Monday, February 29, 2016
#Microblog Mondays: Clearing My To Do List
The last two weeks have been incredibly stressful. I have spent long hours at school, and at least 30 hours of my "February Break" were spent feverishly writing IEPs (Individualized Education Plans) for both my resource room caseload and the ELA portions for my self-contained classes (those are nice because I'm not the case manager, so I "just" have to write the Reading and Writing narratives, needs, and goals, and make sure the classroom mods and test accommodations match my students' needs, not the whole shebang).
But, it's all DONE.
Friday I was in the copier room until 6:00 pm, trying desperately to copy all my packets for my meetings two weeks from tomorrow, fighting paper jams and overheating and mystery staples that were apparently invisible. I swore and yelled "I HATE YOU" at the inanimate object spewing out my treasured paperwork. I found new typos and had to print out new copies of pieces, but when I left, late for our dinner with a dear friend at our Friday night Mexican outing, I could breathe a sigh of relief.
I mailed those packets out to parents this morning. Buh-bye.
And then, I had my APPR (annual performance review, not sure what the extra P is for, actually) meeting this morning as well, which meant last week I wrote up all my various and sundry accomplishments and ways that I connect with my students and their families, and put my Outsiders unit that I totally revamped this year together along with a binder of "artifacts" that prove I'm a kickass teacher. I met with my assistant principal for 45 minutes to talk about everything and take him through my stuff. It seemed to go well, and I was really proud of all the hard work that's gone into this year so far. Having THAT done and off the list was also amazing.
I feel like having these two major pieces done is such a relief, not just because it's a boatload of school work that is now behind me, but because now I don't have to worry about NOT being done with these things before we are matched. Now I don't have the pressure of unfinished paperwork over my head in case we get another call soon. I could leave anytime now and feel perfectly fine about it.
(Do you hear that, Mystery Baby? We are really, really, REALLY ready now...anytime. ANYTIME.)
It is lovely. I am freaking exhausted (and not just because I stayed up to watch the entire O.scars last night) but it is so nice to not have that incredibly overwhelmed feeling of I HAVE SO MUCH PAPERWORK TO DO FOR ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING anymore...because I did it all (minus my National Board written component that I'm almost done with, but that's not due until May...).
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