When I started teaching, my wise mentor, Nita Benoit, told me that I should use my sick days and not let them accumulate. She said that she wished she had had someone tell her that when she started teaching because she only had a few years to go before retirement and she had over 60 sick days that she would never use up. Some districts will pay you a month's pay for 30 days when you either resign or retire; but, our district is not one of them. So, Nita basically had to kiss those sick days goodbye when she retired. I have taken her advice and have used my sick days for doctor's appointments AND what I call mental health days.
At the beginning of the year, I arranged for a substitute for 2 days right away. One, was a Friday before our stake women's conference. The other was my birthday. Every year that is my birthday gift to me; a day off.
On my first mental health day, Ron, Boomer, and I walked over and picked up Maggie after school. We hadn't told her that we would be picking her up so it was a surprise. Ron has been up and picked her up before, but this was my first time. We all walked back to our house, picked up some popsicles, and then drove Maggie down to her house. I love the fact that they live so close and we can do simple things like this.
|Maggie Lyn with her cute little back pack.|
|Maggie, Boomer and Poppy|
He did make me agree to let him fix my favorite breakfast (french toast casserole).
It started out great. Saturday, he went to serve court papers and I was puttering around in the office. Before I knew what was happening, I hear some noise coming from the kitchen. I went out to discover that Leslie and her family had come over with pizza & soda to watch the Ohio State football game. Ron came home a little later and apologized all over himself. We ate some pizza, the girls went outside to play, and everyone settled in to watch the game. Because I absolutely, positively HATE football, I decided to escape to my classroom for a few hours.
Our team has started a math fact fluency challenge called Bubble Gum Math. We give them a set of flash cards each week to memorize, then they take a timed test on Friday. If they get a 100, they put a gumball sticker in their gumball machine on the bulletin board and get a piece of bubble gum to chew in class. I have been wanting to put up my bulletin board for a while, so the time I spent in my classroom provided me with the opportunity to get a few things taken care of.
|My gumball math bulletin board.|