Thursday, January 31, 2013

Does This Seem Right?

I work at a very small school. we have a total of  13 teachers including our SPED teacher. All of the teachers have 2 days that have 2 specials, 2 days with one special and on Wednesday, no one has a special. 

Since moving into the new wing, we are using the art/music room as a makeshift cafeteria. Since it's not very big we have had to go with 5 different lunch periods. First grade goes last at 12:45.  The past several days when I would go to the lounge, my daughter's teacher was in there. They go to lunch at 11:15. I didn't think that much about it, I just figured her kids were at a special. Then on Wednesday, she was in there again, a day when no one has specials. So I really started to wonder what was going on.

She team teaches with our two fifth grade teachers. She has 26-28 kids. The fifth grade teachers have 15 each. Well, on the way home from school, I asked my daughter how the classes were rotating. She told me that the teachers had combined the 2 fifth grade classes and that each teacher gets a break when she doesn't have any kids.

I really like the teachers and I am hoping that there is some other explanation that my daughter is unaware of. If the extra teacher is tutoring or something like that, then it would be OK. None of the other teachers in the building get a break on Wednesday, surely they would see that this is totally unfair to the other teachers. Right?

On a brighter note, I'm really excited! I am getting a new design for my blog from Barbara @ Ruby Slippers Blog Design . She does beautiful work!  Now I just need to start blogging more. : )

My class is getting a Skype visit with Mr. Marc from Adventure to Fitness next week. If you would like one for your class like them on Facebook, they offer them frequently.

I just bought some Sketcher Go Walks and I have to say that they are Terrific! They are a little dressier than tennis shoes, but just as comfortable. Here's a picture of the two pairs I bought.

I think moving in the middle of the year, really took more out of me than I realized. I have been beat everyday when I get home. I decided that even though I was going to be moving back into the old building at the end of the year, I would take everything out of the boxes. I figured if I didn't I would always need something that was in one of the boxes. Then on top of everything else we got Saxon Phonics that we are supposed to start using in the middle of the year. Yikes!

I want to share this picture of my sister's grandson, it just brings a smile to my face every time I see it. And no he doesn't wear that hat. lol

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  1. What a cute baby!! :) That is really strange about the teachers. I hope it's not as bad as it seems! I found you through Second Grade Math Maniac and I'm a new follower. :)

    Second Grade Sparkle

    1. Don't you just want to pinch those chubby cheeks?
      I'm following you also, loved your surgery tips! ;P

  2. When our teachers have combined classes like that, it's generally so the other teacher can work with a small group of kids. Seems strange ...
    Love the baby picture ~ he's rockin' that hat!
    Gotta go now ... I have a design to work on :))

    1. I'm hoping that is what they are doing. My daughter said they have been doing it every day for about two weeks.
      Looking forward to seeing your design! :D

  3. He's so cute--and I love the hat on him! :)
    It doesn't seem right. We have two days each week where we have no specials. It's ROUGH!! I go home exhausted on those make it worse, one is on a Monday. I just grin, bear it, and PRAY! hang in there friend!

    First Grade and Fabulous

  4. I LOVE your new look....but I need a picture of the old version, so I can compare:-)

    Chickadee Jubilee

  5. Thanks Laurie, I love it too! Barbara did a FANTASTIC job!!!! My old version looked just like .

  6. Love your new design! My next face-lift is going to be one by Barbara. I love her style! That baby is adorable. My sister just got her first grand. I can't wait to pinch his cheeks!
    Owl Things First

    1. Thanks Jenny, I love just looking at it! ;P My daughter and I can't wait to my little "big" nephew again. He's just the sweetest thing!