Entry #250

3 month update!?

2017-06-09 19:45:34 by BoMToons
Updated

I can't believe it's been 3 months since my last post. Life has been a whirlwind!

I finished my 1st year of teaching. It was a total stress the first semester because I was "student teaching" and under constant observation, then I got my feet under me for the second semester.

I don't know if it's a 1st-year teacher thing, but I really grew to care for my students... I've been a bit melancholy the last week without seeing them.

I'm going to miss them over the summer and the seniors FOREVER! It's bittersweet to see them moving on to bigger and better things while leaving our school behind. Hopefully I made some small difference in their lives.

Here's a pic of my empty desk, it was NEVER this clean the whole year...

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Here's how we ran our "departmental meetings:"

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Here's a picture of me at the "teacher appreciation lunch" this last Wednesday at the El Dorado casino buffet:

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Too much happened during the year to really do it all justice here, but I re-did the school website (design and code - including an admin panel), graduated college with my teaching degree (I had to do my own homework while creating homework for my students), made a bunch of PR videos and managed the school's PR in-general, I made over 40 videos for my teaching YouTube channel, taught around 80 students every day (subjects: computer literacy, graphic design, digital game development, oh yeah... and AP ART!), organized a bunch of school events, organized field trips, and even designed a yearbook at the last minute (last 2 weeks of school...). All of that with lots of help from lots of people.

The stats don't really paint the picture though (see poem below), there were daily laughs, trials, sorrows, and joys along the way. Compared with my normal "work from home" gig, it was, honestly, emotionally draining. I wouldn't trade the experience for anything though.

Will I continue teaching next year? Tentative answer is "yes" but I've got some stuff simmering this summer with my own game development interests that may turn into something long-term.

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Tonight I hope the Golden State Warriors finish off the Cavs, but until then, here are a couple poems I wrote and a video of my classroom's unofficial mascot:

Stats:

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while true

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Chancho:

Spirits of

Departing students

Tap on glass

One more class?

They ask

Or spread these wings

& fly

To the next branch?

 There it is. How have your last 3 months been?

 


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TroisnyxTroisnyx

2017-06-10 06:11:49

What happened in the last three months for me...

I turned a year older.
My fiancé turned a year older.
We celebrated three years of being engaged to each other.
I released my best piece of music yet, Mio/Homura EXTEND ver.

And other than that, it's been an immense struggle, an intense fight to tell people who I am and what I'm here for.

BoMToons responds:

The struggle is real my friend, but good on you for fighting the good fight!


ShikamaranaShikamarana

2017-06-11 00:57:33

Thanks for the update, Troisnyx


ChubbyMommyChubbyMommy

2017-06-11 00:58:37

hell yeah @troisnyx cool update dude


ButzboButzbo

2017-06-11 19:00:03

These last 3 months?... well, some pretty work-heavy months taking the personal challenge of finishing the web build of Dinomelt, now it's time to let it rest a bit and get back to animate a little more...
Also, that's a cool office! and I liked those lines about variables and loops.

BoMToons responds:

Nice job on Dinomelt! Visuals are amazing. Looks like you learned a lot!


MSGheroMSGhero

2017-06-13 17:25:53

Finished grad school, looking for a job.

BoMToons responds:

Hee hee, good luck! What did you grad in?


MSGheroMSGhero

2017-06-13 18:35:14

Engineering. I'm running into the issue where no one wants to hire fresh graduates, but I should find something soon! I hope!

BoMToons responds:

What kind of engineering?


MSGheroMSGhero

2017-06-13 19:27:46

Mechanical, focus on robots and mechatronics, stuff like that. Are you hiring or something?

BoMToons responds:

Ha ha, my school might like a robotics teacher... but would likely way underpay you. Just curious since engineering can cover a lot of stuff. I think civil engineering is the most stable if you can get into a cushy govt job.


SevenSeizeSevenSeize

2017-07-27 18:39:03

I teach too---but I teach the little ones. However, I miss them a little every summer when it's all over. I feel ya!