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Thursday, May 24, 2012

My last class of the day (my behavior challenged class) is in charge of putting up our "Under the Sea" mural (pictures next week, when we're finished - I promise).

So I demonstrated, we had guided practice, then independent practice (as in, I showed them what to do, helped them do it, then let them work with minimal supervision).

We finished almost half today - 5 panels up, and most of that area with the borders on. Looks great!

After the class was excused and the items cleaned up, I went outside to see how things looked - and one of my students from the first half of the year wandered by, late to leave. (This girl is about 15 yrs old and repeating 8th grade - sweet, nice, but not academic - nor artistic. But a nice kid.) She looked and said, "Oh Ms. Schwartz, that looks so nice, who did this?" So I told her that it was the sea creatures everyone had made, and I did the background areas.

She looked a little more closely, and screamed, "Oh LOOK!!!! That's MY FISH!!!!!" (Pointing to a big pink fish) "OH, I feel so SPECIAL!!!!!!!!"

And she went skipping off to the bus.

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JLPNURSE 5/25/2012 7:22AM

    Great Story

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PLATINUM755 5/24/2012 11:44PM

    Sounds like you've done a great job there! emoticon

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SECRETFUN 5/24/2012 11:40PM

  Awesome!!!!! You are a great teacher :-)

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WATERMELLEN 5/24/2012 10:33PM

    Great job . . . because you do a great job!!

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MILLISMA 5/24/2012 7:37PM

    That must have made your day and you sure made her's!!!!

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MAMAJAHMAI 5/24/2012 2:35PM

    AWWW.....You are such a great teacher! I have SERIOUS respect for teachers-My Dad is one, and MIL taught for over 40 years.. Thank you for being awesome!! emoticon

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LILLITO 5/24/2012 2:33PM

    that is so sweet.

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Okay, I've decided NOT to be embarrassed!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

If Kristen Wiig can get teary about leaving Saturday Night Live after something like 5 or 6 years, then I can get teary about leaving my school after 25 years!

(And it was a very sweet skit on SNL on Saturday!)

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BESEVEN 5/23/2012 12:31PM

    You definitely should not be embarrassed. Proud for sure. Bittersweet, maybe. But embarrassed? Not a chance!

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PHEBESS 5/23/2012 11:57AM

    It was a great finale!

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PLATINUM755 5/22/2012 11:12PM

    Celebrate that part of your life and all that you brought to your students and them to you. If you have to cry, tears of joy are the best! emoticon emoticon

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MILLISMA 5/22/2012 9:10PM

    I couldn't agree more and wasn't the show great!!!

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WATERMELLEN 5/22/2012 8:44PM

    Not available in Canada: pity!! But: I'm glad you've decided (quite rightly) NOT to be embarrassed!!

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PHEBESS 5/22/2012 10:57AM

    Ania, Mick Jagger was the guest host, and he and the entire cast danced with Kristen Wiig - skit started with high school graduation and segued into a musical number and the dance. It was very sweet, and you could see her wiping away the occasional tear.

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ILOVEROSES 5/22/2012 10:24AM

    Sorry, couldn't watch the video in Australia. emoticon

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PHEBESS 5/22/2012 10:10AM

    Make that 7 years for Kristen Wiig!

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MAMAJAHMAI 5/22/2012 9:03AM

    Well said!!!

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Embarrassed, Part Two

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

I arrived at school yesterday and realized I had forgotten my lunch bag, which has my school keys hooked onto it. I went to the office to sign in (and use the stupid fingerprint time-stamp machine to sign in) - then went to tell Mr. Principal that I left my keys at home and since I didn't have a first block class, I'd drive home and get the keys.

He was in a meeting with the two assistant principals, but he tells me to talk to him - I explain, he says fine, then he adds that I did a great job presenting on Friday. I looked at him and said, "OMG, Mr. F, it was horrible, I have no idea where all that emotion came from, and now the librarian has it on youtube! It is SO embarrassing!!!!" He laughed and told the two asst principals that I was crying and sobbing and couldn't talk - I said no no no, I just got all choked up - he said no, I was crying and carrying on - I said I was close but no tears fell but I could have DIED of embarrassment - we all started laughing because they all know me and know that this isn't my usual.

