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Feb 27, 2011

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No Students Allowed

Working with adolescents still surprise me, even if I have been working with them for the longest time. That’s one major reason why I don’t like adding them up on my social networking sites, although I do know that some of them do read my blogs. I’m afraid that something I say will be taken out of context and then before I know it, I get caught in something that was not meant to happen. For example, I do talk about a lot of personal things I like to do outside of my teaching life. I am, after all, still human, right? But it bothers me when they see pictures of me in compromising positions (errr…I just mean in a party where drinks are served, in the beach wearing a swimsuit etc.) and so I try to avoid allowing them access to that.

Also, I don’t want them to say that they learned something from me inadvertently. For example, what if I say something about an herbal supplement or a diet drink that I tried…then they do it too…and they say I was able to learn more about slimquick here (or whatever, you know what I mean!!!) and pastes the URL of my status message or Tweet to their own walls and whatnot. Dangerous grounds. Haha.

And so while I know there are ways around social media, I make it a point to try to keep my world as student free as possible, albeit I know impossible. I do, however, APPRECIATE IT SOOOOO VERY MUCH when my students drop by my blog and leave me comments or questions :) Twitter they’re welcome to, but Facebook and Plurk, for now, I will stand firm and say, no students allowed please :)

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Feb 27, 2011

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Looking Back…

I was sorting through some old photos earlier, some of which were taken about three years ago when I first returned to Playschool after my brief hiatus and couldn’t help but be appalled, shocked and amazed at my size back then. Haha. I was teaching the Toddler’s class and I was HUGE! Maybe that’s why I had one little kid who was terrified of me haha.

Looking back I realized how hard it was to be a fun teacher back then. Sure I did get to play and be silly with my kids but, um, it was so much harder. Nowadays, even if I still am overweight, it is easier to run around and bend over and jump through hoops with the kids (errr..some days though I wish I had some belly fat burners because my abs (or should I say flabs) get in the way of squeezing through the jungle gym and the slide!!!).

It also got me to thinking about physical attributes and how this really affects social interactions. Deep, huh? Seriously though, it made me realize that the way one looks really does affect how others perceive and engage with them. The fear, for example, of that little girl of me was probably unfounded, but because she was so tiny and I so huge, it can be intimidating, right?

So, while I KNOW size doesn’t really matter much and it doesn’t make you a better (or worse) person, being more fit, especially as a preschool teacher, is helpful because it can have the capacity to dictate how you can move and interact with the kids. Let’s not forget, after all, when we work with kids, we sit in teeny tiny chairs and work with smaller stuff right???

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Feb 27, 2011

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Today’s Random Snappy: Bye-bye

In most of my blogs, I have a “series”  category. They’re kinda like memes, but these are not formal one’s in the sense that I’m the only one who does it, unlike memes where you follow each other and comment on each others posts. Well, I realized I don’t have one here and so I will start one today.

This is one of my favorite shots from one of our Halloween programs….today it kinda captures exactly how I am feeling….14 days to go Teacher Ria…14.

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Feb 27, 2011

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Tutorial and Review Resources

This morning I came across a post by a fellow blogger, Cookie,  where she was sharing a discovery she had made online: in her words, worksheet heaven. I quickly checked it out and by golly, it is indeed a treasure trove full of resources for mommies, and teachers alike. It’s nice that these resources exist because teaching, both from a teacher and a parents standpoint, can get overwhelming at times. There are so many things more that have to be done so sometimes, setting aside time to make worksheets and reviewers have to be put on hold. This support system can truly make that part of the job much, much easier.

those in early childhood education

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Feb 27, 2011

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Contest Alert! What’s Your Weight Loss/Fitness Goal This Year

Just sharing:

I have a contest up at my other blog, Fat Girl No More in celebration of my first year anniversary. Contest ends tomorrow, so you still have a couple of hours to think of your answer to the simple question: what is your weight loss/fitness goal this year?

Paypal cash prizes are up for grabs :)

I decided to do that contest because having the blog up really helped me work on my weight loss over the past year. Granted that I still have a long ways to go, I have transitioned from yoyo dieting, searching for the best fat burners, and cheating my way through weight loss. Now it really has become a lifestyle thing, although admittedly, there are times when I still lose track of things and kinda just give in to cravings, hehe. Nonetheless, one thing that works very well for me is having the social support system through the process which makes me push harder at keeping it up. I hope joining this contest will do the same for you :)

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