Ugh being sick as a teacher is the worst! No other job is it harder to miss work than to suck it up and just go! Maybe I am the only one who feels like this. But I am convinced that while the substitute teachers are Saints and I worship the job they do - they are not me...and only I truly understand my students and my classroom. (Can someone say narcissism? [side note: any English 2 student who is actually reading my blog - I just used a vocabulary word from this week - reference my blog in class and get +2 EC]) Not only does being sick as a teacher inconvenience me but also a mother and a runner. I can not help with homework, enjoy school activities or RUN. But enough whining - I know - its the flu - get over it and the self-importance you seem to have :)
This week is homecoming and to start the week, our school is traveling to help out a school district affected by the flooding. Parents sometimes seem to be hard on us as a district because we are so small. Lack of elective offerings, lack of diversity, or same kids getting chosen/elected to everything. But in reality, we are awesome because we are small. We have a district in need so we go help. It would be much easier to stay in school - teach the plans I had that aligned so well with the core - and stay focused on test scores...But instead, we will focus on the human side of our students. Students will forego a dress up day, forego a hot lunch, and forego classroom time because someone needs our help - and that is what we do - we help those in need. Our students will be better citizens because of it - but no test will measure it... and sadly people will over look it.