Saturday, October 4, 2014

Currently October

How is it October? Wow. Maybe it's just because my super awesome class got bigger this week and became less super awesome and thus this week felt like it took 200 years.


Listening: Hubby pretty much always watches TV if he's not working and since I'm in the same room, it's also what I'm listening too. (I have gotten VERY good at listening to the idiot box and writing papers!)

Loving: My 2nd doctoral class is winding down. Two big papers and 4 discussion posts and it'll be in the books! Still maintaining my 4.0 as well which is awesome.

Thinking: I really should not be filling out a currently but rather should be working on the paper due tonight!

Wanting: Oh my word, in a perfect world someone would clean my house, do all of my grocery shopping and cook for me and my family. I hate all three tasks and with doing everything I do these days, these are not the things I ever want to be doing. They are very much a necessary evil in my world.

Needing: A warm, tropical vacation! It's only just turned into October and it's been cold, yucky and rainy :( Winter should be fun (sarcasm!).

Trick or Treat: TRICK! One thing that I do in my classroom that really seems to help a lot is to teach my students "Ready Position". This is basically a way in which they sit or stand to show me they are ready. It's rather generic so that you can adapt it to where ever you are. At our desks, Ready Position means my feet are on the floor, my hands are clasped on the desk top and I am looking at my teacher and ready to learn. The most common other one is for lining up where Ready Position means I am in my spot, my hands are to myself, I am facing forward so that I only see the friend in front of me and my mouth has turned off. It's very simple but very, very effective.

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  1. Hey there! Found you through Currently. I am a 2nd grade teacher from Ohio. A personal shopper and chef would be wonderful!! I will also take something who can clean, organize, and decorate my house :) Good luck with your paper!

    Kate
    EduKate and Inspire

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    1. Oh girl, I am with you! I think I would feel so much less stressed if someone else could cook and clean and do all of that household stuff that just doesn't find its way onto my priority list :)

      Thanks for visiting!

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  2. I'm always inspired by teachers who are pursuing an advanced degree! That's one of my goals and I need to get started.

    Your first paragraph was also my experience this past week. My sweet class grew from 17 to 23 overnight. The district shuffles teachers and closes classrooms every year, at the end of Sept. (Who decided this was a good idea?!) The new kiddos are great, but the noise level has reached my max!

    Happy fall :-)
    Chrissy at ReadWriteSing

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    1. Girl are we sharing a brain?! Seriously....I went from 17 to 23 as well. And my district does the same thing with moving kids around. (Honestly I had to peek at your blog to see if there were any hints to where you live because there are SOOOO many parallels to our story here.)

      Sadly though, not all of my new kiddos are awesome. They were in a class with ZERO expectations for an entire month and it shows. I feel really sad for them that they lost out...but it also really stinks for me and my "old" kiddos because they know the routines and it was like having to start over to staunch undesirable behavior. I was very, very glad for a weekend to recharge :)

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  3. Best of luck on your paper. I totally agree with you in needing a personal shopper/cleaner. Maybe one day your dream will come true. Cheers.

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    1. Oh my goodness, I wish that dream would come true. Alas, the hubby laughs and says, "not while we're paying for 'doctor school!'" :)

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  4. Love the trick and good luck on your paper! Keep going--it is worth it in the end! And I hear you about the weather, but at least you do have a bit more variability in seasons change than we do in South Florida!

    Chris
    Autism Classroom News

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    1. I think I would hate living anywhere but the midwest because I do LOVE the season changes. Fall and spring are my favorites. It's very colorful :)

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  5. I was a teacher in Florida 15 years ago and they would do the same thing with students.. only they would create a new class if the class was overcrowded. It is how I got my first job - I got 9 kids from 2 classes, luckily the teachers were both very tough, so I had nice kids. The following year I was lucky to started the year with all my kids and only had 2 additional kids at the end of September. I agree that it is a terrible idea for kids!

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  6. Good for you for going back to school! I am curious: how long does it take to earn a doctorate while you're teaching? My mom keeps telling me to do it, but I'm not sure I could handle all the extra work right now! Carol's Teaching Garden

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    1. Carol, it really depends upon the program. The average length of time for a doctorate in education is 7-9 years because most people still teach full time while they pursue the degree. My program, being entirely online and not having any real "breaks" (a half week off between courses in the semester and the usual break at the holidays but otherwise, back-to-back), my program is designed to be done in 3-4 years with the average person taking 3 1/2 years because of the dissertation.

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