#WeekendCoffeeShare, Giving Your All

Welcome to my Weekend Coffee Share, hosted by Allison at Eclectic Ali. I had a good week at work despite some of the classes becoming a little more excitable. I’ve really been trying to smile at them when I see them outside of class in the hall and to greet them cheerfully when they come in to class. It’s important in these times.

We now have our first COVID case at my school and some are quarantined. One high school in town is closed and doing online teaching; my friend who works there said there are 47 cases. *Anxious sigh*

I do not like the pressure coming down from the district and the state as if this is all about standards (*strictly my opinion, not my empoyer’s). My area of interest is Social Emotional Learning, because I was very unmotivated in high school and did not excel or try for Honors classes until the Senior year, because my son had learning problems due to emotional issues, and because no child will meet the standards if their teacher has not shown that they are accepted while still setting gentle, yet firm boundaries.

I know, yada, yada, yada. 🙂 It’s becoming clear I like to throw myself into things. I am still reading self-help books about healing and anxiety as well as the brain’s role in pain and healing. All summer, I had thrown myself into the healing process with my shoulder injury and physical therapy. This fall, I’ve thrown myself into being the best teacher I believe I can be, not necessarily what everyone else expects. Meaning, it takes me how long it takes me to grade essays. I don’t want to rush and then give them another writing assignment. Still, I am almost done, and this week I was developing project options for my Gifted and Advanced students. I designed my own rubrics and came up with ideas for different projects appealing to different modalities. Some of them seem pretty interested to get started.

I got my vote in early this year, but Tuesday, I joined in with the teacher next door in her efforts to get students excited and to stress the importance of voting. I shared my enthusiasm in a post you can read here: https://pamelascanepa.wordpress.com/2020/11/04/what-its-like-to-vote-2020/

Empty desks will be filled with bright minds….

I am doing well with my nerves, but my focus is sometimes a challenge. Maybe it is a part of changes that come with my age or maybe I once again have to put the past in its place. I don’t know. I just apologize to my students and say I had a “brain freeze” and move on. They don’t make fun of me. There is a feeling that my students and I get along even when I sometimes have to crack down on class behavior or noise, so it seems we’re on the way to building a pleasant little community this year, and that makes me ecstatic! (Do I sound like a hippy)? I love to focus on ways to challenge them. My goal is to make a difference in their lives, like those who made a difference in my life in my healing journey for my shoulder this summer. Not just for the shoulder, but my peace of mind and my trust of medical practitioners. (Hospitals have been a source of high anxiety for me for years).

So while I still spent two nights this week just exercising or relaxing and not grading, while I had them do work Friday but did not grade it, I still think I’m giving my all. There are ways to do this and still maintain balance, I do believe.

Writing is moving slowly for me with my next book, but Malachi, Ruse Master has been fully edited for audiobook and is now in the approval process. Woohoo! My favorite local indie book store closed, the one that carried my books. 😦 So I got them out and they’re at home. I have a few friends who are going to get a copy. There is another store in town I have to check with, though they may require a book signing. I still have COVID fear. Ugh, my social life has suffered. But I will see some friends tonight!

Yes, some long time teacher friends and I are getting together tonight, just the girls. Only two of us are still at the same school, so it will be great to get together! I may be having tea later with a church friend, and this morning I’ve got the ‘got to do’ things: this blog, a little grading, exercise. I am compelled to do these things. Two thirds of them keep me healthy! 🙂

So, social life, beloved writing hobby, work requirements, work goals, healthy habits–all are present….getting close to balancing them! Much love and hugs to the blogging/writing community and peace to any newbies stopping by. Have a great week!

Author: PamelaS.Canepa, Writing and Living

I am a writer who also teaches reading and writing, currently. In 2016, I self-published an e-book and its sequel, and I am learning the art of self-promotion. I published a full-length time travel novel as of 6/16/17 and its sequel in the summer of 2018. Life is a trip, and writing is the best escape for me! Learn about my award-winning sci-fi novel, Detours in Time, on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0711ZW6XF Visit me at https://about.me/pamela.schloessercanepa

10 thoughts on “#WeekendCoffeeShare, Giving Your All”

  1. It is great to hear that you are still seeing friends, despite the anxiety of everything going on. Balance is so hard these days. The longterm effect ont he children of this isolation is something I’ve been thinking about this week. We’ve had a rise in numbers of cases for the past couple weeks, and it is scary. It’s getting closer and the people getting sick are younger, mostly young adults tired of restrictions. There are cases on several of the schools in town. Hang in there girl. You are doing a very important job! Thanks for the coffee!

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  2. My son’s school closed Monday because of a COVID outbreak. It is very scary. Sending everyone healthy happy thoughts!

    Stay safe and thank you for your commitment to school, education and the students!

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  3. wow Pamala – you are on fire with this to-do list you are living. I admire you because I could never do it now. I might have when I was much younger, but I never taught in a public school setting. I did “teach” kids in a church setting for several years and fell in love with many of them. They were what finally broke me down so I was ready to start having kids of our own. Almost 3 decades later, all 3 are grown, wonderful people and one is even married so I guess we did okay. But I don’t think I ever could have kept up with you. Bravo lady.

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  4. Wow, it sure sounds scary working in a high school during this time of corona. I’m so glad you try to stay upbeat. I’m also so glad you immerse yourself into learning to become an even better teacher. Emotional le arning sounds like something I may want to look into, as I always scored above-average on most straightforward academics but struggled majorly emotionally (still do).

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  5. BRAVO! 🤗Being a teacher at this time in our world of???? 👀One of my question marks is “Bonkers” (nicer word for crazy. You are doing a great job👍 during this time with everything going on. It’s not just the Covid-19, it’s how people around us are handling it. 👩‍👩‍👧‍👦To me I learned a lot of what has affected me and my family. My mother was born in 1918 and she and her family survived the 1918 Flu Pandemic.
    Keep up what you are doing!!!!😉😊

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