Posted on March 12, 2010 by thereadingzone
Three days of conferences. Printing progress reports. Three hectic days of half-days, full of assemblies and student activity fairs.
In other words, pure chaos.
Is it any wonder that I came home tonight and felt like I had been run over by a truck? Since walking in my front door, I’ve only done the following:
2. Cleaned the counters and dusted the mantel
3. Walked the dog
4. Ordered pizza
5. Picked up said pizza
6. Sat on my couch and watched tv.
7. Almost fell asleep on the couch. Ten times.
Conferences are absolutely exhausting. While I love seeing my students’ parents, I hate the feeling of complete and utter exhaustion that overcomes me over the course of the week. Maybe we need to do one day of conferences in a week, and spread out the days over a few weeks. I think I could handle that a little bit better. But in the meantime, I am off to catch some zzzz’s!
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Posted on March 11, 2010 by thereadingzone
After school today I headed to the mall to pick up a few things, including lunch. As I walked through the parking lot, my phone rang and I dug through my bag (as usual) trying to find it. By the time I walked through the front doors of the mall, I was engrossed in my conversation. I know the mall layout like the back of my hand, so I was barely paying attention as I made my way to the food court.
Suddenly, I heard a bizarre sound. A misplaced sound. Something that didn’t belong in a mall.
Like a deer in headlights, I froze. In my suburban mall I was standing in front of a train. Like a full-on, clanging bell-guy in conductor’s uniform-choo choo train. No tracks, just wheels, driving around the mall. And it almost ran me over! What the heck?! I thought.
“I’m sorry to interrupt you, Marisa. But I am standing in the mall and a train is about to run me over. I’m going to have to call you back…” I trailed off.
(No, I have no IDEA what was going on. Or why we have a train giving rides in the mall. Too bizarre!)
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Posted on March 10, 2010 by thereadingzone
At 5:30pm I was sitting in my classroom again, in heels and a pencil skirt. I was frantically printing out progress reports, setting out the appointment list, fixing my hair, and cleaning off a few stray desks. Parent-teacher conferences started tonight and due to the number of students we have, it’s always a crazy time. I love meeting the parents but I hate the stress that comes with it. We have five minutes with each parent, which never feels like enough time to get anything done.
But it was all worth it when I heard over and over, “I don’t know what you’re doing, but my son/daughter is actually reading now!”
I never feel prouder than when I hear those words. Or these.
“It kills me, but sometimes I have to take the book away from her so that she does her homework!”
“Last night, I caught him hiding in the bathroom reading! Instead of sleeping like he should have been.”
“She’s reading books that actually mean something, books that have a message. She isn’t fighting me about reading anymore. I don’t even know what to do with myself!”
It’s conferences like these that remind WHY I am doing what I am doing. With the lack of time for language arts this year I have been struggling a lot with lighting the reading fire. I didn’t know if I was making a difference for many of my students because I only see them for 50 minutes per day. But now I know I am!!
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Posted on March 9, 2010 by thereadingzone
Today we welcomed a new substitute to our team. He will be with us for the next few weeks. I think we might have scared him.
“We laugh a lot on this team. We kind of have to,” we told him.
It’s been a hectic and stressful year so far, much moreso than any past years. It’s a combination of things that have made the year super stressful, things out of our team’s control. So how do we handle it?
We laugh. A lot.
We laugh at ourselves.
We laugh at the absurdity of the situations we are sometimes in.
We laugh at the jokes our students tell, even if they aren’t always the funniest jokes. (They are still learning about comedic timing!)
We laugh at each other.
We laugh with each other.
And you know what? It helps. A lot. We are always smiling.
We remind each other to look on the bright side of life. The glass might look half-full sometimes, but we just change our perspective. Sometimes you have to get under the glass and look at it from below- then it looks like you are swimming in the ocean. Other times we have to look at the glass from above, as if we are a god controlling the situation.
And sometimes you just have to chug the water and pour a new glass.
But no matter what, you have to to keep smiling!
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