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"My students would rather watch TV"
Iíve got millions of thoughts running in all different directions this morning. With no segues whatsoever, I am going to spew them out here!
Itís almost Spring Break. You can tell. I decided to alter my 8th grade lesson plans a bit for the rest of the week. The kids needed to be engaged in some kind of project with a short-term goal. They are definitely not up for sitting and reading, or sitting and taking notes, or having to be quiet at all. So, I decided to divide them up into 6 groups, give each group one part of the electromagnetic spectrum, and have them prepare a poster and presentation today. Tomorrow, they will teach their topic to the rest of the class. They are busy and learning. I guess I canít ask for more than that! As for my 7th gradersÖwell, they just had their big Renaissance Faire yesterday, so they are definitely not up for a big project. Instead, they are doing some paper and pencil group work today. Tomorrow they will have a vocabulary quiz on the parts of the eye. A matching quiz. Iím not even making it that hard. Guess Iím being a bit of a softie this week.
For the past two weeks Iíve had this off and on low-grade fever (really, the highest was 100.2) and an off and on earache. I canít decide if itís worth going to the doctor. I donít tend to run fevers very often, but this is such a nothing fever. And, the last time I had an ear infection it hurt much worse than this. Still, two weeks is a long time for this to drag on if itís nothing. HmmmmÖ.
Last night was our Passover Seder at my parentís house. It really was the ultra-abbreviated version this year, and I feel like thatís mostly because I had class yesterday and didnít get there until a little after 6pm. We were shooting at getting the boys home and in bed close to 8pm, so we had to quickly cruise through everything. Bailey was great. This year he was very interested in the story of Passover and wanted to absorb all of the customs and prayers. Jared, no so much. He is still in that stage where heís not really aware that there was anything different than our usual family dinners at Grammy and Zaydeís house. Thatís OK. Heís only 4. Eventually, heíll clue in.
Starbucks discontinued my new favorite syrup flavor. Bummer. I was really liking the Cinnamon Dolce stuff. Plain cinnamon isnít too bad, though. Especially with soy milk because it gets that little bit of vanilla flavor in there as well.
I am so used to having class on Tuesdays and Thursdays (I have been doing that for over a year now) that this Monday/Wednesday thing is really screwing me up right now! I went to class last night, so today feels like it should be Friday, not Thursday. I will be in for a rude awakening when my alarm goes off tomorrow morning! LOL As for my class, it should be fun. Seriously, 1/3 of the material is the same as my class last quarter, so I really should find it easy to keep up and to do well. When I started this process, I kept telling myself that I didnít have to get Aís. I just had to pass every class. That is all that the state requires. Still, thatís not me. I mean, I did well with that philosophy for the first class. But, once I was in the swing of being a student again, it was about doing my best. Not my situational best, but my best. It became important to me to master the material. And, thatís fine. With one class at a time, I can do that (obviouslyó3 class so far and Iíve gotten a B and 2 Aís). Still, though, taking a class from the same teacher that I just got an A fromÖ.that puts some pressure on me! There are expectations now, and theyíre not just from me!
We are having a rare day (probably a half day) of sunshine right now. Honestly, the weather has been insane. Iím about ready to build myself an Ark! It hasnít even been sunny long enough for things to dry out. Even if it doesnít rain again today, the ground is so saturated that everything stays wet. Reservoirs are at capacity. Rivers are brimming. Hillsides are sliding. All in all, itís pretty scary.
Alright, the PE shower bell just rang, which tells me that I have 5 minutes of prep left. Perhaps I should do something productive.past | future
Listening to: The Time it Takes to Fall by Adam Pascal
Reading: Rereading The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown
Eating/drinking: Venti Soy Cinnamon Latte
Do what to me?!? - April 24, 2007
Wicked funny websearch - April 05, 2007
Trot out the dogs 'n ponies - March 31, 2007
Almost done... - March 20, 2007
Who am I? - March 12, 2007