Monday, September 17, 2007

All is good

Tip of the day: Don't wear cute shoes. To school. Period.

I have worn these shoes twice before to school and haven't had any problem with them. Today? My pinky toes were sore before the day even started. And there really isn't much of a heal on these. It's definitely hard to beautiful. Or to try to be beautiful! Ha!

Last night it took forever to fall asleep. I woke up at 2am, fell back to sleep and was up shortly before 5. I couldn't sleep and all I could think about was my first meeting today. Needless to say, I was at the school before 7am.

This meeting wasn't just a simple annual IEP meeting, but a transition meeting for a new student from a different district, and an annual IEP meeting, as well as a meeting for us to discuss further testing for the three-year reevaluation. I think my anxiousness and not feeling prepared was written all over my face. One of the other special ed teachers offered to sit in and take notes. Thank you. Despite the anxiety and pressure I put on myself leading up to this meeting, I have successful lived through it and walked out of the conference room with a smile on my face!

You know, I have been teaching special education for the last two years, but this year I am completely on my own. No one forcing me to have my IEP's looked over (only to be marked up by red left and right) before submitting, no one to tell me to reword something, no one to be a step above me at a meeting and guiding me through it. It's not like I am unable to get help when I need it, because that is definitely available. And was offered prior to this meeting. It's just a different feeling to have expectations (probably stemming from myself) to do well and give all the impression that I know my stuff.

I have another meeting next tuesday, and after today, I know it will go just fine!

18 comments:

hepsmom said...

Sooooo sorry. I should've let you know this. You just can't get away from a sore feet feeling!

kelsalynn said...

I hate dress shoes...
Thanks for the always positive comments on my blog. You're always so motivating. Thanks for making me feel like I'm still accomplishing Septepolluza even if I took a day off!
KelsaLynn

eyegirl said...

The shoes are really cute, though. I'm glad to hear that your meeting went well!

scott keeps running said...

but they are sooo cute! how could you NOT wear them? ;)

way to get through that first meeting on your own. you are now stronger than ever!

(totally digging the photos you're throwing in at the top)

Marcy said...

Ahhhhhhh but that's such a small price to pay to look good, right? ;-)

Nicole said...

cute shoes - sorry to hear they aren't comfortable.

Ms. Math said...

I would be extremely nervous and stressed out if I had to lead an IEP or 504 meeting! Glad to hear your first one went well and good luck with the future meetings!

Jess said...

I know what ya mean about the shoes -- when you stand all day, it can really hurt the toesies!

Wes said...

High expectations are a great motivator, but I'm sure your co-workers are well aware that this is your first year on your own. You are doing great!!!

jahowie said...

I'm glad that your meeting went well. Sorry about the sore feet. I bet you looked good though. ;-)

IronGambit said...

Sore shoes are a pain in the f**t.. haha
It could be worse, you could be swimming with sharks!

Annette said...

The cute shoe lesson is one I've had to learn more than once. :)

I'm sure you're doing great with all those IEPs. It will take time, but you'll be brimming with confidence before you know it. It sounds like you're already headed down that path with a good meeting accomplished.

CollegeGirl said...

Sorry your feet hurt, but if it's any consolation -they're totally cute shoes!

Dying Water Buffalo said...

So so cute though! I love heels with sandal-like features and cutouts yet have support on the sides, although that is cuz I have wide feetz.

Beauty is worth the pain, suck it up, woman! :)

J~mom said...

Those shoes are super cute!! You know I never got over being nervous for parent meetings! Keep up the great work at your job!

Nat said...

It seems that all dress shoes squeeze my toes. Soon all of your first time things at your job will become second nature!

Runner Gal Leana said...

Ohhh, cute shoes! I have a serious shoe collection which I hardly ever delve into anymore. They just hurt my feet (or my knees) too much now it seems. Sigh....guess I'll be sticking with flats from now on. No fun!

Danielle said...

I have been known to wear cute shoes and regret it too...ah well.