Welcome to my world.

September 29, 2006 at 7:30 am (Personal Revelations & Whatnot)

6:00am – alarm goes off for the first time; hit sleep

6:15am- hit sleep again

6:30am – turn off the alarm, roll out of bed, feed the hermit crabs, go to the bathroom to do my thing, brush my hair into a pony tail, go back to my room and find something to wear to work

6:40am – go downstairs, wake up Dad, find my shoes that Paige has hidden the night before, grab a microwave meal out of the fridge for lunch, take my meds, head out the door, listen to talk radio on the way to work

6:50am – arrive at work, punch in, turn on the AC, turn on and fill the copy machine, check the school’s answering service, send out emails to staff, write staff absences on the board, read morning notice, and answer the phone until Jeanine arrives

7:45am – punch out, go to my room, drop off my bags, make a pot of coffee for the 5th grade team, eat a bowl of French Toast Crunch, go to the hospital next door for a cup of chocolate iced coffee

8:10am – line up with the kids outside, man the 5th grade hallway, check in with my student with Autism to be sure that the day is planned out, fill my messenger bag with materials for the day, finish up my coffee

8:20am – begin the teaching day with my first class, change classes every 55 minutes

11:10am – microwave my lunch, head upstairs to eat with the 6th grade team, vent about the first part of the day and home-life frustrations, and if time, check my email

11:40am – back to teaching 4th period, have one prep period to organize materials, write reports, make observations and phonecalls

3:15pm – end of classes, check in with autistic student to be sure she has all materials for home, man 5th grade hallway until all students are dismissed, finish up incomplete paperwork

3:30 or 3:45pm – On Mondays, start crochet club; on Tuesdays, professional development; every other Wednesday, staff meetings; Thursday & Friday go home

3:50 or 5pm (depending on day) – arrive home, take off my shoes, change out of teacher clothes, do chores that need doing, take Paige for a walk, hop into the sofa by the computer and do some surfing.

5:30pm – make & eat dinner with the Mrs. (or go on a date if it’s Wednesday), chill out, watch some tv, crochet

8pm- shower, more tv and internet and crochet

between 9pm and 11pm – sleep time

And to think…I was told by someone unemployed that I need to get a “real job”.


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What kind of knitting needles are you?

September 27, 2006 at 7:29 am (MeMes, Quizzzes, and Polls)

Stolen from Su, you can take the quiz here.


You are pink aluminum.
Retro, straightforward and fun, you love classic things. If they’re 99 cents at Goodwill all the better! You are moved by striking colors and tasty morsels, and you like a stitch-n-bitch session in the sun. Just remember, while you’re being kitschy cool, don’t get too cold. Ice cubes are best kept in your cocktails, baby!

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Quiet day at work…

September 26, 2006 at 10:39 am (Teaching)

Day two of testing is done. It went a bit longer than usual, since it was Reading Comprehension and Science. The group I proctor gets accomodations to their testing that includes reading the test aloud, so I have a bit of a sore throat. We did finish before time allotted, so I got in a good 30 minutes of crochet time while the students played on computers to pass the time. I brought two projects to work with me this week, so I can bounce between the two of them if I get bored with one.

I had three more girls ask me for Crochet Club permission slips today. I am going to have to start turning kids away soon enough. The school put a limit of 12 kids for my group, but I’m already up to 16 (21 if I get the outstanding permission slips in). I don’t want to, but I want to be able to actually teach. Too many kids make it harder.

The rest of my day’s going to be spent in Science Lab with my 6th graders. Should be pretty easy. I haven’t gotten an assignment for professional development after school. I’m guessing it will be busy work. Argh.

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Week One of Crochet Club…

September 25, 2006 at 6:34 pm (Crochet & Crafts, Teaching)

…a success! I had 16 kids show up, and all of them were able to make a chain by the end of the 90 minutes. I didn’t even need to worry about “projects”; they were happy making bracelets and necklaces. Emma showed them how to make a chain with two strands of yarn, and they were all about it. 🙂 The kids actually want to do a crochet-lunch bunch, and and meet on Thursdays, in addition to Mondays. We’ll see.

