Saturday, August 20, 2011

The Dragon Slayer


Once upon a time there was a beautiful princess.  Most people wouldn't recognize her as a princess because she did not wear big fluffy dresses everyday and she did not live in a castle.  But she was still a princess--royal by birth.

The princess loves cooking and interior design and preschool and sewing.  She also loves teaching.  So the princess decided to combine all of her talents and become a teacher--not a regular "princess" job but it is what she loved so she followed her dreams.

This teacher princess spent many hours getting ready for school to start--even on non-contract teacher days.  She cleaned her classroom and wrote lesson plans and rearranged furniture and wrote lesson plans and made bulletin boards and wrote lesson plans and designed a cute display case.  Oh and did I mention that the princess wrote lesson plans?  Because she did. ;)

On Thursday the princess met about half of her students for the first time.  It was 7th grade day so instead of having to teach in her classroom, the princess followed the school schedule for the day and taught the kiddos how to open lockers, where the bathroom was, how to go to lunch, what to do if there is a fire drill, etc.  You know.  All the important stuff that a 7th grader really needs to know.

Yesterday was a non-contract day and technically the last day of summer for the princess.  But can you guess where the princess was?  Yup.  For almost 11 hours the princess was making photo copies, rewriting lesson plans and eventually printing them, and so many other things that the princess can't even remember what she did--all in attempts for trying to have her classroom ready on Monday: the first real day of school.

The princess started to feel overwhelmed.  She wanted to go home but couldn't because there was still things that have to be done before the kids show up bright and early in their brand new outfits Monday morning.  The princess told her knight in shining armor that she wasn't going to be coming home any time soon because she was so busy and stressed and on the verge of tears.  So the knight came to the dungeon to slay the dragons and free his princess.

The knight gave the princess a huge kiss and tight hug and that helped everything seem a little better.  He worked on organizing and making a seating chart template.  The knight slayed the dragons and the princess was freed.  The knight in shining armor took his princess out to eat and then to the movies.  And the princess decided that anything is possible as long as she has her knight by her side. <3
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P.S.  Today is Saturday.  Teachers are NOT supposed to work on Saturdays.  But this princess still has to finish making seating charts, make procedure guidelines for desired student behavior charts, print some pictures and make a getting to know the princess box for her students, and go shopping--like required shopping so her students can start on labs.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

School {pause}. Me Time {play}.

Recently, I have found my whole life is SCHOOL.  Little did I know that I would be spending way more time now than I ever did when I was in college.  I thought I graduated so I could be done with homework.  Ha!  I don't think that philosophy applies to teachers.

I have been attending meetings at least 2-3 times a week this entire month.  I'm really looking forward to when those will minimize!  These meetings take up all sorts of time.  And, to be fair, I am learning and they are needed but still, I have plenty of other things to do.

And slowly, my several page to-do list is being crossed off.

  • Make bulletin boards -- check.
  • Arrange desks -- check.
  • Decorate display case -- almost check. (I just need to print out some labels!)
  • Learn how to log in to my computer, use gradebook, check my e-mail -- check, check, check.
  • Clean my room.  Throw away cupboards FILLED with stuff from the old teacher.  Make room for me.  -- check (although this will probably be a work in progress.)
  • Make Scope and Sequences -- check.
  • Work on lesson plans -- check, for at least the first couple of days.

  • Learn how to use my printer, copy all of my disclosures and worksheets, go shopping for needed supplies, lesson plan for longer than a couple of days, make seating charts, order things from the district, color code my aprons/ kitchen lab, finish my display case, continue dejunking my rooms, sign up for insurance, ETC. -- UNCHECK.  There is still SO much to do!  But the kiddos will come whether my list is complete or not though. So here is to making the best of the situation with my unchecked list. :)


On the up note.  I did win a free i-pod at one of my long teacher meetings.  That was pretty sweet!  It is currently in the process of being "refurbished" though so hopefully it will be usable.  Who knows.  It may never even turn on.  But it still felt cool winning.
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P.S.  I (1) miss blogging.  It is a creative outlet/ stress reducer for me.  And (2) I miss eating healthy.  I'm seeing a trend--I get stressed from being so busy then I start having more sleeping problems and then I start eating more (not-so-healthy) options.  Luckily, I can choose to change both! :)