Thursday, March 17, 2011

Three Things Thursday

1. Wednesday I went to a conference (another week without being in the classroom all five days). It was an excellent time. The presenters were a husband/wife team from San Diego but originally from Burlington.  He was an absolute riot.  He managed to teach us a lot while being highly entertaining.  The conference was on co teaching which seems to be the new hot teaching method around here although I am sure it's not new everywhere. My principal sent me to a co teaching workshop early in the year and the special educator was there too. She rearranged her schedule and we are now co teaching math together with the help of other adults.  We are quite committed and I expect it will continue into future years if schedules allow.  I won't share all the stories this guy told but one of his funniest ones was something his teenage daughter said to him once.  As he says it  wasn't funny to him at the time, but what  a great line when the circumstances are right.

"Buy yourself a dog. 
Name it Clue,
 then you'll have one." 

Wish I had said it first but now I've got to wait for the perfect opportunity to use it.

2. I only went to the gym once this week. I had a great speed workout which surprised me.  Maybe one of these days I will have MY speed back.  Today I had my bag all packed for the gym but when I walked out of the building it was pretty nice out so once again I drove home instead and hit the road.  Absolutely the right decision.

3.  Happy St. Patrick's Day!  I wore my race shirt - love it when I have a legit reason to wear a t-shirt to work.  I wore my bright green shoes too.  When I picked up my bib last Friday in DC there were some St. Patrick's Day tattoos to take. Well, I may have taken a few extra enough for both third grades.  Today I was loved as we paused in our learning to apply tattoos!

Reading - Well, I recently finished the new Jodi Picoult book. I enjoyed it a lot.  
Watching - I am almost at the end of Season 3 in Lost. In fact I am going to have to stop blogging and go watch some.

Have a great weekend.  I want to read about lots of good runs and weekends.  I am sure I will have them too but I also need to work on report cards.  Not so sure I want it to be nice on Saturday while I am stuck doing them.


Katie A. said...

Just getting all caught up!
Glad you had an entertaining confrence - that makes the time pass so much better!
LOVED the recap of your race with Em, and I'm so jealous you two run together! Very cool mother-daughter bonding ;)
And running throught he Zoo and all the monuments is very special - I need to do that some day!
And HOLY COW that was a lot of snow! You are such a trooper for getting out there - heck, you climbed a mountain of snow to do it! Very proud!
Hope parent confrences went well, they are some lucky families to have you teaching their children ;)

Jill said...

Ooooh, you know I need some Irish stickers!!! :)

Co-teaching hasn't hit Colorado, not sure it will. Massive budget cuts and teachers and admin jobs being cut, so I wonder if co-teaching wouldn't be more economical.

Enjoy your weekend, lady!! Looking forward to what the weekend has in store for ya!

Running and living said...

Looks like I caught up to you...I am almost done with season 3. Isn't it getting weirder and weirder?

Richelle said...

You are a cool teacher for giving your students temp tattoos!

EricaH said...

Love that comic may have to print it out and put it on my treadmill.

Amy said...

Ha ha - love the line about buying a dog and naming it Clue - teenagers can be so devastatingly sarcastic, can't they?

Johann said...

"Maybe one of these days I will have MY speed back." Oh, how I dream about that one some days! But then I think about all the adventures I have during ultras and forget about speed again. Have a great weekend!

Christi said...

Thanks for being a teacher! I am sure you don't get paid enough and you are probably not told thanks enough! :)

Marlene said...

So fun wearing green runners and a green race tee to work! I'm sure the kiddos loved those tattoos.

Megan said...

ps- I've nominated you for stylish blogger award.. forgot to tell you the other day :o) see my post from tuesday the 15th! :)

Fran said...

I love that saying :)

Sounds like a very interesting conference!

And when the weather is great there's nothing better than go out and run.

Kate Geisen said...

I went to a great presentation on co-teaching, was so fired up, and my enthusiasm was really squelched by the lack of receptiveness by the regular ed teachers in my grade level. I think it has huge possibilities in many cases. One problem in our school district is that we have a high special ed population, and if you have a number of special ed students in a classroom for co-teaching, all of a sudden the percentage of sp. ed is too high for the room to count as a "regular ed" environment. Sigh.

I hope your report cards go smoothly and you have a wonderful weekend!

Teamarcia said...

Lobe the lines about a clue--will definitely have to use that. Cute tats! Have a great weekend!

LookingUpAgain said...

Good luck putting those report cards together. I have one more week until I need to start working on mine :( Boo!

Anonymous said...

Love the CLUE note! Sorry so late, hope you had a Happy ST. Patty's day!!!

Molly said...

For a second there I thought you got a puppy : )

hope your weekend was great, I'm still eating leftover corned beef!