11.27.2012

Seriously sad

What a meeting! We had our first meeting of the last 3 months as a grade level without district administration being present. That was a ridiculous mess as it was. And today, when we were able to be adults and have a meeting, we still have one who can't and won't join in as a team member. It's sad. I want to be mad, but I feel sad that the teacher can not move on from something that happened 5 years ago. It's really sad to me. I understand that it's hard to get over things, but to hold on to something for 5 years that did not physically harm you, your family or have a major impact on your life; why would you do that to yourself? I have a lot that has pissed me off, and if we talk about it, I get upset, but I don't let it control my day to day functioning. But, there are 16 more days of school till vacation. The 20th can't come soon enough! We have to work on the 21st, which is the latest I have ever worked into December. Yuck! But, we won't go back til the 13th of January, so that makes it sound delightful! Happy Tuesday!

11.25.2012

New products and a sale!!!!

Oops!  I forgot to put this at the end of my last post.  I have posted 2 new items in my TpT store!  I did get some things done this week!  :) 

I have put in my first attempt at Literacy Centers/Activities.  There are 4 centers - scrambled sentences, ABC order, nouns/verbs/adjectives sort and letter/word/sentence sort.  Print, laminate, cut and use!  So easy!  Click on the cute bear to go check it out...and it's on sale! 


Also, I have uploaded the math journals for enVision Math Topic 2.  We go out of order, so others are way ahead!  I have journals now for Topics 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 9.  All of them are on sale as well!  Stock up for next year!  My kids really enjoy math journals and it's a good snapshot to see who gets it and who needs more help.  Click on the bear paws below to check it out! 
 

 Now I am off to finish planning for the week.  It's a short week, as we have Friday off for a teacher work day.  It was a furlough day, but some magic money (that we won't see til June) have saved us, so we have to work instead of having the day off!  Oh well...I can get a lot done that day with no kids there!  Happy Sunday!

A week off is not enough!

Whew!  That was a fast week of vacation!  I enjoyed it, but I am still wanting more!  The thought of having to go back to work tomorrow is making me feel icky!  With all the stuff that has been going on, I am not excited to go back and deal with adults.  I love my kids, so that makes it OK.  But the adults?  I could do without them.  They are just making my life icky. 

We spent last weekend in Arizona.  It was a quick trip, that's for sure.  Friday after school we drove to Las Vegas for the night.  We didn't get there til late, but we still made time for drinks and some gambling.  We gave them our money, but it was still fun!  On Saturday, we got up and drove to Flagstaff, AZ.  I wanted to show my daughter where I went to school.  We went to the bookstore, bought some goodies and then walked around a bit.  I wanted to do more walking, but hubby was hungry, so we had to get him some food.  We then went to the football game.  We lost, but it was still fun to go to.  We were trying to go to the volleyball game, but the traffic was a nightmare, so we ended up going to Walmart!  On Sunday, we went to Bearizona in Williams.  That was the real reason we went to AZ.  And it was so worth it!  This place is awesome.  You get to drive through the park and see animals - sheep, bison, wolves and bears!  It was great.  I can't wait to go back. 






We then drove down thru Prescott on our way to Phoenix.  On Monday morning, we went to the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix.  It was nice and warm, which was bad since I had packed only for Flagstaff and 50 degrees max!  But we lived!  My daughter and I spent a long time in the butterfly pavilion there.  Loved it! 




We came home Monday night as hubby had to work on Tuesday and my daughter was having a feast at school.  I went and helped out in her room, which was nice.  The rest of the week has gone by at Mach 4!  On Wednesday, we went to court with hubby and then walked around downtown for a bit to see the Mission Inn all Christmased out and then we found a Festival of Trees that  had free activities for the kids!  Once we were done there, we had to come home.  Hubby had work and I went out with some friends from work.  Thursday was Thanksgiving and Friday we went shopping.  We actually went at about 10am and still go what we wanted.  We came home, took a nap and then went to Bass Pro Shop before picking up our neighbor at the airport.  So that killed the whole week and left Saturday to get a million things done.  I cleaned house like I hadn't cleaned before.  I wanted to get my Christmas stuff up, but I ran out of time.  Today is getting school stuff done, then getting Christmas up and then having Thanksgiving Part 2 with my hubby's parents.  Yikes! 

With that thought, I should be getting stuff done!  Happy Sunday! 



11.12.2012

Enjoying the day off and a freebie!

This has been a long stretch from Labor Day until now.  We don't get any days off for Fall Break.  We go from Labor Day to Veteran's Day with just the weekends off.  It's a long haul, that's for sure!  But I made it and we have 4 days this week and then a whole week off!  It'll be glorious! 

This morning, I enjoyed being lazy (who am I kidding...still in my pj's!).  I woke up, watched GMA and got my Josh fix, then got up and came on the computer.  I typed up some math journals (they are available at TPT) and them made some for this week to use with my kids.  We will be doing Thanksgiving the whole week (I am doing this instead of my regular Language Arts program) and a little bit on turkeys for fun.  I typed up a little turkey math problem solving to share with you all!  It's 5 pages of simple math, but it would be a good indicator of who's got it and who doesn't!  Click Tom the Turkey below to go get your own copy of Turkey Time! 

 
 
I've got oodles of stuff to do today to get ready for the week.  Being in the funk that I am in, doing lesson plans and grading papers and such isn't high on my list of priorities.  The puzzle I started the other night was, but it's not done, so now I am having choose between puzzle, laundry and lesson plans.  Obviously the computer won out on this one!  :)  I am hoping this funk goes away by January and that we can get to the business of teaching and collaborating again sooner rather than later.  Otherwise I might just go crazy!  Not fun!
 
