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2017-09-20 06:23 pm

Teaching with a Migraine

Teaching with a migraine suuuuuucks, y’all. My patience tanks, but desire to be there dissolves, and I’m not in my best. Luckily, today, the migraine didn’t surface during the day. I woke up in the middle of the night with one, took medication, woke up feeling okay, got through the day, and, BAM!, it hit during collaboration. Which I can deal with. But I was crankier and less patient than I want to be, so, overall, it wasn’t as successful a day as I was hoping for.

I did get a bulletin board done. The space above my board didn’t have any background to it; I was just putting posters up. It looked ugly. So, I threw up some fabric I had, surrounded it with border, redid a couple of anchor charts to fit, and now it looks better. I still feel like my room is really ugly, but it’d a little better. No pictures, because I didn’t take any.

WWW Wednesday )
serafina20: (watchmen_redhead)
2017-09-19 05:41 pm

Losing the Pencil War

Link to WordPress with pictures.

Is it just me, or are pencils getting worse? They break so easily, at least in the hands of my second graders. Last year and this, it seems like I sharpen a bunch of pencils and ten minutes later, they’re all broken. And half the time, I sharpen the pencil and then can pull the point right out. It’s so frustrating. It doesn’t matter what kind I use, either. I try to use only Ticonderoga pencils, because they’re supposed to be the best, but, really, they’re just as bad as the Target brand. Maybe it’s my pencil sharpener. I don’t know. I used to manage pencils using The Wise Owl’s Winning the Pencil War, but even with giving the kids seven sharp pencils, I was constantly sharpening. Now, I have a sharp bucket and dull bucket and just try to keep up with them throughout the day.

I was going to take pictures of my class and post them today, but, honestly? My room isn’t that pretty. I try, but I’m just not good at decorating. I wish I was better, but I don’t have the interior design eye.

All in all, it was a good day. I still felt rushed for time, but I had library today and was expecting to feel rush. I did get a chance to take pictures of the kids at library and playing math games, which I posted to Class Dojo. The parents really liked that. It made me feel like I was doing something to connect with them without having to step out of my comfort zone. I really need to work on connecting with parents. That’s my goal this year.

What’s your goal for the year?
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2017-09-18 05:44 pm

It's Only Monday?!?

How is it only Monday and I already feel four days behind where I need to be? And after working all weekend to get ahead, too?

Lots of Rambling )
serafina20: (pb_alex's eyes)
2017-09-17 11:07 am


WordPress post with a rare picture of me in a dress.

I’ve watching some videos on Youtube under the #iteachtoo tag, and I wanted to do it. However, I don’t vlog and I’m too embarrassed to try. What I do, however, is write. So, I’m doing this blog style.

Questions and Answers )
serafina20: (dw_nine)
2017-09-16 06:09 pm

The Laminator

WordPress post with pictures.

Yesterday, I got my laminator from Amazon. I got a Scotch 2 Roller System (TL901C-T) and 100 Thermal laminating pouches.

Talking about my laminator )
serafina20: (cap)
2017-09-16 09:31 am
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Today's Goal

Clean ALL THE THINGS. Seriously, my place is a mess and it's driving me crazy. I was going in to the SPCA today, but now I'm thinking I just want to clean. The box situation is bad, the litter box situation is bad (the boxes are cleanish, but I have a pile up of bags that need to be carted to the trash can), I need to vaccuum, declutter, get rid of recycling.... It's all bad.

But, after that's all done, I get to play with my laminator. It's a lot smaller than I expected it to be, and I didn't think it was going to be big to begin with. Can't post pictures because Photobucket is a dick and I don't know where to host images for free. Do any of you?

If I really need to, I'll post it on my WordPress site and link it. (Because I know y'all are dying to see the laminator. It's probably the only thing you're thinking about.)

Okay. Off to clean.
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2017-09-15 08:12 pm


My laminator arrived!! I have achieved lamination! I shall laminate more this weekend (after getting more ink and cardstock). YAY!!!! HAPPY!!
serafina20: (pb_wet neck)
2017-09-15 04:58 pm

It's Friday!!

Today I introduced Class Dojo as a new management system. Up until now, I've just been giving out Eagle Dollars, the school incentive system, to encourage good behavior, but I wanted something more specific. I used to use BUGs (Being Unusually Good) as my incentive program. If kids were on task, I gave them a card with a bug on it. If they got five, they could turn it in for a reward. If they weren't being good, they lost their bugs. It was simple. However, last year, I found it really hard to do. The class was good and didn't need as many rewards, so I slacked on giving them out. And then I did it really unevenly, so some kids got a lot and others, not so much. I couldn't keep track of who I'd given them too, either.

