This was scheduled to post over Thanksgiving week. For some reason it didn’t. I’m trying again to see if it will post.
Last week was so fun…you’ll find me saying that again and again in blog posts this week. I think any momma loves when all her little ones are home and “in the nest”.
This kiddo, Karl, has an extra special spot as I don’t see him very often. Karl is a teacher in Houston, Texas…he left for Houston in July and this was our first chance to see him since then.
Karl will admit that he’s not the best at always keeping me up to date on his daily happenings.
This time coming back and forth he had a fellow Iowa teacher riding with which made me worry so much less. In the past he’s had car trouble…he went down last year just weeks before hurricane Harvey hit and then he ended up back home again.
I know he’s a man now and momma’s aren’t supposed to worry so much but him, I still worry about…in a good mom worry sort of way.
Several blog readers have asked for an update on Karl…Here it is…
He is teaching in a rough part of Houston. His school is 99% non white with a high poverty level. The entire school gets free lunches.
Teaching has been challenging. He is used to the Iowa education system. Kids who have special needs or behavioral problems have aides in the classroom with them so their personal issues don’t spill over into the classroom. In Texas, it’s not that way. He has kids that NEED a personal aide and they are simply thrown into the classroom and the teachers need to try to deal with them.
The problems aren’t a fidgeting child. The problems are kids who will flip their desk over. It’s sad…it’s not the best experience for a first year teacher.
He started out being told he was a fourth grade math teacher. When he got there he was told nope…5th grade math instead. The class was intentionally disrespectful. It was a challenge. There was also HIGH pressure on Karl to get these kids to pass tests as the school was on a warning list. With the pressure and rowdy kids it was hard.
He has since moved mid year to 2nd grade. It’s better but still A LOT. Coming from Iowa classrooms and moving to Texas classrooms has made Karl understand how Iowa is so highly rated for education.
Karl hasn’t LOVED this experience. He does feel he’s learned a lot though. It’s made him put on his thinking cap and try to decide what he wants to do next year. Texas pays better…but he misses home. I can’t tell you how many times I said, “when you go home” to Karl and he IMMEDIATELY stopped me and said HOME IS HERE.
and with that…he was off again. I miss that boy already.
He is the kindest guy I know…and ladies, he’s single. Anyone have an awesome daughter..or granddaughter that’s 25ish?
Luckily the next time I see him is Christmas and he’ll be here for two weeks-ish….PERFECT!