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Control What You Can

Thursday, October 22, 2020

I'm finishing up Week 8 of teaching 8th grade during COVID-19. I'm in Wisconsin, which might set off some red flags for people who follow hot spots. In general, I'm a laid back teacher who is really flexible with plans changing, etc., but this year has pushed me to the limits. Sometimes I need to focus on what I can control.

First, what I can't control:
* students needing to quarantine for two weeks and learn virtually
* sudden decisions being made about my job and life by those in authority

What I CAN control:
* eating healthy
* getting fitness minutes in
* showing my students I care about them as people
* drinking enough water
* spending time with my family and enjoying every second
* showing love to my family
* being kind to my co-workers
* being the teacher my students need
* taking time for a break when I am getting stressed

On a good note, my weight is back down to 149. (School stress added a few pounds, but they are gone again.) I am also on a mission to hit 1000 fitness minutes this month. It's going to be a tall order, but my German Shepherd will appreciate all the extra walks.

Take care of yourselves, Sparkers!
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    I just got the news that my classes might be canceled and I might have to teach 4th grade for 2 weeks because that teacher got quarantined and it is almost impossible to find subs. I'm praying for a sub to miraculously be available. I haven't taught in a regular classroom for almost 30 years. I've been teaching remedial reading and math. The kids in that class are great and I love all of them, but I feel so inadequate to provide them with what they need and deserve.
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    I agree that we should focus on what we can control instead of wasting precious energy on what we can't. Good luck on achieving your fitness minutes and congrats on your weight loss.
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    Wishing you good luck. You have your hands full. We live in WI and it feels like a hot mess.
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