Friday, November 16, 2012
I am tired beyond tired. I actually had 6 hours of sleep with only one big interruption last night--and for me, that is amazing. This week has been almost all about work with a couple of exceptions (and one of those is related to work!)
The big exception was my hip injection on Tuesday. It was difficult and I am so glad that it was my pain doc who was doing it and not some other doctor. I understand why you are only allowed three of these now. The medication is strong and it contributes to breakdown that is occurring in the hip joint. He had a lot of trouble getting the needle to fit into that almost totally closed up space and that caused me a lot of grief for the rest of Tuesday and all of Wednesday. They also don't let me go to the pool for 24 hours after an injection to prevent infections. So-o-o-o, the time I most needed to exercise was actually forbidden to me. I could barely walk on Wednesday and couln't lift my leg for much. The good news is that after my class on Wednesday, I went tot he pool and worked it and worked it and worked it and got rid of all of that pain. I sure hope that I get a couple of weeks of relief from the pain in my hip after all of that
Class on Wednesday was interesting. We spent most of the class getting the groundwork for some major memorization work that I need to do in order to be successful on the final exam. I hate that this is asked of me, let alone anyone else. It is information on the names for each position of the mouth in making "all of the sounds in all languages." Each sound is placed on a chart with it connecting between a position of the mouth against a position of the throat, with a choice of each of those being a voiced or voiceless sound production. Arghhhhhh.... This is the kind of information that a speech therapist uses, but if I were even a full time ELL teacher, I would double check this on the chart before I presented it to someone because I had a concern of some sort. I do not appreciate being asked to memorize things I can easily look up. However, my opinion on this is moot--the department determined this is necessary, so I must do it. I will start today working on a piece of it at a time until I either know it or I run out of time and have to take the test.
She returned the last exam and I got 97 out of 100 on it. My final presentation is due the Wednesday after Thanksgiving which will be a bit of work on my part, but something I am good at. I have one more field experience due for this class and then, I will have my endorsement requirements completed. I did find out at class that if I take an additional class--which is conveniently being offered next semester, I can get my TESOL certificate. I didn't realize that this was a possibility and I hadn't thought about it, but I am now. This certificate is for "Teaching English to Students of Other Languages" and would work hand in hand with my K-12 reading certificate allowing me to teach young adults reading and allow me to teach adults in a college setting. I am thinking one more class may well be worth the extra opportunity that might be a good choice for me after I retire from public education. It never hurts to have a few choices in our pocket. It might help if I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up, tee hee.... I have an elementary certificate with a concentration in science, a reading specialist certificate, a certificate in early childhood, a young adult reading certificate and soon, an ELL endorsement. I seem to be a bit scattered, but the one thing that I do not have (nor do I want) is an administrator certificate. I know what I do not want to do!!
That brings me to last evening, our reading night. I don't want to be a downer, but the night got to me. I missed my weigh-in and my daughter's play for that event and it wasn't an equal trade off for me. I supervised the reading campfire room which was supposed to be a 20 minute station for children and families to read. That matches what I love and want. However, it didn't quite work that way and I left feeling as disillusioned and sad as I could feel. Actually, to be fair, 80% or more of the families did exactly that. However, other people were awful. Parents stayed on the phone and didn't read with their children in some cases. Other people didn't watch their children and I spent my time getting some of the more extreme behaviors to dissipate. Finally, I took--on our principal's request--a couple of baskets of books, and several of my nice Dr. Suess books for families to use (if they didn't bring books as requested) were stolen. I am so sad about that. I purchased all of those books to use with students--their children--and that is how they behaved. A couple of them were fairly hard to find books and well, it just saddened me. I watched a girl wrap four of them up in her jacket and I told her that they were not "give aways" and that she needed to return them, and I know for a fact that she snuck out with them anyway. I am totally sad that people can act that way. I at least hope that my books will be read as they were intended.
I didn't like the idea of the reading night--I didn't get home until well after 8 PM. I was exhausted, and sad, and hungry, and well... you have the idea. Now, it is my early morning duty day and I must let this go so I can get back to work to donate more of my time to an activity I don't like. Some days, retirement looks like a good option. I will get to teach and teach and teach today before I leave and go to the pool. I suspect that will bring me around.
I plan on a good weekend--enjoy yours as well!!