Monday, August 27, 2007

The Behavior

Today I felt like I was in the newschool groove. I felt no embarrassment about calling the office to have wildchild taken out for a little break. When asked if my call could be considered an emergency, I replied, "Well, I don't know if I would call it an emergency, but I do know that no one's able to learn in here because one individual is causing quite a ruckus." Friend on phone said, "Yeah, we call that an emergency." And then she appeared and wild child disappeared. Woot! He came back later and all was well. That exchange would have mortified me at the compound, but I'm okay with the takes-a-village concept now.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

The Fire

Tonight Pal Mitzker was going to pick us up at a certain time and we were going to head over to the park to listen to blues music. But then M called and said there was a fire in her cul-de-sac and her car was blocked in and she couldn't make it. "Bummer!" I exclaimed. And she answered, "Yeah, I was really wanting to go out tonight." And then I added, "Well, geez, talk to you later. We'll be at the park if you can ever get out." And when I got off the phone, Husbandman said, "We could go pick her up. It would just take a minute." I burst out laughing because this act of consideration hadn't even occurred to me. Most of the time I think I'm pretty nice, but then I bump up against this type of event and I have to face the fact that I am not, at my very core, a good person. I'm okay with that, but it does surprise me a little bit. Because of my underlying assumptions.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

The NearDisaster

Scene 1, yesterday after lunch.
Kid 1: Hey someone left a cell phone on my desk.
Newkid: Hey, that's mine, she took it out of my desk.
Me: Give it to me. I'll keep it in my pocket and give it to you at 3:15.
Newkid: Don't lose it!
Me: Relax, it's in my pocket.

Scene 2, Right before dismissal.
Teacher: (walking in, panicked) Hey, did you find a cell phone in here? I think I left it when I came in at lunch to talk to you.
Me: (pulling cell phone out of pocket, spoken with tone of astonishment) Um, this isn't it, is it?
Teacher: Oh thanks so much, you found it (takes it and walks out).
Me: (staring at newkid, speechless)
Newkid: Hey wait a minute. Mine was a different color, I remember now.
Me: (looking at clock on wall) Okay, let's get our backpacks and get ready for the weekend.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

The Note

Yesterday was not a charming day. New kid came in and man oh manischewitz he was a force to be reckoned with. I won't go into the gory details, but just accept it when I tell you that there was bedlam in that room, bedlam the likes of which I've never seen. The peeps had to write me letters at the end of the day and one wrote, "This place is nuts, including me and you." Another kid wrote, "Don't feel you're a bad teacher! It was just an off day!" I thought that was v. generous. After a relaxing evening in front of Top Chef and a good siesta, I'm feeling better. I'm going back in. Cover me.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

The Light

A massage yesterday brought me back into the light after a long day in newschool. I'm not a strict disciplinarian, let's just get that out on the table. And my lesson plans are often so open ended that they're confusing even to me. In the midst of the craziness yesterday there were some funny moments and some great writing. More spa services = key to my success this year.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

The Fever

Husbandman has a cold and now a fever. He doesn't feel like going out, so I'm looking at a way boring Saturday night. Merci beaucoup, husbandman.

Friday, August 17, 2007

The Glee

Newschool is fun. I'm pleased as punch. One little did disappear on me yesterday, but I tracked her down. Maybe I'll get back to revising the diss this weekend, now that I have newjob underway. Woohoo, fun weekend plans.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

The Beginning

Tell you what, the last few days have been anxiety ridden. Too much newness for me every where I turned. But today the splitclass came on in and we ended up having a good day.
Now that I've met them, I feel I can start planning and breathing once again. They love my pseudodog Carney and my assorted other geegaws....electric pencil sharpener, post its. Like me, they love the supplies. We're going to get along okay. Especially if that one kid who had to meet with me at recess to do some goal setting can shape up a bit.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

The Reservations

Yesterday I met with fantasticyoungteacher who is going to take over my job at the compound. She's fantastic and yes she is young. She's so excited and for some reason I felt myself out of sorts after we met. I think I may have stayed at old school a little too long; it's hard for me to muster gusto for it, though I do feel attached in a plethora of ways. I wish fyt well and I am happy for her excitement. I need to let go of oldschool, but 17 years is a long time to spend in a spot. On a separate topic, that No Reservations movie is not very good.

Friday, August 10, 2007

The Rug

Lesson plans need to be written but I keep fooling around with minor room details. Today I used fabric scraps to make a small rug for my fake pet dog Carney. After working on that for awhile I decided I need to just go buy a real rug and some random dog accoutrements, like food bowls and some plastic chew toys. Maybe toss in a few dog books too. I suppose it seems like an avoidance technique, but right now, getting the Carney details down feels critical. It's as if everything rests on getting this right.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

The Meetings

Okay, so there were a lot of meetings today. I had a little time to work in my new room after the meetings. I put up a poster of a row of puppies in colorful sneakers. The kiddos should like that I believe. I can only hope.
I had to bring in a foto today so I could collage my foto and interests. Problem is all my fotos have me with wine glass in hand. That's when having a good friend called goodfriendmenosky comes in handy. I had multiple copies of ONE foto she had taken that is just me, staring off into space attractively, now the centerpiece of an attractive collage. Not to brag but I have to say, my collage was one of the best.

The Fork

Stick a fork in it, summer's done. I'm heading in to newschool for some meetings today. I'm excited about newschool. It only took me 4 minutes to walk to a sandwich shop at lunch. The custodian warned me about the kids yesterday with "they'll cuss ya!" They don't show up til next Wednesday so I have a few days to develop a "positive behavior support" plan. I can never keep up with those things. I guess I'm just going to have to be cussed.