News at Home: Back in the Groove
This week has been all about getting back in the groove, and for the most part it was a pretty good week.
Monday was New Year’s day, so I was off and since I forgot to bring my work home with me over break, I didn’t do any work. Instead I focused on getting things good around the house. We also went over to Franky’s mom’s to spend some time with Franky on our last day.
Tuesday was not great. Teacher In-Service is usually some training mixed with some time do your own work. Well they had us in training ALL DAY. The worst part was that the training wasn’t even useful… it was stuff I already do in class. And since I forgot to bring my work home with me, it really set me back for the week. Especially considering that I had to leave right at 4 to take my car in for maintenance. It was making a bad sound — turns out as a result of the cold we’ve been having — and since it was still within the 30 days free repairs I HAD to take it in.
The kids came back Wednesday and I was pleasantly surprised by how well they did this week. Lots of growth – physical, emotional, and intellectual – happened over break. And they did not need much reminding on expectations. In fact, there were plenty of things they remembered how we do better than me! LOL!
On Friday we had our first award ceremony. It was Kinder and 1st grade and wow! Was the fact that we have classroom management in Kinder down and they don’t in first grade obvious! The principal afterwards told us (Kinder teachers) that (1) she wasn’t going to ever do an assembly with both grades again, because we shouldn’t have to sit through 1st grade’s behavior, (2) Our kids deserved all kinds of rewards for the day – extra recess, snacks, you name it, we were licensed to do it and (3) she was so impressed with how well we were able to manage our kids together. We worked as a team to monitor, as opposed to strictly watching our own class, and it made a difference. It’s no easy feat to get 5 year olds to sit for an hour respectfully but they did it! So our day went like this…
- 8:10 – 8:25 expectations discussion for the assembly
- 8:30 – 9:30 assembly
- 9:30 – 9:45 GoNoodle brain break — dancing and getting those wiggles out after I praised them for how great they did
- 9:45 – 10 unexpected fire drill
- 10:00 – 11:00 specials
- 11:00 – 11:30 lunch
- 11:30 – 12:20 rr break and extra long recess
- 12:20 – 1:15 computer lab
- 1:30 – 2:00 our ONLY real learning of the day – phonemic awareness & calendar
- 2:00 – 2:30 birthday cupcakes and Principal visit to tell them how impressed she was with their behavior
- 2:30 – 3:00 end of day play stations
- 3:00 dismissal
I did have plans to teach but clearly that wasn’t in the cards. They deserved it though, so it made for a nice end of the first week back.
The only bad thing on Friday… for awards we made it clear to parents that not all students would receive awards and that we would notify them if their child would receive an award. We talked to our kids about why they may not get an award and how to act, etc. They did great. But remember how I have one student in my class that her mom works at the school? Well she was not getting an award. She’s didn’t earn one. Well… as we’re walking in to the cafeteria I spot mom, with her camera. She got someone to cover her class to come to the awards, even though I did NOT tell her that her daughter would get an award. So her daughter didn’t get an award and next time I looked for her she was gone. Saw her in the hallway later, she wouldn’t even look at me! IT’s like she EXPECTED her daughter to get an award, simply because she worked there! What the hell? Awkward and exactly why I didn’t want a teacher’s kid in my class…
Saturday I had a really busy, productive day. Before noon I went to the gym, dollar tree, ups, usps, barnes and noble and my brother’s for a quick visit. That afternoon I went to my friend’s house with my mom for her mom’s 60th birthday party. It was such fine and really good to see the family again.
I’m still behind on work, since they screwed my teacher in-service day. So I plan to spend a decent amount of time today getting ready for next week.
I’m finally really happy with my blogging. All my posts for the month are complete and I’ve started working on February posts. I also visited blogs every day this week – I readjusted my schedule 30 minutes in the morning so I could visit. I don’t get a ton of blogs, but I get to visit most everyone over the course of the week.
COYER Winter Switch Update
Note: Turns out I don’t have Captive at Christmas like I thought I did, so I switched it out for A Christmas to Remember.
Read So Far:
- Accidentally Dead by Dakota Cassidy
- The Accidental Human by Dakota Cassidy
- Accidentally Demonic by Dakota Cassidy
- Snowed In by Sarah Title
- A Christmas to Remember (collection of short stories)
- Crimson by Tielle St. Clare
- Accidentally Catty by Dakota Cassidy
I’m really happy with how I’ve done with the list and hopefully I’ll finish two more books before the LIST portion ends on Friday. Thankfully, most the books on my list I can also read during The Strict, my next phase. I just need to check on the prices for my eBooks.
The scale sucks. I’m up 2lbs despite doing really well this week 🙁 Very frustrating! I’m determined to be patient and really evaluate the best days so I can try to have more good days. But gah, I’m frustrated.
January Goals Update
165 oz64-80 oz of water each day… so I edited this goal when I learned the hard way that after gastric bypass you can’t drink as much water as recommended for normal people. Y’all I got so sick! Lesson learned!
- Go to the gym 4x a week and do one C25K workout… I went to the gym Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday this week. I plan to do a C25K workout today.
- Eat 90g of protein daily… I’ve been doing much better at tracking everything I eat again. I’ve been hitting between 75 – 90g of protein daily. So not bad.
Days since surgery: 152 days
Total weight loss since surgery: 98 lbs
Last Week on the Blog
- [1 Jan] Out with the Old, In with the New 2017 ~ Books & recap of Sept/Oct
- [1 Jan] #Bookishresolutions It’s time to get our resolutions started.
- [2 Jan] Out with the Old, In with the New ~ Writing, Fitness & a recap of Nov/Dec
- [2 Jan] #2017HW Reading Assignment EOY Report Card
- [3 Jan] #bingewatchersclub ~ Fuller House and a Marathon
- [4 Jan] The Eternity Elixir (Potion Masters, #1) by Frank L. Cole
- [6 Jan] Berls’s My TBR List Voting | January 2018
- [6 Jan] My To-Be Read List Jan 2018 Lets Vote! #MyTBRL
- [7 Jan] Sunday Post with Berls | Back in the Groove
Coming Next Week From Me
Sunday Post with Berls
Just a Few Books I hardly remember it’s been so long #reviews
Wicked Wild Scot #review
Bubbly Berls is Babbling about The Miracle Morning
Berls’s My Tbr List |January 2018 Pick
It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!
I just finished…
I just finished Crimson, which was meh. 2 stars :/ I also finished listening to Accidentally Catty, which I really enjoyed and give 4 stars.
I started This Side of the Grave by Jeaniene Frost… maybe someday I’ll finish this series! For audio, I haven’t started anything yet, but I’m thinking I’ll go with Amore pt 1 by Bella Jewel.
After This Side of the Grave I’ll need to check my audiobooks for one that is free or nearly free — if I got One Grave at a Time for free or nearly free, that will be next For audio, I’m hoping I can finish Amore pt 1 and jump into Amore pt 2.