Thursday, December 5, 2013

Thankful Thursday: 12/5/13

[Thankful Thursday is a weekly segment that began 1/10/13 - read why here.  I invite you to join me in practicing gratitude!]

As I mentioned yesterday, I'm on my third cold in three months.  My previous cold lasted over 2 weeks, so I'm hoping to cut this one short.  As I barely had a voice yesterday, my co-teacher forbade me from talking during class.  I didn't feel any better when I woke up this morning and my voice was the same.  Today I teach with a different co-teacher, who said she could take over if I couldn't talk -- but it was assumed that I would use whatever voice I had to start.  At ten to 9 we both go to the classroom to set up.  The bell rings and no one's there.  Every now and then the students are a minute late, so we make small talk and I barely notice that five minutes go by.  This is not normal, so my co-teacher calls their homeroom teacher to see where they are.

She gets off the phone and tells me that we won't have the fourth graders in class today, so we can pack up and go back to our office.  I don't think my expression changed, but inside I was jumping for joy!  I didn't even care the reason, but it turns out according to some national curriculum guide, the kids were scheduled to have testing all day today: Korean, math, science, etc.  The school changed the schedule and the kids actually don't have to take the test, but instead they were going to have Korean class during what would have been the Korean test, math class during what would have been the math test, etc.  Aka no English class.

Hallelujah!  This could not have been a better day to have all of my classes cancelled!  So my co-teacher and I chatted for a while in our office (which we don't usually get to do -- too busy teaching / planning), and then I got major planning done during the rest of the day.  I never have planning time at the beginning of the week, so to have that much uninterrupted time to plan was amazing!  There's still more to do, but I should be in good shape for the rest of December.

I'm so thankful that my 4th graders didn't have English class today!  Tomorrow my 6th graders are taking their English final exam, so it's just two afternoon daycare classes that will require my voice and lots of energy.  (Please be kind to me, little ones!) 
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  1. Yay! I hope you feel better! :)

    PS I see that reading challenge in the corner... your lack of voice should help with that, right? :)

    1. Thanks, I'm feeling a lot better this week -- just a few remnants of the cold.

      Hah it should have helped, but mostly I just got ridiculous amounts of sleep and didn't feel like doing anything when I'd get home after work. I should be on-track to make the goal, though!