Sunday Post | 3 day weekend… Sort ofย 

October 16, 2016 Sunday Post 16

Sunday Post

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News at Home – 3 day weekend… Sort of

Technically I’m enjoying a 3 day weekend. In reality,  I had a 5 hour training yesterday (from 8:30-2:30) so I really only have two days off. Here’s the cool thing.  I don’t care. Hell, I wouldn’t care if I had to work tomorrow.  Because I just love my job. 

Sorry,  I feel like I spend every week bragging about how much I love my job. It’s just that I’m in awe and kinda pinching myself still.  After the DISASTER  that last year was,  I still can’t believe the things that I see happening every day at my school.  

Some highlights this week: 

  • My new ESL student raised her hand and answered a question.  She was totally wrong, but she’s talking!! And while she hasn’t SAID her letters,  she can point to the right one when I tell her to find it.  I’m so excited for her growth.  
  • Only 6/22 of my students still need to become Top Bananas.  That means that 16 are! Top Bananas is a program I have in my classroom to have the kids take ownership of their growth.  I want them to set goals and experience the joy of reaching them by working hard for them. So their first goal is to to be able to correctly name 40 capital and/or lowercase letters out of order in under 2 minutes.  Y’all that’s fast. Time yourself. I bet it takes you more than a minute.  Point is,  to do that,  you have to KNOW your letters.  And 16 of my kids have done it.  Self – motivated, too.  I told them the goal.  Gave them rings of letters they can practice when they finish their work early.  And then they have to come to me when they think they are ready and say “I think I’m ready to become a Top Banana.” I just love watching them practice, too.  They find a student who is already a Top Banana and ask them to help them practice.  Or,  if they’re already a Top Banana,  they find someone who isn’t and ask them if they want help practicing. I love that they’re learning to ask for and give help in a such a kind way.  Of course they’re motivated by the promise of a banana split party once we’re all Top Bananas! Would you believe they didn’t know what a banana split is? They were excited about a party,  but once they found out a banana split involved ice cream they were super excited! 
  • We started Ball Words this week. Ball words come after Banana Letters. It’s the same idea,  but with sight words.  I have every Dolch List on a type of ball (so not my idea,  this is a program I found and am implementing) – the first list is baseball. There are 11 lists (so 11 different balls) with 20 words on each.  And the way the kids who are already top bananas pounced on those words when I hung up the rings… I think I’m going to have a few kids this year who master all 220 words.  That’s 160 more words than the district requires ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m so excited to see them grow!!
  • I seem to have a student teacher.  I say seem because I thought I agreed to have a high school student from FTA  (Future Teachers of America) observe me teaching a couple times. But when she arrived this week she had this packet full of information and talking about the assignments I’m supposed to give her and how she’ll need to teach one time.  And how she’s coming twice a week for the rest of the semester. Sounds like a student teacher… Right? I worry that she’s been placed for something like that with me,  a second year teacher.  I’m still learning!!! I also seriously have no idea how I’m going to let go enough to let her teach my class.  *deep breath*But she’s really sweet and I think it’s cool she’s getting this chance is high school,  rather than waiting until college. 
  • Parent teacher conferences were this week.  Y’all,  I’m not going to lie – I dread parent teacher conferences. There’s a reason I’m a teacher.  I’d much rather deal with children than adults. But man,  these went so well.  Unlike last year where I only had a handful (less) of parents show up,  this year I had all BUT a handful come.  And I felt like I could talk so much more competently about how their kids were doing.  It was a reflection to me of how much I’ve grown. Last year,  I didn’t know where their kids should be… So my comments were based mainly on behavior.  This year I could talk about concerns and what they could do at home to help. Felt really good, like “wow, I’m a real teacher now!” Lol

School is basically my life… So not a lot to add personally. I think I might be getting sick – cough and slightly sore throat – but I’m fighting it with vitamin C, will power, and the positive attitude that “I will NOT get sick!” Fingers crossed it works.

Buffy gave me a scare yesterday – she started limping on her front left foot. I freaked because she’s my baby. Upon closer inspection it looks like she got stung by a bee or a wasp, nothing serious seems to be wrong. Gave her some benadryl and she’s running around fine. Hopefully that’s it and she’s fine!

Blog News

I haven’t managed to do any blogging since last weekend, but since I’m off tomorrow, my plan is to blog as much as possible today. Maybe I’ll manage to finish October finally?

#FitReaders Update

I made it to the gym on Monday, but that was it. Had book club Tuesday, massage on Wednesday :), parent teacher conferences on Thursday and finally made it to social security on Friday to do my name change from getting married this summer. I’m going hyphenated, Kiko’s request. He’s afraid of me facing discrimination for having a Hispanic last name. But in the classroom the kids are already just calling me by his name, hyphanated is too much of a mouthful. I honestly think it will be on paper only.

Diet sucked. With working until 8 Thursday dinner was provided – chick fil a… And the next morning I was so tired. It was like I never left work. So I skipped breakfast, only to happily accept donuts when they were brought around. And then my training yesterday resulted in Wendy’s for lunch. Bad food week!

