Monthly Archives: January 2014

On the upside

The bad news: I have lost something (a very insignificant item but it is bugging me that I can’t find it.

The good news: I have cleaned out the junk drawer in the kitchen and have found about 400 pens and pencils to take to my classroom for kids that “forget to bring one.” I also found the spare key to my car. And I found all the Frontline flea and tick medicine I bought for the dog last summer. And I found all the rechargable batteries and charger that I lost last winter.
I also cleaned out the hall closet and got rid of and entire kitchen trash bag full of crap that had been taking up space for the last 4 years (and probably for years before that in our old house and before that the series of apartments the hubs and o have rented apparently I just keep moving it). I found 2 packages of ponytail holders… Too bad my hair is too short for a ponytail. And I found about 30 new toothbrushes and corresponding samples of toothpaste from all our dental visits since we 1st got dental insurance 9 yrs ago. And I found the beach towels I couldn’t find last summer. And I found about 1000 alcohol swabs. Not sure why I bought so many of those but they will probably come in handy.
I also cleaned out the area above our washing machine. I found 3 different plugins for the Vicks vapor sent. Apparently that is where I have stored them at the end of each winter and forget they are there and then go buy a new one. And I found some more Frontline. Its a wonder my dog hasn’t gotten fleas.  And I found 7 rolls of duct tape, some scotch tape, magnetic tape, packing tape, and foam tape. Why can’t I ever find this stuff when I need it?
I also cleaned out the vanity drawers in the bathroom.  I threw away a lot of stray cotton balls and several old toothbrushes.  Who saves old toothbrushes? Apparently this family. I also found a lot of diapers. We have been diaper free for 3 yrs!
But guess what? 
I still have not found what I was looking for!!!  Good grief!

Does this ever happen to you?


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snap out of it

I have some very challenging classes this year.

I teach remedial algebra 1 to high school students that either hate math (or school in general), have struggled in math (or school) in the past, have learning disabilities, or behavior problems.  In short, this is a tough crowd with some pretty intense baggage.  Sometimes they are hard to love.

Today was one of those days where I question what I am doing and why I am doing it. I am struggling to like going to work everyday.

I have a foreign exchange student that acts as my teacher’s assistant one hour a day and is in one of my math classes.  She is very smart but struggled with the language barrier in the advanced math classes.  Anyway, she pulled me to the side today and told me that she admires me and that she could never do my job because she would want to hit these kids.  She also told me that in Italy kids don’t disrespect teachers and get away with it.  I love her and appreciated her perspective.

It has been rough in all of my classes but one class in particular seems to be toxic.  Attitudes are awful.  Language is unacceptable. Effort is dismal.  I am not sure what to do about it.  Today was one of the lows of my teaching career.  I know I need to snap out of it and get back to being positive and loving my students and my job.

So tonight I decided to write all of the students in my toughest class a note telling them that I appreciate them and thanking them for something positive they have contributed to the class.  I got this idea from Bubba’s second grade teacher.  She wrote him a nice note and he was on cloud nine.  Maybe I can regain my student’s trust and rebuild relationships by letting them know I value them. It has been really hard for me but the more I write, the easier they get.

We will see how it goes tomorrow when I hand them out.  I am sure a few will make fun of me and will be big jerks but I can imagine the glow of a few of them and it will be worth it.  I hope.

What do you do snap out of a funk at work?

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