Thursday, June 25, 2009
So I took a risk and tried something new today.... I did a spinning class at my gym!!!!!! I had a wonderful day setting up my very first classroom for summer school, so I thought I would give it a try. It was amazing!!!! It was intense and very difficult, but I did it the whole time and turned the resistance up when she said to turn it up. I def gave it my all. The instructor was very nice and before the class she came over and explained to me the different "tracks" they do. The other people in the class were great too. They helped me adjust my bike and gave me tips. It was a really great experience. I'm always kind of afraid to try stuff like that by myself, but I'm glad I did. I think I will go on Sunday morning to that instructor's other class. Woo hoo. I feel great! Sore and I know I will def be sore tomorrow, but it is a good sore. Now I know I can actually do it.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Today was a long day. I found out last minute that I had a meeting to go to today, so I lost a day that I could've been planning for summer school:( I had to get up at 5:30 to drive all the way to this school. The meeting was about 6-7 hours. It was to be a lead teacher for this algebra program that supplements the county curriculum. So I am basically the go-to person in my school for all of the teachers who will be using this program. I didn't know that was what it is going to be. The actual training for everyone using the program is tomorrow through Fri, but I can only go to tomorrow's meeting because Thursday and Friday I have meetings for summer school in a different county. How can I be the lead teacher and conduct monthly meetings with the teachers about this program if I have never taught high school math before and I can only attend 1 out of the 3 day training?? lol. My department chair said that there's another teacher who has taken the training who is going to share the lead position with me. That's great!! I don't feel qualified as a first year teacher to tell other teachers how to use this program, you know? Today in the lead training there was a lot of collaboration about how to integrate this program with the county curriculum... but I don't know the county curriculum standards yet. I felt very inexperienced. But oh well. It was interesting. When I got home I was EXHAUSTED! I actually took a nap in the middle of the day. I haven't done that for probably a year or 2. When I got up I had to go to another meeting with the in-home instructor team that works with a boy with autism. When I got back home from that I really wanted to just go to bed, but my sister wanted me to visit her at the gym. I fought the temptation to just leave the gym after I visited with her and did the Elliptical for a little over a half hour. I guess since I didn't get any summer school planning done I should atleast work out. So tomorrow is the first day of the 3-day training for this program at the same school. Thursday I have a summer school meeting and then I can set up my classroom. Friday I have another summer school meeting and I guess I can work on my classroom more if I want to. Saturday I'm going deep sea fishing on this boat my parents rented. My dad's cousins are in town so we are all going on this crazy fishing trip. That should be fun. But that just leaves Sunday to plan because monday I start teaching!!!! Right now I only have 2 out of 29 days planned!!! My goal was to have atleast 4 days because that would get me through the first week. I'll really have to buckle down sunday. Hopefully Thursday and Friday I can use a copy machine and make a million copies of my handouts and all of that. If not I'll have to go to office depot or something. Too much to do and not enough time. I'm a little stressed. I didn't think it would take this long to plan these lessons, but I guess that's to be expected since summer school is 5 hour days. However, a positive from today was that in the training I got this huge tub of materials. There's the enormous teacher guide binder and a wall coordinate plane... but there's also a class set of algebra tiles (that I have to pull apart from perforated cardstock... fun. b/c i have time for that lol), overhead algebra tiles, integer chips (class set and overhead set), tape measures, protractors, dice, etc. I am pumped! I had ZERO materials for high school math, except for my posters for my walls. Now I have some manipulatives. Very exciting. We'll see how things go. I still don't have a school email address or access to the summer school county's system that has resources, lesson plans, worksheets, etc. I also don't know how many kids i have in my class or if I'll have aides. I could have 25 kids! The first week will be very interesting. But atleast it's money and good experience. Wish me luck The next couple days are going to be very difficult.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
So I'm re-evaluating things. I've been stuck on 160.2 for 5 days straight. Since I came back from my vacation my weight went up a little bit, but I thought that was from the trip. However, it's been that way for almost a week so it's time to kick my program in the pants again. In April I was between 152.2 and 155.8. In March I was between 150-157. I hit an all time low with 149 once in March and got a taste of 140-ville. It's time to buckle down again. I know starting in Feb I had pretty much stopped exercising because of the accident, but now I'm going to the gym and being active. However, I am not measuring my food like I was and am allowing myself more treats here and there (snowballs, gelati, etc.) So today is a new day. I wanted to get up early this morning and try exercising in the morning. However, my gym didn't open until 7 and I have somewhere to be at 9. I tried getting up around 530 and going for a walk outside, but I didn't know it was so dark out. I'm really not trying to walk alone in the dark. I was kind of awake at 7, but it's still really dark, even now at 8:38. I think it's raining or going to rain because it's almost pitch black in my apartment. I eventually fell back asleep. I babysat last night and didn't get home until 1, so I don't blame my body that much. Unfortunately my gym is going to close at 7 tonight, so hopefully I can go up to my bf's grandfather's and get my laundry done after I work this afternoon and get back to the gym. I'm really trying to meet my goals that I set for June. I know some just aren't going to happen, but I'm really trying. We'll see how things go. I really want to blast that weight off by the end of the summer.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
So I decided to treat myself and I reactivated my tanning membership. I LOVE tanning. It always makes me feel really pretty and it's nice to be able to just lay there and relax for 10 mins. The membership I get is only $28.88 a month and all of the $5 per months that I was being charged to have my account on hold goes into my account for upgrade beds, so I thought it was a waste to just cancel the account all together. I usually tan during the summer and then stop when school starts up again. I went today and it was lovely. However, I did go to the gym afterwards so I wasn't completely worthless. lol. I live farther away from my tanning place now, so with traffic leaving my apartment, tanning, and then going to the gym and doing an hour of weights and 20 mins of cardio took me a total of 3 hours. I think if I go later, though, I won't really hit traffic. I'll have to keep testing it out. So it was a nice little treat. Now I need to buckle down and plan 7 out of 8 units for summer school. I got the first unit absolutely complete with all of my handouts, activities, lesson plans, etc.... but that only covers me for the first day of summer school:( 28 more days to plan for. It starts on the 29th, but I have meetings starting on the 24th so it's crunch time. Maybe I can enter that into my fitness tracker under "crunches". HAHAHA
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