All I can do is hope they don't have some kind of retirement event where I have to speak, apparently I will just fall apart!!!!!!

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PHEBESS 5/16/2012 8:21PM

    Uh, no, I'm not sharing the youtube link, thank you very much! Too embarrassing! Seriously!

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WATERMELLEN 5/16/2012 8:16PM

    Ahem, I do notice that you did not provide the YouTube link!!

You are a warm person and you have given so much to your students and to your school: how could you NOT be full of mixed emotion about retiring??

Love your comment on my exercise blog about cold climate and insulation . . . hate to say I do get colder in winter than when I had more padding!!

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PLATINUM755 5/15/2012 9:57PM

    You may be looking forward to the change, but it's a major change in your life...accept the emotion that comes with it. From your blog, even if you'd prefer to be stronger in the presence of others, you're wearing it well! emoticon

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MILLISMA 5/15/2012 9:32PM

    I have to agree. I'm sitting here smiling just thinking about it. emoticon

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MAMAJAHMAI 5/15/2012 7:13PM

    lol!! I still smile when I think of that blog said it was posted on YouTube right? I've got to find it lol......I think laughter is the best medicine, and you are making folks smile-awesome way to start a new chapter in life! Ps: better get a speech prepared just in case, and a box of Kleenex hehhee((hugs))

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Totally embarrassed myself TWICE yesterday! Agh!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Our school district had a professional learning community gathering yesterday - representatives from every school, as well as the district superintendent, deputy sup't, etc. met to discuss and work on the revisions of our school improvement plans, and to celebrate the successes and gains we've seen this school year.

Our school made a wonderful banner (using this fabulous machine in our career & tech dept) - photos of the students and various activities are the border, center area is tables showing gains in reading and math using a diagnostic test, tables of our positive school culture and climate, and a copy of the accreditation certificate (good to 2019) - all in all, a good year and a great banner (and very professional looking).

So our group decided that since I'm the team leader, I should speak about the banner as a whole, and the culture and climate - someone else spoke about the student achievement, and the principal spoke about accreditation.

I was first. Well, actually, our school went after the high school - where one of the presenters was one of my former students, now a teacher at that school. And they showed a video of their school, and some of the speakers in the video were my former students.

So I tried to tie things together by saying how rewarding it is, after 25 years at our school, to see our former students not only in the video, but also being teachers and the presenters of that school.

But for some reason, I got all emotional and choked up!!!!! OMG, I have no idea where this came from, because I'm truly happy to be retiring and going off travelling! And yes, I love my job, but I don't get all emotional about leaving it!!!!! OMG, there I was talking and my voice got all trembly and I looked ready to cry and I could have just died of embarrassment!!!!! AND the librarian videoed the whole thing, and it's on youtube!!!!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH! Of course, I said something about how I was getting all emotional because I'm retiring soon, so then the audience all went "awwwwww" and it was okay - and then I could continue. But OMG, my face matched my bright coral dress!

THEN, on the local news, they had footage of the event, and as they're panning the large group gathering there's ME in the background, walking back to our table after having chatted with someone, and you can see me trip over the electric cord or something!!!!! It's hysterical! I bet it shows up on some video show, this klutzy woman in the background!

Plus my good friend, my maid of honor, kept looking at me later and shaking her head and laughing - she said she'll be my agent if I ever get to Hollywood, LOL - I guess I was more dramatic than I thought!

Oh well, at least the superintendent knows I care about my job!

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SECRETFUN 5/20/2012 2:47PM

  Even if you were not retiring, seeing your students doing such great things, and the generations moving forward, it is an awesome thing (and strikes me with awe myself when I look at my students). You have done good in this world, and seeing those faces and their actions brings it home.

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KEEPITUP05 5/15/2012 10:08PM

    Emotions do sneak up on us sometimes. :) Congrats on the weight loss and retiring after 25 years!!! emoticon

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MILLISMA 5/15/2012 9:31PM

    You emotions can just sneak up on you when you least expect it. Would love to have been there.

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TARABEAR 5/14/2012 12:29PM

    I agree with what everyone else said. Even happy times can be really emotional and catch you by surprise. I'm laughing at you tripping on camera, though.

