Wednesday, March 7, 2012

What I'm Loving Wednesday

My students have been super challenging lately. I mean SUPER. I am learning constant lessons in patience, consistency, and in how to spot drugs. I know you think I'm being funny about the last one. I read an article written by a male middle school teacher and I so related with part of it. It read, "like most teachers I know, I’m a bit of a perfectionist. I have to be. Dozens and dozens of teenagers scrutinize my language, clothing and posture all day long, all week long. If I’m off my game, the students tell me. They comment on my taste in neckties, my facial hair, the quality of my lessons...If our students are not learning, they let us know. They put their heads down or they pass notes. They raise their hands and ask for clarification. Sometimes, they just stare at us like zombies. Few things are more excruciating for a teacher than leading a class that’s not learning." When I read this I wanted to jump up and down. "Look! Someone gets it!!" I thought. 

An actual photo of my students taking notes in World History
Sixty-four 13-year-olds + 19 days until Spring Break + open house projects and state testing = one VERY tired teacher!! So it is even more important for me to go home each day and center myself and switch my mode from interacting with teenagers, to dealing with 2 infants and a 2-year-old. I'm thankful I have my family to come home to. I'm thankful I write for catharsis. I'm thankful I take the time in my prayers and blog world to focus on what I'm loving.

I am loving that I am going to have a date night with my hubby next Friday. I think we're going to go out to a nice dinner - get dressed up and drink fancy drinks. But I'd also like to go to a movie. Decisions. Decisions. The Vow looks like a good romantic movie. No time for both. What would you do?

I am loving that the twins are starting to have little personalities. Aiden is so talkative and stubborn (hmmm Mama's personality??).

Isabella is so dainty and soft (hmmm Daddy's personality? Well, minus the dainty part. Don't think the hubby would appreciate being described as dainty).

Connor is a perfect mix of both of us. He is SOOO into cars (to the point that he points out we pass by) and is quite stubborn. He hates to be dirty, but likes to make messes. He's scared to try new things, but is so inquisitive about everything. He is so observant and so sweet. Isn't it fun to see what parts of a parent's personality a child absorbs. I love it.

I am loving that we don't have television and have therefore skipped all the political ads on television (I was a political science major in college and politics fascinate me...but I hate campaign ads. Hate!).

I am loving that my husband has the whole weekend off. What a pleasant, fun surprise. Want to know what incredibly adventurous thing we're doing with all this free time? Mowing our backyard lawn and weeding. I know. It's okay to be jealous of our very exciting lives.

I am loving the new book we're reading called Parenting with Love and Logic. Just like anything we read, we take what works for us and what doesn't we discard. As a teacher, I am also hyper aware that what works for one child may not work for all my children. My philosophy of life and parenting: "Equality isn't about giving every person exactly the same thing. I'ts about giving every person what they each need." There are three jobs in my life that I take so seriously that I always want to be better: Wife, Mom, and Teacher.


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I've heard good things about that book - I think I may have to add it to my list of books to read!

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Megan knows how to mow...she taught me! LOL. She is a great weed puller too...lucky you to get her Saturday (Connor will keep your Connor entertained I am sure!) Are you sure?!?! lol.

BTW...since you did ask...I am not a fan of going to movies on date night. you cannot talk and reconnect with your partner in a dark theater. Especially when date nights only come like once a month or even less than that...look into each others eyes, hold hands across the table and do not mention children! =) Most of all have fun.

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Yikes at spotting students in your class who are taking drugs! That's pretty scary! :O

I like that quote from the teacher too. :)

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