Wanted: More Time

Today was one of those days.  I felt like I was running in circles.  I still haven’t had a chance to really wind down yet.  So many things are happening at once.  I was hoping after the winter break things would start to slow down for me.  So far, it hasn’t happened yet.

I have a student teacher for the next seven weeks.  She just started last Monday.  I enjoy working with student teachers.  I love helping someone gain the skills and knowledge they need to become an effective teacher.  My student teacher is doing a great job so far.  She is getting to know the kids.  She takes on responsibilities, sometimes without me asking.  She is very motivated to do well.  Today she taught her first lesson.  It went well, but she realized that there is more than just getting through the lesson.  She learned that transition time is crucial and needs to be tight.  She also learned that behavior management is important in any lesson.  We went over some strategies she could try tomorrow.  I think she is going to do alright.

After school, I had duty in the parking lot.  I stand in the pick-up area and make sure students get into their cars safely.  Immediately following that, my student teacher and I had a meeting with her supervisor.  That took a big chunk of time (more than I expected).  I had to organize testing time for the GATE test tomorrow.  I am the coordinator for my school site.  I hadn’t yet emailed the teachers with the schedule for testing.  Since I am testing all day tomorrow, I had to write sub plans.  I ended up doing this at home.  I will have to get the materials needed together tomorrow morning.  On my way home from work, my daughter called and told me she needed to purchase a book at our local music store.  I picked her up at home, drove to the music store, and then went to the grocery store.  I needed to pick up a few items at the grocery store so I could make dinner.  I made dinner for the family.  I just finished typing my sub plans.  Now, I am finishing this blog.

I realize I have been on the go since 4:15 this morning.  It was a work-out day.  It is almost time for bed.  I think with the little time I have left, I am going to have a glass of wine and relax.  What I really need is more time.  That would help me immensely.  I guess the good news is that this weekend will be a three-day weekend.  I will have lots of time to relax then.

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A Productive Afternoon

I tried to resist, but I just couldn’t.  I went to my classroom today to tidy up a bit and get ready for Monday.  I told myself two weeks ago that I wasn’t going to come back to my room once I left for break, but I didn’t listen.  I feel great, though.  I spent a few hours organizing my desk and computer area.  I organized a few files that I meant to get to.  I even managed to dust my room a bit.  It’s amazing how dusty things can get.  I felt a sense of accomplishment when I left my classroom today.  When I return on Monday there won’t be as much clutter to greet me.  That makes me happy.

Although I enjoyed my two weeks off, I am excited to get back to my students.  I feel refreshed and energized.  I hope the students feel the same way, too.  Also, I just found out that I will also be getting a student teacher.  She starts on Monday.  There will be a whole lot of learning going on in my room next week.  I can’t wait!  🙂