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Defeating Apathy September 9, 2013

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It has become clear that over the past few months I have been sinking deeper and deeper into a state of overwhelming apathy. I know what I should being doing, I know what I could be doing, I know what I want to be doing….and I’m doing nothing. I have made zero progress in any area of my life for months. I think constantly about all the things I want to change and all the ways I can improve my life, but when it comes time to actually *do* any of those things, I just grab a book, flop on the couch, and read for a few hours then go to bed. This is becoming dangerously close to depression and that is a oh-so-slippery slope that I do not want to slide down. So….

Starting today, I am setting ONE weekly goal for myself and focusing on achieving that one task by week’s end. I am (desperately) hoping that accomplishing several small goals will kick start my motivation to get back on track with my “normal” life.

Weekly Goal #1: Grade each day’s assignments before I leave work.
I am drowning in school work and this is undoubtedly contributing to my problems.  It’s only week 3 and I’m already way behind in my grading.  I leave school mentally wiped out every day, yet I also feel as if I never get anything accomplished.  My to do list gets longer and longer and longer with no end in sight.  I’ve come to the realization that I can’t do everything overnight, but I need to be able to pat myself on the back for accomplishing at least 1 or 2 things every day.  I need to walk out of my classroom every day with the knowledge that I *did* something.   If this means I have to stay longer than be regular duty hours, I will do it — I need to take the time to catch up, get refocused, and get back on track.

**Just a note: I stayed after school in order to grade today’s assignment from my economics class.  Whoo hoo for baby step #1 🙂

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Four Months Later May 2, 2012

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On January 1st I wrote several goals for myself.  Four months later, I suppose it’s time to check my progress.

Financial Goals

  1. Save $1,000 — I am only $120 away from completing this goal 🙂
  2. Create a monthly budget and stick to it
  3. Reduce my credit card debt by at least 40% — I have completely paid off 2 credit cards. I’m not sure how much this has reduced my total credit card debt, but it makes me feel like I’m making progress.

Health Goals

  1. Lose 50 pounds — I have lost a total of 8 pounds. Despite being somewhat discouraged my this tiny progress, I am trying to stay positive and focused. If only cookies, chocolate, ice cream, and beer didn’t make my tummy so happy 😦

Professional/Educational Goals

  1. Pass the TExEs certification test in Social Studies — DONE!!! I am moving to the social studies department and will be teaching U.S. history and econmics next school year. 😀
  2. Apply for graduate school

Miscellaneous Goals

  1. Complete a scrapbook
  2. Actively look for “Mr. Right”
  3. Find a new church home with a strong youth program

Obviously I have a long way to go before I can check all of these goals off my list.  Hopefully the summer break will refresh my spirit and give me the motivation to get out there and do something!!

2012 Goals January 1, 2012

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As a new year begins, I find myself reflecting on the things I planned to accomplish in 2011 yet for multiple reasons didn’t. Obviously if I want to find success in 2012 I need to try something different. That’s where my bestie Susan comes in; she and I have agreed to be each other’s accountability partner as we each strive to accomplish our goals for this new year. Here are my major goals for the next 12 months:

Financial Goals

  1. Save $1,000
  2. Create a monthly budget and stick to it
  3. Reduce my credit card debt by at least 40%

Health Goals

  1. Lose 50 pounds

Professional/Educational Goals

  1. Pass the TExEs certification test in Social Studies
  2. Apply for graduate school

Miscellaneous Goals

  1. Complete a scrapbook
  2. Actively look for “Mr. Right”
  3. Find a new church home with a strong youth program

This is Freakin’ Ridiculous! November 16, 2009

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My school district is sponsoring a program called “Maintain to Don’t Gain.”  Basically employees are encouraged to focus on healthy eating and moderation during the holiday season.  If you maintain or lose weight between November 16 and January 8, you are entered in a drawing to win $100.

I have decided to use this contest as a motivational jump-start to my desperate need to lose weight.  I hope to LOSE serious weight.  My goal is to drop 40 pounds by February 27 (my 34th birthday).   This morning I visited our nurse and had the starting weigh-in….

Stupid fucking scale 😡

Not Your Average Summer Job June 14, 2009

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Although I’ve heard rumors that teachers have the summer off, I have yet to experience such pleasure this year.  I spent my first week of summer vacation at Volunteer Houston as part of the Houston A+ Challenge externship program.  My fellow externs and I visited many different non-profit organization throughout the week.  Overall the experience was amazing and I am very excited to bring all that I learned about volunteering back to my students in August. 

