I really miss having internet regularly and faster than dial-up.
I got pretty choked up discussing the Pre-K Stepping Up Party at the end of the year. We always sing a good morning song with all three classes and then a goodbye song after all the classes have performed their own songs. The goodbye song we are using this year was what got me. I was like NOOO! I don’t want to say goodbye to _______ (insert all my students names). I’ve always loved my classes dearly, but this is the first time I’ve had that reaction.
I adore my assistant.
Family stress (grandma’s super sick) and the house stress combined with being pretty sick got to me on Monday. Multiple co-workers noticed at the end of the day and I couldn’t hold back the tears. Then more people came to ask what was wrong. I told them I loved them for asking, but if I kept talking about it I’d never stop crying. One friend told me that people are so drawn to me and I’m so nice and helpful that when people see me sad, they can’t help but come hug me. It made me feel good.
Our school has a high turn-over rate for teachers. We serve the poorest kids in the district and the greatest number of non-English speaking households. This affects our testing and in return our school grade. It also gives our staff different difficulties than other schools in the district. The past two weeks I’ve made an effort to tell the teachers (especially the new ones) that I think are passionate about our kids that they are the kind of people I think our kids need, how awesome they do here, and that I hope they end up staying. I really want a strong and long-term staff to develop here.
One of my ESE students that has a lot of outbursts has done so awesome for over 2 months that there’s no more pretending on my part about being super happy to see her. I truly am. That means a lot to me.
Miss you all. I keep getting signals that I have a message, but then there’s nothing there. Sorry!
Hi there! Please don't feel bad about "whining". Something has happened to you and you have every right to vent your feelings about it. I hope that you get all the support you need, and maybe a miracle so you can get an even prettier crystal set!
I’m not sure how it broke in all that happened. If my insurance thinks it was the drying company that ripped out my floors, they might say that company has to pay for it. But that company is mad at me because I went a different route than them for the repairs to the point that they tried to threaten me with inspectors, so getting them to pay me for stuff might not be possible. I have to see what the insurance says. All of this feels like a lot of confrontation and I HATE confrontation.
I’ve seen lots of lists that identify the characteristics of good teachers. They’re great reminders of what we should aspire to be as teachers. I haven’t seen many corresponding lists that identify the characteristics of good learners. I decided to put one together and invite your input. This could be a list for our students or anybody who aspires to learn well.
Good learners are curious
Good learners pursue understanding diligently
Good learners recognize that a lot of learning isn’t fun
Failure frightens good learners, but they know it’s beneficial
Sorry for being MIA, yet again. My brain has been everywhere. EVERYWHERE.
I told the boy that I wanted to move to NYC for a year. That I knew it was selfish, risky, and VERY out of character for my Type-A, list making, routine loving self… but I want it. He was so excited for me. He was nothing but supportive, thinking this would be a great change in my life and help me grow as a person - and we both agreed staying here or moving with him to Cleveland wouldn’t give me that chance.
He is going to Cleveland in June, and his goal is to transfer back here after one year. I really only want to stay in NYC for a year anyway, just for a total temporary lifestyle change.
He said he is committed to making this work. He will be moving back here next weekend and staying until he moves to OH in June. So, that’s three months where we can just focus on us.
I know this is all risky and kind of crazy. But, if he truly wants to make this work like I know I do, we can. And if not, then at least I am living in a fabulous city with my best friend.
Bottom line is… I’m doing what I want and putting myself first for once. And no one can fault me for that.
Did a walk through of my house now that the majority of the work is done. Two items of furniture were damaged that I didn’t see originally. My dresser is warped and it is part of a set. My crystal dining room table was broken in multiple spots. Someone stole my kitchen mat (like the kind that is extra padded for standing on for long periods) which I just got as a Christmas present. There was no way it was damaged since it is made to get wet.
The crystal table and dresser were super expensive and my insurance is not going to pay replacement cost, just depreciated cost which means replacing them with things that are not as nice.
And I had been doing so well with my positive, it is what it is attitude.
I hope things get better soon for you, I'm so sorry to hear about your house. You're an awesome person and I hope things work themselves out :( keep smiling. Sending lots of love and light from Scotland xxx
Ohhhhhhh. I loved Scotland when I was there. Just wish it had rained less. Hope you are well too.
Do you miss the interwebs? Is there anything I can send you that got waterlogged?
At this point, I think I will be ok with replacing my personal items. However, my deductible is $2,500 and the insurance has yet to say whether I will be compensated for my living arrangements even though I have a letter from my doctor that states I cannot live in my home while it is under construction because it is medically unsafe for me to do so with my medical conditions. So, that means not being able to buy things for my classroom/students for at least year if not more. I want to give each class the best learning environment and learning experiences I can. Any help with that is appreciated. I’ll also be putting books that were damaged or similar books on my wishlist.
And boy do I miss you all so much! Thank god for books to keep my mind distracted. I’m mostly excited that I only have 2 more home visits to do. Trying to go to every kid’s house while all this has been going on was extremely draining. Not that I had any problems, it is just one more thing, ya know?
How are things going with your house? Will you be able to move back soon?
Well. Hmm. I currently don’t have any floors. Tile work just began. Then they have to replace baseboards, do some dry wall, paint, move all the furniture. Then a deep cleaning and possibly needing air duct cleaning. I’d say it is going to be another week or two.
As I prepare my Donor’s Choose project I want to be sure that I’m very careful in my request so naturally I’m doing a lot of second guessing my choices. My students had a fairly rich lit circle experience in 6th grade. (That teacher has had a stash of books she inherited and hoarded over the last 6 years whereas the rest of us don’t have much.) Most, if not all, of my students read and loved The Hunger Games as 6th graders. I’m nearly 100% dead set on adding Divergent to my rotation so I’m asking for it as a part of my project. You all have already provided The City of Ember. I’d like to request one more dystopian novel. We have copies of The Giver at school. The majority of my students are competent yet reluctant readers and I need books that appeal to a wide range of abilities and preferences. What would be the best high interest, engaging, dystopian tale to add to my request? Legend? Matched? The Maze Runner? Something else I haven’t thought of?
Yeah, I’d be against Divergent as well. I loved the first book, and am reading the second but I don’t know if it would be appropriate for 6th. I haven’t read these yet, but they are on my list!
If you are a Missourian, or if you care about public schools, students, or teachers there— or anywhere, really, be aware! The bad guys are never complacent. The petitions are to get two potential constitutional amendments on the ballot. The first makes teachers at-will employees with test scores as the evaluation measure. The second is an attack on public school funding through vouchers and tax breaks. Public education is the backbone of functional democracy. I miss them both already.