Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Happy Leap Day!!

While upon waking up this morning (which, thanks to last night's rodeo, was more difficult than on most Wednesdays....), I really wanted to take this bonus day of February and just sleep through it all. But, after 10 cups of coffee, 30 minutes of Alabama Pandora radio, and finding joy in teaching my 4-5 year old special ed students about Leap Day (and, in addition, teaching them how to leap), I decided to grab this extra day of 2k12 by the nads and make it happen.

So, after 11 hours of procrastination, 7 rounds of Scramble with Friends, 1 episode of Paula Dean, and making sure numerous times that I was up to date on my friend's Facebook statuses, I did! I have finally applied for my teaching certificate in the great state of Texas! After 5 years of taking the easy way out of teaching (subbing, assisting, and teaching without the paycheck that goes with it) I have finally taken responsibility and done something about it!

**Emotionally unstable rant start...**

I see some of the crazies that get hired into the public school system. Please don't get me wrong, there are some totally legit teachers that come to work, do their job, and actually care. BUT, on the other hand, there are SO many that are just there for a paycheck. I'm sorry, but public school is not a daycare. As a teacher, you cannot treat your job like you're babysitting. Yes, a lot of the parents will consider you to be more of a babysitter than a teacher. BUT- at the end of the day, these kids are here to learn. And I'm sick ofhearing teachers complain about their students behavior/test scores/social skills/etc when all they do is put in a movie or put their students in workstations that they barely explain! How can you expect a 5 year old to show growth if you barely show them that you know their name?! I get really frustrated when I think about how much I love these (well, most of these) kiddos, and I have no authority for how they're taught or treated by their teachers.

**Emotionally unstable rant end...**

Anyway. Fingers crossed that my application gets accepted and I can begin taking the steps I need to take in order to have my very own classroom! (Read: mentor my own classroom full of my own kids....ina classroom I get to decorate all by myself!)

In addition to my application and it's 50-100 word essay on why I'm awesome....or why I want to teach...I also completed the following:

*I paid my rent.
*I paid off my end of our trip to San Diego....SAN DIEGO!!!!
*I gave my dogs some love

(because, honestly?! Look at those freaking faces!)
*I consumed a healthy dinner of Golden Grahams and some wine from a box.

Not too bad for a bonus day.... not to mention being one day closer to jeans-day Friday! It's the little things....

1 comment:

  1. Yay for becoming a teacher! You will make a fabulous teacher and your classroom will be amazing. I had rice krispies and eggos for breakfast...great minds think alike?? And hooray for being 1 day closer to jeans day! It's what gets me through the week!