5:05 ... Alarm goes off. Snooze.
5:14 ... Alarm tries again. This time I reach for my phone to jump on twitter and see if anyone in the area has called school off. The weather forecasters sure predicted lots of snow & blowing! ... There's a part of me that wants a snowday and then there is the part of me what has things planned day-to-day through exams next week and doesn't want to tweak that!
5:35 ... Zeeland posts on Twitter, NO SCHOOL due to inclement weather. Gotta say, Yippee! Now, will the girls' school be cancelled too?
5:40 ... Girls' school cancelled too. ... Hate to say it, but back to bed!
Let's try this again. Friday, Jan. 15, 2016
5:25 ... Wake up, shower, get ready, pack lunches ( my most dreaded job of the day), fee the dog.
6:00 ... Wake girls up. Guilty mom feeling every morning. Hate doing it, but I have to. I love teaching and working too much to not do it.
6:15 ... Back downstairs to make sure bags are packed, breakfast has been grabbed or eaten, and find my essential start of the day, coffee. Can't leave home without it!
6:35 ... Head to work with Vinnie in the car. (Our 9th mo. old chocolate lab.) It's a daycare day for him and he is SO excited!
6:45 ... Drop Vinnie off at "school". (With 2 educators & 2 kids in the house, it's school for the dog too!)
7:10 ... Arrive at school. Kids are waiting outside my door for extra help due it being a test day in Geometry. First hour kiddos trickle in, dropping their things off, and heading back out to hang out with friends.
7:30 ... Those lovely morning announcements.
7:35 ... 1st hour, 8th grade math. 28 lovely children, still asleep. A very productive day. We did a couple application problems together, they did their in-class work and then worked on various things they needed to finish from throughout the week. They were sent home with a take-home quiz. Haven't done that all year. Trying something different with this group. We'll see come Monday.
8:35 ... 2nd hour, 8th grade math. 27 more kiddos, a little more awake & a little more off task. Same scenario as 1st hour.
9:30 ... 3rd hour, HS geometry (advanced 8th graders). 43 smiling beings, ready to tackle their Centers of Triangles test. They walk in to see a mathstarter (warm up) that was a commonly missed question from the quizizz.com review that was posted the night before. Only 20% got the question right. There was a lot of really good discussion from the few that understood it, trying to get the others to see how to solve it. ... Being that they were taking a test, I swapped out materials in my binder for the next chapter. I also uploaded all my iBooks from the year to Drive as a second back up to the thumb drives they are on. I would lose my mind if I lost those files. Hours, days, weeks of time has been put into making those iBooks.
10:30 ... DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) I have half of my geometry class and today it's a reading day. Everyone finished their test in the time given which is a first this year! We are getting better at being more confident!
11:00 ... LUNCH! Yippee! .... Lunch in my room due to offering a retake on the last quiz from our linear unit. Some really struggled finding the rate of change & slope given all the different representations.
11:30 ... Plan ... Things ready for moms to copy on Monday, looking to next week for final exam review materials for geometry, chatting with a teacher about test modifications for her sped students for the chapter test next week.
12:30 ... 5th hour, 8th grade math. 27 happy kiddos waltz into class. (10 have IEP's or 504 plans) ... Same as 1st & 2nd but they work so much harder. An odd bunch, but a great bunch. Such different personalities but they all understand each other so well. Love this hour! (most days)
1:30 ... 6th hour, 8th grade math. 24 crazy beings fly into class. The smallest class of the day, but the loudest class of the day. (8 have IEP's or 504 plans) ... They didn't have the best start. A little too rowdy, a lot too social. After a few, they buckled down and actually got a lot of work done.
2:35 .. School's out! ... Head out in the hall. Chat with the Spanish teacher across the hall. Such a great guy!
3:00 ... Errands. Pick up contacts at the eye doctor, return something to Sam's Club and grab a couple things, head towards home.
4:30 ... Grab Vinnie from doggie daycare. The owner worked with him on jumping today and she then helped me with the things she did with him. She is amazing! He is tuckered out!
5:15 ... Finally home. Check in with the girls and look through Friday folders. Color a bit with the youngest daughter. (I think I'm addicted to coloring lately. It's so calming!)
6:00 ... Head to a local restaurant for pizza with the family. Nice being with just the four of us. There's not a lot of time during the week that we are all together, sitting and talking, laughing, playing tic-tac-toe and just being silly.
7:15 ... Back home. More coloring.
8:00 ... Girls to bed. Check email and take care of a few student ones. Finish typing this blog post. I'll probably do a little planning tonight for next week's test review and spend some time on Twitter.
Meant to take pictures today, completely forgot. Here are a few from the week.