Why do we push ourselves?
I have a self-imposed deadline to finish the mural. It's before graduation, which is Friday. We lost two weeks of work in early May, when it rained and rained here. So I'm trying to finish the mural single-handedly.
I spent five hours wo... Read more
My days tend to be full and crazy. This morning was no exception, with my seventh graders scurrying around helping with the mural or finishing their pictures and letters for the President; my eighth graders who came to school solely to work on ... Read more
What a day
We started to set up for the mural. It started to rain. We waited until the rain let up, then went to work.
At class change time, a girl came by with a kitten - just past the roly poly stage, beginning to thin out and grow more catlike. ... Read more
Mural & overall photos
A pic of me in my grubby overalls (which are two sizes too big), my Israeli archaeologist overalls which fit, and the mural - almost complete. Keep in mind that it was designed by an 8th grade student, and executed by 7th and 8th graders.
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Things I've learned
1. Don't sneeze with coleslaw in your mouth.
2. Put students who need a bath at the far end of the wall, downwind from everyone else.
3. Don't leave rulers out in the classroom, seventh graders think they're swords.
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Living the wild life in STT
When I went to leave for work this morning, I found a 5 inch centipede wiggling in front of the door - the nasty mean biting kind, but wiggling because we have slick tile and he was having trouble getting all those legs to work on the sliding su... Read more
Field trip fitness
I had a field trip with three students today. Each year, one of the companies that is here getting tax benefits has a big art show for the elementary and middle schools. They provide art supplies ahead of time, and students create artwork that... Read more
Fitting in fitness wherever and whenever
I've always multi-tasked. Some activities are so mindless, it's easy to do something else. Wait in line and do calf raises and pulsing squats and stretches. Blow dry my hair and brush my teeth. Watch TV and lift weights or walk in place. Wa... Read more
It's hot. I've been outside working on the mosaic mural for weeks, I come in hot and sweaty. Not to mention our exercise class after school. And a summer of travel. And my hair starts to look draggy and old after a while.
So - I have a ... Read more
Some days I just cannot eat another healthful meal
Most days, I aim for each meal to consist of whole grains, lean protein, and fruit or vegs or both. Most days, I have great percentages of carb, protein, fat. And most days, I'm close to within calorie range.
But then there are days when ... Read more
Feminism vs. Flattery
I was driving home yesterday, after a long day. I had a full day of school, several errands, a few things to do at my after-school art program; I was racing home to make a dessert for dinner that night at a friend's house, for her husband's bir... Read more
Why is it that everyone acts up on one day?
Why do all my students decide to be obnoxious all on the same day? Students who normally are fine are rude, or refuse to work, or bother others - all on the same day. Students who normally work tell me the work is boring - uh, yesterday I coul... Read more
Yesterday's race was a washout
Every year, DH and I participate in the local "Race Against Gun Violence." It's sponsored by a husband (judge/attorney my DH knows) and wife (works in a store where I shop) whose son was killed in a random shooting. We walk in the race to supp... Read more
Teachers vs. Students, 6 - 0
Exercise class 5/14/09: We warmed up. We stretched. We did laps. We speed walked (me) or jogged (others), we skipped, we side-stepped, we went backwards. We joined the student volleyball team and did relays - up to the net, jump up, squat a... Read more
What a change a year (or two) makes
Yesterday, our principal announced a faculty meeting for today. Immediately after school.
I didn't think, oh geez, I had all kinds of things planned. I didn't think, ugh, now I can't go home and relax.
My first thought was, uh oh, I'... Read more