Sunday Post | Can it be February already?

January 29, 2017 Sunday Post 14

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News at Home: Can it be February already?

I apologize in advance for the length of this post… but I need to let it out 🙂

Monday was a good day, for the most part. My kids were good. We got a lot accomplished. The only hiccup was that we started a new dismissal procedure for the whole school. From what I understand, grades 3-5 were having a horrible time at dismissal. K-2 was doing great – I know we started dismissal at 3:05 and were done daily by 3:15. Well, now the whole school is dismissing together. I know it’s a change and change takes time and can be painful. Well Monday was painful! We weren’t done dismissing until well after 4:15! Yeah, a whole hour longer! Then we had a meeting to discuss and figure out what went wrong. On the plus, everyone had such a good attitude and I felt like teachers just stepped up to the plate to get the kids home safely. It feels good to be part of such a great team! The best we got all we was 3:43, not looking promising 🙁

And my student who reached all new levels of disrespect last week was busy learning her lesson. She was on solitary – I’ve never gone to this extreme before, but I feel like the CLASS needs to see it won’t be tolerated. So she’s gradually earning back the privilege of being part of our class. It started on Friday – she’s sitting at a desk at the back of the room during carpet time, during independent work time, and during stations. When we walk in the hallway, she’s holding my hand. She’s sitting out recess. She has lunch in the hallway outside my room. Well halfway through the day Monday, I thought she finally realized who is in charge and that she’s not getting away with anything. Monday afternoon she earned back the privilege of walking in line instead of holding my hand (they hate that because I’ve made it clear babies need their hand held, not Kindergartners).

And then Tuesday happened. Y’all, I’m starting to think I’m not allowed a good week in January 🙁 The student I mentioned above back tracked… badly! She lost the privilege to walk in line with us when recess ended and she took off running. So I started holding her hand again. Well… I had a lot going on Tuesday and every time I had to let go of her hand she took off and refused to come back to me. She laughed and acted like it was a game. I NEVER call the office, but I called THREE times on her. They finally had to call her parents to pick her up after a chase in the library led me to telling them I didn’t care what they did, but she couldn’t come back to my room. Normally, I probably would have been calmer but let me explain the rest of Tuesday…

At 6:30 got a text message from one of the Kinder teachers saying she was throwing up and was calling in. Well, because she called in so late – no sub. Which means we have to split her class. So instead of having 21 students I had 26. But then wait! At recess our attendance clerk walks out to me and ta-da! I had a new student enrolled in my class. Bless her heart, she’s a shelter kid and I could tell she’s feeling really upset. She got into a little trouble at library – because I’m strict y’all – and she broke down crying and telling me she would be good, don’t kick her out of class. *sigh* She probably felt worried because she’d just witnessed the above mentioned student get kicked out for the day. I felt like a crap, even if I know I did the right thing by being strict from the get-go. Anyway, rewind back to recess – we had a schedule change because the kids had to take a test in the computer lab. It was right after recess and right before lunch. So I had the kids all ready to go from recess, to the computer lab for their test, to lunch. We get in there and the internet isn’t working. So we try to keep two classes of Kindergartners – and since we each had 5 extra kids, we’re talking more than 50 kids – quietly waiting. Finally they tell us that even if it starts working we wont have enough time, so go back to class.

*sigh* Kids in general struggle with their schedule being messed with. My kids had just had 6 people added to their room, their schedule changed… and changed again. Tough! But to top it off, I have a student who is undiagnosed, but definitely on the spectrum. Y’all he cannot handle change. And I prepped him so hard for the first change that he crumpled on the second change. (oh and this is when my student decided she’d do her first running act).

Long story short, our day Tuesday was one of constant change. At 4pm when I was finally done dismissing (faster than Monday but still about 45 minutes longer than normal) I went to my co-worker’s room and told her, “I think I taught maybe two real lessons from the schedule today. TWO!” She laughed and said she was about the same. I needed to stay to get ready for Wednesday, but I SO didn’t. I just had to go home.

Wednesday during our team meeting, I was close to tears y’all. I just am at my max and my team could see it. They took my work iPad away from me and scheduled an absence for Friday, saying that I was the only one on the team hadn’t missed a day the whole school year. Everyone else had missed 3 or more days. I needed a mental health day and they weren’t going to argue with me about it.

