Yesterday was long, with two sessions of very boring in-service, a break between the two, and then a break afterwards before we had to be back for Back-to-School night. That was fun. Most of the teachers were dressed in their teacher outfits (not me....I am too young for teacher clothes), and the kids were so excited. School is going to start next week, whether we are ready for it or not. I personally, am really looking forward to it. This will be my fourth year in the school setting, 3rd year teaching ... with each year being at a different school. Hopefully, if all goes well and I enjoy it at this school, I won't have to change schools or look for another job. This school district is growing so fast, I am sure I will have great job security.
This morning, we (elementary special education teachers) had a meeting to go over paperwork and changes in the "system". I am beginning to learn that in special education, changes happen. Often. You just got to roll with the punches. And our district is one of the districts in ND piloting a new software for writing IEP's. I think I am one of the few sped teachers that really doesn't mind the paperwork. It must be my "anal-organization" personality trait. If it wasn't a personality trait, it is now.
This afternoon was a different vibe. We worked on our schedules and divided up the kids between the four of us, and lucky me... being a strategist and all, I was give a handful of first graders, as they are new to us all, and a few emotional/behavior kids! Yes! Then we met with each grade level teachers in 15 minute increments, discussing the children in their classes who receive our services, and that was a nightmare. There were a couple teachers that were completely irritable and not wanting to hear anything from us, upset with our schedule, and just down right rude. When I left shortly before 5, I was feeling overwhelmed, unprepared, and a little irritated by a few teachers' comments. But, what happens at work, must stay at work... and this is really hard to do, especially when you become attached to your student, work your ass off to help them academically (both in the classroom and resource room), help them socially, and for some.... emotionally.
So, what did I decide to do once I got home? RUN. Yep. I didn't have a route in mind. I just went out. me and my ipod. I walked the first 7 minutes to loosen up a bit, and then I was off. The weather couldn't have been more perfect, 70 degrees and overcasting with a slight cool breeze. Most of my route was on busy roads...at 5pm, so it was motivating to keep going, as I have this thing with stopping in front of heavy traffic. I can't. It's one of my "things". I don't like it. Call me weird, but we ALL have "things"... right?
Two days until it all starts. For real. I think I need to go out before the school year starts...
ORN: 3.4 mile
Avg Pace: 13:00
CLIP FROM BILLY MADISON