Another Busy Week Ahead

Sep. 24th, 2017 05:35 pm
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WordPress entry.

Sometimes, I don’t understand my district. It’s like they go out of their way to make things as difficult as possible for the teachers. Take next week, for example. We are supposed to work on progress reports next week. We fill out out the computerized form saying how they are doing in each subject, and then fill out comments. Filling in the form doesn’t take long (in fact, I’m already done), but the comments do. Especially because over half of them need to be in Spanish. I don’t speak Spanish, so I need to either run my comments through Google Translate or hunt through my comment books for comment appropriate for my students. I usually do the former, even though it makes me nervous since Google Translate is notoriously unreliable. I remember when I was trying to tell my parents to have their children count change and Google Translate translated it as “cambio”, which is not what I wanted.

Plus, I like to make my comments specific to each child, so I don’t use the pre-defined ones that come with the program and I don’t like using professionally published books (although I get ideas from them sometimes). So, it takes awhile.

So what does my district decide to do? Hold meetings during the week. The first isn’t their fault; my principal and the PBIS committee (which I’m on) decided to meet on Monday after school. But the second meeting is the district. We’re having grade level collaboration for the whole district on Wednesday. Why it has to be next week instead of the week after, I don’t know. I honestly think that the district expects us to do progress reports on our own time, which isn’t fair. We should be able to do it during our prep time. But every year, this is what happens. And I didn’t it easier on myself because I scheduled an appointment on Thursday.

But, I’ll get it done. I always do. But I’ll still complain because it’s just not fair.

In other new, I’m decorating my room for fall tomorrow. I’ve never done that before, but a) I’m in the mood and b) I’m trying to make my room prettier and more engaging. I found this sign at Michael’s that's orange and says 'Fall' on it in cute font. I also bought some leaves at the Dollar Store. The sign is going to go on my cabinets and the leave will go on the cabinets and the board (I think). I’ll do it tomorrow morning and take pictures. I hope it’ll look good. I’m not very good at decorating. My apartment is all superhero art I got at Comic Con. Grown-up decorations baffle me.

I finished What Teacher’s Make and am now looking for something else to read. I was going to try The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood, but the lack of quotation marks bugs me. Any suggestions?

Where Freedom Rings...

Sep. 24th, 2017 05:08 pm
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It's been interesting to watch the brouhaha about the NFL controversy. The saddest thing is that this is just another example of Trump's attempts at misdirection. He could care less what the players are doing on the field. He sure as heck doesn't care about them as human beings. If he did he wouldn't whine that they're not playing rough enough since the newest safety measures were put in place to try and keep them from incurring such severe brain damage from the hits they take during the games.

My father fought in World War II, my brother fought, and died, in Vietnam, to earn, and continue to support, every US citizen's right to peacefully protest. Whether you agree with them or not, they have the right to protest what they perceive as a racial injustice. It's part of the freedom we enjoy living in this country.

25 Multifandom Icons

Sep. 24th, 2017 04:29 pm
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Rest here @ [personal profile] magical_sid

Includes:
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  1. LONG WEEKEND FTW! \o/ \o/ \o/

  2. Today's turning out to be a 3 Hours of 90s Alt/Rock Hits kinda day. ^___^

  3. Website

    Lately I've been enjoying tinkering with my website: igoss.net/archive. I barely know anything about php and css, but like playing around until, through trial and error or happy accident, I get the result I want. I'm really glad that I finally fixed the menu. It's now on a separate (and easily updatable) page, hence the having to teach myself php thing. That meant going back and manually changing the code and extension in what felt like billions of files, but at least from here on out, updating the menu will only mean changes to a single page. :b

    It's been about 4 years since I've done a proper update, so it's slow going. I've uploaded some 2017 fanart to the site, but still have to deal with all 2013-2016. Plus I now gotta give MCU fanart a whole page for itself. Eh. Keeps me occupied when I need to take my mind off RL stresses.

  4. The Defenders

    I spend this week *finally* watching The Defenders. Just finished episode 6 - just 2 more to go. Surprisingly, I'm really enjoying it? I don't even find Rand that utterly annoying (except for his hair). I'm sort of liking how every character has clear flaws, and the push-pull of having to work with each other. I particularly get a kick out of Jessica Jones being 100% done with everyone, especially Matt.

    I haven't even gotten to the end as yet, but I'm already looking forward to more in this 'verse. I mean, I'm not gonna subject myself to watching S1 Iron Fist - let's not get crazy - but I'm definitely gonna go check out more of Jessica Jones (I'd only seen the first 2-3 eps).

  5. Inktober

    I'm psyching myself to try Inktober, since it's definitely gonna be integrated into [community profile] drawesome's challenge activities for the entire month of October. I want to attempt to create something daily for the first week. And maybe stick to weekends for the rest. We'll see how it goes. At least I have the official list of Prompts to get my creativity going: 2017 Inktober Prompt List )

    I'm thinking of trying brushwork with ink, not just using a pen or marker. Will be interesting experimenting with an ink pot, and painting in monochrome as well. I tend to lean heavily on colour blending to create visual impact in my art, so it will be a good opportunity to play around with positive/negative space etc. instead, to get that sense of drama.

Back to school Teaching Tag

Sep. 23rd, 2017 09:53 am
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Back to School Teaching Tag

This teaching tag was started by Kayse Morris at Teaching on Less. It feels a little weird to be doing a back to school post when I’m seven weeks into the year, but I liked the questions and thought I’d give it a whirl.

