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This week completely turned around! It turned out to be a great week. So many wonderful things happened.

I went to observe one of the highest achieving schools in New Orleans on Monday after my doctor's appointment and I learned a ton. It made me feel a lot better about how I'm structuring my reading class and helping out my students. All of a sudden I'm also receving a lot of support from two of the teachers at my school and don't feel as isolated anymore. I finally feel like I have someone there for me. Even better though, I was able to motivate one of my most challenging students to get his work done this entire week and he left with a smile on his face today because he felt good about himself for once.

I also had a break through in my physical therapy on Wednesday and feel so much better. The first couple of sessions made a huge difference but then I stopped making progress. The therapist did this trigger point thing on my spine and it worked! I even walk differently now. I didn't realize how restricted my life was after the car wreck because of back pain until it was gone. I only slept 5 hours last night and I typically sleep 8. In the past I didn't feel as rested like I did this morning.

Last night I went to hear Maya Angelou speak at the University of New Orleans and it was amazing. To be honest, I have not read much of her stuff but I feel like I have to now. She said a lot of things that really resonated with me and I know it sounds cheesy but I was smiling the entire time listening to her speak. I feel incredibly lucky that one of my colleagues thought about inviting me.

I am a human so nothing human should be alien to me.

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