New Year's Eve? Already?
I’m not feeling too reflective this year. It’s been great at times, and miserable at times. But isn’t that just life? I’ve been in a list-making mood lately though, so here goes. Things that were at once amazing and humbling: 1. First full-time teaching gig 2. Working with hubby on personal issues 3. Adopting a dog from the Humane Society Things I’m...
Trader Joe's peppermint bark
is high on the Things That Make Grading Essays While on Break Bearable list. Nom.
You can tell we're all on holiday break. ...
iamlittlei: world-shaker: girlwithalessonplan: YUP. Who spent four hours yesterday grading and isn’t done yet? THIS GIRL. I still have about 50 essays to grade …
New research shows that adolescents who quickly backed down during an argument...– Arguing with Mom Helps Teens Fend Off Peer Pressure | Healthland | TIME.com GWALP adds: I don’t know about you guys, but my adolescence suddenly makes more sense. :P (via girlwithalessonplan) Interesting!
This time last year ...
… I had just told all of my 8th graders that I would not be returning for the second semester of the year. They were shocked. We were all devastated. It was a weird situation in which I wasn’t sure what was happening until the week before the end of the semester. I wasn’t fired. The possibility of not working the second semester was there from the beginning. But it was awful. For everyone. I left...
Oh, and I found my first gray hair.
ohmuffins: jbizzle329: adiemtocarpe: I have been expecting you. Welcome to teaching. Seriously: I have a ton of gray hair. It’s getting serious. I’m noticing more too! Soon I’ll have to pay hundreds for all-over color instead of less for the fun purple and blue chunks I’ve had for 5 years now. Getting old and being stressed SUCKS.
Semester Grades Posted!
JEALOUS. I have four periods of freshman essays to grade. I started one period today and got 6 done in an hour. OUCH. I was hoping to get mine posted by Thursday night, but now I’m not so sure.
Husband: Dude, we should do Christmas karaoke! But people can only sing Chipmunks songs.
Me: Oh really?
Husband: Yeah, we would have to get a lot of helium.
Husband: And we'd have to invite a lot of people because you really shouldn't do that much helium.
The problem with a great book that I don't want to...
the fact that I have a mountain of papers to grade. I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to start reading The Giver, but I find that new books and music, even when they’re actually several years old, find me at the perfect times. The times I appreciate them the most and realize if I had found them any earlier, I probably wouldn’t appreciate them as much.
Graded the first part of my 9th graders’ finals and I’m pretty pleased. With a few exceptions, most scores were in the B range, which is great for a bunch of classes in which the class averages are at 70 percent. That said, there are a few students who I don’t think will pass and get their credits this semester. Some I expected, others I did not. The ones I didn’t expect...
We have three days of finals next week. Today I had a student who’s been a huge pain in my neck this year tell me that he talks so much in class because I won’t let my students write notes to each other. He was in hot water with the counselor and principal yesterday, so with one email detailing our conversation, he’s out of my class after finals. Also, I had a great time...
novicephoenix: Days like this make me wonder why I suck so much at this…sigh… Oh my Science, YES. My sixth period defeated me today. DEFEATED. ME. Usually I can sit and unwind for 20 minutes and get over a bad day with my last class. Not today. Took an hour and then venting to the hubby to really get it out, and even then I was just over it because I was drained. Tomorrow will be better.