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News at Home: Emotionally Overwhelmed
Honestly, it was a pretty good work week. With the exceptions of my usual culprits, the kids were behaving well. I made a change to our class schedule and WOW! It made such a great impact on how our day goes. I wish I had seen it before. We now start our day with Math instead of Reading. I was really hesitant to do this, as I want the kids to get in the less concrete skills before they are feeling super tired. But I used to have Math after lunch and they just don’t calm down enough with a math lesson. So I changed it.
We start our day with calendar (something I used to struggle to have time to get in), then we do some math counting routines, and have our math lesson. They are “let loose” to do Math practice for about 10-15 minutes. Then we have our phonemic awareness activities and do our phonics work. By then it’s time for recess and I’ve gotten in the most important lessons of our day. Yay! I didn’t think it would work, but man – it’s been awesome this week.
After recess, they come inside and get about 40 minutes of learning centers – they get to do learning activities in math and reading – and I get to work with them in groups of 2 to really focus on their individual needs. Then it’s lunch time.
And here’s the real genius of the schedule change. When they come back from lunch, the very first thing we do is read a story. If you’ve never watched a wound up child listen to a story, you’d be amazed at the way their ENTIRE body relaxes. By time the story time is over, they are calm enough to have a lesson – based on the book we just read of course! Gah, why didn’t I do this earlier?!?
The only real negative in my work week has been the hours – oh and a negative interaction with a co-worker (I won’t get into it, but she had me and another co-worker fuming mad!). I didn’t get home even one day this week before 7pm. Just lots on my plate for some reason – and I worked Saturday from 9 – 4. But I’m feeling positive about the upcoming work week. Overwhelmed by how much I have to do, but positive.
We got back some data from our kids middle of the year testing and my kids, along with another kinder teacher’s kids – had the most growth in the entire school! Woot!! One reason I had to work so much this week though was getting ready for next week – because of the data it’s time to start the paperwork process on kids who aren’t performing to standard. I only have 5 (out of 22), and our schools intervention team is going to service 2 of them. Which means I have to service the other 3 – with 100 minutes of intervention time a week. Finding a way to make sure I meet that requirement, while still getting in time with my other students, and getting them on computer programs they are required to spend certain amounts of time on was a BEAST. But I’m pretty sure I got that figured out too.
Next week is Valentines & Parent-teacher conferences. So it’ll be another hard-core week. Wish me luck!
The Politics of it All
The big reason I’m feeling so emotionally overwhelmed is politics. I feel like every avenue of my life is under attack – on a federal and local level.
This week Betsy Devos was confirmed in a historic vote, first time in US History a Vice President had to break a tie for confirmation of a cabinet member. Seeing as she doesn’t believe in Public Education, I feel like my job security just went down the toilet.
Which may not matter, since I may not have a future in the US… not if I want to stay with my husband. Trump’s executive order on Sanctuary Cities is having really scary impacts for immigrant communities. My husband is a resident and I’m terrified for him – for us. Texas is actively enforcing penalties on police departments that don’t “work with” ICE – Austin lost something to the tune of $2 million in federal money for Veterans, disabled and parents struggling with addiction because Austin Sheriff and Mayor refuse to hold illegal immigrants without a warrant from ICE, unless they are wanted for homicide, sexual assault or human trafficking. Our Ass-hat of a governor responded by withdrawing funds and threatening to take more. Grr!
And I know some are saying, well only illegal immigrants are at risk. No, that’s so not true. The difference between an illegal immigrant and a legal one can be the whim of the government. One moment your legal, the next your not. My brother-in-law was picked up by ICE this summer and held for over 2 months as we fought to reinstate his residency — at the expense of over $5000. His crime? Applying for US Citizenship with a misdemeanor on his record from 10 years ago (when he was a teenager).
So yeah, we’ve spent the past week having serious discussions about what we should do if/when his residency isn’t renewed, is revoked, etc. Should we get ahead of it, so he doesn’t end up spending time in prison like his brother did this summer? Should we move to a better state? A different country?
I don’t know what we’re going to do – but I’ve been researching places I could make a good living as a teacher outside the US. I’ve also been looking into possibilities for teaching and living well in Mexico. And I’m stressed to the max. I spent about an hour on the phone with my brother just sobbing yesterday.
If we do decide to stay and nothing happens to keep us from staying, I still have lots of concerns about my future employment prospects. On a national level… but also on a local level, since Texas also seems to be attacking teachers. A bill is being presented at the Texas senate to stop deducting money for union dues for state employees. But then they proceed to exclude all peace officers and emergency personnel… clearly leaving teachers as the main group to be hurt by this bill. The argument is that government money shouldn’t be paying unions. My argument would be, it’s not your money anymore once you’re paying it to me. And how are police officers and emergency personnel’s money any different from my money? The goal is clear, weaken Texas Teacher’s unions that have been taking a strong stance on educational issues – increasingly ridiculous testing measures, pay, insurance, etc – by making membership more difficult to obtain and sustain. The consequence could also be an increase in dues and loss of some unions altogether. If this passes, I could be losing easy access to protection from lawsuits, not to mention a voice in critical issues.
So yeah, feeling very under attack and overwhelmed. I’m scared and emotional. And not at all pleased with people who voted for Trump. If your happy with what he’s doing, take a second and look at how it’s impacting good people. And it’s only 3 weeks into his presidency.
I wanted to share this website for those looking for a way to impact change – It’s called 5 Calls. You pick your issue and they give you five phone numbers and scripts. It takes minutes but makes a difference. Phone call flooding has made a difference in how representatives vote. It’s worth your time!
I’m not doing well keeping up with blogging or reading right now – just too overwhelmed…
Got in 3 workouts this week – slept in a bit two days this week. I’m still really enjoying the Fitness Marshall’s workouts though! Eating was hit and miss. Mostly hit though 🙂
Last Week on the Blog
- [5 Feb] Sunday Post | February is better!
- [6 Feb] It’s Monday! What I’m Reading February 6, 2017
- [7 Feb] Top Ten Books I Wish Had More Complete/Likeable Characters In Them #TTT
- [8 Feb] Eleventh Grave in Moonligh by Darynda Jones ★★★★★
- [9 Feb] Do you think of books and authors as a business?
- [10 Feb] Foreplay by Sophie Jordan ★★★★
- [11 Feb] My TBR List | February 2017 Results
This Week on the Blog Look For:
Sunday Post | Emotionally Overwhelmed
It’s Monday! What I’m reading February 13, 2017
TTT – All About Romance Tropes/Types
Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist #review
Not sure — maybe outlander thoughts, maybe nothing.
Just a Few WTZ Books I read
Kinderland Reviews: Good Nonfiction
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