The best day was when we spent Tuesday at the Houston Zoo; we were tag-alongs with the Shell Summer Intern Program.  We were allowed behind-the-scenes access to a few of the most popular exhibits (giraffes and elephants) and then set to work painting a huge construction fence.  I was able to talk to many different college students from across the country and I was amazed by their drive to be successful and their commitment to non-profit work.  My fellow externs and I left with a renewed sense of hope for the future of America.

 

 

When Life Is Too Much To Handle October 22, 2008

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It’s nice to know Johnny is always there for me.  He created a bit of a stir when he first came to school with me, but now he is a part of the family and folks stop by to visit from time to time 😀

My Husband Johnny

If You See Smoke Don’t Panic…I’ve Probably Erupted Into a Ball of Flames October 14, 2008

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Okay so my stress level is almost through the freakin’ roof.  Issues with J, crazy technology problems at work, a demon-possessed middle school daughter, and a sudden desperate need to lose 5 pounds before Saturday are making life INSANE right now.  What sucks even more is that I am no longer in touch with the one person who can talk me down off the ledge.  I think I am beginning to understand the phrase “Going postal!”

When Education Works September 2, 2008

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Tonight was Open House at my school.  Generally I do not look forward to this event; poor parent turn out highlights one of the greatest frustrations faced by teachers.  Although I was at this same school last year, I have no memory of Open House so I walked in tonight with no expectations.  I could not have been any more surprised than I was by the end of the night. 

Parent attendance was low; I teach 35 students and only had the pleasure of meeting 2 sets of parents/guardians.  What took me by surprise were the number of STUDENTS on campus.  Our school services the enitre district yet we are located on the far southern end of the attendance zone.  Some of the kiddos there tonight had to drive at least 25 minutes to get to campus, and they weren’t even required to be there!!

I’ve said it before and after tonight I’ll say even louder.  I work at the best school in Houston!  For some of our students, for the first time in their lives they have found a place where they are loved and accepted.  Those kids showed up tonight because they love our building, they love our staff, and they are learning to appreciate and love themselves; they may not be able to articulate what they are feeling but they know that being at school makes them happy.   We are more than teachers and principals…we are parents. mentors, friends, and on some levels their equals.  Every single person in our building, regardless of role, title, age, or experience, is a part of the school family and I mean that with all the sincerity in my heart.  Our school is a beautiful example of public education can and schould be.

I walked out the school doors with my heart overflowing with happiness and pride.  I am so incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to work with an amazing team of people and I know that as a family we are making a difference in the lives of these children.

I just wanted to share :o)       

Home August 1, 2008

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Based on the poem “Where I’m From” by George Ella Lyon

I’m from canefields and the Friday night fais do-do,

from gumbo, beans and rice, cochon de laits,

and “Throw me something mister!”

Where the Church touches all and the spirits

        are always flowin’.

 

I’m from Adele’s Christmas tree cookies and camping trips

        with Roy and Mary,

from forced Sunday naps with Momma, bad jokes from Daddy

        (you must chuckle),

and spanking-earning bed-time trouble with Booger.

Where being family mean fighting and laughing

        and the love is unconditional.

 

I’m from trips across the prairie with Half-Pint,

from Tandy computers, brain teasers, and field trips

        with Mrs. T and her kids,

and the diapers, tantrums, and learned responsibility to go

        with the extra spending money.

Where lessons come in different form and heroes

        have unexpected faces.

 

No longer there,

no longer here,

always with me

making any place

Home.

Why I Love My Job April 8, 2008

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My boss bought me a Dr. Pepper…a real Dr.Pepper, not one of the diet ones I’ve been drinking for the past month.  I love her! 

As I walked into the building Friday morning Peggy saw me yawning and made a comment about being so tired at the end of a long week.  I mumbled in agreement and went to my classroom to prepare for the day.  Twenty minutes later at our morning meeting (think of homeroom with all the students meeting in the cafeteria and using small-group time to build relationships)  Peggy asked me if I’d like a Dr. Pepper.  She and I are the only ones on campus who have such a strong love/hate relationship with the yummy beverage and we often commiserate over the difficulties of surviving a day without one; I suspect she saw the longing in my eyes and felt sympathy for a fellow addict.  When she asked if I wanted one, I hesitated for a brief moment, remembering my resolve to lose weight, and then caved when I thought of savoring the goodness of a real Dr. Pepper.  She promised to drop it off in my classroom after she walked across the street to purchase it….that’s right, she actually had to walk to the store to make good on her offer.

I ask you, is there a better boss out there?  No other high school principal I know (or at the least have worked for) would take care of her teachers in this way.  I’m never leaving this school 🙂