Morale Boosters

So morale is an all time low at my school. Every one is stressed out because our school system is on target this year. In other words, we did not meet the standards for test scores in the subgroup for students with disabilities. All of the schools in our system are under "fire" from our central office and the pressure is mounting daily. It seems like every day the "higher upers" have come up with some other strategy/solution for us to do in our classes. Which basically means a lot of busy work for the teachers. Whatever happened to just letting teachers get back to the basics and just letting us teach!?!?!

Needless to say...morale is VERY LOW at school. We are trying to come up with ideas to brighten the mood at school. The school counselor and I are in the process of setting up secret pals with everyone on the school staff who wants to participate. Do you guys have any suggestions/ideas of things that we can do during the entire year to help with morale? I would love any feedback.

Also, I have a field trip tomorrow to the pumpkin patch. Please keep me in your thoughts as I take 19 lovely children off school property. I only hope we do not get rained out or there will be some very disappointed boys and girls. Please pray that I do not lose anyone this year in the hay maze! My first year teaching I lost a student in the hay maze...Opps! :)

I had a better day today as far as energy and pain issues go. However, my lymph nodes have started to give me trouble again in the last couple of weeks. I stayed in bed pretty much all weekend and went to bed last night at 7:30. I'm looking forward to having Friday off and enjoying the day. I continue to remind myself that painful lymph nodes is a good thing and that it is far better to have painful swollen lymph nodes than swollen lymph nodes with no pain as that can be an indication of lymphomia.

Well, it is off to bed for me so that I can be bright eyed and ready to go pick a pumpkin tomorrow.

Positive Affirmation for the day: I still have not been sprayed by a skunk! :)
  • austinator
    Yeah, UTK stinks. There lack off of the field discipline lead to me deciding to become a MTSU fan
    by austinator at 10/07/08 10:18PM
  • shaneg
    I'm afraid the rain is here for the day, however I don't think I've met a kid yet that didn't love to play in the rain (and mud). That goofy "no kid left behind" program leave a lot of other things left behind, huh?
    by shaneg at 10/08/08 6:53AM
  • lindseymarie
    Hmmm, it's raining. I'm guessing that means the pumpkin patch didn't happen. Are you going to reschedule? Definitly going to have to hear that lost student story! :)
    by lindseymarie at 10/08/08 7:30AM
  • lindseymarie
    Glad you had a little bit of a break from the pain/fatigue! Hope today goes well for you!
    by lindseymarie at 10/08/08 7:45AM
  • samsclub
    Don't you know you're in dangerous territory with your "skunk" mantra---you're just asking for it ;)
    by samsclub at 10/09/08 3:41PM
  • boromom
    Hope you are having a good week.
    by boromom at 10/22/08 11:29PM
  • samsclub
    Missed you again; hope you're feeling some better.
    by samsclub at 10/29/08 10:25PM
  • shaneg
    Samanfa, so sorry you're not feeling well. Ya know this weekend is tho official yard decorating weekend? Hope you feel better.
    by shaneg at 10/30/08 6:15AM
  • kerrielee
    Sorry to hear your not feeling well again,anything you need?
    by kerrielee at 10/30/08 10:04AM
  • snickers63
    I'm hoping she stays tired all through the weekend. But if she does feel better, maybe a drive out to Woodbury would be just what the weekend calls for.
    by snickers63 at 10/30/08 10:12PM
  • kerrielee
    Missed you today,hope your feeling some better.
    by kerrielee at 11/09/08 3:18PM

Thanks Mom and Dad!

After working in the Social Services field and as a teacher...I can't really complain to much about my childhood. So I got a spanking if I acted up...but at least I had clean clothes, school supplies, took a bath, had decent meals (except for when mom tried to make me eat cabbage), etc. And my parents were not crazy Meth heads with children who were being supported by the state because they refused to get a job. I still think people should have to apply for a license in order to have children! I hope I'm in a better mood about school by next Thursday (Parent/Teacher conference night)!
  • acurtis
    LOL! I needed to smile right about now. The cabbage comment got me started, but the crazy meth head line really finished it off for me. Glad things are going so well for you ;)
    by acurtis at 09/30/08 7:21PM
  • kerrielee
    You are so right!Hope things get better.
    by kerrielee at 09/30/08 8:17PM
  • snickers63
    You know I will. Will even bring my own meds. Another good day???
    by snickers63 at 09/30/08 9:05PM
  • shaneg
    The new car didn't hurt either, huh? You are right in so many way.
    by shaneg at 09/30/08 9:40PM
  • lindseymarie
    I started to follow you up with some stories of my own, but for my health's sake, I'm not going to get started. It does sound like you have your hands full for next week or so! Do you get a fall break anytime soon? Hey, if you need help getting folders, etc. ready for the conferences, let me know!
    by lindseymarie at 10/01/08 9:26AM
  • boromom
    Sorry to hear this year is going to be another rough one. Teachers never get the credit they deserve. Just remember we all care.
    by boromom at 10/03/08 7:30AM
  • snickers63
    Will talk to you tomorrow - hope your weekend is good!
    by snickers63 at 10/03/08 10:38PM

