Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Manic Monday on Tuesday

Monday AND Tuesday were the manic days. I just didn't have time to post until today! Linking up with Lindsay like usual!

Oh, before we start with  Monday/Tuesday..  On Friday, the other Student Council sponsor quit doing Student Council, so that was an added stress. It was a good one, because it's easier for me to just do everything, but I wasn't expecting it.

First of all, during 4th hour the tech people came into my room and said they needed to take my computer because there was a problem with it. And of course they had to take it mid lesson USING the computer. They brought me a laptop to make up for it, but I really miss my big computer. :(

Then, during the last hour of the day I found out by word of mouth of some students that a few of the students came into my room and stole some candy out of my candy jar while I had stepped out for a few minutes. That upset me a ton. Being a first year teacher, I tend to let them get away with a lot of stuff they probably shouldn't get away with but that broke all that trust. I was so upset with them.

Well then after school I had conferences until 8pm. Blah! That makes a LONG day, especially with an hour commute. Lucky for me, I only missed the first five minutes of The Blacklist! I LOVE THAT SHOW!

Today I was just heated from the get go. I gave a stern lecture to all my classes. You could hear a pin drop the rest of the class once I was done yelling at them. I was impressed. It made me feel powerful! :D YES!

Then 8th hour is just a mess! --It just exhausts me.

Then I have a few co-workers who are very unpleasant and just rubbed me the wrong way at the end of the day.

With all of this, I just went into my room after school and cried. Not tearing up, but a legitimate bawl--and I am not an attractive crier. HAHA!

On the brighter note, I went and got everything for my SLANT box so I can hopefully get it in the mail this week! yay!!!!! Check out Lessons With Coffee for more information!


With love,

Monday, October 14, 2013

Manic Monday!

Yay! I've been waiting all day to link up with Lindsey! Phew. Manic Monday is over

We'll my kiddos had Friday off since it was the end of the quarter and so I spent all day Friday creating some neat lessons and new seating charts for the kiddos come today! Also, my principal told me Friday he wanted to formally observe me this week! Ahh!! My first formal observation. That has me a little manic in itself. I also have concessions stands to work since I'm the student council sponsor and student council is in charge of it. Yikes!!! Too many things on my plate, just like Lindsey!! 

However, my kiddos decided today would be a good day to go crazy! I hardly got anything done in school today! We had a student council meeting during high school seminar time meaning I had to leave my middle schoolers for a bit. Then I decided it would be a great day to start all carte during lunch where they offer hot dogs, nachos, candy, water, and pretzels. So since that started today I had to get that ready for today! Phew! 

The only positive is that we started an activity today so I have NO grading or planning to do tonight, so I can just hang out with the boyfriend and watch the voice! The best part about Mondays is the TV lineup on NBC!!! The Voice and then The Blacklist?! Awesome! If you haven't seen the blacklist, you need to check it out! 

Manic Tuesday will be here tomorrow as my principal is coming in to watch me and I don't really have a "good" class for him to come observe in. Ha! I have to bribe my kiddos to be on their best behavior! Whatever works, works, right?!?

That's all for tonight! Thanks Lindsey for the awesome linky! 

With love, 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Manic Monday (On Thursday)

I'm linking up with Lindsey over at the journey of a beginning teacher for Manic Monday on Thursday! She's starting a new linky party to share stories of crazy things happening or how wild your Mondays can be! And of course you can say any triumphs you have too!

Well, I know it's not Monday, but yesterday was my Manic Wednesday! I gave my students their unit exam and told them it would be the last grade of the quarter. We spent 3 weeks going over it, Friday and Monday we went over their study guide to make sure they had all the right answers and then Tuesday we spent the entire class period playing a review game! We played the dots game from when I was a child, I split them up into 3-4 teams and asked them a question, if they got it right, they got to come up to the smartboard and draw a line in attempt to make a square. 

All of the questions that were asked Tuesday, CAME STRAIGHT FROM THE TEST! I had the test in front of me, asking them questions straight off of it. Those questions came from their weekly quizzes throughout the unit. So they had the questions 4 times (Quizzes, Study Guide, Review Game, Exam) and I still had about 5 of my 60 score an 80% or higher! I had SEVERAL fail the test! I was so disappointed in them, when I asked a few of them if they studied, they said no, I don't have time to do that because I was outside hanging out with my friends. Hmmmmm!!!!

Sooooo, today I'm off to reteach, correct, and somehow try to salvage their grades and egos in my classroom. I don't want them to all be disappointed and hate my class, but I also want them to take responsibility for their grades! They're in junior high now, not everything can be spoon fed to them! 

Any suggestions?! 

Phew, today is the last day with kiddos (tomorrow is an inservice in the classroom) so I just have to make it through today! 


Friday, October 4, 2013

October Currently!

I may be a few days late, but hey...better late than never, right?! And, I'm doing another no-no...double blogging today! If you want to link up, link up with Farley!

Listening: This whole government shutdown is wild! And being a social studies guru, makes this even more interesting to me! Why can't our government just make a decision and fix the problems and end the shutdown?!

Loving: I have had it for a month, but I still love it. It mixes things just oh so well! I love making cookies now! It's wonderful, and I swear it makes them so much better tasting!

Thinking: It's the end of the first quarter already?! Being a first year teacher, this is flying even faster! I can't believe it's already October!

Wanting: I love rain. I love falling asleep with the window open and it raining. I love lounging around the house just listening to rain, and we haven't gotten enough. I need rain. I want rain. Luckily, it looks like we'll get a little rain tonight...but not enough!

Needing: I definitely need a girls day! I really need to get my hair colored, but that will have to wait, but my feet can't wait much longer! They are dying for a pedicure!

Trick or Treat: This is nothing school related, but super cute! It's the panda cam from the Atlanta Zoo! We watch it occasionally in class while they're working on something quietly. The kiddos love it. They have adopted the baby twins as our class pets. It's quite funny because I don't teach first graders....but seventh and eighth graders!

Thanks Farley for a great linky!


five for fridayyyyy!

Phew! I haven't blogged in forever...but I happened to log on, during a perfect linky party!! HAPPY FRIDAY! It's 5 for Friday day!

I found a website that seems to be doing good things! It's called donorschoose.org, I created a project on there in hopes to get some atlases for my geography class! Have you ever tried to teach US Geography without any atlases? Until October 8, all donations made to the program will be matched by the company! Here's the link to my project:  http://www.donorschoose.org/project/map-less-geography-class/1051227/ you just have to enter the word INSPIRE on the payment screen.

As most of you know, I'm a first year teacher and I checked off another first this week. I sent my first kid to in school suspension. I swear there had to be a full moon this week at sometime, the kids were abnormally wild and rowdy. One kid just got a little too sassy and upset when I made him work and threw his textbook on the ground, and then slammed my door when he left my room.. That's a big no-no. 

This past week the kiddos and I have been watching the panda cam! Yes, the national government is shut down so the national zoo is shut down and all their cams are turned off. HOWEVER, the Atlanta Zoo isn't closed, and they have their panda cam up and running. Lun Lun, the mommy panda, had twins on July 15, so it's always interesting to watch her with the baby pandas or the baby pandas crawl along! Here's the website if you wanna catch a look: http://www.zooatlanta.org/1212/panda_cam

This is so true! I hate it when the kids come back and ask me that question.  I have the weekly schedule posted on the website, on my board, and all the papers in a missing work folder, so it would be simple for them to do it all themselves and get things turned in, but it never fails I get swarmed with kiddos after they've been gone! I just wanna tell them this sometime. 

My fifth thing is a little personal and it may not be of interest to some of you. However, my professor from college, (Kansas State University) has a missing husband! She was my favorite professor, and I'm not the only one who thinks that. She's so caring and wonderful. She's known all through the campus, everyone loves her classes and tries to take at least one before graduating.  Her husband has been missing since Sept. 2. He was last seen in Manhattan, Kansas but they are unsure where he could be now. They haven't found any big leads yet. They've created a facebook page in hopes to find him alive and healthy! Here's the facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/finddavewelch