Thanks, Chai Chai for the Versatile Blogger award. I haven't responded both because the end of a school year is fairly nuts, and because I was really pondering the "versatile" label.
Compared to some of the teachers with whom I work I feel like a one trick pony. I know English Language Arts very well, but when it comes to teaching an elective, all the other things I can do - bake, ride a horse, worm a sheep - aren't very school worthy. Even after 6 years of French in high school and college, I can barely read it, and speak not at all - pidgin English is the closest I get to a foreign language. I am a peg which fits my hole in life very well - not sure I would be versatile enough to move to another place on the pegboard, to extend the metaphor.
I even spent some time thinking of 7 things I could say about myself that you couldn't read for yourself here on Hapless. But here we go:
1) I am not good with change - at first. I adjust when I need to, but my first reaction is panic.
2) When people are talking and talking, I tend to tune out, which can be highly embarrassing when someone asks you a question in a whole staff meeting.
3) Even though I have spent my professional life with teenagers, sometimes my own baffle me.
4) I suspect my kids are well aware of number two, and start talking and talking so I tune out and say, "Uh huh, sure" when they want to have me say, "Yes". It doesn't work, but it is pretty clever of them.
5) I am ridiculously tender-hearted and cry at stupid movies and even touching commercials - which cracks up both my kids and my students to no end.
7) I am ridiculously over-educated, but my lifelong dream was to get my PhD. At this point, the amount of comfortable work years and the cost of a PhD don't make sense, but it was still a dream of mine.
I know I need to pass on my Versatile Blogger award to another blogger, but that will have to wait until later - I think all the bloggers whom I read frequently deserve it - but I am extremely late for an appointment - arrgh, just noticed the time.