Thursday, May 2, 2013

May? Already? (+ The Reason I'm Not Stay-at-Home Mom Material)

Posting two days in a row?  Kinda unheard of around here. But I guess I'm on a little blogging streak.

Can you believe it's already May? Those who are in the teaching profession can tell you that May brings its own craziness.
  • Feeling like you have THIS much stuff to teach but only THIS much time left.
  • Students (and parents) who all of a sudden care about that project that was never completed...from five weeks ago (sorry -- too late).
  • Exam week.
  • Packing/cleaning up the classroom for the summer (which is harder for someone like me, who has packrat issues).
  • End-of-year administrative procedures.
  • Last, but certainly not least, the crazy bug the students get infected with this time of year (even the really good ones). Some tend to forget the rules once May hits, and you've got to bring 'em back to Earth.  Some the hard way.
And here it comes.

But obviously what makes it all worth it is the fact that this time next month, I'll be on a long vacation.

Even if I teach summer school (which I've done five of the six summers I've been a teacher) summer is still a sweet period for me.  Summer school is just DIFFERENT -- it's laid back, the students WANT to be there (I teach an advancement course - not an "I flunked this class" course), and it's part-time.  Nothing like going in to work and walking out mid-day with so many hours left in the day.

Most teachers wouldn't touch summer school with a ten-foot pole, but I've got this weird need to "work."  It's in my blood. I get this not-so-good "feeling" when I'm not working.

Which is why being a stay-at-home mom has never been something I've wanted.  And there have been times where I've felt bad for not having that desire, but I've grown up and realized it ain't for everybody.

(Let me be clear:  I ADMIRE stay-at-home moms.  That is HARD WORK.  Being Mommy 24-7 is TOUGH. And you work-at-home moms? Whew!  Two words: SUPER. WOMAN.  I don't even attempt to watch TV or read when my kid's awake, so I couldn't imagine WORKING.  How??)

I may get a taste of the stay-at-home life soon like I did back in 2009, when the class I teach didn't make.  The "numbers" have to be there for the program/class to profit.  If the numbers aren't there, then there's no job.  It worked out perfectly back then because I was still a new mom (I probably needed the break). But I'm not gonna know what to do with myself this summer if the class doesn't make (which is a big possibility since there have been some state changes on the course requirements).  You think McDonald's would hire me?

Anyhoo, I have more to blog about.  I've gotta tell y'all about my running struggles and why I REALLY need the days to slow down.  And post a video or two of my girl. And I'm sure I've got some pics that need to be saved, too. You know how I do.

Have a great day, guys!


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