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News at Home: Feeling Cursed
Yep, I’m feeling cursed! I left for spring break with everything ready for my return and for the first time in weeks, I was ahead… and the YIKES! It was rough. The kids would NOT SHUT THE F*CK UP! OMG, Y’all they came back so freaking talkative and hyper. We only have like 60 days of school left, but I can’t take 60 days like this past week. Which is why I worked close to 7 on Wednesday and Thursday, plus until 10:15 on Friday redoing the way our class runs. I watched my kid’s this week and observed that something I had started to notice before break came to fruition over break – they are (for the most part) independent learners now. Woo-hoo! Right? Well, on one side – yes! One of my goals is teaching them to take ownership of their learning. And they’ve definitely done that.
The downside? The model I’ve been using to teach just isn’t going to fly anymore. See our class schedule has been basically, whole group lesson, group activity, independent work, whole group instruction, group activity, independent work (And so on) for the majority of the day. for about an hour they have learning stations where they work independently with a partner on a learning activity I’ve setup for them. For those stations to be successful, they HAVE to take ownership – because I’m working with a small group. I’m not constantly reminding them to work. I’m not working the “power zone” to keep their behavior in check. They have to do it.
And watching my kids this week – those independent learning stations were the ONLY time they ALL consistently were on task. So I’m changing our class structure next week. The moment they walk in the room, they are in stations. Then we have a 10 minute lesson/activity at the carpet. Stations. 10 minute lesson/activity. And so on.
This means SIGNIFICANTLY more work for me. I had 11 stations before, and it would take the kids a week to get through all of them 1 time. Now, I have 22 stations (11 math, 11 reading) and they will pass through all of them in just 2 days, assuming the timing goes the way I expect. YIKES! I got setup for the week’s stations by 10:15 Friday – I had spent a good part of the day training the kids on how they will move through their day (and let me tell you, they are excited!). So yeah, had to make it happen. I’m still working on getting on the logistics for 1 week scheduled, but hopefully it won’t be too hard to reproduce week after week. It’ll just be keeping the stations fresh. Wish me luck tomorrow, it’s going to be an interesting day, to say the least!
To top that off, I was super tired – I think the meds I’m on for my foot and my prolactin imbalance are making me extra sleepy. I take them at night… and they do say they cause drowsiness… but it would seem that since I got to sleep after taking them, that wouldn’t matter. NOPE 🙁 I think my body has decided that 4.5 hours sleep isn’t going to cut it anymore. Crap. Where am I going to find the time?
The politics of it all
Not going to say a lot here, because while I did keep up with what was going on this week – AND HOLY SHIT IT WAS A LOT! – It just continues to perpetuate that feeling of being cursed. State politics are particularly disheartening at the moment, as the Texas Legislature moves to destroy teacher pensions by changing them into a 401K model. The ONE thing I had to look forward to – a guaranteed retirement fund (despite not keeping up with inflation, it’s better than a 401K) and now they’re taking that away too. Already I know I’m not likely to make more than another 10K a year in a 30 year career, that’s how bad raises are. My health insurance is ridiculous – 5000 deductable before the cover shit, but I pay close to 700/mo premium… and my state is not broke. They could afford to pay teachers better, they just don’t value us. Pure and simple. So sick of it.
And health care! *sigh* While I won’t pretend that the Affordable Care Act (aka “ObamaCare” fixed things), while I’m glad the plug got pulled on the travesty Ryan presented I’m still afraid for what they plan to work out. And what kills me most is that I don’t hear anyone saying what really needs to be said; Health Insurance is NOT Health Care!!! As long as we continue to conflate these two terms, we will fail to meet the needs of our people. Insurance implies that health care is not a basic right – it makes it something that your wealth dictates. I’m sorry, but we need to stop this rich ass selfish bullshit and just start taking care of the health of our nation! We literally keep saying that the right to HEALTH is not a basic human right and I just don’t see how anyone is okay with that. But then again, they’re also okay with pretending that global warming is a lie to line their pocket books so why not? *sigh* It’s shameful.
Well, I haven’t really done much blogging this week. The being sleepy has killed my reading (SO SLOW) and when I get up in the morning I have a hard time getting moving, which means I’m running late and cut into my blog reading/commenting time.
Well I didn’t do so great with the exercise this week – I worked out Monday and Tuesday, but by Wednesday I was just too damn tired in the morning to get my butt in gear.
I did pretty good with diet though… except Friday. I was so tired and had such a bad headache Friday morning I just completely left the house without eating anything. And… I forgot my lunch at home. So no lunch. And then I worked until 10:15. I found some fruit loops in my cupboard from when the kids used them to make counting by tens necklaces and had a couple of handfuls – but the sugar didn’t agree and I was too busy working to really eat anyway. And when I got home I was just so damn tired again, so I went to bed. Meaning I ate about 3 handfuls of fruit loops all day Friday. Oops…
And then my feeling cursed continued into Saturday…. I did the color run 5K. Woo-hoo! It was a blast, I did my best time ever- 40 minutes (runners, I know, that’s slow… but for the girl that used to walk it in 1hour 10 minutes, that’s awesome)! But when it was over, I felt some pain in my knee. I even posted, “Well I think I twisted my knee a tiny bit, but it was fun. And I’m orange :)” Well, a little bit turned out to be a lot. By mid-afternoon my knee was swollen huge. And I’m now nursing Aleeve and ice rotations, keeping it elevated. After about 2 weeks no pain while walking (foot still feels great!) and now bam! the knee! See why I’m feeling cursed?
Last Week on the Blog
- [19 Mar] Sunday Post | Spring Break
- [20 Mar] It’s Monday! What I’m Reading March 20th
- [21 Mar] Top Ten Books I read in One Sitting #TTT
- [22 Mar] Hero in the Highlands by Suzanne Enoch ★★★½
- [23 Mar] What is eStories?
- [24 Mar] Rapture in Death by J.D. Robb ★★★★
This Week on the Blog Look For:
Sunday Post | Feeling Cursed
It’s Monday! What I’m Reading March 27th
Top Ten Authors I Can’t Believe I’ve Met
Ceremony in Death #review
Not sure — maybe an outlander post if I can get it watched. Or a Furthermore (#mytbrl pick) review if I can get it finished. Or nada.
Vengeance in Death #review
My TBR List | April 2017 Voting
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