I feel like my whole day is spent thinking about food. What do I want for breakfast? What sounds good for snack? My lunch is so disappointing! Ugh, nothing sounds good for dinner! I actually like cooking, although I am not great at it, when I have time, I do enjoy it. During the week though, it is just one more thing to do! Lately our lives have been busy, a few late work nights for me, a few for Mike, a trip for Mike, etc, so I have not been cooking dinner as much as I usually do. Since it is just the two of us, we probably eat out more than usual just because it is easy. This week (aside from a late Monday at work) my plan was to cook every night. Thanks to the crockpot, spicy chicken tacos were a breeze yesterday AND I took the time to prep meatballs (for Mike's favorite spaghetti and meatballs) and I also got chicken ready for some homemade chicken noodle soup tomorrow. A little pat on my back as I feel productive.
It is too early for my best things, but here are a few things that I am looking forward to...
#1 - Last day of CogAT testing! This aspect of my job has taken away a lot of my instructional time this year, so I am glad it is almost over. Now I can teach for a few days before the craziness of PARCC begins and my teaching gets put on hold again.
#2 - Planning my trip to Fort Worth! My niece and childhood friend both live there so we are texting a lot trying to decide what to do while I am there. For sure manicures, pedicures and shopping!
#3 - After today the week will be more than halfway finished and that much closer to a much needed break!
Happy 1st Day of Spring!!! Whatever, it's still cold here in Illinois. I will celebrate Spring when it is consistently 60 degrees!
Confession time... I am terrible at following through with consequences in my classroom. As a specialist in my building who only sees my students for 1 hour a day I just find that it often takes too much of my instructional time to circle back and deal with it. Lazy? Yes, but I rarely have to turn into the "Mean Mrs. Strasser", until yesterday. My math classes have very little homework, except 60 minutes of IXL (math fluency) practice per week. 60 minutes PER WEEK. Is that really asking too much? Less than 10 minutes a day. I check every times every Monday and students who have not completed the hour get an extra homework packet, have to make up the time and owe me a homework pass. Last week a student had 14 minutes. COME ON!!! 14 minutes? I think they had more time than that in class to work. I was irritated by this so I gave him his homework packet and told him to get me a homework pass. He looked and could not find one, and then just proceeded to stand there and look at me, like I wasn't going to care. I kind of wanted to scream. Then I made him empty all of his folders and his binder in front of me before taking every one of his Terrific Tickets (classroom incentive for raffles and such). I took them all and then kindly told him that next time it would be a detention (well, maybe). BOOM, follow through felt a little good yesterday!!!
my 3 best things today...
#1 - Dinner is in the crockpot. Spicy chicken tacos will be ready and waiting!
#2 - PARCC testing after break so I have very little lesson planning to do to get ready.
#3 - Half of my sixth grade math kids are at a band concert today so the other half and I are going to work on a fun 3D shape geometry project that they will love!!!
My to-do list is getting longer. The biggest problem... so many places to call. UGH! I don't know why this feels like such a chore, but I dread making any type of appointment that requires a phone call. Right now on my list: obgyn, dentist, oil change, tire rotation, photographer for family photos. I actually got around to the task on Friday and the first call I made was to my obgyn. They are moving to a new system so they asked if I could call back sometime this week. I took that as a sign to just give up for the day on making calls. When did this become such a chore? Was it when I realized, as a teacher, that my "free" time to make calls during the day was way too limited and a waste of my time? Or when going online and getting things done without actually having to "talk" to someone became easier? Now I feel angry when I have to call instead of doing it online. How sad that this bothers me so much!!!
On the flip side, some good things are happening today...
#1 - My husband took the Kit Kats to work so they will not be around tonight to tempt me!!!
#2 - My to-do list at school is actually quite minimal.
#3 - 4 days until Spring Break and sunshine (I hope sunshine, please let there be sunshine).