Wednesday, February 29, 2012

soreness & Santa

Yep. Still here. I just haven't made time for blogging the past couple of weeks. I plan to do that more often in the next few weeks. (I probably won't be joining the March Slice of Life Challenge this year, but I will post more regularly.)

Track practice started Monday. Middle school track. Our first meet is something like April 5. We're hard core over at ACMS, that's for sure. And, while I don't do the work out with the kids and I do still run in the morning, I have been doing the warm-up with them. It's about 45 minutes long, including a half-mile jog and lots of dynamic stretching. After two days, I am so sore I can hardly move. So sore. My muscles will work out of it in the next couple of days, but those heel walks and lunges are killing me right now. I'm pretty sure it's all Brad can do not to laugh at me when I get up.

One of my students started the week by asking me if I'm scared of Santa. "You know, he's a big, fat man who sneaks into your house at night!" she proclaimed. I said no. And every day since then she's asked, "Are you afraid of Santa yet?" Still no. I'm not sure where that came from. Middle School.

In other news that's not really newsworthy... Basketball is over. My mind has been about a day ahead all week long, which makes the week really long. State assessments start on Tuesday. I've been plugging away at my classes. I made this awesome presentation on Patricia Polacco (yep, I get to take awesome classes like Resources & Services for Children). Go ahead, click the link and check it out.

I'll be back soon. I hope. What have you been up to lately?

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Mr. Darcy

In celebration of this Hallmark Holiday, I want to share what is quite possible my favorite literary proposal ever...

"'In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.' Elizabeth’s astonishment was beyond expression. She stared, coloured, doubted, and was silent. This he considered sufficient encouragement, and the avowal of all that he felt and had long felt for her, immediately followed. He spoke well, but there were feelings besides those of the heart to be detailed, and he was not more eloquent on the subject of tenderness than of pride. His sense of her inferiority—of its being a degradation—of the family obstacles which judgment had always opposed to inclination, were dwelt on with a warmth which seemed due to the consequence he was wounding, but was very unlikely to recommend his suit." -Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

Oh, Mr. Darcy. You do know how to make a girl feel special.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

sigh

Can I vent a bit? Be a downer for a while? Of course I can. It's my blog. 

(This post may be vague; if you really want specific details, feel free to ask privately. I, as always, reserve the right to withhold information, especially in such a public forum.)

February, thus far, has proved to be a tough month, which is a big part of the reason I haven't posted much. Not rough in the sense that anything overwhelmingly negative has happened. Rough in the "little things are adding up" sense, in the emotional sense. 

I'm frustrated with things that are beyond my control, that affect what is in my control. I work hard at everything I do, so when my hard work just doesn't seem to be enough, I feel lost and overwhelmed. And that's how I feel right now. Hard work just doesn't seem to be doing it, and I'm not sure what else to do.

I really want to be content, at the very least, whatever the circumstances. But when I just can't quite get there in certain parts of life, despite my best efforts, because of circumstances I can't control, what do I do?

Here before you now, see my hands are empty. God, fill me now, with you.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

happiness is...

...realizing, after checking out at the library, that the last time you opened your wallet was during your last trip to the library. Three days ago.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Christmas in February

Last Saturday we got together with my mom's side of the family to celebrate Christmas. In February.

We picked out some "new" colors for cabin paint updates, and proofread the new cabin guidebook.

We ate some amazing food. (As usual.)



 We watched the KU game, visited, and just spent some time together.

It just wasn't the same (without Sarah & Jamie, Hannah & Jason,or  Genet), but it was a great way to spend a Saturday evening.

Monday, February 6, 2012

another question

Jenn, who is one of my MLS classmates, asked me another question! Good thing, too, because I had no idea what to post about this week...

---Oh by the way, I still read your blog and I tried to comment on there when you asked what questions your readers wanted answered, but I could never get anything to post for me.  Anyway, I am always interested in activities teachers do in their classroom.  So that would be my question:  What are some of you favorite classroom activities?

I try to do a lot more than just read a story and write about it. This is a little bit counter-intuitive to me. I was definitely a student who just wanted to read a story and write about it, but my students always get excited about fun things, which is pretty affirming.

My favorite activity that I've ever done in my classroom is this one, where my students create life-sized(ish) versions of the characters from our novel, then add character traits as we read and the characters develop.

Another thing I've recently discovered that I like to do/have students do is annotate articles and stories. We've done this several times this year. Maybe it was fun because they did so well after just a couple of days of scaffolding (gradually releasing responsibility from me to the student). I guess this is a little bit like reading a story and writing about it, but it's fun to read their thoughts and see what strikes them as important.

We just finished rehearsing and performing a skit about Harriet Tubman (we're reading/discussing courage these days). It's kind of nice for me because my kids were excited about it and worked well together, meaning I could sit back and observe their interactions and problem-solving.

For review (for state assessments) my kids work in small groups to create posters with all the terms on them. It was so cool last year, when they really got involved and came up with themes like "Under the Sea" and "Birthday Party."

These are just a few of the things I can think of, off the top of my head. I might be back with more later...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

life

Things have been pretty quiet around the blog lately. Sorry about that. I am still here. Quiet around the blog does not equal quiet around the house. It pretty much means the opposite.

This, in fact, was my planner last week.

Definitely not quiet. I did cross off almost all of it.With so much to do, you'd think I would have plenty to blog about, but I'm not sure you want to read about troubleshooting technology in the library or my daily chore schedule.

I keep thinking things will slow down, but they haven't yet. Maybe after basketball season or this summer or when I'm done with my master's. But probably never.

Hopefully someday soon I'll at least have something more interesting to post about than school and house work.