Another Mustard Post

December 8, 2006 at 8:57 am (Crochet & Crafts, General Life, Teaching)

…time to catch up. I haven’t been blogging much this week. It’s been rather hectic. Here’s the updates on the goings on in Sarah-ville.

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My face hurts.

December 4, 2006 at 10:45 am (General Life, Teaching)

In the last two hours or so, I’ve developed this awful jaw and face pain. I’m hoping it’s just my sinuses, and not some kind of tooth issue. (I was told last year to have my wisdoms removed, since they were set in my jaw sideways. I was given the option to “wait and see”, since I was 26, and they hadn’t moved at all. My dad gets a kick out of the fact that I am 27 and still have no wisdom teeth.)

I’m thinking it’s more sinus, since both side of my jaw, my cheeks, my throat, and my eyes hurt. It’s about a 6 out of 10, with 10 being “oh my god kill me now” pain.

I’ve decided not to aggrivate it more, so I’m writing everything down instead of talking to my students. They’re getting a kick out of it. I’ve also noticed that they are quieter because of it…like if they were too loud, they couldn’t read what I wrote. Hehe.

The thing that sucks is that my Dad made churico (portuguese sausage) and peppers for dinner last night, and I have the leftovers along with some hard rolls for dinner. Yeah. Hard rolls.

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Not quite as planned….

November 29, 2006 at 5:56 pm (Teaching, The Big Move)

Well, the kids found out today that I’m leaving. But, unfortunately, not from me.

The person they hired to replace me already works in the school. She knew of my plan on when and how I was going to tell my kiddos. When she got the word that she had been hired (yesterday), she told her daughter, who goes to the school. Daughter told a friend, who told another friend, who told one of my students.

Who came up to me this morning, with tears in his eyes, saying, “Ms. C! You’re moving? You’re leaving us?”

Sigh. Yeah. I feel like a TOTAL ASSHOLE.

So to nip it in the bud, I sat down with my four classes today, and let them know what was going on. And they cried. A lot. And were mad. Very mad. And were scared. All of the things I expected them to me, but at a later date and in a more controlled atmosphere.  So many questions, so many tears, so much frustration. They didn’t deserve to find out this way.
I think this is the 2nd hardest day I’ve ever had to work. Second only to the day I had to let my kids know that another staff member had died the night before.

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With tears in my eyes…

November 16, 2006 at 9:20 am (Teaching)

“Jay” is the 5th grade little girl with high functioning autism that I work with. I’ve always found that every year, no matter how bad my day is, I have a least one student that makes it turn around when I work with them. Jay is that student for me this year.

Mom is struggling with her at home. Work that takes her about 30 minutes in school is taking 5 hours to do at home (according to mom). Yes, I agree that if Jay is left on her own to do work independently, I can see it taking 5 hours. Mom is also upset, since Jay’s older sister, “Sandy” is the “perfect student”, top of her 8th grade class. I can’t really say what goes on in the house, but Mom is definitely frustrated.

I left early to go to a doc’s appointment yesterday, but an Autism specialist came in to observe Julia to help mom with strategies for home. At a meeting afterward, Jay’s teacher, my lead teacher, Mom, and the specialist sat down to go over things. Jay’s mom made a comment that has caused me to be in tears all morning, after hearing it relayed from the two teachers.

“When Sandy was born, I was so happy. We were having conversations by two. She was so smart, so good. I thought I was the perfect Mom. So then God decided to punish me for my pride, and stuck me with Jay.”

I know people say things out of frustration, but “stuck with”? A child as a punishment? Please, I hope this was just a comment made out of despiration.

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What did you do in school today?

October 31, 2006 at 2:35 pm (Teaching)

Heh. I got to have a pretty fun day at work today. Tuesday, I spend all day in the science lab. Since I service kids in each of the three sixth grade classes, I’m able to use this time as “ELA” services, since I’m helping them write their lab reports. Today’s experiment was especially fun.

The students were given six solutions: water, salt water, vinegar & salt, lemon juice, orange juice, and Taco Bell mild sauce. They were given 18 filthy pennies. These puppies were green! After separating the pennies into 6 “cleanliest”, 6 “dirtiest” and 6 in the middle, the students put on of each into the liquids to see which would clean the best.

Can you guess which ones worked the best? My hypothesis was the hot sause. (I do a lab report along with my students to “model” how to fill them out correcly.) Although Taco Bell’s goodness did get it somewhat cleaner, the vinegar & salt was the clear winner, with lemon juice a close second.

I also was asked to do a side experiment, while the other kiddos were working on cleaning pennies. I took a large container, filled it about half way up with vinegar & salt, threw in the pennies from the first class’s experiments, and added a single iron nail. The nail has been in the solution all day now, and it has been bubbling like crazy. What happens (according to the lab director) is that the vinegar strips the copper layering off the pennies, leaving the negatively charged copper ions floating in the solution. They are attracted to the positively charged iron ions in the screw, and start to coat the screw. When I take out the screws, you can see a copper coating on them. The bubbling is caused by the vinegar stripping away the top layer of the iron. The pennies are staring to look black.

Very cool.

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Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2006 at 10:32 am (Teaching)

Oh. My. God. It’s flippin’ cold in this schoolbuilding today. I’m in the science lab for the duration of the day. I’m hoping that when 25 small warm bodies show up for class and move around, the temp in here will go up. But I’m shivering my tookas off this morning! Silly me decides to spend the Halloween dress down day in a Thing 1 t-shirt. Yeah. Short sleeves are not a good idea at the end of October.

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Crochet Club Pics

October 27, 2006 at 2:45 pm (Crochet & Crafts, Teaching)

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