Tuesday, November 26, 2013

You know you're a FLES teacher when...

Since this week is a short one thanks to Thanksgiving I don't have a What's Working post. Instead I hope to entertain you with the following short list.

You know you're a FLES teacher when...

  • You come home with white board markers in your pockets and there are vocab cards in your purse.
  • People suspect you of being a hoarder because you save everything from your trips abroad to the target culture - receipts, bus tickets, grocery store ads, subway maps, brochures, business cards etc.
  • Kids come up to you in the grocery and say ¡Hola!
  • Your English is interspersed with the TL and you don´t notice.
  • Your English is interspersed with the TL and your family and friends no longer notice either.
  • You watch commercials on Univision/Telemundo and immediately start trying to find them on youtube. (They are never there!)
  • You sing songs like Los días de la semana or Los colores in the shower.
  • You can fit an entire classroom's worth of supplies on a cart or in a bag.
  • You have so many students that you start calling all the boys Carlos and all the girls Maria because that´s easier than memorizing 700 names.
  • The only person who knows where you are in the building is you. (And you only know because you have a triple color-coded schedule that you consult after each class.)
  • You get jealous that the Art & PE teachers always get cupcakes for student birthdays but you never seem to. (Probably because the students couldn't find you.)

Add to the list! Comment below or on twitter!

8 comments:

  1. You gave up on wearing heels to work long, long ago (or is that only me?)

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  2. I never last past the first hour in heels. I always pack flats to change into. It's both the optimist and the realist in me. ;-D

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  3. You can never find a substitute that speaks the right language!

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    1. Or the two Spanish subs in the district won't do elementary school. :(

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  4. When your students shout "there she is" when they see the wheels of your cart anywhere in the school.

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    1. Haha yes! I run a kindergarten gauntlet everyday trying to get to their side of the building. Four classes on their way to specials going one way and me going the other way with my cart.

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