Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I was subbing 2nd grade and this little girl was walking with me down the hall - she pointed to the kid in front of her and said "He just farted ---gross."  I said everyone farts- she looked at me as if I had just told her Disney movies were make believe - she then asked if I fart - I told her everyone does including me.  Her chin dropped to the floor in shock and disgust and as we went pass a teacher working with a student at a desk in the hallway this little girl grabbed the teacher - pointing to me and yelled "SHE FARTS"  and then she walked on. 

I had a hard time not cracking up and falling on the floor laughing - YES Virginia, we all FART!!!!  Even Santa Claus - shocking !!!!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Almost done with this part -

This semester is coming to an end and not too soon for me - I have one last paper to write and then I am done - done - done - one class left this summer in the cities and then finished with the class work needed to get my sped license.  I am so sick of school and driving to Rochester and now I am sure I will be sick of driving to the cities after 7 weeks- but almost done is what I keep telling myself - 

Every paper I write I want to start it with the statement "I DON"T CARE ANYMORE."  but I rethink that and get it done anyway - so sick of school and not being home.  I ran into my friend son, she is also in school and we drive together most days, he is in 3rd grade and when I asked how he was he told me that his mom in school is very hard for him also....I guess I forget that it is not just me in this scenario this time - the family is suffering as I am - I am so busy and tired and fed up with busy work that I want to scream----2 years is a long time and thank heaven it is almost over - 

Now I just need to pass my content and pedagogy exams and student teach for 12 weeks - I can see the finish almost - just a bit hazy and on the horizon - thank heaven much longer and we all would lose it for sure. 

Friday, April 4, 2014

We have had a tough couple of weeks and then this!!!! Stressful being a parent.

Our oldest son, G, is in this exact area of Chile serving a mission for our church.  We saw the report of the 8.3 earthquake at dinner time and then heard that everyone had been accounted for in his group around midnight---he did finally email us yesterday telling us what happened and how he was doing....stressful being a parent.

The last few months our youngest, J, has not been himself.  He has been moody, depressed and grumpy....very grumpy -things that use to not bother him start screams and tantrums now.  Well he finally exploded a few weeks back and told us he was being bullied on the bus and at school...we called the school and had a meeting.  J was also talking about things like 'why get up in the morning?' 'why live any longer?' so he was starting to scare us.  We met with the school administrator and discussed the bus and school problems.  We called and met with a therapist and then prayed and prayed and prayed for peace of mind so we would know what to do.

J took a tour of the Catholic school in town and that day I had just come from his other school subbing to the meeting after his tour - I entered the Catholic school and I felt my prays had been answered - this feeling of peace came over me and I knew this is where he needed to go to school - at least for the rest of this year and maybe all of middle school.  I met with the administration of the Catholic school and they assured me they would not try to make him a Catholic but religion would be required along with Mass once a week.  

We went home and discussed the pros and cons of both schools and after a week or so J decided to try Catholic school.  Seeing the therapist again he told her his decision and how so far, 2 days of school so far at that point, he liked his decision.  She told me after the appt that he seemed more lively and excited about life then the last time she had seen him.

I am crossing my fingers that this is the right decision and things will get better.  J is already happier then I have seen him in months, he is spending time with friends again and with the family instead of disappearing to his room for the day.  He is loud and smiles more often - I had forgotten how loud he can be when he is himself and not depressed.

We are still praying that we will know what to do to help him through this rough time of life...he is usually such a happy - busy - active - kid---I hope to see that come back full force this summer when the snow finally goes away.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Just sad or scary - what kind of person am I

Marley Grogan, John                             1 of 1

So -I cannot read Marley and Me and yet yesterday I read Night out loud and had no problems.  I have also read Hunger Games several times to classes without a problem - Dogs dying and I cry - people not so much - If I were a psychologist I might come up with some words to describe people like me.  I think it is the innocents of animals compared to the cunning of humans - 

Friday, March 21, 2014

Complete Failure

I was asked to read the last few chapters of this book to a class ---explanation first I have avoided this book like the plaque I have not seen the movie and I don't want to talk about it at all.  So I tried I made it a page a a half before I was crying so hard I could not see the words on the page and I could barely breathe.  Epic Fail for sure!  I had students work on homework.  Fail - I cannot read stuff like this - 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Volunteering and service learning hours - Rock star teacher

I have been doing many service hours at a certain school and mostly in the same class (as much as I can get approved that is) - I love this class- they are so cute and I feel like a rock star every time I open the door - I come a few times a month to a few times a week depending on the assignments I need to complete and the hours I need to do.

One boy asked why I am not there every day so I told them I sub and he asked where and that day I was going to the HS the next day - so now he asks me how the HS is when I see him.  Today he asked why I can't just work in his class everyday -  I explained that I was a volunteer and not getting paid- he said "but at the HS you get paid?"  yes so he thought for a moment and said "oh so you can by food and stuff."  I said yes - he then thought and said.  "I do not think you need as much food as you think."

He really is working on me to just spend everyday in his class - I do really like those kids and the school in general - a very friendly group.  This class makes me rethink my whole "NO ELEMENTARY TEACHING IN MY FUTURE."