Hi everyone! My name is Carmen Jacobsen and I am very excited to have been invited to be part of a group of people who are interested in sharing their creative thoughts on education through the REEP blog!
I feel like I started my teaching career backwards. I started out working with professional adult doctors and bankers who wanted to learn English As A Second Language (ESL) paying my way through Medical School. After several twists and turns in my life, I stayed with teaching, so here I am years later.
I am currently a Pre K teacher, but I have also taught creative writing to all elementary basic level students through the after school and summer programs with Writers in the Schools-WITS and Â Hua Xia Chinese School on the weekends.
Teaching is an adventure and Pre K has been an exciting part of my learning process. This is where and how everything starts in the childâ€™s school life. I have the opportunity to see a very important transition in their life from being dependent to independent. I have the opportunity to see the beginning strokes of writing and the excitement and wonder that comes with relating print to reading. Then again, Pre K has taught me some things about life too.
- It is O.K. to be goofy and make others laugh.
- I am mad and I do not even know why.
- Donâ€™t sweat the big stuff, I canâ€™t change it anyway.
- I know my cow touched the rainbow and it took its colors.
- O.K., but he did it tooâ€¦
- Youâ€™re not the boss of me!
- I was here first.
- I canâ€™t do this!!
- He is in my spot!
- She cut me! (while students are waiting in line)
- They give an opinion, when they are not asked.
- They all have something to say and canâ€™t wait.
- Listening is hard to do.
- They love to create small groups that at times choose to exclude a peer.
- Puppy love is real
It taught me that life doesnâ€™t really change much 30 years later.
(Disclaimer: any similarities to adult life circumstances are purely coincidental.)