Some random things I've been experiencing lately...
New Friend: On Monday afternoon, as I entered the cafeteria/teacher's lounge at my school, a substitute asked me, "Are you Alana?" I'm new to my school this year...and very few people here with the exception of my reading department and the 2 co-teachers I work with, call me, "Alana." I was trying to figure out who had told the substitute about me. Imagine my surprise when I learned she was my new friend, Katie from Double the Blessings. My first time meeting a blog friend in real life. We were able to talk and eat lunch together. COOL! :)
School Stuff: Things at school are calming down a little. I'm still having some anxiety regarding next week's meeting with district reps. Fortunately, much of my anger has subsided. I met with my principal this morning and discussed the phone call I had with Ms. Cray with him. (See 4/17/09 post, if interested in the nitty-gritty phone call details.) He was very supportive. He stated that his first year as a principal, he was "upset" with some of the district visit commentary. However, he now looks at the visitor's feedback as only a "snapshot." He said he knows that they don't see in only 10-15 minutes what our classrooms are "really like" the majority of the time. He chuckled when I told him Ms. Cray said my vocabulary-related crossword puzzles were "unacceptable." He even asked me to bring the crossword subject up when Ms. Cray is here so that we can discuss it as a team. Yea! I feel so fortunate to have such a supportive principal. And though there are still some aspects I dislike at my new school, he is a BIG reason to stay here next year.
A school funny: One of my students today is wearing a t-shirt that reads, "I'm NOT trying to be difficult (it comes naturally.)" For some reason this was really funny to me. :)
Girl Power: It's a go. Several of my college girlfriends and I will be having "Girl Power 11." Our 11th post-graduation reunion. This year we'll be spending 4 days in NYC. We purchased plane tickets this week. I am SOOOOO looking forward to bonding with the gals again. (All but 2 of us still live in Ohio and are able to see each other a few times a year. Since I'm in Florida, the reunion is often the only time I get to see many of my girlfriends in person each year.) Yea!
DH: I have to say a big SHOUT OUT to my sweet DH. Our dryer broke this week. He spent much of his day off yesterday at the laundromat doing 7 loads of laundry. And researching to figure out what type of dryer we want to buy for a replacement. He is wonderful!
My planning period is nearly over, so I must go.
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