future reference.  But today there is nothing to say.  I’m only blogging because I don’t have anything else to do and I have to stay awake. 

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Jan
20

Ok so “the group” rented a van and drove to Munich on Sat morning.  Wow, it was a true adventure.  Thank goodness the van had a built in GPS system or we might have just disappeared off the face of the planet.  As it is we only faced death two or three times during the trip.  Haha!

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Jan
16
Filed Under (Germany 2009 - Student Teaching) by dutchmonkey on 16-01-2009

Day 2 of student teaching.  I begin with another prep period with nothing to prep for.  I meet the other half of my classes today, none of them are drama classes.  I’ll be teaching Middle School Language Arts, then assist in the guidance office with some special ed one-on-one, and finish with Middle School Family and Consumer Science (Home Ec).  Should be fun :/.

I’m feeling a lot more comfortable in my apartment.  I still need bed stuff but I have food and plenty of space and a desk area where I sit at my computer and play solitaire.  Cooking is a bit of a challenge in the tiniest economy kitchenette I’ve ever seen.  Hotels have bigger kitchens in their business suites!  But I have a microwave and a rice cooker so I do alright.

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Jan
15
Filed Under (Germany 2009 - Student Teaching) by dutchmonkey on 15-01-2009

This is the story of a girl who got what she wanted and now lives to tell the tale!  I’ve decided I’m going to title this next chapter of my life “Confessions of a High School Drama Teacher” or maybe “The Lamentable Tales of A Student Teacher: Faithfully set forth by a college student”  Anyway, I’ve never been so certain of an impending adventure as I am now.  My life up to a few months ago was improving in every way.  But, as usually happens in stories like this one, I ended up on my butt in a deep dark hole.  What I’m trying to say is I’ve been having a very hard time with life lately.  It has been at least a month or maybe two that I have been eagerly and anxiously awaiting today.  I am in Baumholder, Germany in my very first day of student teaching.  (Insert some kind of interjection…I can’t figure out which) Read the rest of this entry »

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Nov
27
Filed Under (Uncategorized) by dutchmonkey on 27-11-2008

Well I know I’ve been off the radar for a while.  After my maiden voyage I needed some time to relax and absorb it all.  The results of that trip were pretty cool.  I felt good about myself, like I had gotten some kind of confirmation that maybe I am able to handle growing up.  Also, I’m fairly sure my parents were impressed with me and I know my dad was proud.

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