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Shut Up!!!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

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Oh my gosh!!! I have not had a kid tell me "Shut Up!" ever as a teacher. I seriously could NOT believe it!!! It was a little under his breath, but oh my gosh!!!

So... to make a VERY long story short... I took him out of class and was going to put him in another classroom to "cool" off and to let me "cool" off. LOL! But... he was being defiant and wouldn't go. I managed to get him in the hall. Then he started to cry just a little, but he would not move.

Luckily... 2 other adults came by. One was our computer assistant. He is a male and really helped, but then miraculously the counselor came by and nicely took him into her little room. She came to me later and told me this...

He never would talk to her. He just told her something bad had happened. So she called his mother. We found out... There has been a close family member death in the past few days. The funeral is tomorrow. WHAT??? Hello!!! It would have been so helpful to know that before this whole confrontation. He told me to shut up because I was trying to help him do his work. I was nicely sitting with him and another boy helping them with their reading work, and he wouldn't do any of it. Well... Duh!!! Now I know why. I just couldn't believe it.

Welcome to my world!!! Tomorrow is Back~2~School Night. I am hoping to get more than 5 parents to come. That's what I got last year out of 35 families.

  
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ANGELBELIEVER 8/14/2008 1:03PM

    I admire those of you who are good teachers and really care about their students. My brother is a guiidenacne counselor and the stories her tells me about parents. It's no wonder kids are like they are today. But now I feel sorry for that little one who couldn't tell you what was wrong or wouldn't tell you .He shouldn't even have been in school so soon, I don't think, or at the very least his parent should have let the school know.God Bless You..All of you who are teachers.

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SYNCHROSWIMR 8/14/2008 11:10AM

    Oh, boy. Certainly would have helped for you to know that ahead of time.

My favorite was when a student asked me if they were expected to know how to do long division. He was in 11th grade, and I had just done a problem on the board in less time than he could get out his calculator to do the same problem. haha!

Have fun at open house

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HEATHHILL 8/14/2008 7:29AM

    You teachers seriously DO NOT get paid enough for what you do. Thank God for you who want to teach, because I know I could NEVER do it!!!

Now I know why you get summers off!! Who could put up with that year round?

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DENNISLISA94 8/14/2008 5:55AM

    LOL!! I had a kid last year growl at me and say, "You gave me the devil's blood." He said this when I gave him a red folder on the first day of school. It was crazy. That was the beginning of an interesting relationship. I must say I bonded with him in a strange way. I found out yesterday that he moved out of state. I will miss him. I hope you have a nice open house at school.

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SANDY2660 8/13/2008 11:25PM

    Geez girl! I had a similar situation happen to me with an 8th grader last year. He told me I didnt know how to speak correct English and proceeded to correct me in front of the guidance class. It really shocked me!

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Thank You....

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

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Hugs and Kisses to ALL my friends!!! Your comments really HELP me out!!! I so appreciate it. This really was a difficult thing, just like my dog. I am still so sad about my dog too. I hate to look at pictures or even talk about it. But... THANKS for all the support. I feel much better having cried and talked about it at home and on this blog.

THANKS!!!

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ANGELBELIEVER 8/13/2008 1:57PM

    My heart goes out to you and your nieces. Pray for God to show you a way to help them out. I'm sorry your boss was so rude. Don't give up, sweetie. I know God will hep u work something out. Is there no one else to turn to?

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JENNI_BELLE 8/13/2008 10:59AM

    thats what we are all here for sweet cheeks!!! have a great hump day!

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Sad Again...

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Ok... this is kind of hard to explain... Just LONG...

But... My brother has two darling daughters going into 2nd grade and Kindergarten. My brother is divorced and doesn't get to see his daughters much.

So... I had this great idea. My brother has been so torn trying to work out a way to help his girls. Well... I finally came up with the perfect plan. Their mom works by my school so I thought they could come to my school. We have a great after school program, and I love the teachers. It would work PERFECTLY. I was so excited. And... my school is on the way to my brother's ex-wive's work.

