Sunday Post with Berls | Back to Work

Posted August 19, 2017 by Berls in The Sunday Post / 24 Comments


News at Home: Back to Work

I had such a busy week – it’s kinda hard to believe everything that happened, happened JUST this week!

Monday I went to the doctor to get my staples out – Yay! – and I felt INSTANTLY better. I was already feeling pretty good, but those staples just inhibited my movement and even lying down was no where near as comfy with them as without. We also ran a few errands on Monday… picked up my very tiny grocery list, etc.

Technically I got clearance to drive on Monday, but I still haven’t mainly because my car is pretty low and involves a lot of twisting to get in due to my height. And my mom’s car kinda squishes me up – again due to my height (I’m 5’11”) – so she’s been driving me around. I plan to start driving myself on Wednesday though, by then I should be good, I hope.

Oh and then on Monday I came home and was changing my clothes and saw something shiny just under my pant line. Yeah, we’d missed a set of staples! So I texted the Nurse Practitioner and she was hilarious (“are you sure you didn’t want to hang on to it for a souvenir?” LOL!) and got me back in Tuesday morning for that last one. I was in and out in 5 minutes.

Tuesday I stopped at the school to drop off some things and also got a chance to talk to my team because, even though we didn’t have to be there until Wednesday they all were. LOL! I decided to just be honest with my team about the surgery and it went really well – they all were really excited for me because they’ve seen me dieting and working out to no real success for the past year. I haven’t really told anyone else at school, but now that I’ve had the surgery, I’m feeling less timid about telling people. I’m realizing most my hesitation was coming from fear it wouldn’t happen.

Then work started Wednesday and it’s been intense. In terms of returning and surgery – that’s been fine. Easier than I dreamed actually. But gah! How is there always so much to do? We revamped our dismissal procedures and since I seem to be the only tech savvy person (which is kind of scary) I got tasked with creating a map that that parents could understand. Which kind of fell in my lap along with a shit ton of website work (I’m the web master for the school) due to staffing changes and such.

I’m a little nervous about the school year because 1 – we have a new AP and, so far, I’m not feeling like she’s going to be the strong disciplinarian we need :/ I’m crossing my fingers that I’m reading her wrong, but from things she’s said, I think she doesn’t get that forming positive relationships with students doesn’t mean being their friend. *sigh* Y’all let me tell you… I have evaluated my life and I do NOT need any 5 or 6 year old friends. I think I’ll manage just fine without them. And somehow I think I’ll still manage to have great relationships with my kids, just like I’ve had in previous years. A relationship in which they recognize that I care about them and their success but that I am the boss and there are not exceptions to that.

Anyway that’s my first nervous point. Number 2 – we’re a “focus school” this year. What that means is basically that we aren’t performing as well as the district would like on our test scores – we’re still okay in the eyes of the state. So, rather than recognizing that this is because our student population is made up of students who are systemically disadvantaged and come to us unprepared to learn due to outside factors the district thinks they can fix it by imposing a lot more oversight and regulations. *sigh* we spent a lot of time this week on the crap we have to do to make the district happy and I’m just SO THANKFUL that they hardly ever pay any attention to Kinder. We don’t do state tests so they don’t really care much about us. It’s stupid, since we are where everything starts, but let them be dumb and let me keep some of my freedom! But we do have to turn in these stupid lesson plans every week and that’s going to be a real time waster πŸ™

Nervous point #3 – Remember how I said they (HR) cut one of our Kinder classes because we didn’t have the enrollment a couple weeks ago? And I said it was dumb because we’d get it? Well yeah, as of Thursday all 3 GenEd Kinder classes are at max capacity. So now we play the waiting game – will they make us open that last spot up… which means last minute hiring, scrambling to get them up to speed, etc? or will it stay closed and we just send parents to another local school? The last option only remains an option if other schools have space, if they don’t, we have no choice and have to open the last section. If only HR would listen to those who actually do the job…

Nervous point #4 – I have a student in my class who’s mom teaches 3rd grade at my school. I don’t know her well and I think her daughter is pretty well behaved. But ANXIETY! A co-worker’s child in my class… I knew it would happen someday, but I was hoping for a couple more years. Apparently she asked for me, which yeah, is a nice compliment since of course you want the best for your kid so apparently she thinks that’s me. So I’m trying to focus on the compliment part of that, but I’m so nervous!

Today my brother and his boyfriend are meeting me at the school in the AM to finish setting up my room, since I’m still limited in my ability to pick stuff up and such. So my room should be 99% ready to go by Sunday πŸ™‚ Yay!!

Blog News

I actually managed to keep up with my writing posts schedule this week, so I’m almost done with September’s posts! Yay! I wasn’t so great at visiting though, so I’m going to try and spend a lot of time Sunday (tomorrow) catching up with everyone!