Positive affirmations for the day...

I have not been sprayed by a skunk nor have I been given lice by any or my kids at schools.

I do want to give a special thank you to the mystery student who gave me a lovely case of ring worm last year. Even though I am gracious to your genorisity mystery student...next time...give it to someone else! :)
  • shaneg
    Hello Sam! Good to see you here. I hope you continue to avoid the cooties.
    by shaneg at 09/22/08 6:05AM
  • acurtis
    Hey Sam! Shane is sending all his friends over here, just to warn you =)
    by acurtis at 09/22/08 7:29AM
  • snickers63
    Hey there. I'm personally grateful that you did not get the cooties, cause I know how bad they are, and I think I know who would do the nit-pickin.
    by snickers63 at 09/22/08 8:02AM
  • snickers63
    (My fam would say I'm good at that, but I know deep down they know that I just want them to do thier best.)
    by snickers63 at 09/22/08 8:04AM
  • turner120995
    You are an Auburn fan, right?
    by turner120995 at 09/22/08 9:15AM
  • grandmadiane
    Hello Sam! I heard someone was trying to talk you into joining this lottle site...glad your onboard!
    by grandmadiane at 09/22/08 11:05AM
  • kerrielee
    Hi,this is Kerrie Wilson,glad you joined us.Daryl will love your username.Hope your feeling good today.
    by kerrielee at 09/22/08 2:27PM
  • boromom
    Greetings from across the pond! Hope you have been staying well while we are gone. How is Daisy doing?
    by boromom at 09/22/08 4:25PM
  • lindseymarie
    Love it! So glad to see you on here! I need to call you tonight!
    by lindseymarie at 09/22/08 5:31PM
  • karliemichelle
    Hi this is Karlie Wilson, I am Kerie's daughter.
    by karliemichelle at 09/22/08 5:49PM
  • tweedledee
    Hello... I love donkeys... that should tell you who I am. I don't prefer anouncing my name all over the web too much! =]
    by tweedledee at 09/22/08 6:05PM
  • lol_smile456
    hey......rachel bain :] add me!
    by lol_smile456 at 09/22/08 9:32PM
  • shaneg
    Sinus infections are about as fun as being poked in the eye, or watching paint dry, or .... hope is goes away soon.
    by shaneg at 09/23/08 8:38PM
  • tweedledee
    Do you really want him??!!! That would be soooo wonderful, tho' you can't really hold him. Is that necessary? I'll bring him Wednesday night for you. I only have him in an icecream bucket tho.
    by tweedledee at 09/23/08 9:38PM
  • snickers63
    Yucky. Deleted your nasty little comment. Washed my hands afterwards too. 'Tis the season, but yucky anyway. I think we need to extract your sinuses.
    by snickers63 at 09/24/08 8:15AM
  • kerrielee
    Sorry about your sinus infection,know how you feel,I've had one since the first week of August,still not gone.Hope you feel better soon.
    by kerrielee at 09/24/08 1:19PM
  • boromom
    Glad to hear Dasiy is better. Sorry to hear about the sinus infection. :-((
    by boromom at 09/24/08 5:52PM
  • snickers63
    Hey there. Hope you are feeling better. Decided not to call after looking at the clock!!!
    by snickers63 at 09/26/08 9:28PM
  • samsclub
    Hello. What a delightful pleo name ;) Guess Georgia will think twice before they wear black again !!
    by samsclub at 09/29/08 1:11PM
  • samsclub
    I know....I need to be careful about "over-gloating" ! Was there last night; we just got out fairly quick.
    by samsclub at 09/29/08 9:37PM