A new school year means another year of teaching with ScriptEd. This will be my 5th year! I’ve been reflecting on how much I’ve grown since my first year with ScriptEd:
I had the worst stage-fright and could barely get through a 5-minute lecture without becoming breathless and shaky. Once I actually stopped in the middle of a lecture and ran out of the classroom, leaving the other volunteers to pick up where I left off. While I’m still no TED speaker (though ScriptEd’s co-founder is), I can get through a class without heart palpitations. I don’t have to read directly off the slides and it doesn’t completely throw me off-track when I stumble over something or when a student interrupts with a question. I’ve even given talks at QueensJS and DjangoGirls events.
Teaching has also improved my ability to communicate at work: I use similar strategies to explain technical concepts to producers and product managers so they understand what I’m working on, struggling with, or need clarity on.
I have more empathy, patience, self-confidence, and new friends among my fellow volunteers.
Teaching is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, and its also an amazing way to learn.
Kyle and I spent two amazing weeks in Japan.
I traveled to Turkey and Israel for two weeks with my Dad.
One of my bestest pals from high school got married.
A friend brought her kid to NYC for the first time and I got to take a train-obsessed 6-year-old on his first subway ride.
I got my ears re-pierced.
Kyle and I saw Dropkick Murphys, Rancid and Bouncing Souls at Coney Island.
I participated in the Day of Dinners, and had some amazing conversations with cool people in my neighborhood who I haven’t heard from since.
During a round of layoffs at work, I didn’t lose my job.
I finally made it past the shin splint phase of starting to run again and went from a 16-min mile to a 12-min mile before it got too cold to run anymore.
Kyle and I spent the holidays with our families.
Many walks and foods around NYC.
I visited a friend in Miami, we went rock climbing, and the car died on the way home.
Another great year of teaching with ScriptEd.
Kyle and I took his parents to The Cloisters, which was my first time there not for a Medieval Festival.
I kept doing CrossFit, participated in the CrossFit Open, didn’t die, and have gotten much stronger.
My mom took us to see The Play That Goes Wrong, and my face hurt from laughing.
NYC Summer Ice Cream Blizzard!
I got to pet, hold and/or cuddle a ridiculous number of animals.
Both sets of parents came up from FL to visit. (Separately, thankfully.)
Kyle and I built our own coffee tables when we couldn’t find what we wanted.
I have continued to shave my head.
A trip to The Miami-Dade Zoological Park and Gardens.
And probably a lot of other stuff I can’t remember right now!
The Kenny Rogers Rule states: When building anything, especially something as complicated as a robot, the build can sometimes turn ugly. If you try and just power your way through, you can often dig yourself into an even deeper hole. Frustrations can mount, and with it, mistakes, even accidents can happen. So here’s what you do: “Put the soldering iron down, Poindexter. Step away from the steaming robot entrails!” You’ll be amazed at what an hour away, vegging in front of the TV, rolling around on the floor with the cat, or sleeping on your problem will do. It almost never fails. Here’s a corollary: The extent to which you don’t want to drop what you’re doing and take a break (“I know I can fix this, damn it!”), is inversely proportional to the extent to which you need to take that break. Why is it called the Kenny Rogers Rule? ‘Cause as country Kenny wisely tells us: “You got to know when to hold, know when to fold ’em, know when to walk away, know when to run…”
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