11.17.2013

Sundays are great when Monday's a work day!

Ahhhhh...a relaxing Sunday, sitting on the couch watching Jimmie Johnson win another NASCAR championship.  What could be better?  Not having kids on Monday!!!!!  Yep, we only have to teach one Monday in November!  Last Monday was a holiday, tomorrow is a teacher work day and next week we are off for Thanksgiving!  November is our barely month for teaching.  I feel like we are barely in school.  I can handle that! 

Tomorrow is our annual teacher work day.  Some teachers use it for conferences, but I like to use it for cleaning my room, planning and prepping for the next month.  I have some piles gathered that need to be put away.  I also have a gazillion things I want to do in my room, but haven't made the time to do it.  I feel like I just fly by the seat of my pants.  Tomorrow will hopefully put a dent in all that!  I did most of my conferences last week.  I stayed after school and did 18 of my 26 conferences, 3 more are this week, 1 said they can't ever come and the rest were given a friendly reminder that I will be at school tomorrow to do conferences on a walk in basis.  I don't always love conference time, but this year it has been an eye opening experience.  I am seeing why the kids are the way they are.  Some are surprising while others aren't that big a surprise.  But, just a few more and I am done! 

I am planning on focusing almost the whole week on Thanksgiving.  I haven't had any time to do it, so we are going all out this week.  Mind you, we don't do a big feat or anything, so it's going to be a lot of learning, comparing and doing some crafty projects.  I hope the kids aren't too crazy (with the full moon, our crazy temperature shifts and vacation coming) and have a little fun while we are busy learning.  I'm sure I'm asking for a lot! 

I'm loving my new schedule of doing math in the morning.  I feel like we are doing more with math, but I'm also not rushing through language arts like I was.  I feel like I have more time to do it all, even if I really don't.  I just hope no one tells me I don't really have more time...that would break my heart!  Plus, our math topic right now is on geometry, so it's a little easier for the kids to understand than the addition or subtraction we have been working on.  We still do it, just not as hard core as the math lessons entail. 

Well, it's time for me to go watch the hockey game and cut out some shapes.  Little shape people are in our future on Tuesday and I want to be able to have one thing prepared for the week.  I'm also hoping to make some time tonight to watch another episode or 2 of Orange is the New Black.  Interesting show.  If you have Netflix, check it out.  It's not for the faint of heart (not violent, just language and adults scenes), but it got me hooked yesterday!  We watched 5 episodes last night...thanks to the grandparents for taking our daughter this weekend! 

Here's to a great, short week before Thanksgiving!  And we already have plans for the weekend!  Go us!  SO spontaneous of us to plan the weekend 10 days before!  We are going to see Garfunkel and Oates in LA.  They are a hilarious comedy duo who have both played in The Big Bang Theory!  Google them...they are funny, but again, not for the faint of heart!  Happy Sunday!   

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