7QT: So, Teaching Is Tiring Edition.

— 1 —

Yes, the title really is “teaching is tiring”. I taught every day this week at the elementary school. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday I stayed and helped with the after-school program which meant 8 hour days. (Wednesday and Friday were only six). Maybe you’re scratching your head and thinking, “um, that’s barely even a full-time week”. Well, let me just say this: I work the entire time I’m at school, I rarely sit down, and I’m not getting paid. At all. So… when I have that in mind, it makes the week feel a little longer.

— 2 —

That said: I LOVE IT. I’m having a great time, minus a few things.
The dislikes:
-students that talk back (this isn’t tolerated)
-students who hit each other (also not tolerated)
-students who refuse to listen (not much I can do about that one, but I’m working on my “use your listening ears” voice…)
-Friday afternoons, when we have 4 classes back-to-back with no breaks in-between. And they’re cranky because it’s Friday afternoon.

— 3 —

when I make a new friend because I helped someone find the book they wanted – or, the book they didn’t know they wanted!
-when the boys get really excited about reading something new. It’s always more difficult to find something interesting.
-teaching with the smartboard. The pre-K class that I taught this week really enjoyed interacting and learning about polar bears.
-when little kids randomly walk up to me and hug me.
-the fun surprise when a student who may act out or behave poorly some of the time, makes it through an entire class without needing a reminder!
-when a student shows me his Pokemon drawings on his way out of school for the weekend, and promises to show me new ones on Monday (yep, this happened today. made me smile SO big.)

— 4 —

At the end of last week and the beginning of this week, I presented book trailers (and a few book talks) to the 4th and 5th grade classes. Some of the books we discussed that you may have read:

  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret; Wonderstruck (Brian Selznick)
  • The Charlie Bone series
  • Schooled; Zoobreak (Gordon Korman)
  • Satch & Me; Jackie & Me; Honus & Me (series)

I also taught the Tech Club (after school) how to use and create Prezi’s. They REALLY liked that and wanted to get started immediately – and then we discovered we didn’t have admin permission to update Flash player on the lab PC’s and they couldn’t do it this week. #librarianproblems

— 5 —

You know what I love? Scones. You know what I don’t love? The fact that I really really really like eating scones…

— 6 —

I’m trying to donate platelets tomorrow. Say a quick prayer that my iron levels are high enough, if you will. I’m A+ so I’d love to be able to help several people by donating platelets!

— 7 —

I’m ridiculously tired thanks to this week. I’m gonna settle in for the evening, possibly grab a beer (Gordon Biersch winterbock or a Sam Adams, haven’t decided yet), and watch some silly television. Have a great weekend, y’all!

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6 thoughts on “7QT: So, Teaching Is Tiring Edition.

    • Thanks for the comment! The Charlie Bone series are these books by Jenny Nimmo: http://www.scholastic.com/charliebone/. The older kids (grades 4 & 5) seem to like them.

      We do have the graphic novel Bone in our collection, though, and while I don’t see them circulate as often, some of our kids have read the entire series. A good reminder, actually- I might try to booktalk some more graphic novels in the next few weeks. Thanks!

  1. I love scones! Lemon blueberry is irresistible to me. Also, I give teachers all of the credit in the world; I used to be one. It ain’t easy, no sir. When I was teaching though, we had these orange stickers that said something like “boys pick” that we put on the spine of any title a boy might like 🙂

    • Hmm, interesting. 🙂 We do have “historical fiction”, “mystery”, “fantasy”, “science fiction” stickers that the kids seem to appreciate. My only dislike with putting things in ‘boy’ or ‘girl’ categories is if other kids think they can’t take them out! It’s a thought, though — maybe even just making a list of the most popular books for boys so teachers/librarians can help them find them more easily. 🙂

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