¡Hola, y bienvenidos a mi blog! I’m Rebecca, the CRAZY teacher behind LOCA Language Teacher. You would definitely be able to hear me from down the hall teaching 7th and 8th grade Spanish in a public school in New York. Some say I’m too loud when I teach, and my students sometimes think I’m crazy…HOWEVER, I say where’s the fun in being quiet and boring?!
The preparation I received during my undergraduate career obtaining a degree in Spanish Secondary Education met with the opportunity to secure my first full time teaching position right out of college. People used to tell me that I was “so lucky to get a job right out of college.” I liked to say that I wasn’t lucky, but rather I worked by butt off and was noticed for my hard work, passion, and drive to educate!
Switching from the mindset of a college student/sorority lady to a full time teacher/now responsible for over 100 little minds was a HUGE adjustment to say the least. Although I went through an Education program in College and did the whole “Student teaching” thing, I realize now that I never fully understood all that encompasses being a TEACHER. However, looking back, it’s something that I would never change! I knew during that time that teaching was my passion and therefore, made the decision to fill out all of those job applications and do those demo lessons until I was able to begin an adventure within my OWN classroom.
The face of a first year teacher trying to figure things out!
I’ve been teaching for 4 years and enjoy thinking back to my undergraduate days as a college student, and even my first year teaching. I often reflect on how much I have learned and experienced since then. I am by no means categorizing myself as a “seasoned” or “veteran” teacher, and am well aware that 4 years isn’t a long time. However, I have entered the stage where I can’t remember which students I had what year and have been graced with the ability and talent of springing a lesson on the spot from the top of my head! (This ability definitely comes in handy!!)
I started this blog to share my adventures and experiences as an educator. I realized that instagram captions were just not enough space to communicate all that I wanted to share! This being said, I will be the first to say that I do not know everything, I make mistakes, and all of my lessons are not perfect. However, the best thing about teaching is that you learn something each day. I am here to share which activities and strategies work, and those that totally did not work.
Thank you for stopping by my crazy world!