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PLATINUM755 5/14/2012 7:49AM

    Time is an amazing healer. It's happening already, when the 'now' embarrassing parts will pass completely and you'll see just how wonderful that moment was...yes indeed, even the cord!lol!

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JLPNURSE 5/13/2012 7:37AM

    Even if you are totally ready to retire, I would expect you would still have strong emotions about something you poured your life into. I'm glad you had that moment to share with everyone.

But LOL at the trip b/c I am so TOTALLY like that! I am very clutzy and look goofy on video.

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MAMAJAHMAI 5/12/2012 9:14PM

    Awww...... I think you were sweet and totally genuine!! what a memorable exit :) Congrats!! Greater memories ahead emoticon emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 5/12/2012 4:16PM

    Oh, my. You're human. Very very human. And I imagine it was a lovely moment. And then another lovely moment (although maybe not so much for you!!)

Thanks for being such a wonderful Spark friend for me: a shout out as I celebrate three years on Spark!!

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DOLLIE6 5/12/2012 2:54PM

    What fun! Well maybe not for you but you tell a good story. I hope you enjoy your retirement and do all the things you have dreamed of doing. Congratulation on your weight loss. It sounds like you know what you want and go after it.
Thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon

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Getting smarter about my food choices

Monday, May 07, 2012

I took my Advanced Art class on a field trip on Friday. We went to the small hotel owned by friends of mine - earlier in the year, all my students helped paint murals for this hotel, and the owners hosted a lunch for one class. Since my Advanced class did most of the work, they were the natural choice.

My friend ordered nachos for starters, since she knows the kitchen is slow. I didn't eat any nachos. I ordered a plain chicken burger, with lettuce and tomato, and a side of grilled vegs. The kids ordered pizza, or the dorito chicken burger, or a quesadilla - most with a side of fries. And my teacher friend (who helped us by driving half the class) had the big burger, smothered in bacon and cheese, with a side of fries. And yes, the teacher is thinner than I am, because she's been surviving on one of those diet-bar-and-smoothie-diets for months - so she blew it out on a big loaded burger and fries.

I just was feeling very virtuous about my lunch choice - virtuous and smart. Happy with the taste, satisfied with the nutrition, and lower in cals than just about anything on the menu (short of a salad with no dressing).

My hotel-owner-friend insisted the kids get dessert to go - so they all ended up with small boxes of cheesecake. I also declined the cheesecake, despite the fact that one of the options was tiramisu cheesecake, and I told the kids that tiramisu was one of the best Italian desserts ever, so of course they all were asking for tiramisu (since there were only two slices of regular cheesecake left in the kitchen). Aaaah, the psychological manipulation of a teacher of 25 years, LOL!

So I'm just patting myself on the back for making a smarter choice!

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WATERMELLEN 5/10/2012 9:25PM

    VERY smart choices . . . and also excellent "teaching"!

Thanks for your comments on my outfit today: yours sounds very cute also! I was just putting together stuff I hadn't combined before . . . and I really liked it, felt good all day, will wear that again. I would love to be clever about photos but I'm not. And: would love a "Vaintainers" team that posted pictures/descriptions of outfits daily, like "fashionistas" but just candidly acknowledging that for most of us a big part of the motivation for weight loss/maintaining is getting to wear pretty clothes!! Superficial sure . . . that's me!!

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MAMAJAHMAI 5/8/2012 1:00PM

    You are definitely the master of your nutrition-that is real success!!

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PLATINUM755 5/7/2012 7:38PM

    emoticonYou have to feel good when it starts to feel like 2nd-nature. emoticon

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JLPNURSE 5/7/2012 3:20PM

    Yah Phebe!

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WERNERETTE 5/7/2012 1:33PM

    Good for you for being able to make great choices while everyone around you was indulging!! Love that you were happy and satisfied with what you had, rather than feeling bad or deprived. Win!!

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CHANARO 5/7/2012 1:04PM

    It's amazing how good choices start to FEEL better than poor ones. Over time, I've found myself saying "I don't *want* the other thing, I want this [healthier] choice, it just tastes better and makes me feel better." Not always, mind you, but more often than it used to! emoticon

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SDORTON2 5/7/2012 8:33AM

  Love those little victories!

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