October 28, 2012

It's True What They Say...

Thank you, cold front, for finding your way to Baton Rouge. While the drop in temperature hasn't been appreciated by the locals, this Chicago girl certainly loved it. It felt like a big bandaid for my soul that still aches to be in the Windy City. We donned sweatpants, hoodies, and slippers, slept with the windows open so we'd have a good excuse to snuggle all night, and I've been busy making some of our fall favorites: chili on the stove, cornbread, and pumpkin spice cake. I tell ya, nothing makes Joel love me like when I feed him a good meal. :) I guess it's true that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach!

We're having a lazy Sunday at home today. We're both still in our pj's, and I have no intention of changing that today. We've spent hours snuggling on the couch drinking chai tea lattes and sharing plans of our dream home as we watched HGTV. And now, as I type this, he's shimmying and shaking as he plays balance games on the wii board... we're quite the entertaining couple, y'all!

Really though, we're soaking up the last of our time off together because tomorrow morning, I'm headed back to work. Finally. (I say that for my co-workers and students, not for myself.)

Even though I'm still not feeling 100% (Most of my hearing has returned to my right ear, but my left one is still a mess.), my alarm is set for 5:30 AM. Teachers are only allowed 10 days off (sick and personal leave) per school year, and I've already managed to use 7 of my allotted days in the past two weeks. I want to save those last three days in case I get sick or something else important happens.

Also, I've decided that my students simply need me back. I was able to check Kickboard (our school-wide PBIS system, with which we document all behavior) from home several days last week, and I was astounded to see how terrible my students' behavior has been across the board. I liken it to puppies pooping in the house when they're angry at mom and dad for going out of town. They're feeling abandoned, and they're rebelling.

So, even though I'm not completely me yet, I think half of me will be better than no me at all. I need to save my students from themselves and get back to the curriculum (versus the babysitting that's been happening recently).

But things, they're gonna be changing around my classroom.  Yes, indeed.

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