#FitReaders Update

Things are going really well with my recovery. I haven’t taken any pain meds since Sunday and have been feeling good (I had only been taking it at night anyway). I’m still on a liquid diet, but since Wednesday I was able to add to my clear liquids creamy soups and drinkable yogurt. It’s nice to add a couple more flavors to the day for sure. But honestly, I still haven’t touched plenty of what I got for the first few days – I just don’t have the desire for anything more. I’m averaging about 550 calories a day right now. I know that’s seriously low and I’m sure I won’t maintain that in the future – it’s just a slow process. I have managed to get in all my protein required (65g) daily, and believe me it’s been work! I need to get in more water, but I’m so busy getting protein it’s hard!

As far as exercise, I’m still on restriction – all I can really do is walk. My surgeon assured me that I can start training for the Boston Marathon (LOL) come September though. I think my main goal, come September will be adding in a good toning routine, since that’s always been a weakness of mine and supposedly toning will help with loose skin (which I dread).

So far I’ve lost 11 pounds, which is a little more than a pound a day. So that’s very promising πŸ™‚

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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 did finish Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, but otherwise I’m doing the slow reading thing it seems.

Reading Now…

I’m working on Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, F*ck Club: Con and Teaching with Love and Logic. I’m loving all my books so far.

Up Next…

I really hope I’ll get started on my TBR Read this week – Written in Red! Since the review needs to happen Saturday and all, that’d be a good idea…

How was your week? What are you Reading?

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Michelle adopted me as part of her blog when I decided to close down my blog, Fantasy is More Fun. The blog was dying, but my love of reading and the blogosphere was still strong as ever - so I found my new home here at Because Reading!

I'm not just a book lover, but a one time author (that hopes to be more in the future), wife, mom to the cutest, happiest, best 1 year old and step-mom to the craziest, sweetest 20 year old on the planet. My family mean everything to me and they appear frequently in the Sunday Post with Berls. So grab a glass of wine and chat books, blogging, and family with me!



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24 responses to “Sunday Post with Berls | Back to Work

  1. I know exactly what you mean about needing a strong disciplinarian. I have had MANY admins over the years and always long for a strong leader. And I snort laughed at your comment about not needing 5-6 year old friends. I said almost the same thing about the 15-16 year olds that I teach!
    Hope everything continues going well!! Glad you are feeling great after the surgery!
    I read Love and logic many years ago and its still my favorite classroom management theory.

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    • I wish there were more strong disciplinarians out there in the leadership positions. Time will tell with this AP, fingers crossed I’ve read her wrong. Yes! Love and Logic is great, I’m really enjoying it and seeing it as a great way to run my classroom – a lot of it aligns with what I’ve been doing anyway, but some things I hadn’t thought of and am excited to implement.

  2. So great that your recovery has gone so well! Sounds like the school workload is starting with a bang: the map , the website work. Hopefully the new AP will come around and step up to the plate. And having a co-workers kid on my class would make me nervous, too! Already looking forward to seeing your review of Written in Red. πŸ™‚

    • Yeah, work is keeping me hopping (except I so can’t hop yet lol)! We have meet the teacher tonight and I feel like I have so much to do before the parents and kids arrive. Fingers crossed about the AP!

      I’m afraid it’s going to be a status update on Written in Red… I’m so behind because I fall asleep so fast right now. I’ve only read like a chapter :/ but it’s good so far! Have a great week!!

  3. YEA YEA YEA! I’m so glad that the recovery is going well so far and that you are feeling more positive about telling others. Sure, there are a$$holes in the world, but glad you are trusting those close to you with your news. Sounds like you are on your way to a great recovery!

    All those nervous things about school are understandable. I’ll be thinking of you as you start this year! *HUGS*

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    • Thanks Jen πŸ™‚ yeah, I really think not knowing/believing it would go through played a big part in my hesitancy to tell people. Have a great week! **Hugs**

  4. It’s good to hear you are feeling better and good luck with the procedure. I know some people who have had it done and was successful with it. I hope the new AP works out well but I understand how worried you are. I felt the same way when we received new leadership at work. I hope you have a great week!

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    • New leadership is always unsettling I think and then when you have very specific needs and they seem un-inclined to meet those needs it gets stressful :/ fingers crossed I’m reading her wrong! Have a great week!

  5. I am really excited for you and the surgery and I can’t wait to see how it works for you. Some times I wish I had the money to do surgery but with no insurance that isn’t going to happen and then it worries me cause I have heard so many different things. So can’t wait to hear about your progress and 11pds that is awesome!

    Hope school continues to go really good and that your AP works out for you!

    Have a great week!!!
    Stormi 0x0x

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    • Yeah, I feel ya. I’ve been checking out this surgery for so long – but even when insured most plans treat it as a cosmetic surgery! Grrr! And then I get an insurance that does cover it and still spend like 10k. So yeah, it’s expensive. πŸ™

      Thanks Stormi! Have a great week!

