28 Dec, 2012
Posted by: sgregg In: Life ramblings
I was just looking at my last post (from July!) and realized so much has happened since then. I didn’t know where I was going to end up or if I was going to keep going to school or what. Well, I got a job at a special high school in the city teaching 10th and 11th grade English. It was NOT fun. The students I taught were 2 or more years behind and they were mostly problem kids. Some even came from the Juvenile Detention Center. They had lots of attitude and did not care about school, and did not care that they were getting a second chance to get caught up and graduate with kids their own age. Now, that’s not all of them, but the majority felt that way. There were a select few that really wanted to graduate on time and were really trying their best to get through. Anyway, I worked there for 2 months until the district decided the program was not beneficial and sent my students back to the regular high school. So, that left me without a job. My principal made some calls and set up an interview for me at an elementary school that just so happened had a teacher that was resigning. I ended up getting a job there teaching 5th grade Language Arts and Reading. The kids are better, but it’s a whole different ball game. I went from about 10 students per class to an average of 21 or 22 per class. It is very challenging and stressful. The school tests the students every 4.5 weeks, so it seems like that is all we are doing…preparing for tests. I teach the students that usually score Minimal or Basic on the state tests and it’s even more challenging. I’m trying so very hard to reach these students and to figure out a way to get to them. I’ve been pulling them in small groups, they’ve been doing extra assignments on the computer, practice worksheets, etc. I just don’t know what else to do.
Because teaching as pretty much taken over my life for the moment, I have not been focusing on my diet. This has got to change. I bought some measured bowls that have little ice packs that go in them to help me take good foods and to make it easier to measure stuff out. I want to be more aware of what I’m eating. I think I’ll do a weigh-in tomorrow morning just to see where I’m at right now.