It's Saturday, but I'm okay with that. It's been that kind of week. Reading other blogs, it seems like a lot of teachers feel that shorter weeks somehow take it out of you more than longer ones do. Why is that?
(These cute numbers are from www.acupcakefortheteacher.blogspot.com)
It was hard to get up this week. Plain and simple. Just didn't feel like doing it. I get up a couple of mornings a week and go for a run. Didn't happen this week. Not once.
While I'm whining....Do all of you have Spring breaks? One teacher commented that they had a week off in February and now another one in April. And I'm thinking, WHAAAAT? Now, I might not feel so excited when June rolls around and I've got to teach well into it, but I could really use a break about now. We were supposed to have six days off at Easter, but two of them were scheduled as snow make-up days, and although we didn't have much snow to speak of this year, we did have a hurricane blow through in the Fall. But boy oh boy, I think all kids and teachers need a break around the end of winter. All this napping that I'm reading about sounds good!
Yeah, I forgot to take the AFTER picture. But this pile of dodecahedrons that was waiting to be graded got finished a few weeks ago, and they're all hanging up in the hallway. It looks mighty cool! Thank you Mr. Hughes for a fun way to get kids to respond to what they're reading.
Yesterday, my son came home from college so that he could run in a half-marathon this morning. Now it makes me prouder than proud that this kid loves to run distances like that. I'm always amazed at the number of people and generations that are represented at these races. Now, lest you think running has been in my blood, forget that! I started running in my twenties as a way to reduce stress. I've never been very fast or very good. But I enjoy it, and it keep me healthy, mentally and physically. When I run, we're talking two miles. Maybe three. But this kid LIKES running mile after mile. I'm impressed! Enough to take a picture? Nope! Missed him leaving and coming back! So here's one from his last year in high school. Had to be pretty early in the Fall - look at those white legs where the sun didn't shine!
I have a student who's really been pushing my buttons. He knows it and I do, too. And I think he really enjoys it. I can deal with lots of behaviors in my classroom, but passive-aggressive behavior really stumps me. Any suggestions out there for a kid who stands when I tell the class to sit, goes to his locker when I tell kids to come in to homeroom, that kind of stuff?
Well, rereading this - this hasn't been the happiest posting. But that's okay. Teaching is learning, and in many ways, forgiving. I know that when I come into school on Monday, there'll be a fresh slate to start on. And maybe, just maybe, I'll remember to take a few pictures along the way!