Sassyhacksaws

Musings on an English Degree

Tag: school

I can’t believe I forgot to talk about Student Loans

I’ve been talking about my student loans for years. It seems like it’s been a very slow process of whittling away at them to the point where they’re manageable. And what I consider slow is probably blazing fast for the average person. I mean, I rarely paid the minimum due each month and there would […]

How to Make Friends

I don’t know if I’ve talked about this on here before–I know I’ve talked about it with a handful of different people–but, how do you make friends? Like, I legitimately want to know.  As far as I can remember, I’ve made friends when I’m in places where other people are trying to make friends en-masse. […]

Zoe’s Grant

Primary School Classroom Construction Hey, does anyone remember a couple of years ago when I asked you for money? It wasn’t really for me, but I was still asking and it made me happy. Well, I’m asking again and it will make me happy once more if you’re able to give. [pe2-image src=”http://lh5.ggpht.com/-vC5xM7Py6Ok/Up8w-Sq0p4I/AAAAAAAASZ0/MDW-Y5wTaBI/s144-c-o/IMG00302-20130926-0935.jpg” href=”https://picasaweb.google.com/111197070419838127380/20131204#5953531079128557442″ caption=”” […]

School, Travel, Work, and Cleaning but no Excuses

Guys, I’m sorry, I’ve been busy. I really want to write every day but…no excuses. Here’s what I’ve been up to. Closing things up and focusing on work I have had trouble figuring out why I’ve been so exhausted this semester. I get home from school and I have so little energy. When people ask […]

Collective Creative Writing at School

Friday, I had some of the most fun I’ve ever had with two of my classes. I worked with a 9th grade and a 10th grade class and we did the same lesson with both. It started off with me reading a story and asking them to understand. Then, they read the story and told […]

Learning Not Cheating

There are a lot of things about the Ukrainian school system that I just don’t understand because I grew up in the American school system. Things are done quite differently and it makes me wonder why. For example, the Ukrainian system of grading is on a 12 point scale where the American system is letter […]

Owning the First Day of School

I talked to Jeramie yesterday and it sounds like she had an awful first day back at school. If not awful then at least not ideal. Apparently she had to deal with the same kinds of things we had to deal with in earlier years, but she’d thought she had helped her school past them. […]

Highlights of Teaching

For the last two weeks of summer, I was asked to work with some of the students one-on-one to prepare them for the National English Olympiad. It’s been fun, and I’ve talked about my approach to teaching already. Today, I want to share the first week results of my method. While most of the time […]

Teaching One on One, Again

School has me coming in this week and next week to work with some select students. There’s a handpicked group of six or seven they want prepped for the English Olympiads well in advance, and while I’m still here able to help. While I certainly could argue and put up a fight about having to […]

Writing Short Things Again

I haven’t been doing a lot of writing lately, novel or blog. I don’t have much of a reason other than I’ve been going into school for a few hours this past week. Actually, that makes for a great excuse. If I’m going in to school, I’m not going to drink coffee which is essential […]