Shanah tovah! A beautiful and sweet new year to you all! #5775
The frustration of working in the public school system knows no bounds
Dear friends, I have worked about 70 hours this week and I miss you and now I have to laundry all weekend. I just need to get through the first week of school and maybe then I can be a normal person who engages in social interaction again.
Today, I was telling an interpreter I work with about how moving our program to a bilingual campus has really made me want to step up my game on learning Spanish.
Most (if not all?) of the teachers at this school are bilingual, and each grade has at least one bilingual classroom. This week, there have been a lot of “Spanglish” moments where everyone is speaking English, then someone switches to Spanish and everyone laughs. I know that they’re not trying to leave me out of the conversation, but it has really made me long to become trilingual.
As I was talking about this, the interpreter said, “And that’s what our kids feel like if we speak without signing in front of them.”
And that was a really important thing for me to hear. A lot of teachers/staff in my program will drop signing if the kids seem to be concentrating on something else or it would be easier to just speak our native English, and I have fallen into that myself before, knowing that it is not an acceptable thing for me to do.
This year, I will speak up for my kids in this situation. There are so few people in this world who they can fully understand, and it is so disrespectful for us as adults who sign to leave them out of the loop like that.
My sister (who I haven’t seen in thirteen years) asked me to come to her high school graduation. She’s a junior this year, so it’ll be in 2016. I’m absolutely going to be there.
It’s far away, but maybe that will give me enough time to get my nerves under control.