Finally feeling as though I’m getting enough of the hang of working outside the house that I may be able to get back to writing and reading some blogs again. Still working on getting my inner clock changed around, guessing after over 20 years of being a night owl that it’s going to take more than a couple months to become not so much of a night owl.
Have really taken to doing this whole teachers aide thing. I work mainly with three sixth graders, but help out with the entire class as needed. Also have lunch duty with sixth through eighth grades, study hall with about a dozen sixth graders and after school recess with preschool through fifth grade…thankfully there are three of us doing the after school recess, those littles are dolls but take a lot of energy.
Learning a lot in the sixth grade, things that I either no longer remember learning or things that are new to me…guessing a little of both. Social Studies and PE are pry my favorite at the moment, something I definitely wouldn’t have said in sixth grade. In Social Studies we are learning about different cultures, next week the kids start a project where they learn about the cultures in which they came from…sounds fun but with my three boys, the thought makes my head start to throb…hard headed them and hard headed me…we have our moments where we butt heads so to speak. The trobbing head comes from knowing the project has to be done on Google Slides and the last project I helped with having to use Google Slides, yeah….I can’t do Google Slides, give me a piece of paper or poster board!
A few days ago the kiddos had to run the mile in PE. Want to confuse sixth graders? Call PE, Phys Ed…they will argue until you explain it’s short for physical education and thus PE… Watching these kids stress for days about the upcoming mile run reminded me of the same stress knowing that damn run was coming up. These kids had it easy though, Mr. S let them walk a bit as needed, we weren’t allowed to stop jogging or we started over. Times have changed. Also Mr. S ran with them, Mr. C never ran with us. That had to have been a good feeling for the kids to have the teacher join them. I walked a half mile during their run and tried to help encourage them to keep it up.
Lunch may be my favorite time of day…have made some great friends amongst the teachers and aides and enjoy 30 minutes of laughter and swapping stories with other adults. It’s still kind of odd to be working with people who went to school with our oldest, two graduated with and a few only in the few years before she graduated. Some days it makes me feel a bit old but the kids have assured me that I am somewhere between the age of 1 and 99…so guessing I can be whatever age I choose.
The house has taken a toll since I’ve begun working at the school. Spent most of the day today cleaning and washing bedding and dishes…swear the dishes are never done. Starting to feel like some progress is being made. Bubba and I went out a few days ago to finish picking all the gourds and pumpkins, today Old Boy took the tractor and mower and knocked everything down. Had hoped to get the flower garden done this weekend but we’ve been hit by a cold front accompanied by an ugly wind…hopefully we’ll be able to get it done before winter hits. We’ve already had snow…the earliest I’ve ever seen, so who knows when winter will hit.
Anyhow…hoping to finally be back to it. Hope all is well with all!