Sunday, February 19

Attitude Adjusted... I Think

I'm sorry for the negative tone of my last post.  My intent of this blog is not to complain about my job.  I actually love my job-- and this year I have a great group of kids.  My gripe isn't with Skpye at all.  I just get bogged down with always being asked to do more.  It seems there are always new standards, new assessments, new philosophies, new technology, new paperwork, new procedures that all get in the way of the job I love (all of that with no pay raise-- actually a pay cut if you teach in Alabama).  That's what frustrates me the most.

Thanks to all of you who commented about your Skype experiences.  I truly appreciate your ideas and your willingness to communicate with my class.  I'm planning to get in touch with you and set up something.  There was even a sweet teacher from Egypt that wants to Skype- how cool is that? 

I am in agreement that my firsties will love it-- let's be honest though, what do they not love?  They were also "in love" with the Fruit Loops and marshmallows I gave them to practice place value, the Band-Aids, surgical masks and gloves we used to do contraction surgery (some even took the masks and gloves to daycare to play doctor kitties!), and they still beg me to go back to the field and run laps around the track (which they obviously didn't see as punishment during recess one day last month). 

{There's that little bit of bad attitude creeping back in.}

So, I'll end with this. 

I thought about it all week.  Of course I immediately came to Philippians 2:14 that says"Do all things without complaining."  Even my principal's quote of the week was about having joy and a good attitude (hope she didn't think of that one after reading my last post!).  I'm a rule follower and will do whatever my job requires of me.  I'm trying harder to do it without complaining.  Of course my kids will love it, and it will be a great experience for them (and me).

I'll keep you updated on how it goes.

If you made it to the bottom of this post, you deserve a little freebie.  This week my kiddos are learning about long e, spelled -ee and -ea.  Here's a little word work to practice long e.  Those that finish early always enjoy creating their own puzzles on the back.  Click {here} to download a copy.


Ms. Lopez said...

OMG! We all feel like this!!! So much is piled on our plate, its ridiculous! Its good to vent and we all understand! My principal has been sending emails like every other day about something she wants us to try or get involved with. Sorry, but there are just not enough hours in the day!
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Haley said...

I just blogged last night about the same thing. It's okay to vent to those who understand. It is a cheap therapy and what teacher doesn't need therapy nowadays! We are only human :) Sending positive vibes your way!!

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laughinbrunette (Jennifer) said...

Believe me, I've been there...things will get better :)
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The Knightens said...

You are too funny! and Mallory would be so blessed to have a teacher even half as dedicated and "on fire" for teaching as you are!

~DeAnne~ said...

You're not the only one that feels this way.....prayer goes a long way for me :) BTW, this freebie is PERFECT. This is our skill next week. Thanks!!

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Alissa said...

LM, I'll hold you accountable for your attitude, if you'll do the same for me. We can handle all of this with a little help from each other and from "higher up."

Ms. Rachel said...

We've all been there! and sometimes you just need to vent and it's totally ok!

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Miss W said...

We've all been there, well at least I have (multiple times!) Philippians 2:14 is my favorite verse, I need to remind myself not to complain quite a bit!

✪ Miss W

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Kara Jacobs said...

Hang in there LM... You're an amazing teacher and a wonderful person! And this neighbor sure misses teaching beside you! And just remember, trials are not without purpose. Trusting God with every new thing and struggle thrown your way will help you to grow and relate to others! No matter how small... it's for His ultimate glory! Love you kiddo!

On the Skype note, maybe we could talk while I am out one day. We go to the zoo and McWane all the time. (PS you can Skype on phones too) Maybe we could coordinate something fun one day. I could be y'alls "roaming reporter" from time to time : ) Who knows could be a flop... could be awesome... won't know until we try!

SiMo Abkal said...

Thank you

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