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Sick...Again...

Monday, June 11, 2012

I am so sick of being sick. Between my boyfriend who has no immune system and is always passing something on, and my snotty little angels, I feel like I am always coming down with a cold! I made it through a couple of hours this morning before I lost my voice and had to come home. My workmates are all very supportive and understanding, so this wasn't a problem. In fact, 3 separate teachers told me to go home! I have organized a reliever for tomorrow, and I have been told to stay home until I am well. The only problem is that I lose a whole week of teaching time if I take time off, and that worries me. However it also means that I will have a whole day to make resources! I'm not a sit around kinda gal, I need to be doing something. Writing words on Popsicle sticks doesn't seem like it would be too draining, so that is what I'll do.

While the kids were in my care this morning they were really good. They were quiet so I wouldn't have to raise my voice, and they were very concerned about me. After I left apparently one boy asked if I had left because he was naughty (awww!) and when he was told no, I had left because I was sick he said that it was for the best, and I should take care of myself. They may be snotty angels, but they are cute sometimes!

And, for fun, here is the word wall that I was preparing on Saturday:

  
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COLETTEISGREAT 6/12/2012 5:42AM

    Get better soon!

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SUGARSMOM2 6/11/2012 12:51PM

  sorry you are not feeling up to par. It is not good to feel ill .so go to bed drink lots of water .take care of yourself .sleep. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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OPALMOON 6/11/2012 11:47AM

    Look after yourself and I hope you feel better soon. Love all the different things you come up with for teaching your little angels!!

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ELLEJAY7 6/11/2012 7:44AM

    Wow. Hope you feel better soon. emoticon

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The scale moved and my productive Saturday night

Saturday, June 09, 2012

emoticon After going UP half a kilo for 3 whole days, the scale has decided co-operation is better than my wrath, and has gone down a whole kilo! Whoop whoop!

My body is weird. I was looking through my weigh ins and this seems to be a trend. I'll gain .5-1kg and be stuck there. Then I'll lose that 'gain' and more, resulting in a loss. Maybe my body holds onto water or something a few days before a loss? Does anyone else have this strange thing happen to them?

Next, my productive Saturday night. Teacher joke: You know you're a first year teacher when you hot date for Saturday night is your laminator.



We have
- 7 contraction match up games
- 1 antonym match up game
- 1 antonym and synonym loopy game
- Adjective vocab cards
- Tricky words cards
- Position cards (my kids struggle with in and on, they get them mixed up all the time)

The good thing about spending time laminating the resources is that they are more durable and will last me several years. This means less work in the long run, which is what I told myself at hour 6 of the production saga. No, I don't do things by halves, I have to make everything at once. I realise it would be way easier to make 1-2 things a week.

Currently I am working on getting a word wall up, and expanding my vocab box. The kids get bored after a while, so I like to add in new things every few weeks to keep them engaged and learning.

  
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JSTETSER 6/10/2012 5:21AM

    go TeacherGirl! I am also a teacher. Our school vacation starts on Friday. Tuesday is a field trip, Friday is an assembly, Thursday we collect books. I have 2 days of true teaching left.
I am also finishing up some college courses while teaching. Life can be CRAZY when you teach.!

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DRAGONCHILDE 6/9/2012 8:07PM

    I don't talk to my scale much. It doesn't listen to my threats, and seems thoroughly unimpressed by my insistence that the number should be different.

We're in a truce right now, but I still don't like talking to it. I'm glad it's got a nook to hide out of sight, out of mind.

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 6/9/2012 6:49PM

    Glad the scale moved for you! I had a few room parents who were stay at home moms. They often offered to take home the stuff I had laminated and cut it out for me while they were at home. That was great of them, and cut my prep time in half! You are right to make the materials durable so they last, you will be at this a long time, why re-create the wheel each year!

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4 things

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Thing the first

Scone toast.


Be still my heart. I knew as soon as I saw this that it would be trouble. I love me a scone with butter, and a whole scone loaf just seemed to be a dream come true. The key to getting around this is going to be portion control. A slice (which is about the thickness of 2 slices of bread) is 175 calories. Add a bit of butter on top and I can get away with just over 200cal per slice. That is a manageable treat. Now, if only I could stop at one...

Thing the second

I haven't been to the gym in 3 days. I KNOW. It started on Thursday, which is my rest day, so no problems there. On Friday afternoon I pulled my class to bits and rearranged and redecorated. After that I was beat, so I skipped my workout. Today was just a mash of poor planning and bad timing. I will go to the gym tomorrow, I will, I will, I will!!

Thing the third

I am up on the scale and it is driving me crazy. I realise it is all normal, and I haven't put on a pound of fat etc etc, but it's still not very motivating, you have to admit.

Thing the fourth

I am terrible about eating my fruit and veggies on the weekend. Awful. It happens every weekend, and I need to do something about it. During the week I pack my lunch, and as I am stuck at school for the whole day I am forced to eat what I packed, and I pack lots of healthy foods. On the weekend it is a whole different story and I often find that I can get to dinner without eating a single piece of fruit. This has to stop and change! Fruit and veg as my first and only snacking option!