On Thursday the mom of the child I mentioned above (who was continuing to have a bad week) called me to apologize. She said that she had wanted to come to the school so she could apologize personally, but she hadn’t made it up so she wanted to call because I deserved an apology. She was doing what she could at home to make sure her child felt the consequences and she knew it wasn’t my fault. I appreciated it; yes, it didn’t make the situation any easier – but at least I felt appreciated, instead of blamed.

And it was good timing for that call, because another student who had witnessed her child running around decided they would try it out too – on Thursday. And the substitute assistant principal we have has this deluded idea that kindergartners aren’t any real trouble. So he’s no help at all. Tried to bring the child back screaming and yelling… I’m like, “um, do you really feel you’ve helped the situation yet?” Grr! What a week. I’m so ready for February!

I am really thankful for that day off – I needed a day away from my kids before I lost my sanity. However, I got a text during the day about one of my kids that gives me a hard time. I’ve edited the picture to disguise the child, but LOOK ya’ll (if you could see the look on the face, omg! you’d be even more pissed with me):

Student Misbehaving

This is probably why I’ve never taken off. Because who knows what you’ll come back to. But the student will be cleaning that up… during recess. I don’t care if it takes him two weeks of recess, no playing until he fixes what he messed up! Grrr! Apparently my sub was pretty crappy – she was working on a crossword puzzle for goodness sake! *sigh* People think Kinder is easy and then they are unprepared.

Cross your fingers for me that I get my orderly class back next week! I don’t know what has gotten into them!

The Politics of it All

Y’all I’ve always been a fairly well informed and involved person politically. I have always gone to the voting booth prepared with who I will vote for on every issue – researched and across party lines. I actually worked as a volunteer on Obama’s first campaign. But after he won, I will admit I became less vocal. I lost some friends during that campaign – not because I ever said anything unkind to them, but I guess it’s a pain to be friends with someone who not only disagrees with you, but isn’t afraid to say so. So I backed up. I continued to be informed but if you didn’t agree with me on issues, you had no idea how informed I actually was. I was a quiet supporter, via donations and signing of petitions.

Well, that’s got to change. Believe it or not, I have something to thank Trump for. He’s made me realize that I’m not fulfilling my responsibility as a citizen of this country by staying quietly informed. By sitting silently by while my friends have a political conversation that I not only disagree with, but hear them saying things that I have researched and know to be inaccurate. By not saying things on Facebook or Twitter or on my blog because I have friends on both sides of the issues.  

Y’all, we would NOT have an America today if revolutionaries were quietly and politely informed on the issues. They had to speak up. They had to be unpopular in certain crowds. They had to stand up. I am by no means suggesting that we be mean to people who don’t share our opinions. We don’t have to call people names or be hurtful to disagree with them. But we have to speak. Not voting because you don’t like either candidate… after doing NOTHING to make sure someone you do like is on the ballot. That’s not speaking, that’s not upholding your responsibility. I’m not trying to call people out or make them feel bad. I’m just saying, if there were ever a time to look at what you’re doing and what more you could do, now is the time.

I don’t have a huge blog following and most the people (not all!) who follow me do agree with me on most the issues. So I realize I’m not making this huge impact by blogging about how I feel about what’s happening. But this is a platform available to me and by golly, I’m going to start using it. For those of you who feel that politics don’t belong on the blog, I’m sorry you feel that way… You don’t have to read it. If you are involved, please share with me! I want to know ways you’re getting involved, how you’re protesting, offering support. IDK – I may end up making this a weekly post, rather than a part of the Sunday post, we’ll see. Thoughts?

And since this post is already long enough, I’m not going to go on and on about what’s happened in this past week… our first week with Trump as president. I will say it’s terrifying and it’s time to get to work. I’ve called my senators and representatives numerous times this week (mostly to find full inboxes). I’m very concerned about the students at my alma mater – UTA – many who are from banned countries and I’m reaching out to see what I can do to support them. I’m terrified about what all these immigration executive orders will mean in the long run for my husband, a Mexican immigrant with resident status. Not sure what I can do there, yet, but my eyes are peeled.

