Sunday, September 27, 2009

Random Sunday-ness

I've been keeping busy, nothing too new...

School: --Our class sizes are still not leveled. My afternoon class still has 29 students, though as an intensive reading course it is supposed to max at 21. Tomorrow we start the 6th week of school. It continues to be frustrating, but I'm trying to suck it up as best I can...

--One of the biggest struggles is that 25% of my student's grade is based on their READ180 software usage. Yet, due to my large class size, most of my students are only on the computer 1 or 2 times per week instead of daily. Thus, I am "winging" the computer portion of their grades, as it isn't fair to "fail" them when they can't be on the computer. Sighs.

--My Principal's mother died this week. Sending prayers for her family. And trying not to be selfish, as I know that this will likely prolong the re-scheduling of students.

--I LOVE my 3rd/4th period class. Awesome, hard working students. And I FINALLY have a well-behaved group of students to escort to and from lunch. They are the highlight of my day. Yea!

--I can't remember if I mentioned that our newest hired reading teacher resigned after only 4 days?? This week we hired a reading teacher who had been surplussed from another school in our county. Fortunately she is already trained in READ180 and is excited to have a job. I think she'll be a good match for our school. :)

Home: DH finished his novel today. 300+ pages in less than 2 months. Wow! Once he revises his first draft in a few weeks, I'll be allowed to read his script. I'm looking forward to it.

--He already has plans for another novel he plans to start this week. I am admiring his enthusiasm and self-inflicted work ethic.

Emma: Has recently started to enjoy the "Grease" movie and soundtrack. I was worried about lyrics such as "the chicks will cream," and "no customer would come to you unless she was a hooker." Then Em hit me this week with, "Mom, what does 'What the hell is that?' mean?" Apparently on the "Grease" musical soundtrack, Rizzo says, "What the hell is that?" to Kinike regarding the Grease Lightnin' car. I explained that it was a naughty way of saying "What the heck?" And now we're gently nudging her to other listening choices. I think the "Grease" CD might "get lost" this week...

Exercise: Um, yeah....I've reallllllly sucked at this. Since school started and I've been on emotional overload, I haven't exercised at all. I need to get back on the wagon, as I feel bleck.

Giggles: If you want a chuckle, check out my sister's most recent post at: She is a high school Spanish teacher and has encountered some recent translation bloopers that made me laugh out loud.

Blogroll: I'm trying to update my blogroll. If you stop by frequently, please make sure you're on my blogroll. If not, please leave a comment and I'll be sure to add you. Thanks! :)


Danifred said...

We had to ban Cars for a while because of the word "stupid" and because they talk about butts. Isn't it amazing how their little ears only hear the things we don't want them to hear???
(But good for her for loving Grease :)

Lavender Luz said...

VERY impressed with your husband.

And Grease was one of our favorites, too. I always had to talk over "You that aint sh*t and you'll be gettin lots of t*t in Greased Lightning."

I hope things work out soon with your class situation.

Beautiful Mess said...

Prayers go out to your principal's family. That's tough. I do hope that your classes can get all straightened out.

Nae had a favorite song that was NOT child appropriate at all! There was a line int he song that said the F word. She said it one time and we stopped listening to it. OOPS! As she got older she would just skip that part if she heard it again.

Have a GREAT week, hon!

Miss La said...

Thanks for the blog shout-out... I couldn't figure out why I had nearly 20 hits today when I never used to have that many, then I read yours! Cool! Thanks! :)

Anonymous said...

Wow! Way to go Hubby!

I am sorry the class situation isn't getting worked ou in a timely manner - how frustrating.

Bad words or not, I am glad to see a little girl into Grease and not High School Musical!

Sunny said...

I would have to ban Grease too... but for other reasons. That one popular duet that they ALWAYS play... I don't even want to think of the title because then it'll get in my head. I can't STAND that song.

Mrs. Gamgee said...

School - Gah! And there are still people out there who claim that teaching is a cushy job... Hang in there, hon! Yay for a new, qualified staff member, tho.

DH - Wow! Way to go! Can he spare some of that work ethic? Whenever I'm writing I always end up coming up with other things that 'really' need to be done.

Emma - Giggles... ok, I know it's not really funny, but I can just picture you trying to explain some of those lyrics! I know that there will come a day when some of my music will have to be put away (Rent soundtrack, NKOTB, etc)...

tbonegrl said...

Missing you guys a lot, and sorry to hear about your ginormous class. That stinks. The full weight of my class load has finally hit this week, and has left me trying to catch my breath, and find time to pee.