  6. I missed out on last week – and now I don’t even remember why. What was the surgery? I totally get not wanting to tell people until after. Deb, a blogger from Australia, did the same thing. If I ever were to have something done, I would wait until after to tell anyone, too. Glad the staples are out and you’re able to get around a bit more. There is always a TON of stuff to do for the new year. It’s like, how is this possible? YOU have to update the school website? there isn’t a district technology person? That doesn’t sound right. If you’re expected to be the CIT on your campus, they should hire you for that position. Your AP sounds like the two I had when I started. One had nothing going on for her, and the other was BFFs with every student. You can’t do that. Positive relationships doesn’t mean friends. From my experience, it did not go well at all. There were raging discipline issues and everything was blamed on teachers. A student throws a desk because they have anger issues that have been allowed to go unchecked their entire life at home and school? Teacher’s fault. I HOPE that is not your experience. We are having a lot more district oversight imposed as well. We’re doing just fine, but what bothers me is I have caught folks on my campus doling out instructions changing what those instructions are from the district. I have an insider in the district office and twice what has said was coming down, how, and why was NOT what we heard on our campus. When I ask questions (because I know what it is really supposed to be), I get treated like an idiot or ignored. *LOVE those wasted PLCs. Classroom instructional periods are not the time to host intervention – it is not possible and research backs it up. That’s always one that we get shoved at us. Student’s reading levels, or lack of English skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing) are never considered. Mountains of miracles are expected in one school year when kids are now coming historically 3 grade levels behind, and with ZERO writing skills, into sixth grade. I have had several co-worker’s kids in my class. My first year I had two – and they were in the same class. I hate it. It definitely increases anxiety. And it’s funny, once the kiddo goes through, all of a sudden the co-worker parent is my friend. I had one co-worker who tore me to shreds at any opportunity, and then when I had her child all of a sudden I was an AMAZING, FANTASTIC, THE BEST teacher ever. It’s crazy. I hope HR just hires and fills the slot. They should have listened anyway, and if it didn’t work out that person could always be reassigned elsewhere. I hope you have a great first week!

    • I had gastric bypass πŸ™‚ so many uncertainties, so I wanted to wait. Yes, there’s so much to do! And I’m trying to understand why I can’t manage to pack up my room without making setup impossibly difficult! Yeah, I’m the school website person, and there’s not even an extra stipend for it! I refuse to make it too big of a job. Things may not be perfect and oh well lol! Yeah that’s EXACTLY my concern about this new AP… Fingers crossed it doesn’t go that way. Yeah PLCs always feel like a waste, especially in Kinder because they just think of us as an after thought.The teacher sent me a friend request on Facebook and has said more to me in the last week than the last year! She’s never been unkind to me, but that she chose me was a real surprise, I didn’t think she knew me well enough to pick me for her daughter. Anyway thanks, hope this week goes well!

  7. Congrats on the weight loss and feeling better. I am hoping you have a great school year. Just do what you normally do and don’t worry about the co-workers child. That could create a lot of extra stress. Glad you have family who are able to help you set up. Our school started up here August 16th, It seems to start earlier and earlier each year.

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    • Thanks Barb! I am lucky to have such a supportive family, no way I could have gotten ready without them. I’m going to try and not think about the fact I have a co-worker’s child, because yeah it would make stress if I think about it. Hopefully I can forget it most the time!

  8. I am so glad you are feeling better and the surgery was a success. I know after my Cochlear Implant surgery I was in sooo much pain. Let me know how your weight loss goes! I am sooo curious to hear all about it.

  9. It makes me crazy that Pre-K isn’t manditory. The way Kinder is now there should be something to ease them into Kinder. It would put less pressure on the kinder teachers.
    Are you sure you don’t want 5 or 6 year old friends? They are fun to play with and they say the craziest stuff. lol
    I have so much faith in you that you will be fine. Don’t be nervous! You got this! You have a lot of positive going on.

    Have a great week, my friend! Miss you lots! We need to chat soon! πŸ™‚ ox

    • We really do need to do a chat soon! I feel like it’s been forever. I agree, prek before Kinder would be nice. The way it is now, only a couple have prek and they end up way ahead of everyone else and, you’re constantly trying to keep them growing and engaged while everyone else is working on easier stuff. Thanks, fingers crossed for a good year! 6

  10. The coworkers child in your class is something you come to expect, but I myself also would like a few years before it happens. Since I’m in special education having IEP meetings with a coworker could be quite interesting. I will cross that bridge when I come to it. I’m good for this year. I’m excited to start my first year of teaching on Thursday! My room is almost ready to go. Good Luck to you this school year!

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  11. Glad you’re feeling better Berls! And good luck with the new AP- I hope that works out. Yeah “being friends” is not the way to go I would have to agree- it can be a fine line I suppose but kids need the structure and clear lines of authority, so I would agree with you on that. Sounds like you have a lot happening with school starting- hope it goes great!

    Have a nice week.

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    • Thanks Greg! Fingers crossed about the AP… Hopefully I’m reading her wrong. Yep, lots going on but it’s going good πŸ™‚ have a great week!!