Well.... I worried that my brother's ex wouldn't go for it. I never considered that my own principal wouldn't. We NEED students we only have 233 students in our entire school. Last year we had 310. I thought she would be happy to have them.

NOPE.... she will not let them come. She says our Kindergarten is full, but it isn't. We only have 40 kids registered and our legislature staffs us at 50. It's just sad. I was heart~broken. I was just desperately hoping they could be near me where I could help them out.

Oh well... another day.

  
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SANDY2660 8/13/2008 11:27PM

    You are an awesome person, NEtty. Sounds like you were really trying to help your brother. Hate that the ex has to be like that! That sux! Sorry it didnt work out! Your principal sounds like a real WINNER!!! Yea right!

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DENNISLISA94 8/13/2008 7:05AM

    WOW, what a heavy load you are carrying. Remember, God has a plan. We don't always understand why or what, but He is in control. I will pray for your strength and for the lives of these two innocent children. Keep your head high.

Lisa

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JENNI_BELLE 8/12/2008 11:40AM

    yOUR PRINCIPAL SOUNDS LIKE A REAL PIECE OF WORK!!! I'd be complaining to the superinendant! I can understand saying no b/c of boundries and such but she doesn't have to be RUDE!!! what a B!

If you wanted to really make a difference in those girls lives see if you could take them at your house every other weekend or something like that. Just have a special girls night out or day trip with them and your daughter!

I guess you are going to have to get creative!

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ELFITZPA 8/12/2008 10:55AM

    I'm so sorry that your efforts to help your brother out are being thwarted! I'm not surprised how upset you are. It's been this same person (the principal) who you've mentioned in the past as the thorn in your side when it comes to work, right? She sounds like one big road block in life. Is there anyone you can go to above her to pitch your idea? It just doesn't seem right that your school has room for your brother's daughters and all you get is push back.

Side note: I had a lot of conversations this past weekend with a couple of my friends who are teachers and AT's, and the overall jist was that politics - not the kids' best interest - very often is the determining factor. That just seems so unfair to me.

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CAWADAWN 8/12/2008 9:51AM

    Couldn't you just have them come "live" with you???? Or someone in the boundaries???? Then there's nothing that the principal can say or do!!! I know how you feel, I have a friends who's daughter is basically in the same situation. It's so hard to watch and not be able to help!

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HEATHHILL 8/12/2008 9:24AM

    That seems harsh. Is there anyone else you can go to, like a school board, to appeal the decision? I can't tell if you work in a private or public school, and frankly, I don't know that much about how school's work, but it seems there should be someone you can appeal to.

I'm sorry the principal is so rude. Remember, just because she's rude doesn't mean anything about YOU as a person.

Hang in there.

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TRIGIRL0821 8/12/2008 8:52AM

    Don't take it personally - and know you did your best.

Smile if you can.

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Don't really want to...

Thursday, August 07, 2008

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I don't really want to write, but I am going to try to reach out to others to help motivate me, before I isolate and implode.

I have an AMAZING school class this year. So far I only have 19 students. I can' t believe it. I feel pressured to really get them moving if that's all I have. Plus... their behavior is so good, that we don't need to spend as much time reviewing the rules. With 35, reviewing the rules over and over is extremely important at the beginning of the year.

I've been getting out and playing soccer. This class has the best soccer players I've ever seen. They pass it and do "tricks" and are such good sports.

So... I LOVE my job and my class.

Now the CRAP...

I am frustrated that I haven't been sticking to my exercise plan. I leave school pretty late and just don't want to go to the gym. I wake up early, but find my self anxious to get ready for work and get to school early. This is part of my addictive personality. At the beginning of the school year my addiction is my job and class. Which is a good thing, but I just don't have the balance and I cannot let my good eating habits and exercise routines go down the drain.

I am also very upset because the few times I've tried to jog.... my damn knee is still hurting. So... I can go do the elliptical, but for me it's just not the same. So... I'm frustrated.

