— Vernon Howard
We are in Brazil! We visited family Sao Paulo and all traveled to the beach a few hours away. It has been nonstop family time where no one wants the visits to end. Staying up until early morning hours chatting and dancing together. In several conversations I have learned much about the education in Brazil, where there are very few 'public' schools. Here, majority of the population attends our U.S. definition of private school.
My husband's cousin is a teacher here in Sao Paulo, and married into a family who started this franchise of schools, focusing on multicultural aspects. It is interesting learning the business of schools here.
Our flight for Brazil leaves Monday morning and I have been stretched between school, preparation for my family to make an international trip and preparing to start teaching on a new campus the day after I return! Because I didn’t officially accept this position at a new site until this summer, I have been packing and unpacking my classroom in the last couple weeks, knowing that the bulk of my work is ahead of me with a new caseload. This also interrupts my 20% project as I will need to navigate a new school culture and climate before making any presentations. This is unfortunate as my former site could use this and would have been ideal for my first action plan. However, by design this project would benefit every campus, but not knowing the campus creates a bit of a challenge as I embark.
This 20% project appears to be taking over 20% of my life. However, it is fun to learn how to research about a topic of my choice! It’s even more fun to design how to fill a need with this research! I was intimidated to propose an idea that potentially doesn’t have a market, or doesn’t really work in the area of positive behavior support. There is so much research and a successful system in place through PBIS, that I was discouraged while planning. However, I had a big turn around when I found that this plan can fit in at any stage of PBIS, planning to full implementation. This makes me excited! Yes, I am kind of behavior geek.
To start with an update: my daughter recovered and was off crutches in time to send her to the next week of camp. However, we got a call within 24 hours that she got bug bites and they are growing. We picked her up and took her to urgent care for a 5th time and she will not be returning to camp, but she is recovering fine this time. Do they have Personal Learning Networks for parents of children with allergies to bug bites? Well, I have to admit I am new to participating in PLN’s in twitter chats, and this too is overwhelming, but fantastic. It will take me a while to speed up, I am definitely slow, but the community is welcoming and encouraging.