Today it is a rockin’ 75 degrees outside. This is the first in a series of really brutal weeks that will make up my April. I’m calling it Crazy April. If I make it successfully through this week, I will be nothing short of very impressed with me. If I make it through the month, I am going to celebrate.
First, grades are due this week, by the end of the day Wednesday. I was busy straight through the weekend, unable to get much grading done and none today. That means that tomorrow and Wednesday, are the only two days I have to get grades in and I can’t do this during school hours because usually I’m sitting back watching t.v. and eating bon bons teaching. I say, usually, because I have a student teacher in my room who is doing her practicum and thus, I am relieved of most of my teaching duties, but none of my grunt labor supervisory duties.
Today, all by my lonesome, I had to make sure all the invitations to our Math After School Club for 140 students were printed, folded, labeled and delivered to classrooms so teachers could send them out today. That Club starts next week and will run through the end of the month. I’m in charge of organizing it. This means I’m scheduling nine teachers and four aides, coordinating schedules, gathering materials, training, communicating and basically running my butt off (this is a good thing) to make this thing happen. Oh, yeah, and I’m also responsible for coordinating the snack. Yeah, this ought to be good!
Today, was the start of our After School Science Club which will run all week. I am teaching a play with stuff and get pretty messy Hands On Science Inquiry segment. This, like the Math Club, will take up all my after school planning time. Fortunately, I can rely on my student teacher for some of that. I’m glad she’s so competent. This entire scenario would be a nightmare if she were not. I must make a point to thank her and tell her how wonderful she really is.
The big finale is the Professional Development Class that I will crash and burn teach on May First. This one has me in fits…well…it just does. There’s nothing worse than teaching teachers.
Of course, in addition to all these things, life’s normal demands still exist. For example, tonight, my second oldest daughter told me her play rehearsals changed from being over at 6 to starting at 6 and going till 8. This completely wipes out the plans I made with my oldest daughter to go shopping for a prom dress after she gets off at 6. Somewhere in all this mess I have to fit in dinner.
So, it is a rockin’ 75 degrees outside and I am not able to be out in it grading papers. Instead, I’m here, offgassing some of the stress of my week and celebrating the fact that I made it through Day 1 of Crazy April.
When it is all over, I’ll have a few additional dollars in my paycheck and this will be a great thing. I’ve already decided that I’m buying 2 tickets to the Special Olympics Wine, Food & Chocolate tasting event on May 2nd which is the day after all this ends. I’m going to treat a special friend ( identity yet to be determined) and I’m just going to go and celebrate a month well done. But I have to get there first! 🙂