Monday, June 28, 2010

...figure it out...

In the classroom.

So I work at a daycare for a certain University in Philadelphia. In August I will have been there for 2 years. It's amazing how short and long 2 years can feel. The majority of my time there has been spent with the pre-school age, one classroom in particular. Recently, however, due to an injury to the lead teacher I filled in for one of the other pre-school classrooms.

Boy did I have it good in my original classroom. I had no idea what I was in for, and I had the "good" teacher left in the classroom to work with. I was in there for a little over a month and left at the end of May to float around the other classrooms.

Now, the reason for writing this is that I am back in this classroom for 2 weeks while the teacher who was injured just a month ago is now on vacation. I have immediately been thrown back into the ridiculous that is this room. Don't get me wrong I have nothing against the people who work in there. they are extremely nice and have good intentions for the children, but my God you have tons of books to read to them do you really have to read the same book to them all week?

The age range is 3-5 year old. so you have kids just out of a toddler room and kids getting ready to go to kindergarten. Repetition to that extent is going to get you nowhere. The kids are bored. you cannot expect them o paint a single piece of paper for 30 minutes so don't be shocked when they are done in 5. It is so frustrating. Plus drawing the same thing for a week or more is unnecessary. They only need to draw sea creatures for one day. Unless for some odd reason you need a crap load of sea creatures then maybe it could take 2 days. I saw the same thing happen in May with insects. They were drawing insects for a week straight!

It is just so frustrating to see such simple things go so wrong. It is pre-school for Christ sake not rocket science. I mean really you think it would be common sense to know how to entertain and teach a 3, 4 or 5 year old, but no you have to go and make it all kinds of complicated and string out this lesson and make it so the kids aren't going to get anything from it. They are never going to remember everything you say and that is fine! They are kids! Remember that. Please.

...and this is why I now want to become a lead teacher.

Sunday, June 27, 2010 heart, your hands...

Bloggity Blog

So, I want to start a blog and here it is. This is my introduction, but the point of this it to write down some of the insanity that goes on in my head. It might not always be insane but so much runs through my mind I figured it would be nice to get some of it out. Kind of a therapeutic thing ya know?

It will probably range from my emotions (whoa EMO alert! I promise I won't write about sitting in the corner and drowning in my sorrows while listening to Fall Out Boy and stabbing a picture of my parents who don't understand me) to music to movies to God knows what else.
Intro? Alright. I am Alyse. 21 years old for less than another month. When did I get so old? Born and raised in the nations capital. Washington D.C. for all you slow folks. Georgetown to be exact. Not proud of that part but hey I got to live in D.C. for 19 years of my life and I'm proud of it! I miss it more than anything, but that's for a later blog.

Where do I live now you ask? Well that would be Philadelphia, PA! Yep good ol' Philly. Took quite a bit of getting used to but I'm thinking I can now love this place as much as I love D.C. Not sure if it can ever replace D.C. but time will tell.

Currently, I am living with my boyfriend of 3 1/2 years with his mom and sister in their house in West Philly. Weird situation you might think, but right now it is working and I am happy. I work at a daycare for a certain University and I love it. I love the kids and for the most part it is a great place to be at.

Random facts: I listen to the evil rock music. I recently discovered a band named Dommin after going to see H.I.M and We Are The Fallen in concert at The Electric Factory and fell in love. They did a show at The Trocadero and I had to go. That place is tiny and an amazing venue to see a band you love. It was pretty epic. Other bands I like, Three Days Grace, Shinedown, Muse, Keane, VersaEmerge, Flyleaf, Within Temptation, Sixx get the idea right? I like good T.V. What is good T.V. you ask? Hmmm...Chuck for 1. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, 30 Rock, Parks & Rec, The Office, Community. Unfortunately a lot of the shows I love are no longer on. Arrested Development, Better off Ted, Freaks & Geeks among others. Grey's Anatomy is a guilty pleasure. Oh my I almost forgot LOST. *sigh* The single most frustrating TV show ever I might say, but so so amazingly good. Um, I love Amusement Parks but never get to go to them anymore.

Enough of an intro? I think so. It's quite hot today so I'm going to drink me some ice cold water. Chill with some music and play me some pool on OMGPOP a quite addicting website.