Tuesday, June 8, 2010

My First Year of Teaching

Well, my first year of teaching has come to a close. It is really amazing to think about how close we've become. I've really come to love and trust them. I've enjoyed getting to know their personalities. I've laughed with them (a lot...) and cried with them. I'm sad to see most of them move up to the high school and I might or might not have given them all a mushy "I love you/pep talk" the last day of school. Some might think I'm just a crazy first year teacher--but I can't imagine not feeling this way after a group of them leave. They are good kids, with good hearts. I will truly miss them.
6th Period. This class sure had an "interesting" dynamic and it took me a while to get used to them. They were always entertaining--to say the least.

5th period. No clue where the other 20 students are. They were always trying to teach me to "jerk". haha--I just saw that a student recorded it. I'll insert it. Welcome to a day in Miss. Anderson's room...

I wish I could say this was the first time they showed me, but I honestly couldn't get it. When you see me disappear to my computer, I am looking up "We Like to Party" so I could teach them PB&J (an EFY line dance...). Haha--they are SO funny.

Well there you have it, my first year (except Advisory and 3rd period). I learned to not take pictures the last week of school, because no one shows up. There are my 250+ students that I will really miss!

On to EFY! (And Panama, next week!!!)

Sunday, June 6, 2010

The Warrant

Boy do I have a story for you.

I can't remember if I told you this, but when I was reporting an abuse case at school the other day, the detective guy looked into my record and it appears that I had an outstanding warrant for my arrest. EEK. I was a bit shocked (to say the least). I mean, I've never done anything majorly wrong in my life...yet, there was a warrant for my arrest. He said I had an unpaid parking ticket from 2007 (I sent the payment in!!!). At first I was shocked. Then he told me that if I was pulled over, my car would be impounded and I could be sent to jail. Oh good. Hmmmm. I couldn't take care of it for the next few days and every time I would pass a police officer, my heart would race.

Thursday, after school, I went to the Justice Court building and met with a hearings officer. She didn't budge and didn't believe me. Which, I mean, if I have no documentation, it's understandable. I tried to hold back the tears but I think I was just shocked that she treated me as if it was all a lie. I guess I'm not used to what it feels like to have people not believe me (haha lame, I know). Anyways, I had to "post bail" for myself (though I was able to have her reduce it to $317).

I'm glad I was honest, but really? Really? Now the ticket will show up on my record (insurance) and it probably would have never, ever found me because it was from my GA license (which apparently has been suspended for a number of years...whoops) and I've gone through a CA and UT license since then (Not to mention a few more speeding tickets. Don't tell dad).

Haha--so what did I learn from this whole experience?
1. Who would've known I would've been among the first LCHS graduates to have a warrant out for my arrest ;)
2. I was blessed for paying tithing, as $2000 of insurance money also came through that day.
3. This will make a great "2 truths and a lie" in the future.
4. Credibility with my students.
5. It's hard to work full time teaching, EFYing, and go to court all in one week.
6. A sense of humor is a great thing to have...hahahahahha....really? really?