Yup, It´s Still Cold-Day 18

The sun is shining, the temperature is above 30 degrees. It´s spring, right?? Wrong. Today I had recess duty. In our school, teachers are responsible for going outside for recess duty twice a week. The other 3 days are spent collaborating with specialists like our enrichment teacher, technology coordinator, and EL teacher. It is so great to have the opportunity to collaborate with our colleagues during the school day. So often we find ourselves hunting people down from 3:00-3:30 as soon as the students have hopped on a bus. That isn´t always convenient for everyone. Especially teachers with small children in daycare, like me! Having the chance to collaborate is so beneficial.

Going out for recess supervision has its benefits, too. When the weather is nice, it is so helpful and refreshing to get a change of scenery and step out in the fresh air. Feeling the sunshine on your face is enough to get you through a long afternoon.

It also is nice to build relationships with past and current students. I love seeing some of my kids from last year. I check in on how they are liking Second grade, ask what books they are reading, and ask about siblings and how their family is doing. My current students know the days of the week I will be outside by heart, and they remind me before lunch that they will see me outside.

Today was my day…this weekend´s weather didn´t seem too bad. I grabbed my light jacket as a last minute decision, but I grabbed my super heavy, soft scarf as I ran out the door this morning. I was regretting my choices, minus the awesome scarf I grabbed, as soon as the air hit my face today at 11:40 am. It was cold! We only supervise recess for 20 minutes. At one point, I looked at my watch thinking the whistle had to be ready to blow any minute now. It was 11:48am. I had been outside for only 8 minutes, with 12 to go.

The most shocking part of this short 20 minute recess supervision, was that there were children outside with jackets half off, or unzipped-having a blast. They were not shifting from side to side willing the whistle to blow signaling the end of recess. I guess kids love recess, regardless of the temps! I am looking forward to recess when I do not even need to bring a jacket with me, but in the meantime…I´ll stick with my warmest scarf, and my winter coat next time!

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Laundry-Day 17

Three people and a dog live in my house. Just THREE people. Where does the laundry come from?? I mean, I spend so much time on Sunday doing laundry. Filling the baskets with dirty clothes to bring down to our laundry room, washing and drying the clothes, and then hauling it all back upstairs. (And here’s my secret) Where it sits in laundry baskets for several days 😦

Why I can’t complete this task and fold the clothes in the same day, I am not sure. I invested in a really good steamer so that I don’t look like a wrinkled mess when I roll in to work on Monday.

But seriously, how do I have this much laundry to do when only three people live here? I can’t even use the excuse that it is summer and we are out playing and our clothes get dirtier and sweatier because we are busy making memories and having fun. It’s still cold. We are still inside. I don’t know.

But here I sit, Sunday night, and I have two laundry baskets full of clean clothes. Not folded. With one load still going in the dryer.

At least all of the clothes are clean…until next weekend!

Family Day-Day 16

With parent teacher conferences the last couple of days, I feel like I haven’t seen my family much. So today was a very relaxing family day. We stayed in our PJs for quite a while this morning. My son was in his element playing with his train tracks, puzzles, cars, and every so often a game of Hungry, Hungry Hippos! I love when our busy lives slow down and we are not in a hurry!

Then, after my son’s nap we headed over to my mom’s house to celebrate the March birthdays-my husband and me. We had a great time catching up and just being together. My sister, brother-in-law and niece were there, too. We had some good laughs and ate some great food! We topped it all of with singing Happy Birthday and some great dessert. We just got home, and we are getting my son ready for bed. Then, if I can stay awake I hope I can sneak in a show that has been sitting in my DVR for far too long. Oh, how Saturday nights have changed…and oh, how I love it!

Under the Weather-Day 15

The last two days have been very draining for teachers in my district. We had a half day of school yesterday, and then parent teacher conferences till 8pm. Today we were able to go in to school at 11 am and stay till 4pm for round two of conferences.

Man, it must have taken all my energy to make it through, because as soon as I got home I felt pretty sick. I was taking care of my son and trying to make him dinner. As soon as I heard the garage door go up, signaling my husband was home, I breathed a sigh of relief.

He took over, and I hit the couch. Now it is 8pm on a Friday night, and I will be posting this blog and going to bed. Hope I feel better after some rest-we have a fun weekend planned and I don’t want to miss out!

