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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):
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.
Michelle and I are at it again… we have another challenge! We shared Author Love sign ups this week, hope you’ll join us 🙂
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
- [22 Jan] Sunday Post | Feeling a little down
- [23 Jan] It’s Monday! What I’m Reading January 23, 2017
- [24 Jan] Underland by Chanda Hahn ★★½
- [25 Jan] Author Love Challenge 2017 | Sign Up
- [26 Jan] Just a few Charley Davidson books I read | Pt 3
- [26 Jan] The Dirt on Ninth Grave by Darynda Jones ★★★★
- [26 Jan] Brighter than the Sun by Darynda Jones ★★★★
- [26 Jan] The Curse of Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones ★★★★
- [26 Jan] Write On Review-a-Thon Goals January 2017
- [27 Jan] #authorluv17 challenge sign up | JA Huss
- [28 Jan] Bright Blaze of Magic by Jennifer Estep ★★★★
This Week on the Blog Look For:
Sunday Post | Can it be February already?
It’s Monday! What I’m Reading January 30, 2017
TTT – All about the visuals
Deja Who? #review #coyer
Quit Your Witchin’ #review #coyer
My TBR List | February 2017 Voting
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