Last week was a busy one filled with a failed starter on my 2009 Civic, and then issues with our well at the house. The well issue isn’t completely finished yet, but, our water is now running, and it isn’t a pump issue. Yippee! Big props to my husband for fixing the car and the well!
Although it’s been challenging being back at work, trying to pace myself and meet all the requirements of the work at hand, so far, it’s going well. It’s been great being back with my students. We’ve just now started our research unit required by the college portion of this course, and honestly, I really enjoy it – my students probably don’t feel the same! However, it is an argumentative essay (product), and we let students choose their topics. The requirement is that the topic must be debatable and current. Most of them have been able to find something interesting to them and something they want to spend a few months with exploring and learning.
We had a teacher work day Friday, and today, another teacher work day filled with professional development sessions. Only just last year has our district added real teacher work days – days without students where we have the entire day to plan, grade, call parents, etc. It’s been amazing. It became a severe need last year when we were teaching face to face and online. Lifesavers, literally. The district decided to keep in a few of those days, a couple each semester, and it rocks.
And, one more good thing this past week is I have been able to catch up with some colleagues/friends at work (mostly on these past 2 work days). Since I was out on medical leave since the semester began, I’d missed seeing people after winter break. Of course we don’t have a lot of time to chat, just seeing someone I haven’t seen in months just to say hi and see what’s new, has been refreshing. It reminds me why I love my campus.
In a building that’s 1/4 of a mile long, filled with 3,200+ students and 300+ staff, it’s easy to lose the feeling of community. I’ve felt that the past few days, and I have obviously been missing it. I’m keeping it as one of the things I want to keep at the forefront as I move forward daily.
Health wise, I’m hanging in there. I rest a lot during the work week, I’ve put off things I want/need to do, and I’m resting a lot on the weekends. I’m at the very least, making it to work every day. Go me! My husband has had a cold for about 7 days now and while he tried to not infect me … Yeah, well. It hasn’t been too bad, but I hope it’s gone soon!
I know many of you are in the midst of winter right now, all the cold, snow, dreariness. I feel for you. We had a cold snap over the weekend (like high of 50), but they say it will be 80 tomorrow with another cold front behind it Thursday. So, maybe 55 as the high for this weekend. This will probably be it for the colder weather for us in the Houston area. But just think, in the summer, while you all are enjoying decent temps, we’ll be stuck inside because of 100+ temps and humidity. Hang in there! Spring is coming!
Take care, dear friends. -belle