Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. ~Elizabeth Stone

Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Lunch Date

What is it about making a lunch date with a friend that holds so much promise?

Even if it is lunch with a friend you see all the time it is still something special. Especially lunch on a Sunday. I think the only thing better than lunch with a friend is breakfast. I love going out for breakfast. The eggs are always cooked perfectly. The bacon is crispy. Or if you go for french toast, pancakes or waffles you get all the deliciousness with none of the clean-up. Heavenly.

Lunch is good for sleep-ins though and lounging around the house before you get up and ready to go. Breakfast can be done in your pyjamas if it is a hole-in-the-wall diner sort of place, or you are still in university (then pyjamas are almost a requirement, getting dressed is just trying too hard.)

Lunch means a fantastic salad that always tastes better because someone else made it. Or ooey-gooey pasta that you would never cook for yourself on a Sunday afternoon.

Breakfast means coffee, lots of it. Bottomless cups.

Lunch could mean an early start on a bottle of wine!

Either way, it's the people you go with and I am looking forward to my lunch date today. Hope you're having a good one as well.

Friday, September 24, 2010

The Only Constant is Change

So every year my school board goes through what is called "re-organization". This is where schools may have to re-organize their classes and assigned teachers based on low or high enrollment. My new school has super high enrollment so we will be getting 8.8 more staff next week. My old school has low enrollment so they are losing 1 staff member...to my new school! Reunion!

It also means that people's teaching assignments may change, in my case I may be teaching french now. It sure makes me happy that I haven't worked too far ahead and planned a whole bunch of stuff I just don't need!

Maybe I can sleep in tomorrow instead of getting up to plan?

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Good Morning Blogger World

Oh, how I have missed you all.

I am finally decided it was time to give myself an opportunity to relax. I can't believe how stressed I have been feeling about work, the prganacy, the disgusting state of my house, and my complete lack of grocery shopping! So today I am taking a personal day. I called in a friend to supply for me at school and I am going to stay home and rest. I really don't want to get myself run down at this point of the school year or while pregnant.

Let's talk about the pregnancy first. I am huge. HUGE! At least I feel huge. Most people have been telling me that they can't believe I am 6 months along so maybe I am not that huge. I do know however that I have reached the stage where my back hurts, my tummy hurts, and there are lost of little aches. But....we felt the baby kick for the first time last week and every since she has been kicking like crazy!!! I can even feel her sometimes in the middle of class when I am teaching math or something else quite unexciting.

None of my grade 4 students have asked or even mentioned that they think or know I am pregnant. So either they think I am super fat (!!!!) or they just don't have a clue. Either way I am going to hold out telling them as long as possible because it means telling them I will be leaving too.

It terms of school this is the most stressful beginning I have ever had. I feel super unorganized (which is not my style), and floundering. I haven't really had time yet to get my feel under me in terms of planning. I am just going by the seat of pants everyday. Today and this weekend will be spent planning for a few of my units so that I can feel more ontop of things....but at the same time my school is going to re-organize next week and we will be getting 8.8 MORE teachers. So everyone's timetables are going to change and I may gain French as a teaching subject and have to lose others....grrrr. It's going to be time for me to go on mat leave and things will still be all up in the air! Crazy.

Here are home, I have been so busy planning each night, or too exhausted to move very far off the couch that things are a mess. The house hasn't been vacuumed in FOREVER. Let's not even talk about the bathroom. And thank god there are frozen meals in the freezer!!

But in spite of it all I am very happy with my decision to change schools and to change grades. I am feeling re-energized professionally. I am very happy with all the people on my new staff and the ense of purpose they have for their teaching. It feels like teaching is supposed to. Plus now that the baby is kicking up a storm that seems all the more real and so much closer. Two baby showers have been scheduled for November and they will be here before we know it! Then January and the actual baby! Wow, life is changing......

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Brain? What brain?

Teaching. Grade. 4. Is. Sucking. The. Life. Out. Of. Me.

I am LOVING it. But I am tired each day and so far can't manage to plan more than a day or so ahead of time. I will be back when I get all my i's dotted and t's crossed.

Miss y'all.
Beth

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Planning for Math

I have never taught a math class of my own.

I have taught a math class during my practicum....after my associate teacher told me what to teach, but I have never, NEVER created an entire math program of my own.

