Friday, April 18, 2014

Teachers

It's funny to think hear what a child's perception of a teacher is. They think we live at school. Whenever kids see us outside of school, they are shocked. Most kids don't realize that we like to have fun. Most of them don't think we get excited about vacations even more than they do. Well, let me reveal a little secret. We do know how to have fun and we get very excited about breaks. Unfortunately, the next 9 days will definitely fly by...

Thursday, April 17, 2014

2 Hour Early Release!

Tomorrow was supposed to be a work day for teachers and not for kids. Now because of all of the snow days, the kids will be there tomorrow too. We found out this morning that we will get out two hours early. Why they waited until the last minute to decide this is beyond me, but whatever. Tomorrow is going to be a day where there is no learning going on anyway. I'm not sure why they even bothered making it a day with kids. Oh well, again, this is something way out of my control. All I know is that I can't wait for work to be over with tomorrow and then have the next week off!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Turn Boring Things into Songs

I've heard of teachers who take boring topics and turn famous song lyrics into that topic. It's a lot of work, but very effective because the kids will learn it. I am awful at knowing important details of the common core standards. If I have interviews, I will be asked questions about them. Therefore, I need to learn a little bit about them. On YouTube, someone turned the boring topic of the common core standards into Lady Gaga's "Born This Way". It's called "Common Core This Way". It's really catchy and informative. If you are a teacher and really want your kids to learn in a unique and fun way, then you should turn topics into songs.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Almost Very Bad

I went to the bank today and brought both of my account books. I stupidly put both account numbers on each book. I did my transactions and left the bank. As I was at a red light about a half mile away, I noticed that I only had one of my two books. I immediately made a U-turn and went back to the bank. The teller who I worked with saw me and handed me my account book. I thought I might have left it at the station where everyone gets the slips and fills them out. If that was the case, anyone could have gotten my account number. I was very lucky that I left it at the teller station and that she picked it up. I also got a phone call from the bank that I didn't see until later telling me I'd left my book. The moral of the story is to be very careful when you have important documents that you don't want other people to see!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Bees

Now that the weather is getting nice, there are a lot of bees and wasps showing up. When I open my apartment door, there are always 4-5 huge bees hanging out flying near my head. When I come home from work, they are still there greeting me. Someone told me they are just wood bees and are completely harmless. I don't care. I don't want a bunch of bees flying around near my head. This is something for me to look forward to for the rest of the spring and all of summer...

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Pretzel Bun

I've seen so many commercials from different fast food joints and restaurants for pretzel buns. I've always wanted to try one but never have until yesterday. We went to Ruby Tuesday's for dinner and I got a burger with bleu cheese and bacon on it on a pretzel bun. I must say I was pretty disappointed. It didn't taste nearly as good as I thought it would. They also burned the bun a little bit. None of us were pleased with the service or the food at Ruby Tuesday's yesterday. Oh well, it happens.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

14-16 Hours

I talked to a principal at another school last week and he asked me how much time I spend a day doing teacher related things. He said that most teachers put 14-16 hours into each day. I never thought about it that way. It makes sense though. I am now at school from about 7:20-5 Monday through Thursday. That's almost 10 hours. I am doing something school related the entire time. Then when I get home I am typically filling out some sort of paper work or making lesson plans or something. I don't think I spend 14-16 hours, but I definitely spend 11-12 most days. Naturally we only get paid for 8 hours a day. Being a teacher is one of the few professions where you do just as much work outside of the work place as you do in school.