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:
Saturday, June 09, 2012
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.
- 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.
Saturday, June 09, 2012
Thing the first
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!
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!
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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