stuck in my head...

is William Wordsworth's poem below. Actually, it's only the first line, and to be honest, I had no clue what poem it was from, it just kept running in my head. For some reason, this line comes to me...perhaps because it is so popular. I have lots of time as I drive from home to work, and sometimes verses just spin around in my head, and I think about the time when I actually studied literature. Whereas now, I just spend my time preaching about subject verb agreement. Even if I had chosen to teach older students, my time to be a student (and just study lit. for pleasure) would be somewhat over. On that note, my students and I will be starting our poetry unit in a few weeks! So I guess that time isn't completely over. :)

These scraps of lines that I think about and the favorite poems that I collect, they all mean so much to me. Yet to everyone else they are just meaningless words. Some of the poems may actually be found beautiful, but it pains me that what I consider so precious is deemed worthless.

The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon,
The winds that will be howling at all hours,
And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers,
For this, for everything, we are out of tune;
It moves us not.--Great God! I'd rather be
A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn; (1)
So might I, standing on this pleasant lea, (2)
Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn;
Have sight of Proteus (3) rising from the sea;
Or hear old Triton (4) blow his wreathed horn.

happy, happy, happy!

For some reason, I had a great Monday. Usually, my early wake up and the drive does me in before I get to school, since I drive from my parents' house on Monday. But, it wasn't so bad today. My dog woke me up at around 2am, and I think that made the time I was asleep feel longer. The students were also on fairly good behavior, and I got actually got many things accomplished during planning! We are working on fables, and the students seemed to kind of actually like the activities! I am sure that tomorrow will bring another attitude, but at least today was great! BTW, they did a good job with the group work activity on Friday.

I was able to rearrange my Wednesday meeting, and now I will get to drive back to my parents' house on Wednesday to celebrate my bday and get there by 6. :) The boy is going to meet me there. I am actually going to get to see him mid-week! Such an awesome treat! And he's going to bring my Thai food from my favorite restaurant.
This past weekend was really pleasant. The boy had an exam on Saturday, so I spent Friday night with my mom. On Saturday I drove up to visit the boy, and got a little shopping in. My shopping habit is bad, but I couldn't resist the sale about Banana Republic. I got two sweaters, which I think will be really cute for early spring time. I also got a perfume gift set for my mom and the boy's mom. They are rosewood and actually smell really good. And I got everything 75% off, so I didn't spend too much! :)

Group dynamics

In an effort to keep the talking/drama in my classroom to a minimum, I keep rearranging my students' seats. Arrangement after arrangement (well, it's not actually that many). At some point they just have to learn how to behave, but letting them sit wherever they want=chaos. At a classroom management course I went to, the instructor said that students should be able to earn where they want to sit, and that everyone would ultimately achieve that goal. That sounds lovely.

I don't think that's how my class is gonna roll. When my students sit near friends they talk. And they don't even talk quietly! They pick at each other! And then they get punished. So, it is time to move them.

Which brings me to another point: group work. My kids have been begging for it all year, but I haven't let them do it very often because anarchy pretty much breaks out at some point. Even when the directions are very structured, everyone has a task, and everyone is accountable. Even when I assign the groups and agonize over who everyone should work with. Tomorrow they are doing group work, because I am trying to give them more freedom. I decided to assign the groups, even though there is a chance that a few of them could handle choosing their own groups. But my assigned groups will probably lead to chaos to, because when my students aren't with their friends, they are with their enemies. I've let them choose their groups, but that inevitably leads to an even bigger mess. So, I'm hoping to get through this group work tomorrow!

A "successful" trip to J.Crew

This past weekend I managed a trip to J.Crew, despite spending lots of time with loved ones. A basketball game on Sunday was the perfect excuse to run to the mall...While the economy is really, really horrible and scary, I feel I can buy a few things, if I cut other things out. Anyways, I bought this skirt for $25, and it's pretty comfortable, and will be just the thing for casual Fridays in the spring. Our school has window units, not central AC. For some reason, the window unit ensures that the classroom is constantly hot and sticky. So jeans will be uncomfortable soon. I also bought a red and pink belt that I really like for under ten dollars. I think it will add a bit extra to my outfits. And since almost everything I own is pink, the belt will match with lots of clothes.

Snow days...

We've had two snow days, which makes up for the trecherous journey I had on Sunday night. My kiddos have the SOLs, so I've been finishing up writing each of them a personal note of encouragement. Originally, I was just going to give everyone a pretty note that I printed off the computer, but then it morphed into something bigger. Anyways, I'm happy that I've had some extra time to write these little notes!

I've also had time to get my gift together for my friend's engagement party. I bought her lots of little things, so it took me awhile to wrap them all up. Amazingly, my mom happened upon a dress for me at Dillards. I actually really like it, so now I have something new to wear!

I stopped by J.Crew on Sunday, but didn't buy anything. A lot of the stuff seems to be in the wrong color for my skin tone or else in the wrong shape for my body type. I like things to be somewhat structured, and all those ruffles and thin fabric looks like bad news. I love J.Crew, but I'm really tired of the current colors. I helped my sister pack for Miami last night (lucky girl), and I dug through some of my stuff to give to her. J.Crew's stuff from last spring was so much cuter!