Lesson Plans on the Fly

Today was the day I’ve been waiting for. With the entire middle school having PE at the me time, we all wondered how we would manage if it started raining. I’m proud to say that I took it in stride and got everyone where they needed to be.

Our middle school teams practice during PE and I also run a traditional PE class for those that are not participating in a sport. With very little time to make any real plans and knowing that my class was being put into the weight room which is very tight fit I went into action.

Today was a day that I had my 7/8th grade students so I decided to do fitness stations. It actually worked out perfectly. I managed to fit 14 stations in the weight room and then had the kids partner up and do each station fora minute. Then they rested for a minute. The timing worked out perfectly for my class time.

For the setup, I put sticky notes on our dome cones with the excerise they needed to do. With the middle schoolers, it was clear that the tiny notes wouldn’t last so I actually wrote the workouts really small so I can keep using them

This will probably be my go-to rainy day plan because it’s easy to do and I don’t need a ton of space. 

What do you do when you have a small space to work with?

I wrote the exercise small so I can use the cones for other things in class.
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The Perks of Disney Movie Club

Chances are that if you’ve bought a Disney movie in the past 5 years, you’ve noticed the little piece of paper that they stick in all of the DVD cases promoting the Disney Movie Club. If you were like me and ignored them, that’s fine, but out of curiosity about 6 months ago, I actually decided to look into it.

I thought it would be a scam. They offer you 4 Disney movies for $1 each if you join the club. Then you can add on two more movies for a total of $25. So an initial investment of about $35 once you pay shipping.

I was still on the fence. I needed more information. After some digging (the fine print was hard to understand), the only thing you needed to do to get the rewards and discounts on Disney movies was to purchase 5 Disney movies at the membership price. Better yet, you have 2 years to reach this commitment.

Thinking of all of the movies I want to buy and being perfectly okay with buying 5 movies at a certain price, I went for it.

I was not disappointed.

I got the 6 movies that I requested when I signed up really quickly. The first 10 movies that I bought actually cost me less than $75 and I even used my Disney Rewards points to get free movies like “The Jungle Book” and more recently, “Wall-E.”

They send you monthly emails with the movie that is being featured and you can “Accept” or “Decline” the offer. I’ve accepted a couple of them and these movies go towards your fulfillment commitment. They also send you extras like lithographs for your collection.

I’m only 6 months into my commitment and I’ve already gotten 4 of the movies I’m required to get. I like to think of this as a subscription box. Instead of getting mystery items every month that you may or may not like or use, you know exactly what you’re getting with this.

Guess what?

If you’re interested in joining, let me know! I can give you a code! In fact, every time you refer someone, you get 2 free movies!

Need I say more?

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August 20th. I love it.

L is for love, friends!

First up this week, getting through the first week of school. I love it. I’ve been stressing about how my new schedule is going to work and after several bumps in the road, I think that we have it figured out. Along with teaching Middle School PE, I’ll also be teaching Pre-K through 4th grade in the mornings. It’s gonna be a lot of extra planning, but I’m not teaching alone so it shouldn’t be so bad.

I love it.

Next up, “Lazy Dates.” I love them. That’s what I’m calling hanging out with friends and doing nothing but watching TV and falling asleep. On Friday I went to see Diana and Lupita, and Sonia and we watched “Boss Baby.” It’s a rare thing to feel exceedingly comfortable in someone else’s house, especially for me, but dozing off during the movie didn’t make me feel bad at all. I think everyone caught some z’s. It feels good.

I love it.

Finally, baking. I love it. I was super anxious today (as I usually am on Sundays) so I took to the oven and made caramel blondies. They turned out perfectly and are so delightful. They kind of turned into a mess when I went to cut them apart so I can’t actually take them to work and present them to other people, so they’ll sit on my counter and tempt me every time I walk into my kitchen.

I love it. It’s great. Everything’s great.

I love it.

 

Sherlock Holmes is my spirit animal.