Plus... my boss BLAH... it's just difficult. I have a situation that has been very hard to communicate with her about. The office assistant that works with her quit yesterday.

So... I've been binging. My weight is going up. This is the start of the yo~yo, and I am trying to head it off before it really gets out of control. I got up to run today, but my knee hurt too badly.

Just another day! I'm excited to get to school and see my sweet students.

  
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SANDY2660 8/9/2008 11:32PM

    ((((NETTY)))) im sorry you've been going through all of this. Girl, you are so strong. Remember that! I can certainly understand the stress of getting back to school. It is so hard to eat good and workout when you're working to late....then after work, you want to go home and crash! Its been a struggle for me to stay on track with exercise too. Hate that about your knee, BUMMER! It will get better but may take some time. It has to be frustrating to want to run but you have to settle for elliptical. The elliptical is a very good workout though and less stress for your knee. Its actually right under jogging! Focus on the positive things about yourself and your situation. It sounds ilke you have alot of things going on right now. Its easy to pick up the chips and cookies and eat to get rid of those feelings. Girl, ive been there and done that a million time. Netty, you are a beautiful and very strong woman. Tell yourself that everyday. Continue to pray for more and more strength during your hard stressful times. You will get through this! YOu are a winner girl!

Im glad you love your new students. Im sure they love you too! (:

Hugs,
Sandy

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DENNISLISA94 8/9/2008 9:26AM

    My dear friend oh how I feel your pain!! Your stress pain...... But you know there is only one beginning of the school year and it will pass. That is what I keep reminding myself. I am an up early and stay late teacher. In fact I am going to work today and tomorrow. I to have felt like going into isolation. So I will tell you like I am telling myself, "Don't do this alone, let people in!!!!" I am here if you need anything. Strength in numbers.

Have a wonderful weekend.
Lisa

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ANGELBELIEVER 8/8/2008 12:27AM

    I'm glad you love your students and your class. Now you have to learn to love yourself as much as you love your students. WHY? Because you are worth it. Also,, you have to set a good example for your kids. Exercise is good for all of you, including you, the teacher. I agree that walking would be easier for now and you won;tr hurt your need. I know you don't like walking, but it's better than nothing! Right? Be kind to yourself.

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TRIGIRL0821 8/7/2008 2:36PM

    Doesn't sound like just another day to me...

Go for a walk - easier on the knees, but you get the fresh air. If you are finding yourself snacking...get the bad stuff out of sight and better yet - out of the house!

All easier to type out from here...though I've been there...and that is the one solid reason I do not keep peanut butter in the house.

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SWIMMERYOGINI 8/7/2008 1:48PM

  Just a suggestion but try running IN WATER and see if the knee still gives you problems - the deep water running workout can kick your a**!

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SYNCHROSWIMR 8/7/2008 11:25AM

    Sounds very stressful. I know you love your job, it comes right through the computer.

The start of the school year is a hard time to balance the new workload at school and continue with exercise and everything. LittleWing suggested doing as much as you can in the evenings, which might help any busy stuff in the morning. Can you think about the day ahead while you exercise? So then you can go to the pool or whatever and think about the day, somewhat get yourself organized. OR you could use an afternoon swim to think and reflect on the day you just had.

We are here to support you. You are not going to yo yo all the way back up . YOU CAN DO THIS!!

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JENNI_BELLE 8/7/2008 11:02AM

    ok Netty! it is time for some of my tough love that i give out to my friends and family here...SUCK IT UP! you have not made it this far by being a weak! You are a strong woman and you can not forget that! If you need to bring work out clothes in the car with you so when you leave work you have them to drive strait to the gym. Start out slow with your work outs, if you don't feel like working out just go for 15 minutes, and then see how much better you feel. the next day go for 20 minutes. if you keep this up in a week or 2 you will be back on a routine.

