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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

I broke protocol today and told the sub in my co-worker's classroom that she is out for Covid and to use wipes on everything before touching it. She was very grateful for the info and promised to keep quiet so I don't get written up for it. Right is right, so I really don't care if they do write me up. They can't fire me...no one to take my place, especially since my job requires special certification. To answer a frequently asked question, when they pull me out of my classroom to use as a sub, my students just stay in their regular classroom and do not get any extra help that day. I work with students who struggle with Reading and Math, so each of my students are only with me for about an hour every day. Not the best choice, but sometimes the only option when there is literally no one available who can sub for us. We are a rural school way out in the middle of nowhere, 30+ minutes from the nearest town of over 300 people. Very few retired teachers will sub this year because of the risk at their age.

I enjoyed watching the Kindergarteners for the last hour of the day. One of the teachers hatched eggs in her classroom, so I took them to see the baby chicks. They know I'm don't make idle threats, so they were very well behaved so that they would get the chance to hold or touch one. It was adorable. Then I took them to the library and we practiced the correct way to take books off the shelves and put them back. Sad that they are 5 years old and had no one at home teach them how to handle books. They were so proud of themselves when they found books on the shelves that were upside down and backwards and could fix them. That was a touch selfish of me. Since we don't have a librarian this year, the job of keeping it in order was given to me.

By the time I get home, I'm so body tired it isn't even funny. Tonight is cold and wet, so I threw together a beef stew in my Ninja Foodi while I took a shower. These days I feel the need to strip and sanitize as soon as I walk in the door, so it's nice to be able to make a dinner that I don't have to watch or stir. It turned out excellent. I'd not tried that before so it was a risk. Of course my loving man does all the clean up, so that's a real blessing. He is always happy when it is less pots and pans and bowls....

I got blessed for my kitties too! I stopped by a farm store on the way home to see if they had any little bales of straw that I could buy to fill the little dog house we bought for the outdoor kitties. They had some loose straw that they gave me for free!!! They also told me to come back anytime if I needed some more. It was more than enough, so when the straw needs changing, we're all set. Within a few minutes, Ol' Tom was in it and nesting. I was so happy he'll have a place to keep warm and dry. Hopefully some day he will trust me enough to let me pet him.

No matter what goes on in this wonderful pandemic we're in, there are always blessings to be had.
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    emoticon You deserve recognition my friend. I worked in a big school system and a lot of the teachers were absolutely hardened to the needs of their students. I was appalled by some of the things I saw and am glad to be out of it. This was years ago and I can't imagine what is going on there now. I will not learn the "new pronouns" some have devised for he and she and can't believe some actually promote that there are more than 2 genders. Those things, in my opinion, are deserving of a crock of sheet or piece of sheet costume. What are our children and grandchildren going to believe is true when they are grown? I am praying for you and all teachers. emoticon
    22 days ago
  • _CYNDY55_
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    33 days ago

    Thank you for telling the sub what was what. Only right!

    Sounds like a really full day, and you are a real care-giver of both people and animals. Thank you!

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    34 days ago
    You just amaze & amuse me!
    34 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
    35 days ago
    Wonderful teacher and human being you are.
    35 days ago

    Thank you for sharing.
    loved the 'outing' with the little one

    Blessing abound,,

    if you do not see one... then be one ! !

    35 days ago
    Just awesome! First good job advising that sub to sanitize in that classroom. You definitely did the right thing.

    As for the straw for the outdoor cat, that's wonderful, too. Poor animals don't have a voice and that's nice that you did that for the cats.

    35 days ago
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  • LIS193
    That session in the library will stay with those students forever! Such a fun exercise and even better as it helped you to straighten the bookshelves.
    Our feral cat came back with 3 kittens about 2 months ago, mama cat is very skittish but we can pet the kittens when we put food out for them. Love the idea of a dog house with straw! Kitties love their comfort
    35 days ago
    You are an awesome teacher, and just an all around kind person!!! emoticon Keep doing what you're doing, and please stay safe!!! emoticon
    35 days ago
    You are one amazing teacher, just flabbergasted that the cleansing regime there is so lax, good of you to offer advice.
    As for the strays, I'm sure if they could they'd thank you.

    Keep looking for and enjoying at least one positive in every day. What's that saying? ....." not every day is good, but there is good in every day" emoticon

    stay safe hun, happy hump day emoticon
    35 days ago
    i agree with TOKIEMOON....you are awesome all the way around. so glad you did give the sub a heads up. wonderful taking the Kindergarteners to the library and teaching them what to do. that's awesome they enjoyed being with the books.

    i volunteer at a local library and we are supposed to wipe things down before we leave. unfortunately the volunteer before doesn't do that...she doesn't like me...as i walk in i wipe my way around and when i leave i wipe everything down so it is ready for the next volunteer the following day. they even took the sanitizer away. i take my own stuff to use...i don't understand people like them.

    have a wonderful Wednesday.
    35 days ago
    You are truly a saint. I'm still amazed that proper cleaning protocol is not automatically being implemented at your school Good for you for being on top of it and you absolutely did do the right thing by cluing the sub in on the situation. You are an awesome teacher and just an all-around wonderful human being. Thanks for caring for the stray kitties.
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    35 days ago
    Thanks for sharing!

    35 days ago
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