Here’s why:

  1. His mind rebels stagnation – I too have a hard time just sitting doing nothing.
  2. He has excellent deductive skills – I like to think that mine are above average which might be linked to my preference to observe rather than engage.
  3. When things make sense to him, it’s hard for him to explain – obviously everyone should know why things are happening and I have a terrible time trying to tell people what I know without getting frustrated.
  4. He has quirks – we all do but his are so defined and almost obtrusive just like mine.
  5. He has trouble making friends – I don’t think I’m the worst at making friends, but it takes a lot for me to feel comfortable and being around people too much is exhausting.
  6. He’s passionate about what he does – it’s almost problematic because it consumes him and as for me, I can never stop thinking about my job and how I can do better.

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My Word for the Year

A few weeks ago, my sister and I went to a conference in Asheville, NC. I was skeptical about the whole thing but my mind has changed. There’s something so empowering and reinvigorating about being around like minded people. People who are passionate physical educators, motivators, and inspirations.

One of the keynotes during the conference was from PhysEdagogy, a group of Phys. Ed. teachers out to change the world. They challenged us to think of a word that we would live up to this school year. Some people wrote “passion”. Some wrote “motivate” and others wrote “fun.”

The word I picked is “ENJOY.”

This is only my second year of teaching and right when I thought I had it down, things changed on me. They way I’ll be teaching this year will be strange to me (teaching the entire middle school at one time instead of separate classes for 6th-8th). I’ve been stressed out about this transition since it was brought up in March and it’s still something I’m not so sure about.

But you know what?

I’m going to enjoy this year.

I’ll enjoy my students.

I’ll enjoy the time I have teaching.

I’ll enjoy this new challenge and all that it brings me.

I’m not going to stress about what I can’t control and go with the flow.

ENJOY IT.

August 13th. I love it.

School is almost here so here are my last loves of the summer!

First up this week, sleepovers with my best friend. I love it! I had been promising Lupita all summer that we could have a sleepover before she started kindergarten (holy crap, she’s in kindergarten). I went to her house on Friday and we made pizza, watched a movie, and stayed up super late (11:15pm which is late for me nonetheless a 5 year-old). We woke up, ate food, watched more movies, and then it was time to go. Now she wants to sleep over at my house. Maybe that can be one of her birthday activities when she’s six in 3 months.

I love it.

Next up, getting organized. I love it. This week I spent a lot of time getting the gym, locker room and myself organized for school. It meant a lot of cleaning, clearing out, and revamping. I redid bulletin boards, found out who the boys in my advisory are, and hopefully set myself up for a successful year. 2 more days until the kids are back!

I love it.

Finally, Perry Mason. I love it. It only took me a total of about 5 days to watch the entire first season. My next project is going to be The Big Bang Theory but I have so many books on my reading list that I’m not sure how TV fits into my list of important things to do. Time will tell.

I love it. It’s great. Everything’s great.

I love it.

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Sonia wanted to be part of the party, too.

Being a teacher in these terrible times.

What happened yesterday during the White Supremacist Rally in Virginia is absolutely terrible. It continues to blow my mind how selfish the world can be. My friends and I speak often about the state of the world and it makes me terrified for the future.

School hasn’t started yet for me and even though it’s only a few days away, I’m already preparing myself to answer questions my kids will have about what happened yesterday. I thought back to September 11th, 2001; the day the Twin Towers were attacked. I remember walking into Mr. Chase’s class and being thoroughly confused about what was happening. He didn’t hold back but told us the truth. Explaining terrorism to a bunch of 6th graders couldn’t have been easy, but he took our questions one by one, and got us through.

As things came to light on TV in the following days and weeks, we’d come in with more questions for our social studies teacher, Mr. Greig. He’d answer everything he could and even though I couldn’t stand talking about terrorism and what it meant for our country, I’d sit and listen, holding back tears. I am a worry wart by nature so this time of my life was especially stressful.

As a teacher, I can see now that I never gave my own teachers the credit that was due for what they have to teach the next generation. We need to help these kids navigate the world today and just hope that some goodness rubs off on them.

I’m terrified for the kids that are growing up in this world. They have so much access to information and opinions and have a direct line to the good, the bad, and the ugly. When 9-11 happened, I could tune it out by not watching TV. These days, thanks to Twitter and Facebook, you can’t avoid it. The good news is that I’m more aware of what is happening now but it doesn’t make it easier.

I can only hope that I can be like my teachers and help my students get through the tough times just like they helped me.

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