DON'T FORGET HOW YOU GOT TO THIS POINT! YOU ARE STRONG AND CAN ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING YOU SET YOUR MIND TO SO IT IS TIME TO GET YOUR MIND BACK ON TRACK!

Use your students as motivation....see how they are clamering for recess and harness their energy for yourself!

good luck! remember we are here for you!

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LITTLEWING21 8/7/2008 10:28AM

    Netty honey emoticon!

Sounds like you're dealing with some major stress... I do understand the anxiety component. And I'm guessing that running helps you manage your stress. Tough predicament!

Very few things other than exercise help with my anxiety. One thing that works for me (I did this many times in college) is going into a quiet room with the lights off, laying down and listening to music that soothes my soul (personally= kenny chesney's old blue chair, jack johnson). Sounds a little cliché, but I do some deep breathing and it helps me come down a notch.

Do you get as much stuff ready the night before as you can? Set out clothes and stuff?

Have you tried running in water? Pilates? Yoga? I know its hard to bring down the intensity when you're at the level that you've reached.

I'm sure you've already thought of all that, but every lil bit can help. You will get through this tough point and be back on the horse soon!! Good luck with the class, the boss, and the knee. :::sending happy thoughts:::

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HEATHHILL 8/7/2008 9:00AM

    Aside from the fact that you've been able to lose the weight and get in shape, you remind me a lot of myself. I also get addicted to the work and find it so hard to find the time or energy or motivation to work out. But, CLEARLY, you had it at one point because look at how much you accomplished in your weight and fitness goals.

Maybe we can help each other achieve some balance. We can remind each other to breathe and remember that what we have is today to take care of ourselves.

Make today a good one for yourself. I'll think of you and do the same.

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Breathe...

Saturday, August 02, 2008

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Well... I knew this week would be a busy one, so I'm really not surpriesed. But... Man~o~Man I'm ready for the weekend. Although...

Today: Go Horseback riding at my uncle's, have lunch at my mom's, go swimming with the kids, and then get home and finish my lesson plans for next week.

Yesterday was fun but busy too. I was at school until about 5:30, then I had to leave to get home to go to a Martina McBride concert. That was pretty fun. I was surprised there weren't very many people there, but I guess entertainment is the first thing to go when the economy is what it is.

Anyway... as we were coming home it was almost midnight, so my sweet husband waited in line at Wal~mart to get the new book Breaking Dawn. Any Twilight fans out there in SparkLand??? Well... we bought 4 books. My daughter will want to keep hers, then I bought 3 for me and my students. I had several 5th graders last year read the series.

I've been managing to keep exercising. That's EXCITING but... My food / nutrition has gone to crap. I have eaten A LOT of candy even though I've tried to redirect. I will have to think of a plan of eating this weekend too.

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SANDY2660 8/3/2008 10:25PM

    Hi girl! Its hard to get back into that routine after being off all summer. My eating has been off track too but im back on as of yesterday! (: I have never read those books. What are they about???

Sounds like you've been super busy! Great job on keeping up the workouts!!! Thats awesome! Take some time for yourself this week and BREATHE! love ya!
Sandy

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PERKYDEBI 8/3/2008 5:06PM

    My son that's 18 loves the series. He went to the midnight release of it that one of our stores had the other night, even though he had to get up for work early the next morning. I'm thinking about reading them since he says how great they are.

Debbie
co-leader "Taking Back Control"

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ANGELBELIEVER 8/2/2008 4:52PM

    Never heard of Twilight. Can you please tell me more about the series? I like all kinds of reading. I loved Harry Potter (read them all) and also the Left Behind Series. Thanks!

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JUSTFORME200 8/2/2008 1:56PM

    I have the book reserved at the library so I'll have to wait longer. I started the series last spring. Never thought I'd get hooked on Vampires, but I couldn't put it down.

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JENI-OH! 8/2/2008 1:27PM

    Major Twilight fan here! Can't wait to get started, but have to finish writing a term paper first. Glad to know there's another fan out there - happy reading!

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