Thursday, March 22, 2007

"That's it; you're done."

That's what the girl in the Graduate Studies office said to me as I stood there for a second, looking blankly at her, waiting to be told what the next step was. I had just handed her my 8b form, validated by the library administrative office, certifying that I've turned in my thesis for binding (a day BEFORE the deadline) and will hence graduate.

She said those words so lightly.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

I felt really smart...

...when I ran out of shaving cream in the shower this morning and then remembered that I had already purchased a new can.

Aaah yeah, baby.

What makes you feel smart?

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Years of famine, apparently

The rest of the story:

In fourth period today, pretty much right after the bell rang to begin class, all my students were in their seats, with their hands in the air.

Yup, you guessed it - they all wanted to go get a drink of water. :)

It's kinda fun to have an inside joke with my students.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Third period drought

The back-story:
There is a drinking fountain about six feet from the door of my classroom, so I let kids get a drink pretty much whenever they want, but they DO have to raise their hands and ask.
And also, I have a class of all seventh graders during fourth period.

The story:
During a presentation of new vocabulary in 4th period today, approximately half my students, one at a time, raised their hands and asked if they could get a drink of water. Since I kept thinking that they were raising their hands to answer my questions about the new vocab, I kept calling on them and having the flow of class totally interrupted. GRR. Finally I said, "What is the deal?! Was there a DROUGHT in 3rd period today??" to which all my students, at the top of their voices, responded, "YES!" So I said, half-kidding, "Shall we just ALL go get a drink??" to which all my students, at the top of their voices, responded, "YES!"

So we took 3 minutes of class time for them to quietly pile into the hall and get a drink, which is fine with me, if it allows class to carry on without 25 individual requests to go get a drink.

I was attempting to restart class by saying, "Now that we're all well-hydrated..." when one of my students piped up, "Now I have to go to the bathroom!"


Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Sometimes stuff just STINKS.

Yesterday I was bugged at:
  • boys
  • traffic
  • staying at work too long and getting too little done
  • being hungry
Today I am bugged at:
  • my crappy lesson plan for today
  • hitting the snooze button too many times
  • snotty students who won't stay on task in class
BUT - I saw my aunt as Aunt Martha in "Arsenic and Old Lace" last night, and she was FABULOUS, just like I knew she would be. And there ARE tasks in my life that ARE getting done. And my first payment for my trip to France this summer is due, which means I am REALLY GOING!

So I guess I can keep on just keepin' on for a little while longer. :P