Oh my goodness, what a day. What a week! And it's only Tuesday :)
There hasn't been as much fanfare at work as I think there should be when someone earns NB status. Fireworks, announcements, tiaras, etc. Not that I really want to be in the spotlight (believe it or not....nope) but when this sort of thing doesn't get recognition...and people truly don't understand why it is so important....it's sad. Mostly because then others won't jump on board to take the challenge to better themselves.
As it is, my principal knew that I was feeling a bit down about the lack of fanfare on the district's part so yesterday at our staff meeting, he announced it to the staff and presented me with a paper crown made by one of our kindergarten teachers ;) He and I get along very well because we're both kind of silly and he put on latex gloves like you'd wear when someone is injured before he picked up the crown to bring to me and says to the staff, "I am SO not worthy of touching this priceless crown". It was really hilarious and exactly the way I would want someone to announce this...because yes its serious and a big deal but I also really just want to have fun with it all too. So I wore my crown all day today and kids all over the school kept asking me if it was my birthday. I did tell my class what NBCT means (it was written on the crown) because some of them were my kids when I started the National Board process. I said "do you friends remember in 2nd grade when I videotaped us?" They said, "oh yeah, Mr. Wood accidentally deleted the video and we had to try again". Ha! Yes, we did! (How they remember that from 2 years ago but can't remember the math I taught them yesterday is beyond me lol) So I told them that this was from that. One of the kids said, "wow, Mrs. Wood, you always say you're so fabulous but I guess you really are!" It was too cute.
I was worried about yesterday being the day back from a super long weekend but they were awesome. We jumped right back into our curriculum and it was like we'd never left. It was an awesome day. Then today was more of the same. Very awesome. Plus they have FINALLY learned to be quiet in a line so we're just a couple of stickers away from moving up on our Super Improver Wall :) (Each child has a goal but we also did a whole class one too.) I can't wait to move them to the next level because it has taken them FOR-EVER to get these lines the way they need to be.
I stayed late at school today because I have a writing PD tomorrow that I'm super excited about and I wanted to be extra sure everything was ready for my sub. I packed up around 6:30 and headed home. When I got home, I had several presents waiting for me! I ordered from a friend's Origami Owl party and got my Living Locket tonight. It's heavier than I thought it would be but its gorgeous. I can't wait to wear it. I also got a surprise incentive from Thirty-One and my Velata order. A friend of mine who always orders from my Thirty-One events had a Velata party so I ordered a warmer and some chocolate. (I also did a Black Friday order again for another warmer and some cheeses for only $15!) I was really amazed at the size of the chocolate sets. I can't wait to try them. My friend swears I will be an addict with one taste. I hope so. I love chocolate! :)
THEN I discovered that the lessons I wrote over the summer for a local food pantry are live online with my name on them. All in all, today has been pretty darn amazing. I need every day to be like this. Really.
Now as long as my munchkins behave tomorrow while I'm gone and my PD is as awesome as I hope it is, things will be just peachy. I have two Thirty-One parties this weekend and then two weeks until a two week break. It's gonna be awesome. Awesomely awesome.