We are back from winter break, which makes me happy, mostly. I’ll miss sleeping in every day, but I missed my students more!
Lessons: For the most part, students finished their activities from the week before break. In some cases, students hadn’t got to start it, because of the wifi being down and because we didn’t have school on Friday that last week.
Support: Printers start acting up for such mysterious reasons. No one ever seems to witness the actual moment that they stop working. They just seem to walk into the problem. That’s fine though. It makes me feel more like a detective when I find and solve their issues. (Aside to upstairs: the staple cartridge thing was my bad, sorry.)
Things I Did Well: We got back into the swing of things pretty smoothly. The classroom feels almost as comfortable to me as my home does.
Things I Will Do Better: .My time management was not on point this week; I stayed at work late three nights out of four spending my time and effort in the wrong places.
Cold Prickly: Not strictly school-related, but last night my spouse got up at least five times during the night to vomit. First order of business this morning was to go to the store and get saltines and ginger ale. The poor dear! And yet, in the back of my mind, if I catch what he’s got, I will be very unhappy about it. A coworker asked me this week if I had missed a day of work yet this school year. I have taken half-day absences scheduled around my non-teaching times to avoid relying on subs, but I haven’t taken an entire day yet this year. I have a personal day coming up soon, though. But I would hate to take a sick day before I get that personal one in!
Warm Fuzzy: Other side of that token, I was talking about Google Classroom with another teacher. She mentioned that the fourth and fifth grade teachers in another building barely leave any lesson plans anymore, because they can put their lessons on Google Classroom where students access it directly. By now, all my students, even my first graders, are accustomed to the routine of logging in and accessing the day’s activity on Google Classroom. Plus, I can schedule lessons to post at just the right times. So, if I do catch my spouse’s sickness, I don’t think I’ll need to stress as much as I used to over my sub lesson plans.