Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Doing fairly well in the nutrition and exercise department. I've lost 10 lbs. since I "started over'. The scale has bumped up a little this week but that may be because I'm back into lifting weights. I'm not going to stress over it because my eating has been good. I'm enjoying spring break with our gorgeous, over 70 degree weather. Some of my pants are getting loose so I got a few things today to get me by until I get into the massive wardrobe I have waiting for me (3 more sizes in boxes). Hubby and I are taking the day to do something together tomorrow. It will be warm enough to get the motorcycle out. I have several things I'd like to get done around the house this week, but I'm giving myself permission for once to not worry if they don't get done. The end of the school year is always busy so I can use a break.
I love my job teaching kids with moderate disabilities. I've spent many hours of my own time this year researching ways to help kids with autism comprehend their reading. I was told these kids are given to me because of the good job I do with them and the knowledge I have. Last Mon. I was told my classroom won't exist next year and I will be forced to take a classroom with kids with behavior disorders or leave the school, principal, and staff that I love to take a resource job in another school. I've had numerous kids with behavior issues over the years and I'm being told daily how good I would be at the job. I just want to be sure I can handle the stress. I'm sad being forced to give up a class that I love. I am meeting with the union to make sure the whole seniority thing is being done correctly. I have more seniority than the other 3 teachers in my building, but I have different certifications so I'm supposedly in a different "pool". I'm also not certified to teach BD (the other 3 are), but you don't have to have the certification in my state. One of my parents found out about what is going on and she isn't happy. She doesn't feel her child can be served in a class of 18 kids instead of a class of 8. My concern is that the kids with autism won't get the support they need from other teachers. They don't know much about autism. I'm letting it ride for now and will weigh my options when I have all the information I need. It may come down to staying in a job that's my 2nd choice to be in a building I love or taking my 1st choice and starting over in a new building. I have asked that if I stay my associates go with me (they've agreed) and to keep 3 of my current students until they "graduate" from elementary school. The good news is that I'm not stress eating over it!