Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Here in NZ teachers are facing the possibility of having increased class sizes, as well as the introduction of performance pay. I, and the rest of the teaching community, am outraged. I truly believe that these politicians have no idea what it takes to be a teacher. So I wrote him an email, inviting him into my class for a day. I probably won't get a response, but it would be awesome if I did! Could you all imagine if the Prime Minister turned up at school for the day?
Sunday, May 13, 2012
I did it!
I ran my first 5K! It was tough, but fun. Having a raging sinus infection didn't help, and my asthma playing up REALLY didn't help, but I made the best of it and did the best I could. Turns out the best I could was better than I thought, since I finished in 42.05. My goal was 45 minutes, so I smashed that one!
I ended up walk/running after the first km, because I just felt rotten. My asthma was out of control and I couldn't breathe, and my nose was running like a tap because of my sinus infection. I would have loved to have run more, but I just couldn't, and I have to accept it and move on.
I do have a couple of minor complaints about the race :(
1. There was only 1 photographer and there weren't many pictures. I'm not in any of them :( Luckily for me, a lady I work with was there as a supporter and got a couple of good pictures of me after I had crossed the finish line. I should get them on Wednesday! There was no camera at the finish line, and I think there should have been. Finishing line photos are my fave, and that way, no one gets missed.
2. We were told the aid station was halfway, but it was more like 3/4 of the way. They obviously forgot the 1km out and back section just before the aid station. So I hit 25 minutes and I couldn't see the aid station anywhere and I was stressing, wondering if I was really going so slow, to be 25 minutes in and not even halfway. Also, I was dying for a drink by the time I got to the station, and just stood there for a minute drinking.
But it is done, and I am now a 5Ker :) Now, I have a headache and sore legs, so I am going to lay down!
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Armed and dangerous!
Friday, May 11, 2012
I am really worried about my 5K this weekend. Between my sinus infection and generally feeling run down, I haven't run since Sunday. I hope I can manage on Sunday. Worst case, I will walk/run it, but I really would love to run most of it with just a couple of walk breaks. Gah, I don't think I'll enter another race, because it is too much pressure! I have stopped feeling like I am running because I love it and have started to feel like I am running because I have to. I don't like that!
Anyways, check out some of my mega talented kids art!
I wish I could take credit for this, but I can't. I have a teacher come in once a week to teach my class while I do professional development, and she is really arty. My kids are really arty, too, and together they create some amazing things! They are currently working on some awesome animal face drawings in pastel, and I can't wait to get those on the wall! I have no idea how I ended up with the arty and sporty class, but I did, and I love it! Such a challenge, but teaching through art is fun.
And I will leave you with my favourite teaching quote from Maria Montessori
The greatest sign of a success for a teacher…is to be able to say, "The children are now working as if I did not exist."
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Tonight I had my first experience of real idiots at the gym. They were young guys, around 16, and there were 4-5 of them. They were messing around, using all the machines and equipment. Well, when they weren't standing in front of the mirror lifting up their tshirts and checking out their abs and biceps, that is. I used a couple of benches (sitting, standard and decline) after them and was having to wipe them down before and after using them because these fellas weren't wiping down ANYTHING. And they were sweaty and they smelled disgusting!
So I approached them. And I was really nice. I said "Hey, I think you guys are new around here. Just so you know, it is standard practice to wipe down your machines and benches after you use them. I've been having to wipe them down before I use them because you aren't wiping them." Then I walked away. And they all congregated and I could hear them saying stuff like "What did she want?" and "What did she say about us?" in a bit of a defensive and aggressive manner. Maybe the full sentences confused them? I don't know! Then I lost my sh#t a little and called out, mid leg lift, "Wipe your Sh#t down!" Yeah...Then I finished up and told a trainer, who escorted me to my car just in case the idiots had taken offense.
Ah well, the trainers think I'm funny.
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