Sunday, July 28, 2013

I'm Still Here and Brain Dump Post

Sorry I have been out of the loop for a while. I had a test in the very challenging class I am taking and spent DAYS studying! The most frustrating part is so little of it was actually on the test.

I also have to share a story that all teachers will appreciate! We had some early finishers - as always. They wandered around the room, munched on chips, loudly ate their dinner, went in and out of the classroom not quieting the door, and printed on the very squeaky printer. The teacher in me was P.O.ed! I am a quiet worker (and in my old age, I need it to be silent when I  am trying to concentrate) and I wanted to use my teacher voice to tell them to sit down and be quiet while others are working! It was a close call!

The test was on Wednesday, but I have just felt out of it for a few days. I went on a little shopping spree Thursday to reward myself. Have you been to a Charming Charlie? It is a really neat accessory store. The store nearest to me is about 45 minutes away, but it is close to my college. I picked up a few necklaces at 50% of clearance.

I am presenting two workshops next weeks, so I have been working away on those power points and practicing my presentations. I'm excited to be doing some consultant work again. The prep work is endless, but I think I have some really good things to share!

On another note, I am seeing some teachers are going back to school! I am about half way through my summer. Still a month or so to go.  I am really resisting the desire to work on school things and to enjoy my moments of freedom.  I am in no hurry to start the year.  The idea of starting over in second grade and in yet another classroom is just a bit daunting to me right now.  Maybe it won't be after I am done with my summer class.

I have one thing that plaguing me about my new room! The entire back of the room, other than a set of cupboards, is covered by chalkboards. Don't ask me why anyone would put chalkboards above cabinets and shelving, but that's the case. My issue is that I don't know what to do with them. I think I will use the boards for my reading and writing cafe board. I use pocket charts, so once they are up, I probably won't move them much. Should I cover the boards in fabric? Using a glue gun could be a nightmare and then I'm not sure the hooks would stay on the fabric. Should I paint the boards? I just don't know. I'm torn! I thought about covering the board with cork, but after researching the price, decided to let go of my OCD and realize that I could spend that money on better things. Maybe I should use magnetic paint!  Then the board would look nice, but I could still put up magnets if I wanted to...hmmm...

I'll try to be better about posting something constructive soon!  I just have to finish this class and keep my sanity!

1 comment:

  1. Sorry to hear the frustration of your testing! I too, need more quiet now. :-\ Thanks for sharing about Charming Charlies. I looked it up and the nearest is a couple hours BUT that would be a GREAT day trip with the girls!! I can't wait to see all they have!