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Open House is tomorrow night. The weather forecasters are predicting triple digits tomorrow. Seriously. 100 degrees.

Now, since I am teaching in a 2 year old building, you might think this isn’t a problem. Well, you’d be mistaken. It certainly is a problem. The State of California, in its infinite wisdom has decided that we do not need air conditioning in our area. And, it’s true that most of the school year, we do not. However at the beginning of the year and at the end of the year — particularly at the end of the year — heat waves are common. I have three fans in my classroom. They are just shoving hot air around. Tomorrow night, we will have Open House. 30 kids with their families in my classroom. It’s gonna be hot and sticky. Blech.

Add to this the stress of a major project being due today and the end of state testing and my students are indulging in behavior that a friend in Maryland described as “wolf children on crack” behavior and one will not wonder that I have had a migraine for two days now. It’s receding but could leap to the foreground at any moment.

Thankfully, I am going away this weekend and even taking a personal day. Something I clearly, desperately need.


I’ve set up a Wikispace for my classroom {click}. I’m thrilled with how easy it’s been to set up. I’m more than thrilled with the fact that they gave me a free upgrade as a teacher.

Thank you, Wikispaces!

I hope that I can find it useful in my classroom with only 2 computers that students can use available.  If nothing else, it’s a place for me to make resources available to students but also to keep them available to myself.  I hate it when I work on something and then can’t find it again. 

Which computer did I do that on?  Do I have it here?  Is it at home?  Did I delete it? 

I’ve taken to mailing everything to myself at my gmail account just so that I have access to it no matter where I am.

I see this as being a long term project — I intend to use this hard work getting this set up in the future.  If I’m teaching 5th grade again, great, I’m all set — if not, well, I can use this as a basis to start the next project for the next grade level.  In the future, I’d love to have the students take part in editing these pages as well. 

Oh, I have lots of plans!  Blogging about Books!  Wouldn’t that be a great book project?  

I’d love input, links to resources, advice, etc.   For now, I’m just going to bask in the glory of how easy this was to do and how useful I hope it will be!

This is going to be a long one.  Partially that’s due to my schedule this week which is hellish but it’s also partially due to the fact that I am sick and have been sick for a week.  In my “what doesn’t work” category, being sick doesn’t work.  As the saying goes, “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired!”

Beyond my own germy, wheezy ways, this is going to be a long week.  After school today, I have two meetings to attend.  Tomorrow, after school, I have one meeting.  Wednesday, I’ll be in a Step Up to Writing training all day which gets me out of all afternoon professional development meetings (although, I know that I’ll still have to do the work that they’re all doing there, too somehow!).  Thursday and Friday, I anticipate being in the ER or something.  Seriously, two weeks before the holidays and I’ve got a killer schedule and I’m already feeling killed.

Whine, whine, whine.

On a positive note, I dug out my classroom Christmas tree and some decorations and I’ll put those up today.  That should cheer me up a little and it will certainly distract the 5th graders!  🙂


I’ve been sick all week. By my best estimate, this is my 382nd cold this school year. It was the worst one, though. I have had to go to big guns prescription drugs this time — not a good thing.

Add to it a week with two half-day subs and my students are feeling their oats. Two of them are going to have a Day of Reckoning today. They’ll get detention and have to fill out long, agonizing behavior reflections that have to be signed by their parents. Their crime? Absolute over-the-top misbehavior with the sub yesterday. Add to it that I was in the next room. Not good. Not good at all. And, worse, not smart.

So, added to my list of things that doesn’t work . . . being sick and having half-day subs.

But, it’s Thursday so this too shall pass.

A List of 10 Things

  1. Not getting enough sleep
  2. Dealing with undiagnosed SDC kids who aren’t getting enough support
  3. Kids with attitude who roll their eyes at me
  4. The  plan  book system I’m using (or rather, lack of a system)
  5. Teaching a whole day’s content in a half-day
  6. Feeling sorry for myself
  7. The bulletin board in my room with the birthday stuff on it
  8. Incorporating art into the classroom
  9. Getting my work for BTSA done while I am teaching and living my life
  10. Dwelling in the negative


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