Monday, March 10, 2008




I just finished a book called "There Are No Shortcuts" by Rafe Esquith. I was trying to prepare myself for what I was about to encounter at the two schools I am now teaching at. Well, Esquith refers to his school as "the jungle"...if it is anything like my two schools I know why he used this term. Although I have taught in the "jungle" before; my first year at Jackson Middle back in 1997 and then Workman JH in 2002, I quickly forgot what it was like. I am having to re-program myself. Both of the elementary schools I work for would be considered "inner city". "Inner City" can mean an abundance of things. Whatever your definition is, it most likely fits my situation. So far I am enjoying my job. So far the kids seem to like me and want to come to my class. I think for many of them it is the only time during the day that they can let their guard down. They know they will not be scrutinized for reading three grade levels below their actual grade.

Today I asked my 5th grade boy "D" if he felt comfortable taking his reader in to his class, he replied with "it's OK Mrs. Brown the kids already know I can't read, they won't make fun of me if that's what you mean". Wow! I was a little heartbroken to say the least. So far he is my favorite. Unfortunately this is his 3rd school this year. He also proceeded to inform me of all his cousins that attend this little school of only 98 students. Hopefully he stays until the end of May.

It's always amazing to me what God's plan is for me. The hardest part is not the "jungle" of a school I work at, it's missing my little Sophie everyday. Tonight she told me she missed me while I was at work. Yet another heartbreak. I think I will be OK. My mom is doing so many fun things with her and she gets to stay at her own house all day. I love that. She gets to sleep in her own bed for nap. I can call anytime and talk to her. June will be here before I know it! In turn this has been a better situation for Davis. He and doesn't have to wait for my attention when he comes home from school. He will also have both of his parents the majority of the summer.Smile.

Well I must get some shuteye before 6am rolls around. Goodnight.

6 comments:

Suzanne said...

I'm glad you're adjusting well!

I totally forgot that you worked at Workman! That's where I went for 7th grade, that's crazy!

Anita said...

Your work sounds so rewarding!

DeeDee said...

how did a kid get to 5th grade without being able to read?

Michelle.... said...

That's Special Education for ya! I teach Learning Disabilities. Unfort. we have many little ones out there that are like this. He can read...at a first grade level. Many times there is a processing problem, often due to parents who abused while pg. We are so blessed is all I can say!

ashleykimble said...

I feel your pain with leaving your little one behind each day. But what a blessing that she gets to stay at home with someone who loves her! I wish my little one had that!

Lesley said...

Your students are blessed to have you in their lives!!!!