Cake Day!

So….my co-teacher and I…

…both like/need to be right.

…both can be described as controlling and bossy.

…very rarely give each other compliments.

…have declared Wednesdays cake days.

…eat cake for breakfast on Wednesday mornings at school.

…are much kinder to each other on cake days.

Today’s cake day led to this very special slice of life.

Christina, my co-teacher, sat at her table eating her gluten free cake from Jewel.  (It’s delicious, btw.)  In between bites she said, “I’m only going to say this once…”

I knew this was going to be important.

I jumped from my seat across from her and ran to grab my phone. “Wait!”  I demanded.  “I think I need to record this.”

I pushed record and captured this very rare moment:

 

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Well done, me!

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Dear New Co-teacher

Yes, the world has ended.  Jill Pickle has left me and I will be working with a new teacher this year.  I know, I will survive and develop another great relationship.  I am past my self-pity and looking forward to meeting my new partner.  Since co-teaching is like a marriage, I want my new partner to have a heads up.

Dear New Co-teacher,

I don’t know who you are yet, but very soon we will be a team.  We will be spending so much time together our cycles will sync.  (TMI…I know, but get used to it.)  Here are some things you should know about me.

1.  I may look angry, but I’m not.  Some people call it the “resting *itch face.”  Don’t be intimidated.

2.  Smiling and small talk don’t come naturally to me.  Please don’t take it personally if I look at you and don’t greet you.

3.  Along the same lines…sometimes I will respond in my head and not verbalize it.  (And not realize I didn’t say it.)  I apologize in advance.

4.  I am a morning person.

5.  I have some control issues.  I don’t delegate well, but I am working on it.

6.  I am dedicated to these kids and will do everything that I can to help them learn.

7.  I am an organized mess.  Although, from the outside, it will just look like a mess.  I will try to change, but I just don’t think it will ever happen…

8.  I want you to tell me if I make you angry, upset, frustrated, etc.  I can’t fix what I don’t know.

9.  I whole heartedly believe that co-teaching is the best for ALL students.  All of the students are OURS and together we will help them grow.

Good Luck!

Your New Partner,

JennieB

Screen Shot 2015-05-26 at 11.58.24 AMTo go along with Michelle’s BigTime Blogging Challenge, here’s a poem…

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Change…Sometimes it Stinks!

b4c36ba4aea2c28283885c9db858f75cAfter two years of co-teaching, the time to move on has come. She is moving to a new district, a new grade, a new opportunity.  I know she will be so much happier.  I know she will be amazing.  But, I need to be real…this STINKS!

In two years, we have had huge challenges.  We have had huge successes.  We have become best friends.  How can I teach without her by my side…”Don’t cry because it is over.  Smile because it happened.”  Dr. Seuss was a brilliant writer, but I just don’t think I can follow this advise.  In fact, I know I can’t.  As I sit here trying to write, the tears won’t stay away.

I began this post with the intention of writing about my beautiful BFF and all of the amazing experiences we have had.  However, it became this…self-pity and tears.  I guess this is one of the reasons I have stuck with writing.  It is cathartic.  I write things that I am thinking and feeling, but didn’t realize until I started.  For anyone reading that has yet to find the benefits of writing, I promise you it is the cheapest therapy available.

Well, Dr. Seuss, I think I will need to save the smiling for another day.