Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Face Down in Warm Water

Face down in warm water
I’m a log,
ripples tickling and sun screaming;
but I’m a whale,
an old gray whale,
inert and down facing,
humming mighty melodies;
but I’m a fly
stuck in water’s tension
watching a watery spiderweb
of polygons growing, then shrinking
then growing again;
but I’m a prism
taking in light now
spewing it out then
in rainbow forms,
on a pebbly blue pool bottom;
but I’m an otter,
with offspring on my back,
turning, tugging, tipping;
but I’m a daddy
face up in warm water,
laughing in unison
with the boy
who would be my hunter.

¿Quién soy yo?

Tengo 23 años de experiencia como maestro en California. He sido maestro bilingüe de kindergarten y primer grado con estudiantes migrantes mexicanos y maestro de 4to y 5to grados en una escuela de doble inmersion en San Francisco. Los ultimos cinco años he trabajado como maestro de 7to y 8vo grados en matemáticas. Para el año próximo volveré al programa de doble inmersion como maestro de 6to grado de Español y estudios sociales. Es precisamente para este trabajo que busco la maestría de español para actualizar mi conocimiento de pedagogía y mejorar mi dominio sobre el español que es mi segunda lengua.

New Horizons

New Horizons and New Opportunities.

I am embarking on a new journey as a Spanish Immersion teacher in the sixth grade.

Actually, I should say I am returning to my roots, after a 5 year side track as a private school math teacher.

I am excited. I am nervous. I am anticipated many new learning experiences and some readjustment issues as I return to my urban school district. I feel lucky, awful lucky, to have been able to find a job I like and believe in in these times of draconian budget cuts. But in some sense, it wasn't luck, but my persistent desire to improve my skill and knowledge set.

I come from a bilingual teaching background and spent 10 marvelous years as a 4th and 5th grade Spanish Immersion teacher. I am now taking it to a new level by going to the very school that used to receive my former students.

I will miss being the math teacher, to be honest. I hope to keep it up as a tutor and as a teacher trainer. But at the same time, I have been missing being a Spanish teacher.

As a professional goal I have joined an online Spanish Linguistics Masters Program out of Spain. I have already benefitted from the challenging reading and writing. Here is the site:

Please follow me and help me understand the ins and outs of this new project.


Un poeta favorito: Federico García Lorca

Si muero
Dejad el balcón abierto

El niño come naranjas
(Desde mi balcón lo veo)

El segador siega el trigo
(Desde mi balcón lo siento)

Si muero
Dejad el balcón abierto