I WAS SUPER EXCITED when I woke up this morning. I was pumped because I was going to an art training class. Basically, I was going to get paid to paint, draw and color. I’m all about those things. AND THEN THE SNAFU! For about the first twenty minutes of school, they were scrambling to find a sub for me. Basically all of 3rd-5th grade had subs today so we could go to the art training, plus the art teacher and myself. The art teacher and I are what you call Educational Specialists Unicorns. In MOST schools teachers in a position labeled like ours, don’t actually work with students and because they don’t work with students, the district doesn’t assign them substitutes. BUT I teach pretty much all day, and so does the art teacher. Hence, the sub confusion.
Fortunately, I’ve got admin that thinks outside the box, and they sent me to the training without a sub. They scrambled things around until a sub was finally assigned. YIPEEE. I made some pretty cool pictures and what not, and within two minutes of the class had already decided how to connect a project we were going to be making later that day, to something my students have been working on.
SHOUT OUT to my guest teacher. She was cheerfully managing my last class of the day — second graders, when the district office showed up with my brand new, glorious Promethean board. For you non-teaching types, it is basically a smart white board that connects to your computer. For followers of this little blog, you might remember that my old projector died sometime back in February or March last year. I’ve been using a regular old projector setup that involves extension cords and kids ducking out of the way of the beam of light. I cannot wait to retire that old system!
I didn’t get one SECOND to play with my new board though because right after school I had to rush over to choir practice. That’s right. We have a choir. It consists of teachers, instructional aides and parents. It is pretty awesome. It’s all part of our wellness program. We are really fortunate in that we have this GREAT choir director who is working with us a couple times a month. In December we will perform for our students. It is pretty fun. Everyone is nervous and everyone is supportive.
UNFORTUNATELY, I had to bow out of choir practice because my Offspring were AWOL. Due to some miscommunication (ONE DEAD CELLPHONE), they didn’t know they were getting picked up by their grandfather, and walked home. Grampy showed up and no kids in sight. Thus, multiple phone calls and slowly, rising panic. The kids were fine. Grampy was fine, but it was a fairly stressful afternoon. Now I’m spending my evening watching videos about how to connect wirelessly to a Promethean board, and hoping that tomorrow afternoon will be less dramatic. Either way, I will . . .
Keep moving forward,