Saturday, September 23, 2006

Cougars Win on Opening Night

So last night I went to the Cougars opening night with some friends (can you believe Steph didn't want to go) and have to admit I was alittle surprised and disappointed with the low turnout. I know they had a pretty dismal season last year but they went 4 and 1 in the pre-season and it is opening night. The attendance was only 3900 in a areana with a capacity of 6000. Well maybe if thet have more games like last night and get a string of wins going more people will come out. They beat the Seattle Thunderbirds 4-2 in a game that had pretty much everything, nice goals, big saves, big hits, and two fights. My only complaint was the number of penalties in the game. Most of them went our way and the Cougars scored three powerplay goals but they really slowed down the pace of what would have been a really fast game. They play Seattle again tonight but I'm not sure we will be going.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

New Job: Week 2

I know it has been along time since I have written a post but things have been pretty crazy the last week and a half. My first week was so overwhelming, at times I felt like I was drowning as more and more things I had to do kept piling on top of my with no end in sight. I was completely exhausted after each day yet I lied awake at night thinking of all the things I needed to do. On a brighter note, I have a great class. The kids are really nice and well behaved for the most part. I'm down to 19 (one boy already moved this week), 9 girls and 10 boys and we are getting pretty good at remembering classroom routines which is making things easier.

I got alot of work done on the weekend, which enabled me to start my spelling program and my math program this week. This has helped alot and I'm not scambling as much this week trying to find things for them to do all day. The portable is starting to look more like a classroom. I was given some posters, borders, bulletin board stuff, and we have got some art and work on the walls since tomorrow is Open House. I'm alittle nervous about meeting the parents, but the few I've met so far have been really nice and easy to get along with, so that's encouraging.

On Friday I get the morning off which is payback for the two weeks of prep time I have missed so far. My principal has tried to get somebody at the school to take my two 45 min. prep periods but with no luck. So today he phoned human resources and requested a .1 contract so I would get my prep for the week all in one afternoon while someone comes in to do art or maybe music (even though I would love to do music myself, ha ha).

I'm starting to see a light glimmer at the end of a long tunnel after a tough week and I'm feeling better and better everyday as my confidence grows. I've got a great support team and everyone has told me that all first year teachers feel that way sometimes. Looking forward to next week.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

I Got A Job. . . Now What?

What A whirlwind the last couple of days have been. On Thursday I applied to a what was then a full time LD contract for a Grade 1/2 split at Austin Road Elementary, where of course I did my long practicum. It didn't say how long the contract was for but I was expecting a 3-6 months type of thing. On Friday night the new principal of the school phoned me and set up an interview for Saturday morning at 10:45. The interview went very well, alot more casual and laid back then I was expecting. I got along well with the principal and he seemed to like the fact that I had done my practicum there and knew the staff and the school.

He said that on the first day of school there was a large influx on unregistared kids who just showed up unexpectedly and on Wednesday they made the decision to make a new class which was now a straight Grade 2 and hire a new teacher for the whole year. On Friday the class came together for the first time with a sub, who would be there again on Monday so the successful canditate could prepare. He mentioned that he was interviewing twelve people for the job and that I would find out regardless on Sunday so you can imagine my surprise when the District office phoned at 4:00 and offered me the job. I was on cloud nine the rest of the day and my friends and family were so excited for me. When I laid down last night to go to bed reality struck and I started to get really freaked out and completly overwhelmed-what am I going to do with them next week?

I went in to the school today and there were afew teachers there, including Heather (my cooperating teacher) , and everyone was so happy for me. I got to check out my portable (oh yeah, did I forget to mention that) and it's not great, kind of cramped, but once I moved things around and we put some art or something on the walls it will be a little more tolerable. Heather has already been a huge help with ideas and resources and I feel alittle less nervous about the coming week (alittle less)

Thursday, September 07, 2006

New Names Test Teachers

I have been noticing more and more wierd names and wierd spellings of old names in my work with kids over the last couple of years but I had to laugh when my mother-in-law sent me a newspaper article from the Calgary Herald about new names registered in Alberta schools entering Grade 1. Traditional names like the John's, Sarah's, Robert's are giving way to the ridiculous like, how about for a boy Arzoo, Bodacious, Boston, Cash, Chevy, Genesis, Hail, Hewson, Jaxton, Jet, Kreedence, Ky, Lamontt, Lisa, Nevanda, Ocean, Oreo, Santana, Semen (do you think the parents know what this means), Shade, Tell, Tin, Tron, Tyger, and Zyon.

For girls Abiana, Atlantis, Autume-Rain, BB, Bee, Bienrose, Bronte, Dawnella, Echodawn, Elizaveta, Gwynedde, Jassandra, Jetta, Kenora, La, Libirty, Mackina, Montana-Rae, Nautica, Octavia, Shagerri, Skylyn, Teasha, Winter-Star, or Zrylynn.

We were given instructions not to use any of these names. I don't think anyone has to worry about that.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Kobe

I was looking at some old pictures of Kobe today and I couldn't believe how much he's grown.


Saturday, September 02, 2006

Ryan Star


I really can't believe Ryan Star got kicked off Rockstar Supernova last week. Over the weeks he quickly became my favorite and it doesn't make sense to me that they could say more than anybody, he had improved the most and shown more growth than anybody else, and still give him the boot.

Afew days ago I was looking at the 100 top selling albums on Itunes and Ryan Star's 2005 release was #24. I listened to afew of the song clips and bought it. It is called "Songs from the Eye of an Elephant" and I highly recomend it, I've been listening to nothing else since I bought it. It is mostly just him on the piano, afew acustic guitar, but it is his voice that gets me. That same haunting voice that sent chills down my spine when I watched him on Rockstar. Plus the original song he performed on the show is on the album.

Now that my favorite is gone and Storm Large is still there, I told myself that I won't watch anymore, but I'm sure I will. I like Magni and Toby (Lucas has lost my favor as of late).

Friday, September 01, 2006

Interview

So I applied for a job last week that said the start date was Thursday Aug. 31. When I hadn't heard anything by Wednesday I was pretty sure they had already finished interviews and I didn't get called and I was disappointed but I was able to relax a little. However, last night I got a phone call from the principal of the school asking me to come for an interview at 2:45 today. Needless to say I didn't sleep much last night. I went on the internet and found some possible teacher interview questions and I was going over my responses in my head most of the night. I know most people get a little nervous about interviews (except Steph, she actually likes them), but I am freaking out. This of course will be my first since the district interview and I feel like I am unprepared, even though I'm probably not. Plus I applied for 2 more part time contracts this morning (one at my old practicum school for grade three, so I might be teaching my kids again because they were in grade two last year!), which means possibly two more interviews. I guess I shouldn't be complaining, but I wish someone would just give me a job without having to interview me (ha, ha)