Sunday Post ~ Classroom Cues and Hooves

0abf9b9e-b7ac-4d59-b451-7eb7c64ea1b9_zps47hi5hueThe Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news, a post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things received, and share news about what is coming up on the blog for the week ahead. To get in on the Sunday funday, see the rules here: Sunday Post Meme.

While I was sad to see Audiobook SYNC’s free summer audiobooks program come to an end, I know it will be back next summer. This year I wasn’t too interested in the majority of the books offered. I still downloaded them to try them out and I am grateful they offer this program.

Teachers in my district went back for in-service on August 11, and we had our annual welcome Tuesday morning as well as open house that night. It has rained all week long, so I’ve been a little glum and very tired. I am starting to think I really do have SAD and I will be talking to my doctor about it on my next visit.

Each year our district has a theme that is rolled out at our welcome. It is usually fun to share with our students and can be a motivator for them as well as us. This year, however, I got a very distinct impression. I’m not going to share my thoughts, but I very much feel that it was highly political and puts everything – student behavior and lack of parent involvement – back on teachers. It left a bitter taste, so this year will be interesting.

20160818_133108After three years of having the same partner, I am now left with having to start with a new one. My partner left secondary and went to teach elementary, and I can’t say I blame her. I also want to teach elementary, but fifth grade. We also were surprised to learn that we have a third partner who is teaching electives and one section of our class. Since we don’t share the same planning period, it makes things difficult. My partner and I planned our entire first unit, including the two assessments that go along with it. We didn’t see hardly hide nor hair of our third partner all week. I hope this is not an indication of how the year will go.

I am elated to share that my yearbook kids have been validated! They got their own classroom and work space, which is crucial and a true need. However, I have no technology with which to teach them – no projector or overhead for that classroom…so they’ll be meeting in my
subject level classroom until that can get resolved, which I’m not sure is going to happen. They also do not have technology to work on to create the yearbook, and I am working on writing grants for that, but it is a toss-up as to whether we will be awarded that grant money. We 14095812_10153894736342643_814810542777588069_ntalk all the time about going above and beyond to help students be successful, yet these kids don’t have what they need to do so. I hope that others recognize the importance of the yearbook staff on our campus and will help us get what we need.

All this month I’ve been meaning to get to the nail salon – especially before open house night – but it just didn’t happen. I haven’t been in two months now, so I finally got some time on Saturday to get some much-needed hoof trimming, as my grandfather calls it.

~ Last Week  on G1000W ~

There were a lot of blasts and giveaways this week. I’m sorry if I inundated you guys. I wasn’t paying too much attention to just how many there were, but I’ll be keeping up with that better.

~ This Week on G1000W ~

  • Monday
    • Cover Characteristic ~ Pyramids
    • Review ~ Study Hall of Justice
    • Blast + Giveaway ~ Breaking Through
  • Tuesday
    • Top Ten Tuesday ~ Books Collecting Dust
    • First Chapter First Paragraph ~ Duke of a Gilded Age
    • Cover Reveal + Giveaway ~ A French Voice in New York
    • Cover Reveal ~ With Ties That Bind
  • Wednesday
    • WWW Wednesday
    • Blast + Giveaway ~ Wicka
  • Thursday
    • Famous Last Words #15
    • Blast + Giveaway ~ The Lost Eye of the Serpent
  •  Friday
    • Feature Follow Friday ~ Disliked or “Meh” Books

~ Reading Now~

Nothing has changed since last week, really. I picked up Regarding Anna for the little bit I was getting my pedicure yesterday, but returning to school has been a time suck.

~ New Arrivals ~

 ~ Open Giveaways ~

Always You | Beneath the Void | Bound by Duty | The Cat Came Back

This Is Me | Defective | Behind Closed Doors | Midnight Sky | Soul Symmetry

Fear Me, Fear Me Not | Extracted | Trent | Mr. Corporate | Sting | Up in the Tree House

9 thoughts on “Sunday Post ~ Classroom Cues and Hooves

  1. I hope the third partner will show up and do his or her share of the work during the school year, Charlie! It must have been a bit weird to work on a lot of the preparations while missing 1/3 of the people who were supposed to be there for that.
    I don’t understand it when more responsibility for ‘raising’ kids is put on teachers. We need to be able to teach the children, and for that, they have to have learned respect and some other core values at home, no?
    Have a wonderful week and happy reading xoxo

  2. I am sad to hear that things are changing for you at work. I hope your doctor is able to help you with SAD, if that is what you have. If I were a teacher, I would probably be much more joyful during spring/summer as well, but you are seeing a pattern which is a good indication. I understand that it is a big step to reach out and ask for help. Good luck with everything!

  3. That’s awful about the beginning of the year theme. How is lack of parent involvement on the teachers? You can only do so much! Hopefully the doctor can help you with the SAD issue and help you even out a little. I’ll keep my fingers crossed on the technology for your yearbook kids. How frustrating! Hope next week is better!

    • The “research” that was espoused was that teachers give parents negative interactions and impressions. It’s like seven year olds pointing fingers and saying, “But he started it!” I am glad teachers have support from people like you, Katherine. It makes a world of difference. I am hoping for a good start!

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