Sunday, June 30, 2013

My Diigo Tags (weekly)

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

My Diigo Tags (weekly)

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Saturday, June 15, 2013

With changes come tough decisions.

When I got my new job a few weeks ago, it made me really think about whether attending the 2013 version of Twitter Math Camp was the right move.  Of course I knew it would be fun and I was really looking forward to seeing all of my friends (and meeting new ones for the first time!) but since I'm not technically a math teacher anymore, did I really need to attend?

I let my heart lead my decision and decided to go anyway. I know I'd learn new stuff, but if I'm not in the classroom a lot of the sessions wouldn't be as applicable for me.

Then this week I had to take my daughter for a follow-up appointment at the ENT. She'd failed her hearing test at her annual check up and at our last appointment the ENT detected a lot of fluid in one of her ears. My girl had just gotten over an ear infection, so the doctor thought that fluid might be a result. She determined on Thursday that the fluid was still present and gave us an antibiotic that will hopefully clear it up. At our next appointment (the Thursday of TMC) it will be decided if she needs tubes in her ears to help with the fluid (assuming the antibiotics doesn't work). While I can miss the appointment as long as I'm available by phone, I don't feel right about not being there for her. And to piggyback on that, I honestly don't know who would take her to it. My husband has to work and I was either going to leave the kids with a friend, our babysitter, or take them to my parents'.

So there's that.

My son is also facing getting braces in the very near future.  He's pretty excited about it (because he doesn't know how much it's going to hurt yet!) but I'm not... I can hear the money draining from our bank account every time we head in for an appointment.

So is spending hundreds of dollars on gas, hotels, food, and fun the best thing for me right now?  And not being there when one of my children faces a doctor's appointment that could potentially mean a surgery (even though it's outpatient and done so routinely)?

My head won.  I decided that TMC isn't the best choice for me right now, and I'm bummed about it.  I don't know whether I'll avoid twitter for those 5 days or stay glued to it... it depends on if I want to feel sad and missing out or try to feel included.

Because you know they'll be tweeting.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

My Diigo Tags (weekly)

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Sunday, June 2, 2013


From a student email I just received:  

I also wanted to thank you for all of your hard work this year with us. You and your class made me love math again and I think I have a better idea at what I want to do with my life because of it. 

So yay!

And did-I-make-the-right-choice?

My Diigo Tags (weekly)

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Saturday, June 1, 2013

Cleaning Out

Instead of enjoying a nice quiet, calm exam week, I was busy sorting and packing and pitching. It's amazing how much stuff I accumulated in the last 8 years or so in that room!

A friend of mine is going to take over my room, so I was able to leave a lot of stuff that I normally would have cleaned out. 

Check out the transformation that my closet underwent! (I left most of that stuff.... My friend came in and told me that it felt like Christmas morning!)

You can imagine the number of trips I had to take to get my stuff to the car. Add in the fact that it was close to 90 degrees, we have no air conditioning in the building, and my room is on the second floor. 

My 7th period class came to the rescue. They all finished their exam with about 25 minutes left and several asked if they could help. Heck yeah! We all loaded up and quietly (as quiet that freshman on the last day of school can be!) made our way down to the parking lot. They truly saved me hours of traipsing back and forth. 

Here's my sad room on the way out :(

I feel like that door is closed (both literally and figuratively). And now I have much bigger things to think about... Like a whole Media Center and school full of teachers! My #summerlist has changed drastically.