News at Home: So Stressed!
This week was SO stressful! We had a staff meeting on Tuesday and the amount of work added on that has to be done by the end of the month was just, whoa! And then within the next 24 hours we had like 3 more emails with MORE things to do. Plus we have mid-year testing going on. AND this upcoming week we have ANOTHER staff meeting on Tuesday and a Parent Make & Take Night on Thursday. It’s too much and I’m stressing out!
On the positive side, one of the things causing some teacher’s a lot of stress did not cause us (Kinder) any stress. The principal made of list of non-negotiables that she’s going to have to start writing people up for. And there’s not a thing on that list that I – and my team – don’t already do. The only thing is the changed the deadline for lesson plans, so I have to get them done earlier in the week. But that’s doable.
They also started doing these school wide awards – golden awards for great behavior. 1 class each week will win a golden shoe (for PE), a golden record (for Music), a golden paintbrush (for Art), a golden spatula (for Cafeteria), a golden book (for library) and a golden keyboard (for computer). They announced the first week’s w winners on Friday and Kindergarten dominated! My class got the golden spatula, and then kinder also got the golden record, the golden shoe, and the golden paintbrush. As in – 1 for each Kinder class. My kids want to win 3 golden items next week LOL! But it just reinforces what we already know and find really frustrating, Kinder has the best behavior, hands down in the school. And it doesn’t happen by accident, it’s hard work. But we’re consistent with our kids and do not let them get away with shit. It was nice to see that so evident by the golden awards 🙂
I also have to share a little about how impressed I was with my kids this week with our lesson on Martin Luther King. We’re out of school on Monday for MLK day and so we spent Friday really learning about who Dr. King was and why he had to do the things he did. My kids were so introspective and kind of blew me away with their thoughtful questions. For example, one student asked “what would happen if a brown person fell in love with a white person? Could they get married?” and when I explained that, no, it was against the law. I had several kids get very upset because they come from families of mixed race. Another student asked “What would happen if a white mom had a brown baby?” I’ve never had that question and I LOVED it. They were so thoughtful.
After we talked about Dr. King’s I have a dream speech, a student took me exactly where I wanted to go by saying “but he died before he finished.” I asked them what they thought Dr. King would want and they agreed that he would want people to keep working on his dream to make the world a better place. I told them it was their job and my job. One of my students got this very serious, kind of stressed out look on his face and raised his hand. “But Mrs. Carmona, that’s a BIG job.” It was like he’d taken the weight of fixing the entire world onto his little shoulders. But we had just read Martin’s Big Words and one of my other students said, “but one of Dr. King’s words was together. So we can do it together, right?” Y’all they so didn’t need me… they were teaching the damn lesson all on their own! It was one of those beautiful moments as a teacher where you just get out of the way and let them drive the ship.
To end the lesson I let them each write about what they wanted to do to make the world a better place.. we called it their “I have a dream” speeches. Again, I was blown away. The room was about as silent as it ever gets because they were so focused on writing their dreams. And as I circulated and had them read to me I saw things like “I have a dream that I had 1000 monies to give to the poor people” or “I have a dream that I had a lot of shoes to give to people who can’t afford them” (she had seen something on the news with her mom about people not having shoes in the cold), “I have a dream that Dr. King didn’t die and we could work together.” and “I have a dream to be together with everybody and for everybody to love each other.” And this is why teaching is the best 🙂
That being said, I’m off tomorrow and I’m so happy! According to one of my more precocious students, “we can’t just have fun on Monday. That’s not why we’re off. It’s to remember Dr. King and think about him.” She was very firm about it too. So I’ll be sure to do some remembering while I’m relaxing in bed reading!
I’m starting to knock out some February posts and am staying about a month ahead. Feels great! I kind of fell behind on my visiting this past week… sorry! Hoping to get back on track with it this week.
#COYER Winter Switch Update
We wrapped up the list phase on Friday at midnight and I’m really pleased with how I did! This was my list:
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.
Here’s what I read:
- 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
- Amore pt 1 by Bella Jewel
- Amore pt 2 by Bella Jewel
So I made it through 9 books! Not too shabby! My next phase is the Strict, which is definitely not the easiest. But I do have lots of cheap books, so I think I’ll be okay.
Speaking of stress, my weight was probably the biggest source of stress for me this week. As of Friday I was up 6 pounds since the start of the year. Despite eating right, working out, doing yoga, getting my water, yada, yada, yada. And no exaggeration, I sat down Friday morning after weighing myself and cried for 5 solid minutes. And then I cried while doing my hair. And gave up on doing makeup. And cried while driving to work (couldn’t focus on my audio book).. cried a bit before school started. It was a bad emotional day. The thing is I’m scared – I’ve got this 15 year history where I go on doctor supervised diets and lose weight pretty well for about 3-5 months. And then it suddenly stops working and I start gaining. And they say things like plateau and shake it up and then 2 months and 20 pounds gained later, they throw in the towel and start me on a new plan. 15 years of this … and they have consistently told me that gastric bypass is the answer that would work for me because it would change the way my body processes food. And yet, here I am about 160 days post surgery ( 5 months) and I’m starting to inexplicably gain weight. So my tears were not for 6 pounds, but for fear that I have hit that same wall – but this time after massive surgery and spending more than $10,000. I don’t know how I’ll cope emotionally with that kind of let down. But, the good news is I spoke to my surgeon’s nurse practitioner and she’s advised me to go back to a liquid diet for about 2 weeks and then see where I’m at. If it’s still not going well, I’ll go in and talk to the surgeon. Finger’s crossed please, I NEED this to not be my body doing it’s old tricks!
Last Week on the Blog
- [8 Jan] Just a Few Books I hardly remember it’s been so long…
- [8 Jan] Destined for an Early Grave by Jeaniene Frost ★★★★
- [8 Jan] Marked by an Assassin by Felicity Heaton ★★★★
- [8 Jan] Things Good Girls Don't Do by Codi Gary ★★★★
- [9 Jan] Wild Wicked Scot by Julia London ★★★★
- [10 Jan] Bubbly Berls is Babbling about: Miracle Morning
- [10 Jan] The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM) by Hal Elrod ★★★★★
- [11 Jan] Grilled Cheese and Dragons #1 by Nancy Krulik, Ben Balistreri ★★★★
- [13 Jan] My TBR List Pick for January 2018
- [13 Jan] My To-Be Read List Jan Winner! Thanks for Voting!
- [14 Jan] Sunday Post with Berls | So Stressed!
- [14 Jan] Making sure this year is the best year ever! ~ WIR & SP
Coming Next Week From Me
Sunday Post with Berls | So Stressed!
Just a few Random Fun Reads
Kissing Santa #review
Books from Kinderland | Daily 5 and Leader in Me
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 listened to Amore pt 1 and Amore pt 2 this week and loved them both! Bella Jewel is fast becoming a favorite author.
I’m listening to Fleeting Moments by Bella Jewel and it’s so different from the Amore books, but yet so good! I’m still reading This Side of the Grave by Jeaniene Frost, but I’ve set it aside for a moment to read Little & Lion by Brandy Colber for book club on Monday – so far, really good!
For physical reads, I’m not sure. It’ll be a while before I need to give it much thought. For audio, I’m going to start on next month’s book club books, starting with A Wrinkle in Time. It’s a reread and I’m super excited to give it a listen!