Thursday Thoughts

I debated whether or not to name this “Thursday Thoughts” or the ubiquitous and classic “Throwback Thursday”, and decided on the former because it’s my blog. I have a couple of ideas for future TBTs. Stay tuned.

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Yesterday was a teacher work day. A day to get caught up on grading, turn in all grades for the first nine weeks grading period, and plan for the second quarter. I’m forever amazed at how children do not understand this calendar. I usually take 2-3 days to explain what a quarter is, why grades are important, how grades are averaged. Nothing ticks me off more than a kid yelling at me about the “grade I gave them.” Listen, bubba, it’s easy math…if you turn in no work, I have no work to grade, the only thing I can do is put a zero in that little square to hold the place until I have a number to put in there. Work with me? Teachers give candy, we give hugs, we give advice, we give stern talkings-to. We do not give grades. You earn them.

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At the start of the year, I am usually loosely lesson-planned through Thanksgiving break. My students have to take three week-long tests (which for my slower processers usually become 8 to 9 school days each to complete), and we always read a novel about personal changes, so that sucks up our time. This year, I have become more regular about including yoga and meditation moments in class. The kids are devouring it. They’re begging for more yoga, and they like to “learn how to breathe”, as we say. Yesterday after planning I wrote two new ten-minute meditations to share with my kids. I think we will start this new grading period today with one of them. I’ve also recorded them to put on YouTube so the kids can listen on their phones at home. Many of them say it helps them sleep and relax, and we need more of that. All of us.

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We got an email yesterday that our boss’s boss and other “very important people” are coming to observe and judge our teaching today. They have checklists to see if we are good teachers or not. None of the items on the checklist include ‘students in meditation’. I’ll probably be considered a bad teacher, but I’m ok with that because I know what my kids need, not what some book of standards tells me they need on the day you decide to come through with a checklist.

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I WAS SO HAPPY (sorry for shouting) (not sorry) that yesterday’s afternoon three mile walk required a hoodie. I am in my happy place. I saw people in full winter coats, mittens, scarves, boots, and earmuffs, which made me laugh. I only use those for night games at Ohio Stadium, rarely during the day. Speaking of, there’s a night game on Saturday but I think it’s only going to be in the 40s or 50s. Definitely just a hoodie weather.

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On the tangent of the Buckeyes, those baby buckeyes will be getting their chocolate coats tonight. I am glad I made a double batch for Saturday. It appears not only are my friends from North Carolina coming up for their annual game, but one (maybe two) of hubby’s oldest and dearest friends (who are important in my life) are coming to the game as well. Buckeyes are meant to share. Plus it’s simply nice to catch up with old friends on a football Saturday. Can’t think of a better way to spend an October Saturday afternoon.

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I suppose I could have more appropriately named this Teaching Thursday, but what’s done is done. No matter how you spend it, have a great “Friday Eve” as my teaching friend George used to say on his way out the door.

Beth