Saturday, November 3, 2012

November Currently

It's that time again... CURRENTLY! I know it's silly, but these little things feel cathartic for me. It's like I get out these little ideas and suddenly feel better. You should go to Oh Boy 4th Grade and link up too.

Listening- My doggie is an adorable Akita-German Shepard and tends to get his way when he wants something because he is HUGE. He'd never hurt a fly though...well actually a fly yes, I've seen him gobble those...but he's a good dog. His sister is a bit of a meanie and she looks like a wolf. I feel like I should have named her The Big Bad Wolf, but that's too long of a name for a dog anyway.

Loving- I got to sleep in for the first time in weeks! This time last week I was gearing up to get muddy at the Warrior Dash! Super fun, but ruined the day I usually sleep in. I certainly made up for it today.

Thinking- Conferences went well overall, but my very last one threw me for a loop yesterday. I was very sad, because I've seen it happen before and I worry how the rest of my year will go. I teach SPED so significant behavior problems come with the territory. Unfortunately, my school lies to parents when they enroll in our private school and tells them we don't take kids with those troubles. What they really mean is we don't take very many kids like that. This year I have a kid having a terrible time behaviorally and he threw scissors at another student this week. He missed and hit the wall and I removed him from the class. I talked to the other student and he said he was fine and never mentioned it again. He struggles with verbalizing emotions and I discovered yesterday he was quite upset by it and now talks about all the terrible things my other student does when he gets home every day. The parents are mad now that I have a severe behavior problem in my class, as I'm sure I would too. I'm doing everything to help the kid, but it's get what you get and throwing a fit never helps. The student gets me at my wits end many days, but there isn't much more I can do that I haven't already tried. It's not like the kid will magically start being great...although I'm desperately trying. Nurtured Heart Approach is my latest experiment. Have any of you ever used it??

Wanting- My friend (who teaches at my school) and I decided we need something fun to do today! Any ideas? It's the Bay Area, there's a million things to do, but I was hoping something close by and I'm in a boring suburb of the city. Great if you're raising kids, not so exciting for childless 20-somethings like us who want a fun day out.

Needing: My vacation plans fell through over the summer so it's been a LONG time since I had a true escape. I really need one! Perhaps I can plan a weekend getaway for myself to go somewhere relaxing.

Music: Pandora was a wonderful invention! I put on "Kids Bop" or a classical artist while the kids work and they love it. In the mornings while I'm getting the classroom ready, I put on the good stuff for me! I love working to music!

Okay...that's enough babbling for one day. I've decided I need a day just for me to decompress with friends. I have zero intention of lesson planning/creating today. It's a gorgeous 71 degrees in sunny California today and I plan to enjoy it.


  1. I'm in CA too, about an hour from SF. I'm thankful for the sunshine too!


  2. I hope you come up with some great vacation plan. W all need to recharge our batteries :-)

    room 4 imagination

  3. I've never heard of the Nurtured Heart Approach but I'm intrigued. Please let me know how it goes, I also have students with similar behaviors. That must be tough when the admin lies to parents, I can imagine their, and your, frustration. I just finished 2 days of conferences... 2 full days! I'm glad that's over!
    Hang in there, you're doing amazing work!
    Kindergarten Schmindergarten

    1. I'm going to be experimenting the Nurtured Heart indefinitely (or until I find something that works better), so I'll post about the progress this week. It's based on The Difficult Child by Howard Glasser. Congrats on being done with conferences!


  4. I've never heard of the Nurtured Heart either. Interested to see how it works out. I know it's too late for today, but hanging out in Fisherman's Wharf is always fun. Also, biking Angel Island and lunch at Sam's Cafe (if it's still around) in Tiburon is always fun. (I used to live in Sacramento and visited San Francisco quite a bit)


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