Saturday, October 1, 2011

Brief Tidbits

I thought I would write a blog catch-up.  School keeps us both super busy!  This past week, I was in the process of writing a test for my kids to take next week and Casey was busy taking them.  Allow me just to say that both take a lot of time.

Yesterday, for date night we went to a delicious Thai Restaurant.  We had a buy one get one free coupon so that was nice!  Then as we were driving towards the temple, we stopped at Arctic Circle and bought a pumpkin pie shake to share.  I LOVE fall and all that it brings but especially the yummy pumpkin treats.

Also yesterday, we had to survive the 90* heat without air conditioning.  First of all, 90* really?!  It was the last day of September!!  And I remember it snowing before on my birthday growing up.  (Just in case you don't know, my birthday is this coming Tuesday--Oct. 4.  I would love presents and gift cards and flowers... hee, hee, hee)  So the weather is still acting more like summer than like fall.  And without the air conditioning... let's just say my shirt was totally sweaty.  Gross, I know.  And some of my students wanted me to turn the fans off because it was too windy.  I made a compromise and turned them down a bit but there was no way they were going off.

I had my first administration observation this past week.  Luckily it seemed to go pretty well.  It was in a more challenging class but at the same time not my worst class.  There are still several things that I can improve on but there were also several things that went really well.

The next day, another admin was in my room.  The observations are done on an iPad and since I didn't see one, I just assumed he was in there to help me control the masses (aka my most challenging class).  I have heard other teachers say that they hope the admin never go into their worst class because it makes them look bad as a teacher.  By this point, I honestly did not care how terrible of a teacher I appeared to be; I was just grateful that he was in there because I desperately need help with that period.  And it was a miracle, just having him sit in my room, the students improved their behavior significantly.  They were still crazy and the admin couldn't believe how wild they were.  I told him this was a good day.  And it was really nice having him in there when I had huge problems with one of the students.  After I tried sending the student out to the hall, with a huge refusal, the admin was able to take care of the problem.  My student still refused to leave but it became his problem instead of mine.

If I could only share all the details of that story with the student refusing to leave.  It really is hilarious--most days at school have moments so frustrating and patience trying that you just have to laugh.

Lastly, I finally got my first teacher paycheck.  I looked at the amount taken out for taxes and was honestly just shocked because that amount is normally the total amount I have been paid in the past.  I knew what my salary was and we had even figured out how much it would be monthly.  So it shouldn't have been a shock but it was.  There is just something magical about seeing your first paycheck! :)

I am really looking forward to General Conference today! :D  I recently finished reading all the talks from my past conference Ensign.  And it is time for another.  I'm interested to see what the themes are and ready to learn what Heavenly Father wants me to know.  I love having a prophet to lead and guide me (and everyone) today!
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