Monday, December 9, 2013

It's the Final Countdown

If you're an 80s girl (or guy for that matter...never know who might be reading!), you probably just had that song run through your head when you saw the title. Years ago, when I was in a snarky patch with my mother (which, let's be honest, is more often than not), that was my ringtone for her. I'll let you read between the lines on that one.

Alas, I am on a countdown. Otherwise known as SURVIVAL MODE. I have never, ever looked so forward to a vacation/break in my life. It's not even that my kids are naughty or anything. I'm just wiped. Finito. Stick-a-fork-in-me DONE.

I think it is probably the fact that I no matter what I do, I can't seem to catch up on the paperwork. It's really my own fault because of the way that our team has set up our stations since the 2nd quarter's a lot of work BUT it also makes my kiddos be accountable. I just don't like grading it all. And I don't grade it all...but I do look through a huge portion of it. Why would I torture myself like that? Simple.

The way we have aligned our stations this year - with 8 rotations each in math and reading - pushes our kids to really practice each area we wanted to target based upon our data. It takes me about 90 minutes per week to plan and prep these stations (45 minutes for math and 45 minutes for reading). It takes much more than 90 minutes to grade it all! :) A week long packet times 24 kids = lots of work!

My hope is to get a bit ahead over these last two weeks (BAHAHA) so that I can relax over my winter break and come back to a classroom that is ready to go for 2014! Downsides....The Oldest is arriving home on the 19th. Our last day of school is the 20th. The 20th is also The Youngest's birthday. I am not going to want to stick around long after school that day. So it's going to be pretty darn essential that I get everything done the 19th so that I can more or less just change my calendar, wipe the board down and go home after school. Means I'm gonna be working it this weekend to get ahead. Blah.

I'm wiped right now because I did TWO Thirty-One parties this weekend. Am I freaking crazy, you ask? Maybe. But from November 27 to tomorrow was the Ready, Set, Sell incentive. Generate $1,000 in personal volume and get a bunch of new products from the spring line free. Purchase the add-on kit for $60 and combine it with the RSS kit....and you've got 12 new products/prints from the spring line to share with customers. A great deal and I was darn determined to earn it! Spring Premiere was Saturday morning which took about 2.5 hours with travel and the show. It was worth it though--gorgeous prints coming out for spring! Then I had a party Saturday night that kept me out until 9:30. Came home, ate dinner, did dishes and laundry and fell into bed exhausted as hell. Sunday I got up, did a bunch of grading and planning, had another party, grocery shopped, did a ton of laundry, input both of my parties from the weekend (and made my RSS goal -- woo hoo!) and then dropped into bed at 11:49 last night tired as hell but unable to sleep. Lovely! Normally I would not do two Thirty-One parties in one weekend when I had no day off to compensate but with the holiday cutoff day being was a necessary evil.

I actually made it through today without tripping over myself, forgetting my name (or the names of any of my kids lol) and even had the energy to head out to dinner with the family. It's been a long week and its only Monday! :) Now I'm trying to get some of these last grades in so I don't have to fuss with them tomorrow. 

I will be entirely honest and say I would absolutely have called out for tomorrow and just taken a Mental Health Day (read: catch up on this absurd pile of grading in my pjs day) but I have an IEP meeting at 7:30. Ugh! I hesitate to miss Wed-Fri because those are my specials days and I really do want to try to get ahead for break so I can at least have that two weeks to relax and just be with my family. Not sure its gonna happen but I'm gonna try. 

I have some glorious new things up my sleeve that I gleaned from my PD last week that I tried today and worked really well. I blogged about them for my post at PlanbookEDU. I've never EVER had kids beg me to let them keep writing. It was pretty wicked. I plan to keep that up over these last two weeks to try to get some momentum going for them....especially since I know that 98% of my class will sit at home all winter break and not do anything remotely productive like read or write. 

I'm off to tackle this darn grading pile before it gets big enough to tackle me! :)

The Caffeinated Teacher


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