Monday, January 21, 2013

Day 90-99

Day 90: Visit Fort Collins: Eat at Famous Jim's Wings
Getting ready for my  mouth to be on FIRE!!
Here we go...
Yep, delicious!


Day 91: Karaoke
I hate singing on a stage!! Not that I have ever done it. But it strikes fear into my heart! But for Hannah's birthday I made an exception to sing "Call Me Maybe"
Shanna, Hannah, Meredith, and I jammin out!

We are obviously enjoying ourselves, maybe not as much as Hannah's brother though!

Day 92: Try a new type of Yoga
Vinyasa is one type I have never tried. So I went out on a limb and I actually went to a yoga class by myself. I am not one to go to workout classes alone, but it was amazing. So glad I went.

Day 93: Teach with an one of our professional development coaches.
Margaret Wilson is one of the authors of the many Responsive Classroom books that I use for my classroom discipline. She came into my classroom and we got to work together. It was a true pleasure for me since she is one of the professional coaches that we have that actually gives ALL positive feedback. It is a nice change from the other coaches.

Day 94: Have a teaching epiphany
So for you non-children/teachers this might seem strange that I had this epiphany about my teaching, especially since it comes 4 years into my teaching career. But I went to a yoga class and in the middle of it, I thought about how I should really change jobs. I hate having to yell at kids all day, it is very exhausting.
So I thought about becoming a yoga teacher.... no joke. I can be zen all day and get a rockin' body.

But reality struck. I actually like teaching kids. I like being with them all day and helping them grow into great people.

So flash forward to the next day when I decided to take my yoga teachers approach and speak in the most calm voice I could. I got through the entire day without raising my voice once. To some this may seem awful that all I did was yell but sadly that was how they kids worked. So when I saw our school psychologists after school and he said to me, "Wow Kate you are actually smiling after school." I knew I had to change my ways. My epiphany was how much my students feed off my energy. I decided from that moment on, my energy would be as if I was a yoga teacher. Speaking to my kids in a zen voice and about the flow of their energy.
Let me tell you, it has been an amazing turn around in my classroom.

Day 95: Buy as many Groupons in one day as I can afford: 5
I raided Groupon for every possible Groupon I would ever want...actually even the ones I might not want. I found everything from ice skating, to 2 hours of jumping on a trampoline to yoga passes, to massages and more workout classes. I set myself up for a lot of fun things to do for my project.

Day 96: Get a class pet: Baby Mouse
She apparently doesn't like humans. She is a biter!

Wheel time

Day 97: 12 person "get to know you" dinner
At Bob and Barb's house they have these dinners where you sit next to someone who is a stranger, in hopes that you get to know someone new. Then at the end of dinner, we had to share a little about ourselves and a life changing trip or experience. I shared my life changing experience was moving to Honduras and meeting Magdiel :)

Day 98: Shop at Mi Pueblo
Mi Pueblo is a Latin market where you can find foods from Mexico and Central America. It was like walking back into the grocery store in Honduras. It was amazing and the best part was getting pupusas!! Legit pupusas! So delicious.
Taking a little step back into Central America :) good!

Day 99: Eat my school cafeterias Meatloaf
(may seem innocent enough, but you haven't seen it!)
Did I also mention it was vegetarian meatloaf? So of course my students are like "WHOA Miss Kate is eating the meatloaf." So I had to put on a happy face. It was AWFUL. It literally tasted like dirt. My poor students who have to eat that on a regular basis are brave!!

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