In my extremely informal study involving two third graders, I have to conclude that apparently turkey on Thanksgiving is not the norm. They BOTH did not eat any turkey. One told me he lit Hanukkah candles. “Oh, I didn’t know you were Jewish!” I said. “I’m not,” he replied.
The other one, FYI, did not eat turkey but ate “chocolate turkeys!”
Tomorrow is going to hit me with the approximate speed of an incoming truck, y’all.
It is nearly 3pm. I haven’t started pl*nning/grading for this upcoming week yet. I got in at 12:45 am last night and stayed up until 2:30 waiting for my little brother to get to my apartment so I am a little loopy with exhaustion. I have many, many outlines to grade and lessons to plan and aahhhhh why did I do this to myself?!
It’s been a quiet couple of weeks for me here on the Ms. Nickelodeon tumblr, mostly because I was pretty busy doing the following:
- My boyfriend moved in with me (we’ve been doing long distance for several years, and he moved from another city to be with me. yes, he’s the best)
- I opened and closed a show, and it went fabulously (all credit goes to the amazingly talented bunch of munchkins)
- I survived parent-teacher conferences (these are NO JOKE in an intense private school)**
**a note about parent-teacher conferences: It is not uncommon or surprising that I had several parents ask me about college (um. hello. your child has been a freshman for about 3 MONTHS let’s just take a step back here), and also if I hear one more person say, “Well, a B might be perfectly acceptable to someone else, but really, only an A- or higher is acceptable for our little snowflake,” I WILL LOSE IT. (B’s are fine! Especially when your kid is working their tail off! Argh!)
And for the record, there is nothing worse than having a class of regularly squirrely kids last period before an extended break. It’s like trying to keep kittens in a box.
…but nowhere to say it.
Lots of frustrating things happening in my professional life right now, but I can’t put it here because it’s confidential and sensitive and might identify me or my school. I’m really struggling with school politics at the moment, and the hard part is that I’m not even sure who I should turn to for help and/or advice. Arrrgh.
I’m putting in a half day tomorrow because I have a doctor’s appointment, and even though I am not even going to miss teaching my classes (I teach both in the morning tomorrow), it is still MORE WORK for me to miss that last half a day than it is for me to actually be there. Hoooooow?
Me: So what did y’all do for Halloween?
Student 1: Oooooh! Ms. Nickelodeon! I stepped on a nail! And then I walked around and showed it to little kid trick-or-treaters and freaked them out!
Me: Oh my goodness! Did you go to the hospital? That sounds bad!
Student 1: Yes! I brought the sock I was wearing with me! Do you want to see it?!
Me: Um, no. But thank you. I hope your foot is okay.
Student 1: Well it has a hole in it now.