Thursday, March 12, 2015

He Got a Job!

It's midterm week, which basically translates as CRAZINESS!

Every student that saves things for the last minute makes sure their work is turned in at 12, expects that I have it graded by 1:30, that way they know where they stand after their exam, and can leave for the day. Never mind that my lunch hour is at 12, and the exam is at 1.

Yesterday I had a student that showed up at 10; when presentations for the class were all morning. She had forgotten about her presentation. At 1:30 she said, "I'm ready to present!" with a smile on her face. I looked at all my piles of work to grade and said, "It will have to wait until all this work is graded." She scoffed, "Ok then." I said, "If you are going to make me wait to see your presentation, I'm going to make you wait to give it until I'm ready. Everyone else in this class wants to know their grade. Be grateful that I'm still letting you still give your presentation." I'd love to push it off on their generation, but I have a student in my class that is in his early 30s, and is one of the worst about turning his work in on time.

Thank goodness there's only a handful of slackers. The rest are great! 

Midterm and Finals weeks are crazy busy for any teacher. 

Even when I'm not working I'm bushed. I haven't updated you on my news.

Dad - My Husband Got a Job! 
I call him "Dad" because someday the boys will read this blog.

The stress isn't over yet. We're now busy trying to find out what to do with the boys all summer. Mica's in 3 camps (Math Camp, an Outdoors Camp, and an Acting Camp), and 1 week of fun summer school (that's with my nephew's school district). Isaak's in 2 camps (Outdoors Camp and an Acting Camp), and 1 week of fun summer school. 
It sounds like we have them in a lot, but summer break is from the end of May to the beginning of August. Don't hate me for this, but I'm so ready for year round school! My kids get bored if they aren't busy. They retain less to. With year round school they still get breaks, but they are more evenly distributed. My parents only want to help only so much. I can take time off - as Dad won't have vacation time anyhow. There's a kid we trust we're going to ask if she can watch them a few days a week. We're flexible with what days for her. If that won't work out then there's community centers that will watch kids, but we didn't like that program when Mica went before. We found that they weren't being watched well, Mica was bullied, and the people that were in charge refused to do anything about the bully behavior. But Mica went when he was only in Kindergarten at the time. Maybe things have changed; the boys are older. There are other community centers around town that may do a better job.
Dad isn't getting paid as much, it's further away. It's much more of a rewarding job! Their full time is 32 hours a week. He'll get benefits.
He's going to start next week for training. He's going to be working with adults that have special needs. He's teaching them art. He can work on his own art at the same time. 
If you've never heard of Judith and Joyce Scott - they were twins. Judith had Down Syndrome. She was separated from her sister, and put in a home. There she stole things. Why? To make art. She passed away in 2005, but her work is now world known. The video I wanted to share with you is disabled, but you can watch it here.

Images found here.

Here's an alternative video that isn't as good:


Indah Nuria Savitri said...

hang in there! I can imagine things can be so tough with all the deadlines..I'm in the middle of big meetings as well and well, you's always crazy...Congratulations for your dad! A lovely job indeed and hopes he enjoys it :). I just heard about Judith and Joyce Scott..will check it out..

The Cranky said...

I'm so happy for your news Alissa; despite everything else, that has to be a huge weight off your mind!

Theresa Mahoney said...

That's great Travis found a rewarding job! Yay!

I am with you on the year round school. Mine bore within the first month of summer break, so I am constantly having to hunt down things for them to do.

Eat To Live said...

That is wonderful news!!! Whoo Hooo... I bet Travis is very happy... You too.

~ Noelle said...

I am so excited that Travis has a job now and one that sounds like he will really enjoy. So happy things are looking up

Masshole Mommy said...

Congrats to Travis. That is awesome news. It didn't take long for him to find something at all :)


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