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Oh, my.

I know I should not be complaining about the heat this year. It is unbelievably cool for August. But it's hard to remember when you enter an un-airconditioned room at 12:30 PM. Fortunately, I did have my own working thermostat. I decided to leave it on tonight instead of turning it off, to make sure the computer would not overheat. Yeah, that's it.

I have been so tired this week that I have found it hard to write. It's ironic that I have less energy to write when there is more to write about.

Went to a teacher pep rally this morning. It was actually pretty fun. I've become less self conscious about that sort of thing as I have gotten older, and have decided to enjoy the silliness. We sang our group song, and the other teams did their cheers, and the high school band got to watch their teachers let it all hang out. Three reasons that you could tell this was a small town district:

1. The entire faculty and staff fit in the gym.
2. The Invocation given ended "In Jesus' name we pray"
3. The school board members did their own cheer.

If you had read my earlier posts, you must have guessed by now I love lists. I seem to have a staccato style of writing, that one could call journalistic, or even Hemingwayesque, but that most English teachers call "Not Enough Elaboration." Good thing I'm working with language impaired kids, because they need their language in small doses.

I have been in my new room twice now. It's in a portable building on the same campus as the elementary school and the middle school.

Good things:

It's big!
My own bathroom
My own A/C thermostat
Good stuff left over from the last therapist
One good computer
Intercom connection to the front office

Bad things:

Some parts are really dirty
No teacher desk
Having to decorate from scratch
Far away from my students (they have to go outside to reach me)
No key yet
A pitiful ancient Mac for my second computer
Internet not working
No phone

Overall, I'm pretty pleased. I have a few ideas for the room, which will take a lot of effort. Our Back to School night is Thursday, so we will be working late. I did find some good articulation cards, which made me very happy because those puppies are expensive. Unfortunately, I have to provide some of my own office supplies. I snagged some from the co-op today, and I hope I can score more from the campus I am working for.

I went through the case files of all my students today. It took all afternoon, since I have 44 cases (soon to be 45). I have several kids with a stuttering disorder, one kid with autism, a couple with MR, and a girl who may have Rhett's syndrome. Rhett's syndrome is a debilitating disease that is somewhat like autism but that has worse symptoms as well. Fortunately, the access to my portable is by ramp instead of stairs. Most of the rest of the kids either have an articulation problem (Can't pronounce certain sounds) or a general language problem. Kids with language problems may have difficulty understanding what is said to them, or they may have difficulty communicating, or both.

Tomorrow, I'll be getting ready for my first ARD meeting, which is Thursday.


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Aug. 14th, 2002 06:47 am (UTC)
My sister is an english teacher and she never corrects my writings. That's what's cool about being an adult - we can do whatever we please and nobody is going to grade it any more. Except in the sense that people look at our possessions and take note of the size and quantity. We keep score that way I guess but nobody is going to grade your list. At least I'm not.

She is always exhausted this time of year too; she's just been painting her classroom since the school: a) will not paint it in any other color besides the standard "school drab" and, b) they can't get to it for at least three years because there isn't any budget for paint. That's why she's exhausted all the time I guess; she's doing a lot of other stuff besides teaching. The only reason she has a cool computer is because she volunteered to teach the Cisco networking class series.

I guess you'll have to deal with this stuff too. But I guess you can always say you're helping somebody or making a difference to somebody.
Aug. 14th, 2002 07:17 pm (UTC)
Your sister is my hero! I can't imagine painitng my room! Although I am having to clean my room because it has lots of dead critters of the insect variety. Putting up posters and rearranging things is about my speed. The school maintenace crew did carpet my wooden ramp and paint my guard rails, though.

Tell your sister good luck for the new year.
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