Since my internal alarm doesn’t let me sleep past 5am on weekend (thanks, dad! lol!), I’ve got my Sunday Scoop from Teaching Trio all filled out and ready to go. By the time everyone in my house is awake, it’ll be time for me to take a nap!
And here we go!
3 Things I Have To Do:
Renew My Passport–Hubby and I teach in different districts, and for the last decade, maybe more like 12 years, our spring breaks do not jive. His is always WAY early in the season, and mine is usually right at Easter time. This year, due to some oddities in his district, they get a much shorter spring break, but it’s around Easter. He is more excited about this than I am, because I kind of like spending a week away (usually Arizona or Nevada–I love mountains!) without anyone else. (I’m weird like that. I love solitude), but we’re doing something together this year. We went on a cruise a few years ago and had a great time. He’s been talking about doing another one, so when this mesh of our spring breaks came about, he was already wheeling and dealing for a cruise deal before I could blink. Long story short, we’re going on a 4 day cruise for spring break in April. And my passport expires in March. I don’t know why I keep putting it off–I know how government paperwork can be, but I have to settle in and just get it done. TODAY. Hold me accountable, please?
Yoga–This has been a terribly drawn out week. I spent Tuesday and Wednesday in all-day professional development meetings, and Thursday was parent conferences until 6:30. UGH. While I enjoy working with adults and learning, I do not enjoy the all-day sitting those meetings entail. I am feeling slow, tired and sluggish because I need to get moving and stretch out all the kinks. I’ve got some great DVDs I enjoy, so I’ll pop one of those in (right after I renew my passport, I promise!)
Find My Crockpot–We are officially in basketball season, which means a level of insanity in my house that most normal people don’t comprehend. The hubby coaches and the kid is a sports journalist, so we are really lucky if we get one meal a week together. The crockpot saves my life from November-February. It’s so simple to throw together something everyone can eat on their own schedule. I am actually really craving some good, homemade chicken noodle soup. If I can find the crockpot, I’ve got a bunch of bones to turn into stock and we can start with that. I dread facing my basement to find the crock pot, though…
2 Things I Hope To Do
Finish creating my *first* TPT unit–All of your amazing TPT folks are probably laughing on the inside at my excitement for this. While I have a measly 3 things (or is it 2? I can’t remember) on TPT, they’re really basic worksheets, things I created on the fly and thought someone else could use. I have admired all the terrific things at TPT for some time because I know what type of work goes into making something look so good. It’s been a little mini-goal of mine to get a real product up there, and I’m close to making that a reality! I always like to teach a day or two at the end of the grading period on how to read grade cards, how to set intentions for yourself (students) on what you want to accomplish in the next 9 weeks, then reflect back and see how far you’ve come. There’s a disconnect in most of my students between realizing their actions (or inactions) have consequences on their learning, and this makes a lot of light bulbs pop on. This year, I had to add quite a bit to my lesson because I have a group of 6th graders who lack alphabet skills and can’t write sentences, let alone reflective paragraphs, so I scaffolded the lesson into three levels…then had the AHA! moment that this could be a great TPT piece if I cleaned it up. So I’m doing that today. I don’t think I’ll get 100% finished but I will be hopefully able to post it this week or next weekend. That’s exciting!
Blog about my coffee cake–I see you rolling your eyes! But I love to experiment in the kitchen and most of the time, it’s something the boys will eat but not really dig. Yesterday I tried a twist on a coffee cake recipe that turned out AMAZING. I love using my boys as guinea pigs (don’t tell them! They don’t know!) and they are truly skeptical about anything new being good, but yesterday I pulled off the impossible, so it’s worth sharing. I even remembered to take pictures…lol.
1 Thing I’m Happy to Do
Take a walk with Miss O.–Yesterday’s weather was stunning here in central Ohio, given all the coldness we’ve had the last two days. I didn’t have anything to do except watch football (and make coffee cake) and go to dinner with my high school friends. I promised Miss O. a walk, but never delivered. She’s still happy to see me, but I feel bad. They just opened a dog park two blocks from us this summer, and it’s her new favorite place. She’s such a social butterfly…lol. We will go today even if it’s a blizzard (hope I didn’t jinx myself!) to get fresh air and sunshine.
That’s my week in a nutshell–how about yours?