Wow. Where does time go? I did not realize that it had been so long since I last blogged. Let me try to catch you up with what is going on in this thing I call life . . .
Wife . . .
D has been busy recently. He has been working a lot. Along with working, he has been studying for a test. There are days when he leaves for work at 6:15 in the morning, he gets home at 7:00 in the evening, has supper, and sits on his computer and works/studies until midnight. That leaves little time for him to help around the house and with the girls. It also leaves little time for him to be a husband. We miss him around here. I was excited to learn that he passed his test this week. Then learned that he has two more tests to pass before the end of the year. But, we are enjoying the weekend together before he starts studying.
Mom . . .
The girls are growing up so fast. Mae is talking so well these days. She is actually amazing me. She speaks in complete, complex sentences. She likes helping people. She loves her little sissy. She has finally found a favorite movie, Monsters, Inc. She wakes up in the morning saying “I need Monsters.” She also is a little trying at times. Our biggest struggle with her has been church. The one Sunday I left in tears because she would not behave. She actually head butted me and spit in my face during church. She is now attending the church toddler nursery. Lou is almost 6 months old. That is hard to believe. She can now roll over and back again. She loves to play. She is actually very nosey. She wants to know what is going and a be a part of it. She has no interest in eating cereal, but wants milk about every two hours. She loves to laugh, especially at her sissy. The girls are so fun. I never thought being a mother would feel like this.
Teacher . . .
I just finished my first quarter at school. I really do have a great group of kids. Like every year, I have a number of successes and challenges each day, but I enjoy them. I am finding that this year is bringing a lot of challenges not necessary linked to the students and teaching. I find those are the most frustrating of them all. I hope people understand that teaching is not just sitting in a classroom reading the students a textbook and giving them a worksheet to complete. I am required to write lesson plans linked to state wide curriculum. I am required to assess that knowlegde and reteach if students did not grasp the concept. I am required to develop lessons that go above and beyond. That use manipulatives and technology. We have a generation on kids that need entertained. I am required to entertain them. For example, this week we listened and danced to a song about how to round numbers. I am also required to document everything. Each note, each action is placed in a students file. I have to say that having a printer/copier in my classroom has been the greatest help for documenting information. I had to purchase my own, of course, but I think that is something that schools should purchase for their teachers. I am requried to attend workshops, curriculm building activities, professional meetings, students planning meetings. I am also required to tutor. Now, I am not going to lie. We are compensated for our time used for these activities outside of the school day by something called career ladder. But, the state government is discussing taking the compensation away. But, I will still be asked to do these activities outside of the school day. I am afraid that will be hard to do. It will be hard to justify that time away from my family without the compensation. Oh the joys of being a teacher. Come on quarters 2, 3, and 4 . . . I am ready for you.
That is about it. Need to spend time with the family.