Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Honeymoon Stage

We didn't take a honeymoon after the wedding. It was in the original plans, but the lesson I seem to need to really grasp right now is that life happens. He had a new job in a new time zone about halfway through our engagement, and I was facing down "funemployment." Add in some family medical issues, a cross-state relationship, wedding planning from afar, and there you have our summer. With his new job, and the prospect of a great job looming for me if I could start work the week after the wedding, we had about 2 days' worth of vacation time. We opted to save the time (which worked out splendidly for us as I am now happily, gainfully employed at a job I adore) and take a phenomenal vacation later when we both have the option of vacation time.

I suppose this means that, although we skipped the honeymoon, we are in our 'honeymoon' stage of marriage.

Here's what I'm learning so far:

- We are still splendidly happy. I think this is the only part that is really honeymoon-y. However, we were probably disgustingly happy from day 1.

- We were bickering the first day of our marriage. Of course, we were running on minimal (no) sleep, a multi-state road trip, and were towing my car behind the truck. I imagine we will bicker intermittently forever.

- We are learning what house rules are like when they aren't 'mine' or 'his,' but OURS. Compromise is a must in my tool belt. The infamous silverware up/down in the dishwasher and 'which way do you roll the toilet paper' battles are real, folks.

- It is blissful to spend time with each other every day.

- We are still capable of laughing till we cry- over nothing or silly youtube videos.

- I love him more today.

- I look forward to spending my future with my husband daily, and say a prayer of thanks for him every day.

- When moving far from home, having a spouse in my corner to be my person has been a huge advantage. He already had some friends and ideas of places I'd like.

- My husband is one of the most generous, considerate people I have ever met. He sneaks out on the weekends to pick up ingredients to make my favorite things for breakfast (and the occasional pumpkin spice latte).

- I love married life.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Teacher Blog Challenge- 2, 3, 4, 5

Day 2: 
Write about one piece of technology you'd like to try this year and why.

We are fortunate enough to have a class set of iPads to use this year. I used a teacher iPad last year in my classroom, but I am working towards finding ways to incorporate more with the iPad. There are a zillion apps out there! Right now, I'm working on mastering the art of Book Creator, which is used for part of a final project in zoo school.

Day 3:
Discuss one 'observation' area that you would like to improve in for your teacher evaluation.

Not being in a traditional public school setting, I don't have the types of formal evaluations I've been accustomed to seeing. I am often partner teaching, and it is my goal to make my transitions with my partner seamless. We hope to make it difficult for an outsider to see who is in charge- as both of us are equals. I'd like to move less from primarily 'my activity' and 'their activity' to 'our equally shared time-and-voice-and-discipline activity.'

Day 4:
Respond: What do you love the most about teaching?

I teach for those cheesy lightbulb moments. I teach to ask questions, to make students think, to challenge them, but mostly, to watch them grow and get to know them. To hope that they will see the world as a valuable resource, a precious place to live, learn, and enjoy life!

Day 5: 
Post a picture of your classroom. What do you see, and what do you not see that you'd like to see?

I've got everything I need. (Yes, my classroom is unconventional. And yes, that is an Aldabra tortoise whose neck I'm scratching. He's the best.)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Confessional Friday

Here goes!

Link up with me at A Blonde Ambition

I confess that .... I love the camaraderie of reading complete strangers' confessions...creepy as that may make me.

I confess that .... one of the elephants at the zoo's "fifth leg" made an appearance in front of my students today.

I also confess that.... I totally ignored it and pretended that all I saw was him pooping, which he was also doing.

I confess that ..... cramps make me turn into someone I can't imagine I've ever known- like the teacher from the black lagoon. Coincidentally, my maiden name was her name. I used to love reading that book to my students!

I confess that ..... my husband is phenomenal- he goes out of his way on a daily basis to make sure that my life is always happy, full, and safe.

I confess that .... I'm really thinking about bringing home the stray tabby that comes to greet me and the pup every morning on our walks. What could another pet hurt? ;)

I confess that ..... at 9 PM on a Friday, I am ready to zonk!

Teacher Blog Challenge

Y'all, we just moved from South Carolina to Alabama. I've always thought of myself as Southern, but I have been told that I didn't live in the 'real' South.  Luckily for me, I've been welcomed into the deep south that is Alabama.

I have been pleasantly surprised by my new "Sweet Home." It is BEAUTIFUL. Sure, it's a different kind of beauty than the lowcountry of South Carolina and Georgia, but beautiful nonetheless. The people are friendly, and there is so much to explore. There's great hiking, beaches, lakes, parks, people, Civil Rights History, museums, and an art and music scene I can't wait to enjoy. Plus, the people are so friendly.

I've been absent from blogging as I try to decide in which direction I want to take this outlet of mine. Recently, the only conclusion I've come up with is that I want to get back into blogging. I miss it. So,
I am participating in the Teacher Blog Challenge.

This isn't nearly as crazy as some of the other "challenges" floating around social media right now. It's a reflective piece for a month, which is perfect for me in this time.

If you want to join me, here's the link to the challenge.

Day 1: 
Write your goals for the school year. Be as specific or abstract as you'd like to be.

This year, my teaching will look different. I work at a Zoo...literally! My classroom instruction is very different, as most of the time, my classroom is outside. My goals this year are:
- Instill an appreciation for the outdoors in my students
- Provide memorable hands-on experiential learning opportunities
- Encourage my students to explore a variety of future career options
- Make every student feel valued in my 'classroom'