Tuesday, March 8, 2011

My wish for you

To be a self motivated, self directed learner. To develop a natural curiosity and an angst to go after the unknown. To value literature, meaningful quotes and those thinkers who have gone before them. To create from within a lifelong yearning to continue to build and cultivate their knowledge about life,  themselves and the world around them.

This is what I hope for you, my students. Those children who are entrusted to me on a daily basis, I hope to reach these overarching ideas with our daily warm-ups, fraction books and science experiments about matter. I hope to accomplish these goals by my own passion and commentary of what enormous value my formal education is to me.

I want to inspire and shape my students into citizens who can compete in this ever-changing world. And mostly, I want them to have a good day.

When I simplify my job to the aforementioned goals I feel a lot less stressed out. I do what I can with what I have for as long as I can.

I was wimpering to Adam the other day about how exhausting my job is when he reminded me that I also have the most rewarding job on the planet.

Honestly, selling shoes at Dilliards sounds so enticing sometimes, but I know I wouldn't feel as important, affirmed or inspired.

We went to Austin last week and had a phenomenal time. (With the exception of one of my students who thought it would be a grand idea to get INSIDE one of the exhibits) Yeah, he got to be literally attached to me with a rubber band for appox. 30 minutes. I had to reassure him that I'd rather embarrass him on the field trip than lose him. He'll probably wince at that memory for a lifetime. We toured the capitol building and the Bob Bullock Museum. It was a rich cultural/historical learning experience for everyone. A long long learning experience.

3 days til' Spring Break and I am psyched!!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Snow Day: Cabin Fever

Welp. We're on day 2 of no work due to this crazy weather. I'm enjoying every bit of the fire in the fireplace, fierce scrabble tournaments and hot chocolate. Adam's here with me, as well as Brady and Harry.

and squeaks...

We braved the icy roads and went on a rescue mission to get Squeaks from my classroom. When I left on Monday I was sure that I'd be coming back on Tuesday. I have this personal grudge against newscasters. I think they're all alarmists that intentionally scare people out of going about their normal lives due to the impending TREACHEROUS ICE STORM!!

Well, lo and behold....Squeaks was left in my classroom without heat and in rolled an actual TREACHEROUS ICE STORM! I had this vision of me standing in front of my class explaining to them that squeaks froze to death and was now in Guinea Pig heaven. Nope, I certainly couldn't life with myself if I returned to my classroom to find a squeakscicle.

Truly, Adam and I were petrified as we skidded down the highway past several jackknifed 18 wheelers and stranded cars. It took us well over an hour to go 12 miles.

Now, as I type this my sweet husband is sliding down the street in a makeshift sled (Our recycle bin.) As silly and dangerous as it is, well....I'm about to go join him.

These days are great. I mean, I could live without the bone chilling coldness, but truly I believe that God ordains these days simply to remind his children to slow down. I look forward to making some stew, having grilled cheese and curling up by the fire to kick my husbands butt at another riveting game of scrabble.

Stay warm my friends!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

From dishes to life

So I woke up this morning and washed the dishes that have been sitting in our sink this week. The contents in the aforementioned sink were very symbolic of the kind of week I had.

I washed: 4 wine glasses, 4 coffee cups, 2 thermoses, and a pot and 2 bowls we used the night we had Ramen Noodles.

Needless to say, I'm failing miserably my New Years Resolution to cook more.

I'm full swing back into school, and that first week back was NUTS! This week was a bit more controlled except for the fact that it was too cold outside and we had indoor recess 4 days this week! Indoor recess means that the two teachers on recess duty divide the entire 4th grade in half and bring them back to their classrooms. It should be illegal to make 4th grade boys have indoor recess for that many consecutive days. Seriously,  puzzles, monopoly and heads up seven up will only work for so long until they start to literally climb the walls.

It has been cold, it snowed even. I resent the snow because it wasn't enough for a snowman or a snow day, or anything else the snow has the potential to offer. It just snowed enough to be an inconvenience.

I mean, I guess it was pretty to watch.

I had 5 kids over the course of the week go home in my class with a horrible stomach virus. So needless to say I spent the week trying to decide if I was nauseous or not.

So for now, I'm avoiding the cold by snuggling up on the couch, blogging, and having a cup of coffee that will soon start the collection for next weeks dishes.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Monday, you are no friend of mine.

I. Am. So. Dead. Today. I think I may be blogging from the after life. This morning hit me like a ton of bricks. I mean, considering the last 2 consecutive Mondays I was sawing logs til' about noon, the only 5 I've seen in a few weeks has been PM! Besides, I tossed and turned all night because I'm reading a terrifying book that is narrated by a libyan terrorist. No good sleep comes from reading that sucker 20 minutes before bed. Eh, that's neither here nor there.

I didn't even have kids today, it was an inservice day for teachers. Of course there was one ditzo who brought his dreary eyed daughter to school this morning only to discover that school doesn't start until tomorrow. He had the nerve to angrily exclaim, "Did I MISS SOMETHING HERE?!??"

What I felt like saying-"Well, maybe you missed the the ONLINE CALENDAR, MY WEEKLY NEWSLETTERS, YOUR Kid's PLANNER or  THE numerous other places where JANUARY 4th was printed. MAYBE you missed the POINT when you pulled into the DROP OFF LOOP AND NOBODY WAS THERE!...or maybe you missed the formation of your frontal lobe? I don't know, but you can take your attitude and stuff it in the back of your closet along with that heinous tie of yours.!"

What I actually said-  "I am so sorry sir, but school doesn't start til' the morning."

So needless to say, my Monday didn't start off too well. To be honest,  I would way rather spend the day teaching my kids than attending inservice.

Guinecula returned today and I'm pretty sure he doubled in size...his host family was generous with the Guinea Kibble.

I'm anxious to see my kids tomorrow and turn this week around. Tuesday: Make it happen!

 This is what I would have rather done all day.  Hang out with my boys.