Thursday, May 21, 2009

The Final Push

With nine days to go until the end of the school year, I am officially on autopilot. After 13 years of teaching I have realized that I have a love hate relationship with this time of year.

I hate that I get snappy with my husband because of the stress I feel to get everything done. I hate that I don't have enough time to teach my students everything that I had hoped to teach them. I hate that I live on caffeine to make it to the end. I hate that I am emotionally, physically, mentally drained.

On the other hand...

I love seeing the growth my students have made through out the year. I love when students say that they will miss me. I love to start thinking of new projects/possiblities for the next school year. I love taking down everything in my room so I can start fresh in August. I love passing out yearbooks and seeing the kids get excited about seeing themselves in the book. I love the idea of having a new SCA board and all the ideas they bring to make change. I love cleaning and organizing to get ready for the next school year. I love seeing the 8th graders at graduation. I love reflecting on what went right this year and what went totally wrong. I love the idea that I can change what went wrong. I love the idea that summer break is near and my travel adventures will begin.

So...I continue to push on because I love what I do and this makes my soul happy!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Chalkboard Animation

This video from Lucinda Schreiber is just way too cool. Would love to integrate more stop motion projects into our curriculum, but am having a hard time putting it all together. Any ideas?

Firekites - AUTUMN STORY - chalk animation from Lucinda Schreiber on Vimeo.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

A Tribute to My Gram

As I sat in the waiting room of my doctor's office today I listened as two little old men reminisced about the past. They talked about when they bought their homes and how much the city of McLean had changed since 1950. They chatted about their gardens and the wars they were in. As I listened, they really made me smile and remember the chats I used to have with my Grandma Marie. She taught me so many life lessons and there is not a day that goes by that I do not think about her. She always used to say to me "Missy Po each year you get older the faster the time goes, so cherish the time you have." There have been so many times since she has passed that I wished I could pick up the phone and give her a call. Even though I can't, I know in my heart that she is and will always be with me. So, in honor of Mother's day this weekend...I want to thank my "gram" for all the lessons, guidance, love, smiles, and hugs she gave me. Thanks Gram, I love you.