IT'S SUPER SCARY!

I feel like I am doing okay (I mean, really, I have only done one lesson and it was pretty much a review of what they learned about bar graphs in Grade 3....but still. Tomorrow we are embarking on the world of "reading a bar graph" and answering some questions. Keep your fingers crossed.

On a side note: I am sending super good healthy thoughts to my friend Brian who has been waylaid with a flu-like situation after what was one of the best Michigan football games this season (there have only been 2! LOL). Feel better buddy, feel much better very soon.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Good Morning Weekend

I have done the right thing!

And doesn't that always feel good?

I am really glad with my decision to move to Grade 4 this year. Even though I know it will be a lot of work, planning and prepping (especially compared to teaching Grade 7 or 8 where I already had all the materials prepared) (especially considering I have lost all my of teaching resources when my laptop was stolen) but it's a challenge and I am liking it.

I can see that each day is going to be a whirlwind of questions, small bodies and mini-lessons. Everyday will involve a lot of long walks into the school from my portable to use the washroom, to go to the office, to eat lunch, etc.

But I must say that teaching fills fun again.

I think enjoying your job, feeling fulfilled at work and wanting to be there is very important to a healthy life. I know that your job isn't (or shouldn't be your life) but realistically a lot of people spend more time at their jobs than they do in the evenings at home with their family. If you don't like what you are doing you can very often bring your negativity home. This isn't good for anyone!

I know that I will only be a school and teaching Grade 4 for a short time this year due to the baby's imminent arrival but I really feel as though I will leave for my maternity leave re-energized for teaching, excited to be off with my baby but knowing that I have a great career waiting for me. I no longer feel angry to be at work. I no longer feel stagnant.

Don't you love when everything works out for the best?

Thursday, September 9, 2010

How Grade 4 Is Different From Grade 8

1) It took 90 minutes to create 1 bar graph today

2) Every time someone has a question they get up out of their desk and follow me around the room

3) When they are dismissed for recess everyone immediately has a story to tell me about their sister's dog who ran through their neighbour's yard last year, on Halloween, while wearing a lobster costume (or something to that effect)

4) They cheered when I said we were doing math

5) I wrote the students a letter about myself but left the answers blank so they had to guess the answers. When I told them to have fun and just guess we would take it up afterwards. At that point I was asked if I knew the answers. The answers to a letter I wrote about myself!

6) Two girls hugged me today before they left for the bus.

That never happened in Grade 8.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

First Day Down

Wow...teaching Grade 4 is exhausting!!  I have tons to tell you all but I can barely keep my eyes open. I promise that at some point this week I will update my change in teaching assignments.

Also, a HUGE thank you to everyone who sent their condolences on the loss of my laptop. I appreciate it! We are working on the insurance company to see if it will be fully covered and not raise our premiums too much.... keep your fingers crossed!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Do You Ever Hate People?

I came home from the cottage last night to have one day free before heading back to school...what did I find?

Someone had come into my house and stolen my MacBook Pro laptop....with all my teaching resources and lessons plans.

Great.

Super fun.

Le sigh.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Fresh Start

The start of school for me is always so new and so fresh.

I have probably never in my life considered January the start of the year. It's always September. That could be due to the fact that ever since I have had a memory I have been in school. But you've got to admit, there is something special about September and back to school.

I started setting up my new classroom yesterday and in very untypical fashion was quite laid back about the whole affair. I don't know if it's because realistically I am only going to be at school for 4 months, if it's because everything is sooooo new I have no idea what to be stressed about, or if it's because everything is so up in the air at my school that I feel the need just to go with the flow?

I do know that it feels rather liberating not being so stressed about it.

My husband, being the awesome guy that he is, did all the heavy lifting and moving for me. He loaded the car, and then unloaded the car. He moved the boxes, and the furniture that is there (more an that later). I unloaded the boxes. My plan was just to get everything into a place and then organize it later. I only have two days so I just wanted to make sure everything was in place and that my room was functional...the rest I could figure out later.

So where we stand now is that everything is in the room. There is nothing on the walls. I have no chairs for the students. The desks are designed for high school. And it's super hot!


Today I am going in to start the organization process, planning my lessons for next week and then go home to cool off! Enjoy your Wednesday.

Last Words...

Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one's thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe