Thursday, June 5, 2014

It’s Almost Over

Exams started yesterday at my school.  That means that the kids only have 4 days left.  It means that *I* only have 6 days left.


I’m excited at the prospect of sleeping beyond 3:30am! 


I can’t believe that the Princess will be in middle school next year.


I have so much on my mind, but not enough time to write it out right now.  Hopefully I get more writing time this summer to get some of these things out of my head.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

20 and counting

At this point in the school year, I’m not doing anything new.  I teach an elective class, so I get the privilege of writing my own exam. I don’t have a state exam.  So, in that case, what do you do with 20 days left in the year?


You give them a 3 page study guide with specific instructions for how you expect it to be completed.  Then you give them time in class for two days to complete it so that they can’t whine as much about the amount of work.


Then you give them the answers to the study guide, assign them a specific part of it, and have them reteach that part of the information to the class.  That is the beginning of the review.


Then we play games (that they come up with and that I already have) for about 2 weeks. 


Then it’s time for exams! 


20 days of school left….. 15 teaching days/5 exam days!  This is the best part of being a teacher…. reviewing to get to the exam!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Countdown and Good News

As of today, there are only 24 days of school left for the kids. That means that I have 26 days of work left.




1. In February, my Principal told me that my job may be on the line. The class I currently teach is funded by a Federal grant that runs out in June. (There are 5 of me—one at each High school in the district. Each of us was in the same boat.) There was only one difference.  Each of the other teachers (at the other schools) had been hired as an English teacher. So, they had higher rank in their departments because I was hired FOR the grant position.  A couple of days before Spring Break, my Principal came to me to let me know that they added some sections for next year, and I get to keep my job.  It was awesome!


2. In March, Tony and I got a letter that we were going to owe $1600 to the IRS for something that was on our taxes in 2012. (YES! TWO years ago!) So, our tax lady (my awesome sister in law) did some research for us, did some paperwork for us, and found out that we actually owe them NOTHING! 


3. The Princess is 24 days away from being a MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT!  (OH MY! She’s getting old!)


4. We are planning our family vacation.  We are hoping to go to Gatlinburg for a week in July.


5. The Princess may be on 2 softball teams this summer. My brother is starting a travel (tournament) team with our other coach.  (So, we are pretty sure she’s on that team!) AND…. she tried out for the ALL STAR team at our rec league. Many of the same girls will be on both teams, but the rec league will control uniforms and playing locations for one team, and my brother will have a say in the other! Smile


6. This will need more explanation, but because so many children were affected, I will not give more explanation.  The day before Spring Break, the parents at my daughter’s school were notified that the Principal had “retired”. Please note that I volunteer at the school many hours, so I know more than the normal parent at the school.  I know (as did most of the parents) that she did not choose to “retire” with only 30 days of school left.  She was let go.  It was a good thing, but in some ways, the timing stunk.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Nine Weeks (and No Softball)

Today begins that last quarter for the school year.  I’m kind of excited!  Actually…. I’m really excited.  With all the snow days and, therefore, snow make up days, we haven’t had a break since February.  It gets kind of tiring for the teachers and the students.  But, now, we are in the home stretch.  If we can survive 9 more weeks, we will make it until Summer Break!


This weekend, the Softball Fairies were not on our side. Sad smile We didn’t get to start the season as planned. Sad smile We are hoping that there will be no rain this coming weekend so we can get the season started!  Our team is starting to shape up very well, I think.  I know that we are going to have some tough games, but we are going to have a good time doing it.


Countdown Update:

6 days (counting today) until Softball Opening Day
14 school days (counting today) until Spring Break
9 weeks until Summer Break

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Today is My Friday

Well….sort of.

Today is the last day I’m teaching for the week.  I have a meeting tomorrow.  However, my sub is going to have a REALLY easy day.  Since tomorrow is a Snow Make-Up Day, we are only there for 1/2 a day.  I am giving a test. 


That means that each of my classes is only 45 minutes long instead of 90.  My sub will get to hand out the tests and sit there.  Since my largest class is only 8 kids…. well….  she’s going to have a very easy day!