Wednesday, July 01, 2009
So Iíve almost survived my first week of teaching summer schoolÖ It has been a doozy. Iíve never been so busy in my life. Today I was up at 5, out the door at 5:50, at my school at 6:30, kids were there at 7:45, kids left at 12:45, staff meeting at 1, I was finished grading my papers and entering them into the online system so I could leave my school and eat some lunch at 4:30, finally done planning for tomorrow at 9:30, shower and ready for bed at 10. I have literally been working for 15 hours straight (minus the time I was sitting in traffic driving too and from my school). I am exhausted, but my kids are great. I have a wonderful class and things are going well. Iím very excited about my lessons and the kids are responding well. This has been a really great experience and is preparing me well for my teaching assignment next year.
Here is how I have assessed myself in terms of my June goals.
~FITNESS GOALS- My goal was to go to the gym an average of 4 times per week (so I said a total of 17 times for the month of June). I went to the gym 14 times, so that is an 82% or a B for that goal. I think for this being the first month of me being a member at the gym and starting teaching 14 times wasnít too bad. I made a conscious effort to schedule it in and even went to that spinning class (which Iím hoping to do again tomorrow if I donít collapse before then lol). I feel like the gym is a part of me and Iím happy/comfortable there. I think I have made a lot of progress with this goalÖ especially because starting the end of Jan I kind of stopped working out.
~APARTMENT GOALS- My goal was to be completely unpacked by the end of June. I am not completely unpacked, but my dining room table is put together and pretty much most everything is put away. There are 2-3 boxes still in my living room/dining room area that have large pots and pans and other misc stuff. I am hoping to be able to afford one of those wire racks that I can put in my kitchen so I can use that as a panty/storage place for my large kitchen items. I have A LOT of kitchen stuff. People just give me George Formans, rice makers, blenders, bamboo steamers, etc. I have so many Pampered Chef items and other misc stuff that just has nowhere to go in a 1 bedroom apartment. So I would give myself a B in this category. It is not completely finished, but itís not too bad.
~NUTRITION GOALS- My goal was to stop drinking soda again and switch back to water. I was also going to try to make healthier decisions and get back on track with my food intake. I feel that I have accomplished this. I am drinking so much water and am carrying around a large water bottle with me. I havenít drank soda (even at restaurants) and am making better food decisions. If Iím with people that are doing fast food then I will get a snack wrapper or some other choice that isnít as bad as other menu items. I got icecream with my sister once this month, but overall I feel I am doing pretty well. I would give myself a B+. It could always be better and I am not as strict as I was when I first started, but I think compared to last month I am doing very well. My snacks for when Iím sitting in traffic consist of apple cubes, grapes, cheese cubes, peaches, a banana, 100 calorie packs, etc. Other than an occasional slice of pizza or icecream with a friend I have been doing pretty well.
~LIFE GOALS- My life goals were to have my first week of summer school planned and be as prepared as possible. I wanted to have an idea of how I was going to arrange my room and have my materials prepared. I feel that I did accomplish this and have earned an A in this category. I finished my last lesson for this week today and I also created a 2 day emergency substitute lesson plan that I was not aware that I had to have this week. Everyday I have gotten all of my grading done and entered into the system so that the parents can see the assignments and their childís grade online that day. I read the IEPís of the 4 that receive services and have started communication with parents. Everyday of teaching, so far, has gone extremely smoothly because of my intense preparation. I have all of my materials and handouts for that day in a separate file folder so in the morning I just grab the folder and lay out my materials. I have copied and hole punched everything ahead of time so our class time is spent as efficiently as possible. Every time an administrator has come in to observe my class my students have been quiet and working diligently on their assignmentsÖ they are wonderful kids, but I also think that their behavior is somewhat attributed to my planning. There is never awkward down time where I am stumbling around trying to remember what I wanted to do next. Although the materials Iíve been making have been EXTREMELY time consuming, I think the kids have really enjoyed them and the novelty/silliness has made 5 hours of high school math somewhat ďfunĒ.
So overall I feel this month went well. Next month I have the same goal of going to the gym 17 timesÖ but with teaching summer school Mon-Fri I have high doubts that Iíll be able to go that frequently. It has been taking me around 5 hours to plan a dayís lesson and create all of the materialsÖ so as soon as I finish teaching I work until I go to sleep. I will keep it as a goal, but will not be disappointed if the realities of this job interfere with that goal slightly. I want to continue to make healthy choices in terms of my food intake and continue to resist the temptation to do fast food. Especially with me running around and working so much, it is difficult to not get fast food. I want to continue to plan ahead and pack myself water and healthy snacks. For the month of July I am going to put my apartment goal on hold because honestly unpacking isnít really the most important thing in my life right now. Iíd rather focus on teaching and trying to get in exercising. My life goal is to continue to stay ahead with my planning and also not slack off with this online professional development course I am taking. It is getting REALLY difficult to read the articles and critique all of these websites with everything else that I am doing, but I need to make sure that I get my work done for that as well.