Hi everyone, sorry about the hiatus :) I've been working hard on my new teaching blog which is now up and running. Yay! It's a bit weird to start over in the teaching blog world where I have maybe like 2 friends (Katie and Emily haha). It's also kind of funny because in the healthy living blog world it's definitely "cool" to have a self hosted blog, but in the teaching blog world it seems like blogger is where it's at. So, I'm just not cool in either place, oh well! I actually wouldn't care at all except it's getting a bit complicated when I comment on blogs. Just wish everyone would allow Name/URL... and get rid of word verification while they are at it. Just me.
Anyway, today I thought I'd do a post on things I want to love, but simply do not love. Maybe someone will hear me on some of these...
1. Cooking. I want to love it, but let's face it, if someone offered me a personal chef tomorrow I'd take it. I basically only cook because I have to eat. I try really hard to get excited about new recipes etc, but really all I get excited about is really easy recipes that somehow taste amazing.
2. Hour and a Half Long Yoga Classes. WHY?! WHY MUST YOGA CLASSES BE SO LONG? How can anyone relax when they are giving over 2 hours of their day (by the time you get there and get back) to a yoga class?! I've tried to get on board with this because I understand my attitude is the reason why I need yoga in the first place, but seriously people, offer more hour-long classes, please?!
3. Ballet Flats. They are SOOOOO cute and they SHOULD be comfortable. Seriously, don't they just look comfortable? Maybe it's just my feet, but I kind of want to cry every time I wear them. But they are so cute.
4. Chaos. I'll be honestly, no one has ever really referred to me as "neat" (well except I did on my roommate survey haha, what can I say? I don't want to deal with other people's mess!). I am organized though and I do not like chaos. The only reason why I even want to like chaos is because life = chaos and I hate that I get stressed with my life is in chaos (which is basically all the time either at school or home). As of Friday our house was chaos for a few reasons: Christmas, a project we have going on in the living room and this crazy class I am taking... the papers are taking over my desk at home AND at school. Yesterday Eric and I went to Target, which is always the first place to begin an organization project. Less than an hour later all of our Christmas stuff was packed away and now it's up in the attic. Wahoo!
You know one thing I DO love? Containers. Ask Eric, he thinks I may have bought stock in containers before I started teaching :)
5. In Person Classes. That's right, I admit it, I am a teacher who hates school. I did not always hate school by the way, when social = some occasional learning with a big splash of social time, I was all for it. However, now I am NOT all for it. I think if I told my principal this she might actually be shocked. Between the ridiculous number of books I read per year on teaching and the speed with which I started and finished my masters, I don't SEEM like a person who hates school. The difference is, I LOVE learning new stuff. Honestly, if someone offered me every single teaching book in the world for free I'd probably have them all read and post it noted in the next year. I love visiting teachers.net for new ideas, teaching blogs... I'm nicknamed the "internet queen" at work for a reason. But classes... AH. Sitting in one place while someone lectures at you for hours on end (after a long day at work!)? Not for me. In theory, hearing others ideas in the class SHOULD be good, but instead I just end up hearing that one person who loves to hear themselves talk... and I challenge you to find one class that does not have at least one of these people!
Oops, I can feel it coming... my plug for online classes!!! Seriously they are the best. I know they are often more work than regular classes, but at least I am doing work that might actually help me rather than just starring at a teacher for several hours. Plus, I like being on my schedule to do the work when it's good for me. A lot of people tell me they think they'd miss the in-person interaction and learning from their classmates. I'm telling you, you learn more from your classmates in an online class because most of the work is discussion. Also, you can read everyone else's work and discussion so more people get to talk than would in a classroom. Plus you can avoid that person who just loves to hear themselves talk but have nothing to offer. Wahoo. I'm telling you, don't knock it til you try it. It's the best.
So back to in-person classes. THE ABSURD AMOUNT OF PAPERS. I'm not kidding, this class is taking over my 2 desks. Well, it was until chaos-hating Kelly took over the situation...
That was only the papers that were at home, the school papers will get added tomorrow.
Yeah- a few trees had to die just for me to take this class. If you saw the amount of paper a teacher uses in a given day, you'd understand why I might be concerned about my classes adding to it.. Online is the way to go.
I'd still like to take a really good in-person class someday, but for now... I don't love them.
6. Snow. I see my kids get SO excited about snow every year and I feel like there was a time when I really liked snow. But now it's just something to shovel, interrupt my plans and make it take forever to actually get my kiddos outside to recess. I don't even like snow days, I'd rather have the time off when it's nice out in June.
That's my list for today :) Do you agree with any of these? Do you have your own things you want to love, but just can't?