A week of this, that and amazing opportunities…

With Tuesday and Wednesday as days now that have been a huge help to catch up, there is plenty to look back on and see why this summer has been one of the best ever.

Yesterday, minus the hurried schedule that reared its head (detailing information about retirement benefits when I turn 60 from Mexico, possibilities for my Infinoavit and the amounts I would be eligible for in certain ranges, signing my rental agreement, finding out about the Afore, going to Bancomer and changing my address for my bank statements so they come here  :), checking on transactions on my checking account, verifying due dates on my Bancomer credit card, moving a bed from someone’s apartment to a moving truck, exchanging a wrong faucet part for the cash back at Home Depot, – the best parts were relaxing with friends as Barracuda Diner (amazing mint chocolate milkshakes) and exchanging time and ideas with author David Lida, if you haven’t checked out his books – Do so please, he brings an amazing commentary on life in Mexico and the implications.

I settled down intending to write and update blog posts last night but realized I was tired….lol…

However, attending MeetUp Tandem Language night at Groove in Condesa was GREAT!  I sat beside a Spanish instructor who gave me slight tips on pronunciation, learning the tenses easier, and other details that I just had been looking at differently, and blocking out of my memory while I was tying to put it in my memory!  Before half an hour, I looked up and the place was full of individuals that came for the Tandem Language Night, at lead 25 people if not more! While I knew about MeetUp’s Tandem exchange night, wow, I loved every minute of it and began to feel the benefits of submerging myself in Spanish to learn it better and be more knowledgeable.

One mucho cool thing was July 20th’s NCTE online Twitter chat about the teacher as a writer. What kind of topics came up?  It is amazing when you are inspired and this was my first time using Tweet Chat and whoa, thank goodness, to keep up with all the Tweets!  Topics from resources and a google doc that came out of it, to considering yourself a writer more so because you are a teacher, the validity of writing as an educator to others around you, and this is just the tip if the iceberg!  You need to check that Twitter tag out and it emphasized the amazing things Twitter can be used for!

Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 10.16.08 AMSome key phrases that inspired me thanks to the amazing educators around me are below:

*”I want my students to know writing is a part of who I am, to embolden them to to do something that represents them!”

*”It is vital to make writing transparent and shows what type of person you are!”

*”Just like running a 5k, and still being nervous year after year, sharing with both (colleagues and students) is the main way to grow and build trust both ways.”

*”If you allow writing to serve as an extension of who students are?, they will be hooked for life.” “If done right, Tumblr, Twitter, Pinterest, blogs, all of it are sources for writing!”

*”Writing need to not be confined to a floor of a school, a class, or a discipline.”

 *”By making writing assignments and projects personal, hard for them (students) not to be genuine.”

I hope that I can use some of these ideas from amazing educators that tuned in on the 2oth to beef up my library blog here! Also, did you realize that the New York, is offering free access to pas archives for a limited time?  DEFINITELY take advantage of that, it is ironic I just review the New York for those that might be unfamiliar, yet, following that free archives!  GREAT OPPORTUNITY!  Also, check out the availability of FREE audio books for a limited time through SYNC!

And um Natalie?  Thanks for the flashback photo at SRU, not sure that would be the image SRU wanted to get people to come to SRU, lol.  I am curious what flashback photos each of you have from your college years?  🙂

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About Harry Brake

Employee of ASF in Mexico City, Librarian, Media crazy! :)
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