Monday, April 1, 2013

Year 29 Week Two

I survived my first week at Lindhurst! Only 10 more weeks to go! Overall it was a good week, but there were a few who really gave me a run for my money! I am confident, however, that I will not only survive, but thrive. "I can do ALL things through Christ who gives me strength."

In the midst of a busy week, Mr. Strong surprised me with a date night. He planned the whole thing. All I had to do was show up. First we ate at an Italian restaurant and then we went to the movies to watch "Oz, the Great and Powerful". It was a very delightful, refreshing night.

As far as exercise is concerned, I have been slacking. First I was sick, then I was busy, and then came the excuses. Friday I finally decided enough was enough and I headed out on my bike and then followed it up with a run. On Saturday I did the same thing, but threw a little twist in the mix by having the 8 year old tag along on the run on his new Razor. He was a trooper and did great on the 2 mile run! Perhaps I've found my new coach?!

Before our run, C enjoyed playing in his new train.  He's our train boy!
Sunday was Easter and we spent the afternoon at Mr. Strong's aunt's house. This was my first Easter celebration at her house, but if Fourth of July or Christmas was any indicator of what was to come, I knew it was going to be a real treat! One of the things I was looking forward to most was the "Big Kid Egg Hunt".  This included eggs filled with money.  I was right, it was a blast and something I am looking forward to doing next year!  I am so blessed to be married into such an awesome family!

Ready, set, GO!
The "after" shot. (Before we all started counting our money.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Year 29 Day Seven

Today was the first day of my long term sub job. This job is going to go until the end of the school year. I walked in this morning not really knowing what to expect. I wasn't sure if there were going to be lesson plans, I didn't know my student lists, etc.

All in all it turned out to be a pretty good day all things considered. In this job I am teaching special education life science (2 periods), physical science (1 period), and keyboarding (2 periods). I have two para educators who are both really great! One para is there during periods 1 through 3 and the other para comes during periods 4 through 6. There was a third para in my classroom 1 through 3, but fortunately I was notified that she was moved to a different assignment. There was a lot of tension, etc. in the classroom due to her presence.

During our fourth period prep time today, my second para and I spent the time rearranging the classroom. It now looks awesome! Many of the students had mixed reactions, but all in all I think it is going to be a good change.

I am looking forward to finishing the year out in this new classroom of mine. If I can impact at least one student, then my placement there was all worth it!

One of the "toughest" students made this welcome sign for me.  It's okay that he can't spell "Lindhurst", it's the thought that counts. (Perhaps spelling is something we can work on.)

The classroom view #1.

The classroom view #2.

This Elmo / projector was sitting unused.  I said, "Why?!" and set it up!

Teacher's Desk