Laundry is calling as well as my daughter!  Happy Monday! 

11.11.2012

Funk

This year has been strange.  And I don't like it.  I think I have started several posts this year with these same words.  But it's true.  It's been a strange year so far.  And it has me in a funk.  Even my hubby has commented on me being in a funk.  Not good.  But, when the grade level team isn't able to work together, you don't get much done.  And we are still not working together and still working with the district administrator to get us all "working together for the common good".  Yeah, OK.  So not going to happen.

And before anyone gets all holier than thou and says that we need to try harder, please note that the whole reason we are doing this, for one person, does not take any blame or guilt for their actions.  It'a all everyone else's fault.  When you walk down the hallway and purposely look away from someone to avoid having to say good morning, what do you think will happen?  We will talk to you all the time and invite you to coffee? (FYI - we don't ever go to coffee.)  What do you think will happen when you don't participate in collaboration or want e-mails of important information?  We will assume that you want to be part of the team and join in with the rest of us?  Oh, I'm sorry.  I missed mind reader training that day in college.  I must have slept in that day (I never did that, I was a nerd.).  It's very hard to listen to someone talk about how badly they have been treated when they have brought it on themselves.  Now, are we/I completely innocent?  No.  I could have said Hello more often.  I could have approached and asked how things are going.  I could have done more.  But, to protect myself from the constant barage of e-mails telling me how unprofessional and callous I am, I avoided making contact.  You can only be told so many times that you are no good before you stop trying and work with those who value you as a person and a professional. 

So now, going into week 14 of our school year, we have yet to work as a grade level.  We have yet to sit down and look at Common Core and see what the standards are.  We have yet to sit down, have a good conversation about our kids or what we are teaching or what we need help on.  Instead, we are still meeting with district admins and union reps to solve a problem that I don't think can be solved.  One person does not want to work with another and, even though claims they want to work as a grade level team, won't go to meetings for fear the other person would be there.  To me, that isn't working as a team.  It's wanting to work with others as long as the other person isn't there.  And it's made the team divided.  But it's really 4 against 1.  And it isn't fair to the 1, but they have done it to themselves.  4 of us can work well together and we get along and we share.  1 of us doesn't want to share, won't talk or make eye contact.  And you are the victim in all this? 

I don't get it.  And it has made me sad.  And mad.  And in a funk that I can't get out of.  And it sucks. 

11.04.2012

Another week in the books

Each Sunday, I have big, grand hopes of blogging during the week.  And then Sunday rolls around again and I didn't do anything.  Oh well.  But the good news is that soccer is almost over for my daughter and I will get my 2 days a week back!  I can't wait!  We have practice once this week, a game on Saturday and then we are done!  I have enjoyed watching her play soccer, but 3 hours a week has been killing me! 

We have 9 days of school before we are off for Thanksgiving.  9 DAYS!  I am looking forward to being off 3 days next weekend, but very much looking forward to having a whole week off.  It's been a long time since Labor Day.  I did take a 1/2 day, but I had an IEP for my daughter, so it didn't count as a relaxing time off!  I am looking forward to sleeping in a bit, getting some things done for me (wow!) and getting ready to tackle the last 4 days of school.  Then we have 4 weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas break.  Strange how the calendar falls this year! 

In 2 days, we will know our fate as teachers.  If Prop 30 passes here in CA, then we get our furlough days back and all will be well with the world (I don't see how it will solve all the problems, but that is their promise to us).  If it doesn't pass, then we could have like 20 furlough days next year.  20 DAYS!  Insane!  I don't like the sound of that.  My kiddos need all the days at school they can have.  Sometimes I think we need more than 180, but then come May, I am exhausted and ready for a break!  I guess come Wednesday we will know more. 

And, to end the post, it will be a photodump.  I have tons of pics on my camera and actually have it at home!  So, without further ado, here is what we have been up to for the last month or so.  Enjoy!

Weather Vanes - I took this idea from my daughter's teacher.  The kids loved it and we had fun taking them outside.  It was a breezy day, so it worked out well.  Come playdough from Dollar Tree, straws and streamers and paper plates.  Done! 


Our water cycles.  The kids had fun making them. 


Red Ribbon Week - We had the guitar player from Neon Trees come and talk to the kids.  It helps that one of our teachers goes to church with the moms of the guitar player and the lead singer.  It was neat and the kids thought it was cool to have someone famous at school. 

Here is my door decoration for the Red Ribbon Week.  It said "Look Whoo's Drug Free".  We didn't win, but it's adorable anyway.  I kept it, but I don't know where it is.  Hmmm...

We are learning about maps.  We were making our own version of globes.  I normally do this with markers and water, but my markers were all dried up (Crayola, I'm not happy!!!) so we went with plan B and water colors.  I will never use markers again! 

With seasons, we did this that I saw on Pinterest.  The Pinterest ones were cuter, but we did it. 

Measuring our pumpkin on Halloween Day.

Pumpkin seed tasting. 

Pumpkin life cycle. 

Marshmallow graphing - I thought I had got the shapes, but they were just ghosts. 

Painting the background for our scarecrows. 

Finished background. 

Finished work! 

 

It has been a long few months.  Things are still not great at work.  The stress is going to kill me.  But, I go to work every day, try to do my best and hope that my kids are learning.  I just did report cards today and have a lot of work to do with my kids.  12 weeks are gone and we can't get them back.  I have 24 more weeks to go to get my kids ready for the next step.  We can do it, but it's gonna be a lot of work.  I just hope the next 2 terms are less stressful than this first one.  No fun at all.  :(
 
Well, I need to plan for this week.  Time to start new and fresh with the new trimester!  Happy Sunday!