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: http://land-of-lal.blogspot.com/ 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! :)
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