Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

As I wait to take off to Lake Tahoe to ring in the New Year, I figured I should send in a quick update.

I am so EXCITED to start teaching next week.  It would be even better if it was math, but this should be fun!  I've been working on a class website, and plan on getting all the students to use Flickr, and I am realizing that as far as I can tell, there is only one teacher at my school who uses a website as a serious addition to her class.  Odd.  Ok... there are only a dozen or so teachers, but still!  I feel like my school is going to get seriously left behind.  I did see a stack of projectors waiting to be installed, so that is a good sign.  Its incredibly frustrating to see all the creative ways that other teachers are using tech to improve their students education and think "That would be great, but we don't have (fill in the blank)."  Have to remind myself that good teaching and learning are not dependent upon devices and electricity.

So I hope to be able to more consistently blog here, and have it actually be about school.  It's such a great way to process my thoughts, to have to put them into words.  And hopefully, my lack of Photoshop skills will not be a huge detriment to the class.  I promise to keep working at it.

Off to Tahoe and the snow.  Have a wonderful New Year!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Catching Up

So, whats happened in the last week?

Well, the two snow days were excellent.

Then darling daughter smashed up her car.  Not her fault (of course).  All ok, and car was drivable, but now has new problem rendering it non-op.  Back to mommy driving her to school.  How cute.

Next day, a nice big rock jumped in front of my car, loosened from its hillside home by the thawing ice and snow.  Got to walk about a mile in the dark, pouring rain, to where darling daughter was waiting for a ride.  Now my car is non-op.

Had quite the adventure waiting for the tow truck to come next day.  (Note to self... tow truck guy needs car key!)

Christmas Play at church... awesome.  Other darling daughter was the head angel and darling son was a shepherd.  A sleepy shepherd who yawned through the whole thing.

Picked up rental car today, and then shopped till I dropped.  How is it that I used to love hanging out at the mall?  Its a terrible, inhuman, hot place.  Ick.

Younger daughters birthday is this Friday and its always an effort, a week before Christmas, to do it up right.  Slumber party.  Oh yeah.  Bring it on!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Sub Day

After two snow days, the kids were finally back to school, and I was in to sub.  Biology again, although at the the last minute I got to sub in the Sheltered Algebra 1 class as well.

I keep mulling over all the great ideas in my head about Standard Based grading and the like, and then I get in these classes and wonder... How on Earth would these kids ever be motivated to buy in to that?  Most of them are just trying to get through, and don't care if they learn anything.  These are the kids that won't do any work, no matter how much it would help their grade.  I wonder...

Bio was good.  Funny how the kids I dreaded at first as the troublemakers are the ones I enjoy the most.  They're funny, and not bad students... just in need of some training!  But those girls!  Why DO some teenaged girls have to be like that?  I didn't like them when I was in high school, and I have a heck of a time liking them now.  I know, my liking them is irrelevant to teaching them, but it would make the whole deal a lot more enjoyable!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Best Day Ever Redux!

To make a perfect day even better, just got the calls to say that schools are closed tomorrow as well.

More snow fun!

The Best Day Ever!

There is no joy greater than when you wake in the early morning to get ready for a day at school and glance out the window and see.... white!   The yard, the trees, the cars, all gone, under a blanket of lovely fresh snow.

It usually takes only a few seconds to go from  "!"
To... "Wow, the road is completely covered"
To...   "Oh Praise God... we're having a snow day!"

The plows aren't running yet, the buses won't come, that automated call comes from school.  These are a few of my favorite things!

I was supposed to sub today, and sit down with the other photography teachers and pick their brains about next term, but I'll take sitting here by the fire, with a nice cup of joe, watching my kids (who never willingly get out of bed this early) blaze trails down the driveway with their snow disks.

Life is GOOD!

Friday, December 4, 2009

The first step...

I haven't signed the papers, but I will be teaching at Ye Local High School next semester.  Not subbing, not even long-term subbing.  Teaching.  Hooray!

Ok, its .17 FTE, lol.  One block.  And not math, photography... which will be fun, too.

What it means though, is that I have my foot in the door.  I am now an in-district employee, which means first dibs when the right job comes open.  I am happy.

Wish I was at CMC north this weekend.  I get to take the CTEL test tomorrow.  Please, God, let me pass!

Hello, my name is Mrs. L., and I'm a blog addict!

So my list is up to 43... what a laugh!  I want to put all these people's brains in my head.  I wish we could all go on a big retreat to the beach and sit in the sand and drink margaritas and talk about how we can help our students.  Wouldn't that be a blast?  I love the face-palm moments when I think "Of course!  That makes so much sense!  I've got to start/stop doing that!"

On an aside... they may hire me today.  Woot!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Glogster... Who Knew?

Just found this site... never heard of it before, but it has amazing potential.  Now to figure out how to use it!


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Post of the Day

So, I turned in my applications today... I don't want to jinx it, but that odds are good.

Ok, so it won't be math... or even close to math!  But photography is cool, and how bad can drivers ed really be?  (Do I hear someone laughing at me?)