More under the cut )
serafina20: (spn_dean eyes)
2017-09-14 06:00 pm

It begins

Today, one of my students punched another second grader in the stomach. Why? She dared to touch his shoulder. *sigh* So, now my class doesn't get an honor ribbon this week because he got a referral. At least it's not like two years ago, when we almost never got honor ribbons because a student was averaging a referral a day for awhile. This was one incident. We'll all get over it.

Oh, and then I sent the kid to the wrong buddy room at recess. The teacher who was supposed to get him came by after school and was like, "You kid never showed up," and I realized that I sent him to the wrong room like a dummy.

I went to the post office to complain about my mail today and then, when I got home, my mailbox was empty and one of my bills was on top of the box. So I'm glad I put in that complaint. Let's see if it works.

I can't seem to stop spending money this month. There's always another something I want either for me or for my classroom. I'm trying to restrain myself, because I've been spending a lot, but I want a teacher toolbox and I need another three drawer Sterilite organizer, and then I need the labels for both of them, of course. And I still need more scrapbooking cases to put games and stuff in so I can clear out some of those big boxes from my room. But I'm only buying those if they're still $3 each, because the regular price is not worth it.

In other news, I introduced a math game to the students today. It was reviewing 3-digit place value. I'm glad I did it, because I had a lot of kids who couldn't do it without their white boards, when they should have been able to look at the pictures and figure it out. But my real low- lows started catching on so I think it was really helpful. It's just a pain in the butt to get all the pieces handed out. I wanted something that they could grab and do when they're done with their math, but I'm afraid it might not be feasible. Too bad; it's a good game. The best part, it could be done in pairs or independently.

One more day until sleep day. I can do this.
serafina20: (thor_god)
2017-09-13 05:28 pm

I am so tired

I have no idea why I'm so tired, but all I want to do is sleep. However, I can't because it's book club night. I don't know why I bother with book club, because I'm the only one who actually reads the books. No, scratch that. I bother because I'm interested in the books. I don't know why anyone else bothers because they don't read the book, so why are they even doing it? I just don't get it.

Post office finally delivered my dress. Yay. And, even more yay, IT FITS!!!! There were all these warnings about how the sizes run small, and I think I know what dress size I am, but am not totally sure. So, I did my best guess, but got all worried when looking at another dress by the same people and customers were complaining that it really really ran small. But, it fits perfectly and looks great. I'm going to wear it for picture day.

Oh my God, I just put in a new ink cartridge in my printer, printed one thing, and the printer says the cartridge needs to be replaced. I got the store brand instead of name brand, but still.

I got roped in... well, no. I volunteered to be on a committee for the Next Generation science standards even though it's chaired by someone I hate. We have to come up with a lesson plan based around a piece of children's literature. My partner and I are going to do something from the science program they bought us and use the book "Too Many Toys" by David Shannon as our lit piece. At least, we hope we will as neither of us has read the book. But it looks like it should be what we need. The lesson is on properties of matter (hard, soft, fuzzy, smooth, rough, etc) and then the kids will build a toy and describe it using the properties. The book should tie in by using the pictures of the toys and stuff. At least I hope so. Otherwise, I have no idea what to do.

In bigger news, I ordered my laminator today! Since I had to order the book and some adhesive magnets, and I'm in a bad mood, I decided to do something to get it off my mind. It says it'll arrive by September 15, so I imagine it'll be here sometime in October. I was going to use an Amazon Locker, but the one by me isn't open right now. Of course.

Someone must have recced my "Man from UNCLE" (the movie) fic, because I got a bunch of kudos on it today. I love when that happens, but I want to see the rec!
serafina20: (dw_nine)
2017-09-12 05:45 pm

On substitutes

I almost put "on subs," but realized that a subject like that could lead to confusion and disappointment.

I was out today for a PD which, for once, was enlightening and helpful. We learned about math and some best practices and some simple games/number talks that I was able to go back and use right away. Plus, I was out of the class for a few hours.

Except... my sub didn't leave any note about how the day went! I'm piecing together what she didn't get to, but she didn't leave *anything*. The only thing she left was a list of names on the board as to who was good and who was not. One kid was on both sides. This is a not a new sub; I've had her in the past (when I taught first grade). I don't remember if she left notes then, but this was kind of ridiculous.