Where do you teach? What grade? What subjects?

I teach in a small town near California’s Central Coast. I teach second grade, all subjects.

When did or when does your school start for you?

School started on August 14. I wish I taught in a district that started after Labor Day, because August is too hot (although September was too hot this year, too), but, alas, I don’t. The school board tries to push our start date back every year, but so far we’ve been successful in keeping it around the same time.

What fun things did you do this summer?

I went to Universal Studios with my brother and sister. We had so much fun, and Harry Potter world was amazing. It was the highlight of the summer (that and spending time with my siblings, of course!)

Give 3 tips to teachers when starting back to school.

1. Teach your routines and expectations over and over and over, until they become habits.
2. Over plan. Better to have too much to do than have to little and have to scramble around to fill time.
3. Be gentle with yourself. The first week is tough and you will be so much more tired than you think you will be. Go home, rest, and relax.

What’s your back to school go-to resource?

This year, my go-to resource was Haley O’Connor’s First Week Survival Kit from TPT. I found some of her posters on Pinterest and thought they were wonderful. And I did not follow my second piece of advice, which was to over plan (I thought I did, but I kept getting through things too quickly), so having that survival kit really helped out a lot.

Who do you follow on social media that inspires you?

I’ve said it before, but Pocketful of Primary. She’s really inspired me to become a better teacher and renewed my passion for the profession.

What routine do you set for your students in your classroom on day 1?

We do a lot of routines, but how to line up and walk in line correctly is one of my biggest ones. By the end of the day, the kids know the expectation and are doing it correctly. The other big one is that I expect them to be active listeners and participants at all times. They don’t get let off the hook for anything.

1 thing/item you can’t live without during school.

My recess coffee. First recess, I get coffee and it makes me feel so happy. Other than that, my document camera and projector. I don’t remember how I ever taught without them.

Easy lunch pack recipe for teachers!

This is better on toast, but I eat it on bread:

Guacamole, cucumbers, tomatoes, feta cheese and red onion (optional; I usually skip that because I forget). Layer it on bread, and you’ve got a delicious and filling lunch.

I got the recipe from With Salt and Wit.

What do you love most about back to school?

I love the anticipation that for the new school year. It’s bright and fresh and there are so many possibilities in store. It’s that New Year feeling that you can do anything and everything, and it will be wonderful.

TGIF

Sep. 22nd, 2017 08:31 pm
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Man, I'm glad for a weekend. This week was long but not because I got a lot done. It was just long because I would have rathered be back in bed.

Oh well. It's over and I get to sleep in tomorrow.

I got more writing on the novel done. Morgan's plan to seduce Quinn with cupcakes went sideways when Quinn surprised her with art supplies that brought back memories of Morgan's grandmother being mean. Abusive mean. But Quinn's revived it by offering, yup, cupcakes (hey, they were right there) and cuddles.

Yeah, I want to write them cuddling and then playing with paint afterwards. Why not?

Got this week's story uploaded everywhere. It's another Gods Above and Below story called The Shadow of Time's Courage. I didn't get the Now Available post up but once the POD has cleared I absolutely am going to get that done. Looks like Now Available posts are going up once a month or so. *sigh*

Did manage to get prep work done all the way to my next novel to come out in the first week of November. That's the first of my 3 novels in 3 months books: Day Hunt on the Final Oblivion. Need to do final proofreading, get it into POD (along with three other stories) and I'll be well ahead of schedule. I might even get it up for preorder. :D

Goals for tomorrow include going and spending my gift card at Barnes and Noble, hitting the mall, writing, shredding mountains of zucchini for zucchini bread, and that's about it, I think.

I'm off to bath and bed now--goodnight everyone!

Star Trek Novel Icons

Sep. 22nd, 2017 06:17 pm
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20 Star Trek: Rihannsu icons and 55 other Star Trek TOS book cover icons over here.

Made it to Friday

Sep. 22nd, 2017 05:28 pm
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WordPress entry with another picture of my room. I got 9 views yesterday; it was so exciting.

I survived the week! I actually went in early every day this week, worked on things that needed to get worked on, and feel like I ended in a good place.

I had another surprise drop in today. On Friday mornings, we take our weekly ELA assessments on the iPads. It’s nosier than paper tests for some reason, but the kids do a lot better (probably because they find out how they did right away, and that motivates them to do their best). Anyway, we were in the middle of doing the tests when the superintendent walked in! I hate when that happens! I mean, I don’t know this superintendent, because he’s new, but he seems nice, but, still. I never want the top boss walking into my room because I get nervous.

I smiled and explained what we were doing. He nodded and hung out a few minutes, looking at my boards and everything before leaving. Actually, he left, came back, looked around a little, and then left again.

Next week is unit 1 assessment week. The unit test is long, has 4 stories to read, a phonics section, grammar (and the grammar is so hard. It’s almost not fair, because it’s not tested like it was taught and it’d be difficult to teach how its taught. It’s just… ugh.) We’re taking them on iPads because a. it’s easier to grade and b. the kids are used to it and c. it’ll help prepare them for state testing.

But, honestly, mostly because it’s easier to grade. 🙂

Have a great weekend everyone!

Season 13 Trailer is HERE!!!

Sep. 22nd, 2017 02:19 pm
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