Today is friday and a beautiful one at that. I've been thinking a lot about how great Sarah's positive was the other day and, after having such a great day, it seemed an opportune time to write one :)
The best part of today was that my placement actually went well. When I went into the classroom wednesday, the kids practically ate me alive for that first hour. My teacher wasn't there, so it was just me and a sub, and it was just horrible. 6th graders can be brutal! I had a great talk with my mom, though (who is a 6th grade teacher herself) and she reminded me that at this age it's really important to give them choice. So, taking a breath, I decided to focus on that today. I gave them choices about whether I could trust them to take a break outside, whether I could trust them to pay attention in seats they chose for themselves, and what activity they wanted to do for the last 20 minutes of class (with 3 educational choices). I also really focused on the positives, reaffirming how smart they are, and that they are good kids. I think it helped. I just felt so much more in control. It'll take a while longer to really get into the swing of middle school, but I feel like things are on the way up.
Things have also been stressful as we have been gearing up for attending job fairs. Of course, this comes at a time when a record number of teachers are being laid off. Not the best time to look for a job! This is the problem with the way we fund schools in california. It's not like we can lay off students, but schools across the board are cutting 10% from the budget. Still, there are some jobs out there. I'll just have to be less picky :) I spent all day crafting my cover letter and am pretty proud of it. Hopefully it'll sell employers on my great teaching skills. I'm also happy that I'm getting two credentials, so that I'll have more job options. So, while I've been stressed about this, I'm feeling more confident today that one way or another, I'll find a job for myself. I'm going with my best friend this weekend to buy my first suit!
The last great thing is that its the weekend and Ed and I are once again house sitting (we took a 2 day break, but will have otherwise been housesitting for over 2 weeks!) This house is such a breath of fresh air. Its a great place to work (and since I have lots of work, that's a good feature for a place to have).
The leg is feeling a little better (I haven't run regularly for about three weeks now) and I have a doctor's appointment where I'll hopefully get an MRI to finally definitively identify the problem. I did get some helpful responses when I posted my problem to the ultra list, with some people who have had the exact same symptoms and are now great and doing 100s. One man gave me his sweared by exercise that 'cured' his problem. No cure for me yet, but I'm still working on it.
So, life really is great. It's going to be a lovely weekend, and there is only 2 more weeks until spring break! Life is certaintly moving quickly.
Hope you all are having a lovely friday afternoon (and weekend)