uncounted hours aching brain
Thank goodness October is now just a hazy memory of H1N1, fevers, pneumonia, pleurisy, ER and doctor visits, chest x-rays and heavy duty antibiotics.
Remember that full-on sneeze I was a recipient of? It brought H1N1 into my house. The H1N1 gave my otherwise very healthy 11 year old daughter a nasty case of pneumonia.
Obviously I have not had much time to spend blogging.
October is best forgotten anyway, I think.
How has November begun?
One word: CHAOS
Halloween, time change, full moon and preschool are not a good mix.
I have conferences starting next week.
I have 40 “report cards” to fill out this weekend.
I may have to brush up on my teacher code if the chaos in what was once a rather orderly classroom does not subside.
“…He’s not wearing any underwear!” ~preschool student age 5
Really? I hadn’t noticed.
Are you laughing as hard as I did? (Of course the laughter came when the child was no longer present.)
Mrs. V ~ Going back to my paperwork now.
Because… I don’t need anymore paperwork to fill out right now, thankyouverymuch.
I’m getting ready to fill out 3-4 pages per student of paperwork for my preschoolers. At my last calculation 3 x 40= 120 and 4 x 40 = 160. 120-160 pages of paperwork. I’ll know exactly how many pages I’ll need to fill out as soon as I receive that last form I’m waiting for from the school district, and I’m pretty sure it will be a 2 page form, not a 1 page form.
I need to sort through all of my assessments and observations to fill out those 160 pages of paperwork. Have I ever mentioned how disorganized I tend to be? Thankfully, everything is in one spot and actually in some form of organization, but I really need to figure out how I’m going to sift through all of the information to figure out EXACTLY what I need or want to know, and what the readers of the paperwork need or want to know about my preschoolers.
I’m using a new approach of assessment with preschoolers, which is a combination of The Work Sampling System, Early Childhood Indicators of Progress, and Creative Curriculum for Preschoolers. The assessments are supposed to be informal, more from observations and work sampling than from direct testing. It seems like I’m stumbling around in the dark. I like the idea of this form of assessment, but it is a new way of doing things for our school and for me.
So right now I feel a bit disorganized. I need to have it all together by March 16th, when I start conferences with the parents of my students.
I’m sure I will have it all together by then, and the 160 pages will be a distant memory. Conferences will go well and all parents will attend at their scheduled time. Do I sound delusional? It just may be what gets me through the next two weeks.
Needless to say I will be occupied for awhile. So I guess that means I am officially on a blog-cation.
I’ll be back when the paperwork storm clears.
Usually I welcome snow days. A snow day is usually a blessing. A small break in the middle of the winter doldrums. However, today it’s not a blessing. Today being a snow day is an inconvenience. It’s also a sign that spring isn’t quite here.
Today was supposed to be the second day of conferences for my preschoolers. Today I was supposed to be done with most of the paperwork, the difficult conversations, the missing of my students and then I would be able to get back in my classroom on Monday. (Conferences are held during regular school hours, my assistant teacher and a substitute handle the classes while I talk with parents.)
So now it’s a snow day. School is closed. **sigh** No conferences. **sigh** I will do them next week Friday, which means I will not see my little friends the last school day before we head off to Spring Break.
This also means one less day to our school year. Our school year that is down now to just 23 days. That’s it. I’ve only got about 69 hours left to teach each class what they need to know before kindergarten. Where did my school year go?
There is a good side to this snow day. I’ll be cleaning up my house (not too deep, just shining it up for Easter), and maybe I’ll do some baking. I’ll enjoy having my kids home. I may even get all the laundry done and put away. I hope I can take a nap and read a little today too.
However, I hate to say it, but I really wish I was at school doing those conferences.