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#FitReaders Update

I started doing The Fitness Marshall on Monday and OMG such fun workouts! I didn’t really want it to stop and I was sore at the end of the day… whether that was the workout or dismissal running IDK but I think I’ll be sticking with the YouTube playlists for him for a while!

Tuesday I overslept – not late, but too late to workout. So I stretched. Which was probably a good plan since I was in serious pain. My plantar faciitis is getting worse and worse. I need to come up with a way to treat it. I’m afraid I’m going to wake up some morning and be UNABLE to walk.

I actually bought a shit ton of stuff for my feet by the end of the week – including a boot and ankle brace to sleep in. I look ridiculous going to bed… but I do think it’s working!

It’s taking some adjusting sleeping in it though… so we’ll see.

I signed up for a 5k with a friend of mine and this week I found out that it’s actually one with timers in the bibs and that they want everyone to keep at least 15 min miles. So now I’m nervous, because I tend to be a 20 minute mile person. *sigh* I’m going to make myself go, regardless. It’s next weekend… wish me luck, I’ll need it!

Last Week on the Blog

This Week on the Blog Look For:

Sunday

Sunday Post | Can it be February already?

Monday

It’s Monday! What I’m Reading January 30, 2017

Tuesday 

TTT – All about the visuals

Wednesday 

Deja Who? #review #coyer

Thursday

Outlander Thoughts

Friday 

Quit Your Witchin’ #review #coyer

Saturday

My TBR List | February 2017 Voting

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14 Responses to “Sunday Post | Can it be February already?”

  1. Bookworm Brandee

    Thank goodness January is over for you!! What a way to start a new year! Ugh! I don’t know how you do it but I’m so happy you do. I know that despite the problems with a few kids you’re making a huge difference in all their lives. Even the problem children. And I have to say that while I was reading I was thinking about what this kid’s behavior says about their parenting, so I was surprised that the mom called to thank you. That’s something. Here’s to a fabulous February though!!
    And as for politics…well, I think you know where I stand and you’ve inspired me to do something other than stick my head in the sand for four years. (and I admit that’s really, really appealing) These are scary times and I think I’ll feel better if I actually attempt something to have my voice heard – other than voting. 🙂
    Good for you signing up for a 5K! I’d be nervous too. I’m a 20 minute miler too. I hope your feet will be doing better by the time the race rolls around. Love your sleepy-time footwear! 😉
    I’m sending {{{BIG HUGS}}} your way!!! I’m here if you need me. <3
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  2. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    Oh my gosh, what a week! With the pick-up time taking so much longer than normal, I’m wondering why the switch? What was wrong with the old way? And the child that you finally had to have picked up? Holy cow. It was good of the mother to call and apologize but still, what a total disruption to the class and your schedule. Not to mention, it seemed to give at least one other kid some bad ideas. 🙁 I truly admire what you do, Berls. I imagine it would be easy to feel overwhelmed and defeated and I’m so glad your team is looking out for you and insisted you take a day off. I sure hope this week is off to a better start!
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  3. Jen Twimom
    Twitter:

    ****HHHUUUGGGSSS**** Can I make them any bigger?! I am SOOOO proud of you. Seriously. You do so much for everyone else and keep your head high. It’s tough to be a good teacher when so many parents and administrators just go day to day not wanting any waves. Please keep it up. Our future needs teachers like you! I’m glad you took the day off… I hope reentry wasn’t too rough today. And I am glad that parent called you – it would have been too easy for the parent to pull “not my child” and blame the school. Good for her for calling.

    I’m with you on politics. I’m using Twitter as my platform as I don’t have any type of posts like this where I just share what’s going on. What if you do two Sunday Posts? One on your life and one on your views? I’ll be here regardless!

    I hope you have a good week my friend! 🙂
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    • Berls

      HUGS back 🙂 thanks so much! I appreciate it, sometimes it really gets to me. But I do love my job and feel it’s importance, so I just need a day now and then 🙂 I was so surprised that parent called – it’s so rare for parents to do that and I really appreciated it.

      I may create a weekly post… To separate all the politics. Depends on if I have the energy to do that 1 extra post. Lol! Have a great week!

