Sunday, March 24, 2013
I need to simplify my life. Although I am still working on my New Year's Resolutions, I am going to work a simplified version of my resolutions geared toward this practicum.
The major thing I will work on this week is improving my health.
I did get off track with my yoga around observation and am starting to get back into the routine. My back pain keeps me on track with that. I am not going for walks lately as I am wimpy in cold weather. I have taken my exercise videos and don't think that is going to work where I am staying because of noise complaints. I will start going for walks though. There is a great walking track which will be perfect to stop by and use on my way home. I am eating well. Aside from my coffee and a big crunch earlier this week, I have eaten nothing but good healthy food. I do need to start counting my calories though. I don't want to not eat enough and lower my already low metabolism. I think my journalling plan is either once a week or only on days I do not teach. I really need to work on water consumption. I really do not like drinking it. Maybe I can get some crystal lite to get me back on track with that. I have got to be hydrated.
As far as finances, I really can't control that. I just will track and not spend carelessly.
For Organization. I have finally organized my room so that I know where everything is. I need to go to access NS to return my NS license plate. I hope they don't need any docs I do not have, cause I can use the money. My goal is to be 3 days ahead in lesson plans and have all my weekly reflections sent Friday night. Those are a bit lofty but I will try nonetheless.
My current PD goals are to read curriculum docs or teachers guides before bed. I did bring a new teachers book and can read that when I feel confident about my lessons for that week.
I think that is enough to aim for during this practicum. Now off to do some yoga.
You know you're 70's old school when you never thought there was anything strange about Bert and Ernie living together ... until maybe the mid-eighties.
The mid-eighties. What a time of homophobia with the AIDS scares. It was a horrible time. I think of some of my homosexual friends that were scared to come out and were hiding a big part of themselves. I grew up in a strict church and thought I knew all the answers. There was nothing but black and white, good and evil. One of my best friends came out to me a couple of years after high school and I was shocked. Now really I should have seen it a mile away. A collection of Sweet Valley High books that we would rearrange once he left his room and he was on to us each time. Also even though we were just sitting on the bed, we would have to make it before we left. He taught me how to make beds with hospital corners. Of course there were other indicators as well. I remember when he came out, he was so afraid that I would no longer be his friend. I was just astounded. He was one of my best friends and I thought we would always grow old together. As years went on, we did go our separate ways but still remain in contact. He is a wonderful person and he was a big contribution to my happy years in high school. I think of others as well who are great people and know that I was just ignorant back then. I don't remember doing anything bad in particular, but I know what I believed back then and it only takes some ignorant words to make a huge impact on someone in a very negative way. The late 80's were really like the modern day witch hunt. Just evil times. It shows me that anyone can get caught in a bunch of hate and the importance of education for diversity and acceptance.