Parent Teacher Conferences-Day 14

The day begins normally, my alarm goes off at the same time, I get to school and plan with my teaching partner-a normal Thursday morning. The only difference about this day, is that I won’t be returning home until after 8:00 pm tonight.

We had a half-day of school today. The ONLY half day of the entire school year. So you can imagine the buzz around the classroom and hallways as the students celebrated leaving school at 11:40. We had a normal day-math, reading, chromes…and of course we still had snack!

After the students left, we had a delicious luncheon together as a staff. It’s so nice when we have the opportunity to all eat together so I can see my friends that I usually don’t eat lunch with. Then the conferences will begin and I am BOOKED till the end! I did save myself one slot for a bathroom break. My head is buzzing as I hope I communicate effectively everything that I want to say to the parents. I have 28 students in my classroom this year, so I have a lot to keep track of when it comes to communicating. Here we go…

As Told By a 3-Year-Old Day 13

I love picking my son up from daycare, or “school” as we call it in our house. We LOVE the school that our son is attending this year. We had a bit of an unconventional start in September when our daycare provider backed out at the start of the school year leaving us with no options for daycare. It was a very stressful time to say the least, but everything does happen the way it is supposed to because our son is loving his school, his friends, his teachers and we are so proud with all that he is learning!

With that being said, today I went to pick him up and his teacher came over to chat about his day. His teacher said he ate all of the mac and cheese with ground beef mixed in AND the cauliflower and green beans. I stared at her in disbelief. My child ate that?! Can you come to my house, please, around dinnertime, because he would not do that for me! We laughed. Then I noticed he was in new pants. She told me he went in the mud when they were outside for a walk and he stepped in the mud. That was the extent of it, and I went ahead and collected all of our things.

We get in the car and I always ask my son about his day. So I asked about playing outside first. Here is how the conversation went:

Me-“T, did you play outside today.”

T-“Yes, I did.”

Me-“Did you go in the mud?”

T-“Uh-huh.”

Me:”Were you supposed to go in the mud?”

T-“No, I should stay on the path.”

Me-“Oh, did your teacher tell you to stay on the path?”

T-“Yes.”

Me-“Did you listen?”

T-“I think so.”

Me-“T, I don’t think you did. Your teacher said to stay on the path. Was she upset with you?”

T-“I don’t think so. She didn’t say she was mad.”

Me-“T, you have to make sure that you listen to your teacher and do what she asks.”

T-“Ok, mama. I will listen.”

Getting this information from my son kind of always makes me smirk to myself, because as a teacher, I know exactly what was supposed to happen and that, yes, the teacher was most likely upset that he didn’t listen. She is so patient, and kind that I was happy to hear that my son didn’t think she was mad. That means she didn’t yell at him, or make him feel bad for not listening. I mean, she probably knows that a mud puddle is just calling a little boy’s name at this age! It made me reflect on my own classroom. I hope my students would retell a story from the day as kindly as my son did. I want to get my point across to my students, and let them know that we shouldn’t break rules, but I don’t want to yell. It was a good lesson for this muddy Wednesday!

Winning the Lottery-Day 12

Ok, so I’m playing the lottery hoping for a win. I just started yesterday. The lottery that I am playing doesn’t cost a penny…why you ask? Because I am playing the Hamilton tickets lottery!

I haven’t seen Hamilton yet. I feel so left out. I want to see it so badly, but the tickets are pricey, we would need to coordinate a babysitter, and plus…I’m tired at night and like to be in bed with PJs.

So even though winning the Hamilton lottery won’t solve my need for a babysitter and the fact that I will have to delay wearing my PJs for a few hours, I still would be thrilled if I won!

I remember being at a PD conference this past summer and a teacher in the row behind me checked her phone before the keynote speaker took the stage. She started squealing with delight and couldn’t believe she had won the lottery…the Hamilton lottery! That inspired me to download the app. For some reason I didn’t get right on it. Now here I am, several months later and I downloaded the app (FINALLY) to my phone.

I am slightly concerned with the lack of planning this will cause if I am lucky enough to win because the show is usually 2 days from the day you win. Hopefully it won’t be a school night, and hopefully I can find a sitter. Beggars can’t be choosers if I win the lottery! Fingers crossed!