  4. Laura Trostel
    Twitter:

    I’m glad you are speaking out about Trump. I’ll agree with you on the point he helped you with. I am not living up to my citizen obligation either. The problem with his first week in presidency is that he has done so much so fast. And not in a good way either. It’s like there is no thought to any rippling effects. And people don’t have a moment to process all he’s doing.
    It’s like he just sits in his chair, signs executive orders and then looks around smugly and thinks “This is so easy”.
    As people focus on one issue and speak up, there are 5 more issues that pop up that need attention.
    It’s a crazy time and I guess all we can do, it pick a topic that means the most to us and speak out and hope everyone else does the same!

    • Berls

      Thanks Laura! I couldn’t agree more – the break-neck pace that these executive orders are coming through… especially without proper vetting on some is too much to handle. I’m impressed with the way Americans are showing up to protest though. Even though I’m ashamed of Trump, the way people are stepping up is making me proud to be American. I’m really nervous with him slipping in the EO with Steve Bannon :/ – that’s one I feel like snuck in while we were busy protesting the “muslim ban.” Going to have to stay on our toes! Have a great week 🙂
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  5. Barb (boxermommyreads)
    Twitter:

    I really enjoy your posts. Sorry you had such a rough week at work but hey, it was great your team recognized you needed a day off. People hate change and disruption of routine so I don’t know why they would think Kindergarten kids wouldn’t be the same with it or even worse. Good luck on your 5K – I’m sure you’ll do great.
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    • Berls

      Thanks Barb! Sometimes I see how long they are and think “gah! I hope I’m not boring everyone!” It was great of my team to recognize I needed the day off, I’m very thankful for it! *cross your fingers for me* I’m nervous about my 5K… Have a great week 🙂
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  6. Kathryn Trask

    Well I read every word of your teaching week and so identify – can relate by memory to every single word. The “joys” of teaching indeed! So pleased to hear your colleagues made you take a day off, I know the sub can be and was by the sound of it bad news, but hope you still got some rest. Deep breathe and go back fresh. Let go what you can’t control. Hopefully the kids will appreciate your return!
    I will follow your politics stand with interest. Being out of the USA I can only follow from afar, but have been rather horrified by all that has gone on in the week. I so hope many like you make a stand. And I agree Trump has made everyone more politically aware. I can’t even watch him anymore, yuck!
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    • Berls

      Thanks Kathryn! They did miss me – got lots of hugs and “I missed you” this morning. And they were good for the sub for the most part, considering that she wasn’t structured at all. Can’t blame them when she didn’t follow my instructions AT ALL 🙁

      I feel like many are taking a stand and that gives me hope. We just have to keep at it! It’s only a few days into the presidency, so it’s going to be a long four years and we can’t tire out!

      Have a great week 🙂
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  7. Melanie Simmons
    Twitter:

    I have no idea how you do what you do. I’m not good with children, never have been. I am aware at how important that age is. Kids learn so much at that age, not only in book-type of learning, but also socially. That is why your job is so important. Thank you so much for taking care of our next generation. They are the future of this country and world. Having people who care about them are the only way we will make it.

    As for politics, I agree with you about that silver-lining. I saw a meme on Facebook or Twitter, “Trump has United This Country…
    …Against Trump”. It had pictures from four of the WomenMarch protests around the countries with the estimated counts. I also agree that we cannot be silent about this. If we are, than we are just as bad as the people holding people down.

    “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
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    • Berls

      What a great quote from MLK! It’s amazing – I mean we’re still divided as a country, but less and less so and I’m so encouraged be the number of people stepping up and taking a stand. It gives me hope. We just have to work hard and not tire out… 4 years is a long time!

      Thanks so much! Teaching is a hard job, I love it, but sometimes it exhausts me! It’s nice to feel appreciated 🙂 Have a great week!
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  8. Greg

    What a week! Especially that Tuesday… I feel for ya. I’m not sure I’d survive lol. And the sub “working on a crossword puzzle”… nice! Way to be tuned in there!!

    I hear you on trump.
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    • Berls

      Thanks Greg. I’m just ready for it to be February and call it a fresh slate so to speak. There’s been a couple times this past week I thought “I better remove this child from my presence before I do something I can’t take back…”

      Have a great week 🙂
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