Very much looking forward to next week.

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Work Whatnots & Family Fun

September 25, 2006 at 10:57 am (Crochet & Crafts, Personal Revelations & Whatnot, Teaching)

I’m up to 16 permission slips back for Crochet Club today. I’ve asked the clubs advisor if I can split the group into two, and do half on Mondays, and half on Thursdays. Even with Emma helping me out, 16 is a lot of kids for such a hands-on activity. I’m a bit panicy, since I only bought 10 hooks. I brought mine, so I can lend that out.

My school has Stanford Testing this week. One of those lovely fill-in-the-bubble standardized tests. Yeah. It’s only week 5 of school, and we’re already into this garbage. The kids are shot for the rest of the day. Does this make sense to you – I teach 5th and 6th this year, but they had me with a 7th grade group. The 7th grade Title 1 para took a 5th grade group. Even though I have worked with those 7th graders before (last year), doesn’t it seem a bit backward to you? Especially when the 5th grade group involved the student that I work with 1:1, with Asperger’s syndrome? Once again, I am left saying, “I would have not made that decision if it were my place.” I seem to be saying that a lot this year.

Long week for me this week. Every day at work starts at 7am. Monday’s crochet club until 5pm, Tuesday’s professional development until 5:15pm, Wednesday’s staff meeting until 4:45pm, Thursday and Friday are normal (out at 3:45pm). It’s Emma’s Nana’s last week here in America (she’s been here for a month), so Emma and she are taking a coach trip to Boston, probably Wednesday. Saturday is bringing Nana to the airport, then shopping in Wrentham with Emma and Clint. Sunday is moving all of Emma’s stuff from the apartment, to my house.

My house is going to be chock-full next week. Aaron’s girlfriend Jess lives in New Jersey. She’s taking some time off of work, and spending most of October with us. So, we’ll have Mom, Dad, Aaron & Jess, Saul, Abe & Rachel, me & Emma. That, and Abe just had a friend move back from Texas, and we jokingly offered a couch to him. Yay 10 people living in 1 house!

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Thank God I have Emma.

September 25, 2006 at 7:43 am (Fun, Funny, Silly)

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September 22, 2006 at 2:57 pm (Super Secret Stuff)

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Hehe. Teacher humor.

September 20, 2006 at 2:51 pm (Fun, Funny, Silly, Teaching)

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Crochet Club

September 19, 2006 at 8:27 am (Crochet & Crafts, Teaching)

Wow. I’ve already got 20 permission slips back from kids wanting to do crochet club. Because of ratios, I can only have 12 to a group – even with Emma coming to help me out.

I have this group of girls that I worked with last year, when I brought in my crochet stuff to do at the end of the school year. They can’t do Mondays (chorus) – I let them know that if they can get a group of 8 to stay on Thursdays, I’d do a day with them. I ran it by the director here at work, and he was fine with that. Not that it’s the #1 factor, but another day of crochet club means more stipend for me. Which is very much needed.

I started on the hair scrunchie that I linked to in my last post…it seems pretty easy to put together. I do like the ideas of lanyards and shoe laces, too! Here are my project lesson ideas:

chain – scrunchies, shoe laces, bracelets, lanyards

sc – wrist bands, head bands, pot holders

hdc – clutches, phone & game cozies

dc – scarves, purses & bags

I also have 5 sessions at the end set aside to work on one continual project. I’m going to talk it over with the kids to see what kind of thing they would want to work on.

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Need Ideas for Chain-Stitch Project

September 18, 2006 at 12:20 pm (Crochet & Crafts, Teaching)

Okay. So Crochet Club is officially up and running starting next Monday. I have it pretty much set what I want to do, project wise. I’m just looking for ideas on what to “make” the first week, when I teach chain stitch, other than the typical snake/necklace/bracelet type thing.

I did come across this: http://crochet.about.com/library/blchscrunchiephoto.htm

But, I have more boys than girls in my group. Ideas, anyone?

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