In other, more productive news I have spent a couple of hours today printing and laminating words for my new vocab wall. I have a topic vocab wall, but this is going to be a more generalised writing wall. I am super excited about it, but it is taking a looooong time. It will be worth it in the end!

  
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MRS.PRINCIPAL 6/9/2012 7:18AM

    Your word wall sounds great, but the kids will love it. It's worth the hard work, plus once it's laminated you can re-use it year after year! I can have that same problem.... I pack my lunch every day and do a great job including healthy options and fruits and veggies. We have no vending machines at my school, so I am not "lured" by those, and I have gotten pretty good about avoiding the treats that can be in the staff lounge. On the weekend when I can just open the pantry and grab other things, that is what I do for snacks. The thing that keeps me in check is that I try to model for my daughter healthy snacking, so if her eyes are on me when I reach for a snack, I'll grab an apple over the Cheetos, but that's even hard. Hope you can get to the gym today... even a small workout may change your mood and make you feel great! Have a nice weekend Ms. Bubble!

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Happy dance!

Thursday, June 07, 2012

There is a lot of discussion going on in NZ surrounding teaching and learning, and how schools will be funded. The main issue was the proposal that class sizes increase from the current ratio of 1:23 to a new ratio of 1:27. The principal is included as a teacher, and 27 students would be allocated to a principal who doesn't take a class, so those extras would end up being spread around the classes. This would mean around 30 children per class in each school. It also means that as the last teacher into my school, I would be the first one out, and the one on the chopping block should the policy pass. It is only fair, and I am assured it is no reflection on my teaching ability.

This afternoon, after enormous pressure from the teachers union and parents around the country, the government has backed down and has abandoned this policy! To say I am relived in an understatement. This means that I will most likely have a job next year, at a school I love with children who are awesome. Also it means that my class size will stay small!

When I tell people that I have 23 children in my class I get told that I have it easy. Then I tell them that I have 14 children in my class who speak English as a second language and 2 children who are English language learners despite the fact that English is their first language. I couldn't even imagine teaching 30 children when I already have so many high risk and high needs children.

This is a big victory for teachers around the country. Next up, performance based pay!

  
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COLETTEISGREAT 6/8/2012 5:31AM

    Glad you still have a job next year! So frustrating that the battle continues when education is so important!

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DRAGONCHILDE 6/7/2012 12:48PM

    Geez louise. I get that budgets are strained to the breaking point worldwide, but why, WHY are we cutting in schools? It's the one place that has the greatest consequences, that we can afford the least to lose.

Drives me crazy.

My youngest was accepted to Pre-K today, but there was a clause in her acceptance letter that stated it was predicated on the budget remaining as it is now.

Makes me sad.

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OPALMOON 6/7/2012 12:07PM

    So glad you received this good news!

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SUNSETBREEZE05 6/7/2012 10:23AM

    I am glad you get to keep your small class size. It is what I would want for my grandchildren. Students need all the help they can get. Lets just hope they take advantage of it.

Good Luck reaching Your Goals!!
Cindy

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CARLA-216 6/7/2012 9:58AM

    That is wonderful news!

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JSTETSER 6/7/2012 6:01AM

    Being a teacher myself, I can understand. I know that the lower numbers I have, the better the learning experience for my students. I love a class of 20.

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 6/7/2012 5:49AM

    That is good news for you, and for the children! 30 is way to many in a class.

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SUSANBEAMON 6/7/2012 1:15AM

  My sister just retired from teaching 2nd grade. My niece-in-law is just starting a teaching career. I support smaller class size, especially in the early grades when so much needs to happen or the children could end up graduating unable to read. Not somethng some of my countrys politicians seem to care about. Glad you and yours won the battle this year.

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AHTRAP 6/7/2012 1:02AM

    Different story in most of the United States these days. Teachers unions, as well as all other unions are losing ground, and education in a lot of states is falling victim to ideological and supposed cost-savings measures. It will certainly cost us down the line.

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A bit of an update...

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Starting weight: 87.3kg (192.4lb)

My weight this morning: 78.2kg (172.4lb)

Total weight lost: 9.1kg (20 freaking pounds!!)

Percentage of weight lost: 10.5%

The point of the blog is to brag!

  
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CIVIAV 6/5/2012 9:41AM

    Yeah baby!

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KJDOESLIFE 6/4/2012 12:36PM

    Great job!!

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CARLA-216 6/4/2012 11:57AM

    Brag away - you've earned that right!

WooooHoooo! Great job!

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TWINSMOMMY607 6/4/2012 9:15AM

    And brag you should! You go girl!!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 6/4/2012 5:55AM

    Worth bragging about! You are doing awesome!

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COLETTEISGREAT 6/4/2012 5:15AM

    Brag away, my friend, you deserve it!!

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SLIMMERKIWI 6/4/2012 3:10AM

    I LUV BRAGGERS - LOL!

GOOD ON YOU!
Kris xx

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MENHALLS 6/3/2012 10:41PM

    And brag you should!

Way to go!

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CANES4EVER63 6/3/2012 9:41PM

    That's awesome!! Keep up the great work! emoticon

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HEAT7918 6/3/2012 9:28PM

    If you won't toot your own horn, who will? I'd be bragging too in your shoes!

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