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16 Responses to “Sunday Post | 3 day weekend… Sort ofย ”

  1. Literary Feline (Wendy)

    I am glad to hear Buffy is doing okay and it’s nothing serious. I was, however, sorry to hear you are starting to feel sick. Hopefully it’s just allergies (as if allergies aren’t sometimes as bad or worse).

    I think it’s wonderful you are so happy with your job this year. I hope you don’t stop telling us about your days. ๐Ÿ™‚ I would be nervous about the student volunteer too. It does sound like she’s got a steep agenda, especially for a high school student. Hopefully you and she will work well together.

    I’ll keep in mind that the teacher is probably as nervous as I am about the parent/teacher conference. Haha! I’m glad yours ended up going well. I remember my mom always complaining about the low turn out for them when she was teaching.

    I was doing so good with working out and then the last two weeks–nothing. I need to jump back into it. Trying to motivate myself. It hasn’t helped either that my husband has brought home ice cream and now I feel like I have to finish it off–so I’m having some every night. I had finally gotten away from that this summer. Ugh.

    I hope you have a great week, Berls!
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  2. Bookworm Brandee

    It absolutely fan-freaking-tastic that you share so much goodness about your job, Berls! And I know you had it rough last year, but you still were able to make a difference with those kids, so that was a victory too. BUT I get that this year is so completely different and honey, you deserve it! It’s awesome you have a student teacher – you may be new but she’ll learn so much from you and your methods and your enthusiasm. And I’m happy parent/teacher conferences went so well. It’s nice being able to *see* that your students’ parents care.
    Don’t worry about a bad diet – just get back into the saddle. This time of year is hard for me because I bake a lot and I don’t need to eat all that I bake. LOL And it’s been soooo windy here that I’ve missed quite a few days of walking. :/ But we’ll just keep at it, right?
    Enjoy your day!! <3 {{{hugs}}}
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  3. Greg

    Berls I’m so glad you love your job! It sounds like things have come a long way and you sound like a very good teacher, frankly. Sounds like the kids love ya. Your Top Bananas program sounds very motivational and fun for the kids, no wonder it’s doing well. Go you!

    Hope you enjoy (what’s left) of your three day weekend. and have a great week!!!
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  4. Stormi Johnson

    I am so happy that you love your job this year after all the bad times you had last year. It’s like I could feel your excitement as you talked about the things going on in your class. *Hugs*

    Enjoy your day off tomorrow!

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  5. Wendy @ Falconer's Library

    I’m glad you’re loving your job! Sounds like the kids are really picking up on your enthusiasm.

    It kind of kills me that your husband is worried you’d have fallout from taking his name. What a crappy statement about our society. I’m glad you’re not finding that to be the case in your classroom.

  6. La La in the Library

    I am still loving the classroom updates and stories. I miss having a child in elementary school. Those were such fun, and interesting, times. We all have bad food weeks, especially when we are working endlessly. Ha ha. The past two weeks were not good commenting weeks for me because of my landlord’s annual “fall fix-it” even if it isn’t broken snoop fest. I should start being more on my game next week. Have a stellar week. ๐Ÿ™‚
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  7. Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

    Berls, I am so, so delighted that you are loving your job this year. No one deserves it more, especially after last year. And it sounds like you are doing a great job! The kids can’t help but see your enthusiasm, and that makes them feel good and excited about learning and growing. And you’re modeling a lot more than just academics; I can tell from how your kids are helping each other out.

    Here’s to another great week coming up! And I hope your dog’s paw gets better.
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  8. Lola

    I am so glad to keep hearign how much you lvoe your job, such a cnie change compared to last year! And if you don’t even mind having a 5 hour training on your day off that sure sounds like a good sign. I always have fun reading your stories about your life as a teacher. I always like getting a glimpse into other jobs. I wanted to become a teacher when I was a kid, but I don’t think I could deal with all the kids around me all the time.

    That Top bananas program sounds like a great way to encourage them to set goals and the satisfaction of reaching them and also to learn to offer and ask for help. Glad to hear the parents teacher conferences went good too!

    I can imagine how Buffy gave you a scare with that limp, but that sounds good it only seems to be a sting and hopefully it goes away soon. I hope you won’t get sick, I was sick this week. Have a great week!
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  9. Michelle

    I really wish I loved my job, I used too but now I don’t. I am so happy for you that you found the right place. I prayed so hard for you to find something bette than that other place.

    I hope you are able to get some bloggy stuff done and I hope you and buffy feel better!

    Have a great week, Berls! Miss you! Happy Reading! oxoxxoxo
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  10. chucklesthescot

    I think it’s great that you love your job! My problem was that I never really knew what I wanted to do and ended up drifting through a series of non exciting jobs just to pay the bills! I wish I had had a dream job like you have so you run with it girl!

  11. Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    Oh wow, Berls! You really are a teacher now ๐Ÿ™‚ It must feel so good to know what you’re supposed to do with your students, and implement things that you can see work well with them! I am longing for that myself ๐Ÿ˜€
    You sound extremely busy, though! Make sure you take good care of yourself ๐Ÿ™‚
    I miss you lots!!! {{{BIG HUGS}}}
    Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading.
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