Why can't my mom be a sub in my room? She always leaves notes.

In other news, the post office continues to deliver my mail to other people. They have also failed to deliver a dress that I was supposed to get yesterday (Amazon Prime 2 day shipping). I'm getting really irritated. One day, when I have time, I'll call and complain.
serafina20: (avengers_cap)
2017-09-10 06:12 pm

Look at me, adulting

I went to Office Max today and they had reams of assorted colors of cardstock for $10.99. And I want to start building my collection, so I thought it would be good to get all the colors in limited amounts, see which ones I use the most, and get more based on that. I got two reams. But, when I got the receipt, the reams were $16.99. Usually, I wouldn't say anything, but I pulled up my big girl pants and did. So, they priced checked it. Turns out, the reams were on sale last week, but they hadn't removed sale price, so they honored it. Go me!

The third Target did have the laminator, but I think it cost more than Amazon, so I didn't get it. If it's the same price, I might go back to Target tomorrow, even though it's the far one. Or I'll just get it on Amazon because 2 day shipping and all. IDK.

ETA The laminator is about ten dollars cheaper on Amazon. I'll get it when I feel that I'm not just spending money constantly on Amazon, which I feel I have been.

My car is so full of crap for my classroom. Good thing that tomorrow is Monday (something I never thought I'd say).

I really enjoyed seeing Wrath of Kahn on the big screen today. It's such a good movie. I've seen it a million times, but my heart was still pounding during the tense scenes. And I love Bones so much. So, so much.
serafina20: (white collar_sara)
2017-09-07 05:43 pm


I was so tired and stressed last night, so of course an hour after I got to sleep I woke up with a migraine. Of course. The day before I planned to get to work early to do ALL THE STUFF.

But, after a restless night, I put on my new dress (I wore a dress!) went to Starbucks and... got a free coffee! They mixed up my order with another cars so instead of just putting the money back on the gift card and charging me right, they gave me my money back and my drink for free. I chalk it up to the dress. And, except for a tiny hiccup at school where I wanted to get something printed and instead it kept crashing my computer, it was a good day. And tomorrow is Friday. Yay!

I just hope I can sleep tonight.
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2017-09-04 04:59 pm

It's not a fandom...

Unless teaching is a fandom. But in the past few days, I've become obsessed with watching this one teacher's youtube videos. She Pocketful of Primary (although she's not a primary teacher anymore), and I cannot stop watching her vlogs. I won't watch anything on YouTube that's more than a minute usually (except for BohoBerry's bullet journal vids and, rarely, Fresh Baked Disney), but now I'm eating hours watching this teacher. And she's insane! She stays up until two and three am working and then gets up to go to school and teach. I can barely make it until 10. In fact, this school year, I've been going to bed at 9:30 (but I've added in going to the gym, so I'm more tired). This woman is a working machine.

She's made me want to get a laminator, and I don't laminate anything. But, maybe I would if it wasn't such a hassle. And it's only $20 at Target.

This is what I do to fill the void. Watch people who do my job better than I do talk about it. It feels kind of pathetic when I put it that way. Oh well. Off to watch more videos.
serafina20: (thor_god)
2017-05-29 09:44 am

I know I'm talking into the void but...

Hey everyone. Remember that POTC baby fic I wrote a gazillion years ago? Where James adopts a baby and Jack gets all involved?

No? Well, I started it in 2004, so I'm not surprised.

Anyway. I sort of finished it, I think. Anyone interested in looking it over and telling me what they think?

(I miss the days where I had icons for every fandom I was in.)
serafina20: (pb_alex's eyes)
2017-04-12 06:55 pm
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Prison Break ep 2

I'm not sure if this is season 5 or season 1. IMBD has it as season 1 and Previously TV says season 5, so... I don't know.

Kaniel Outis )
serafina20: (avengers_cap&bucky)
2017-02-10 09:12 pm
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On a roll with dreams

First, I dreamed I had to go back to high school because I never passed some essential class. I was very annoyed that all my years of teaching and college didn't matter and I had to go back. Plus, my mom had to enroll me, which was embarrassing.

Then, I dreamed that Sea World tried to release their killer whales back to the ocean by opening the tanks directly into the ocean. The whales swam out, but when they hit the dirty water, the noped out and turned back around. Also, for some reason, they had legs. It was a strange dream.