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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!
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    So tough to be dealing with stress at work: great that you're managing not to stress eat over it!

    Thanks for your comment on my doughnut blog . . . and all best to you in keeping on your weight loss path!
    2163 days ago
    It's just fantastic that you are able to lose weight while dealing with all the stress! I LOVE my job as a resource teacher with MANY BD kids, but I've gained most of the weight back this school year. :-(
    2165 days ago
  • RR1_RR1
    I wondered what was going on w the job. I wouldn't worry- Im sure they will do fine and adjust and your calling is somewhere else. Thats a really noble profession, must feel really gratifying helping kids and being appreciated for it...sounds like your really good at what you do! Glad your not stress eating over it too:)
    2165 days ago
    Terrific news on your weight loss, you've worked hard, great job! Sorry to hear about the job mishaps but it sounds like you are crossing your i's and dotting your t's. Congrats to not stress eating! emoticon
    2166 days ago
    It is such an accomplishment to keep your healthy habits going while also managing stress on the job. I sympathize with both. Congratulations!!!

    With your experience and qualifications, I'm sure any child will be well served by your passionate and dedicated service.

    Lesliean> emoticon

    2166 days ago
  • CANNIE50
    I have to admit I am a bit jealous of your weather. I have been whining about snow and sleet and hail and....(oh, see, there I go, whining about it). Nice job on not stress-eating, and on strength trainig. You sound like a wonderful teacher and a blessing to those kids and their parents. Our youngest is a "high needs" kid - not autistic but REALLY struggles with attention. His teacher adores him and that has made a big difference in how he views school. I hope that the situation that ultimately comes about is one that lets you, and the children, thrive.
    2166 days ago
    Congratulations on your weight loss and healthy eating. I hope everything gets sorted out for you at work. emoticon
    2166 days ago
    Good job on the restart. Sometimes I think the restart is the worst because it takes that much more effort to make it stick.

    I hope your job situation works for your best outcome, whatever that may be. Personally, I think you would be great with the BD students and possibly be able to prevent them from reaching the stage that mine are at.
    2166 days ago
    Great news on losing the 10lbs Kim!! emoticon
    Take this week and enjoy yourself Kim. I know you're a great teacher, something good will come out of all this stress you got to go through at the moment. HAve faith. emoticon emoticon
    2166 days ago
    Yay on the weight loss! Sorry you are in this situation at work. I'm going through a similar situation myself - sounds like it's Fellows for me next year. :( I hope the union can help you. And yay for Harley time!!!
    2166 days ago
    We've been talking about getting the motorcycle out this week too. Good luck with work. I remember feeling insecure every spring when I was teaching, but I was a Spanish teacher, so always one of the first to get cut. Congratulations on all your progress!
    2166 days ago
  • LE7_1234
    Congratulations on your progress!
    2167 days ago
    Congratulations on the 10lbs lost. Sounds like a difficult situation. Glad that you're taking a step back and not stressing about it. emoticon
    2167 days ago
  • MOMKAT4310
    What a miserable situation. I have 5 grades K to 3 currently, ( 2 AU, 2 medically fragile) & just found out today from one of our teachers that a member of her family is moving to our district and bring a 7 year old child with AU, self contained with escalating behaviors. Candidate for my room. I have been told I can be forced to serve 8 with one aide, even though I have medically fragile and profoundly impaired students that cannot get out of anyone's way should behavior escalate. Also, within the district there are 2 age 4/5 who are definite candidates for my room, borderline profound. I have 2 half time aides who neither one want to be there. Hope I get my super terrific aide back next year. I feel like together we could do the class. This year has been a disaster. I am glad you are not stressing. I have had 2 miserable weeks, not due to school, but do to a fall equaling torn shoulder muscles. Working on regaining range of motion, then strength. I will keep you in mind as the spring progresses. Best wishes.
    2167 days ago
    Are you able to provide inservices on Autism to the other teachers? Or is this something another specialist would do?

    Way to go on not stress eating :)
    2167 days ago
    Great job on your results since the restart!

    Since job stress is one of the hardest things to deal with, I'm glad to hear that you're not stress eating. I hope that you are able to end up somewhere that makes you happy.
    2167 days ago
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