Musings from the mind of a high school math teacher
I was unable to show up to school today because I was curled up, coughing, feeling like I inhaled glass. I woke up to a text message from a student saying that they didn't understand the lesson and when I apologized and said I was sick, the response I got was, "You do enough for us..hope you feel better." That touched my heart. Surrounding myself with those who have the same dreams, the same hopes for the future of our students gives me hope. One student at a time, we will enroll them into the army of their own greatness. Slowly they will come to see the power within themselves, the hope they bring...a text message that warmed my heart and reminded me why I do what I do...
Note: This might be more of my opinion than you like...I am sorry if you don't agree. I am comfortable agreeing to disagree...Just my thoughts today! Today I had another migraine...I am over it. Two awful headaches in two weeks requiring medication...Ugh! Sometimes I want to tell my body...stop, JUST STOP!!! Stop hurting, stop! I have had enough... There are so many times this year I want to say: Just Stop ! To my students : Just Stop! I know that you think that you know what it's going to be like in high school, but you don't. I really have knowledge here and I want to help you... Trust me! To the Parents: Just Stop! Stop blaming others and help us help your student. Know that your vote matters. We want to support your student...we love them too, but we can't without money and volunteer time. Come to events, let us help you, help them... To my district: Just Stop! I know that the OAKS test is important (our state assessment), but we need to focus
Throughout our lives, we have lessons to learn. Some of these lessons are painful...others fleetingly come through our lives, swiftly going by. One of the most important part about lessons is being willing to learn them... If we are unwilling to learn then we will be unable to move forward. Whether or not we are willing to learn is determined by our perspective. Our mental view determines the next step. Perspective...how we view the world and others around us. How we interpret information and process it. The cartoon on the right really illustrates where I am right now in my personal life. I recognize that perspective is a driving force and I must work to maintain my perspective. Recognizing that others may not see things the same as I do is expected, but the variance in perspective is what I am struggling with. I am not sure what lessons I am to be learning right now...the parts of my life that have kept me grounded have left me floating aimlessly. My heart is pounding
Rocking bed near the ocean? A dream for me... Now, you might be thinking that this is a strange topic, but after an entire day spent in bed with a screaming migraine, this seemed like the appropriate topic for the day. Have you really thought about the importance of your bed? It is the place that sets your body up for the following day. A poor nights sleep can affect your ability to function. Feeling tired can be a major destructor in our life. I have always had issues with quality sleep. Insomnia has been the name of my game. About a month ago, I fell asleep on the couch while having a "camp-out" with my niece. It was one of the best nights sleep I had in a long time. This told me that my mattress was not conducive to good sleep. Let's just say that since then, a lot of sleeping has happened on the couch. According to studies, sleep keeps your heart healthy, reduces the incidences of cancer and stress, sleep bolsters your memory, may help you lost weight, reduc