Thursday, April 25, 2019

Midweek Bits & Pieces

It's a rainy Thursday on a crazy week. I'm not sure there are any other kinds of weeks for teachers anymore. Yesterday a 12-year-old was arrested at a middle school after attacking and injuring two police officers. In my world, a lot of students are struggling, especially my students whose families do not have a lot of financial resources. I can't tell you how discouraged I get by the inequality all around me.

As long as I'm on the subject of work ... a while back many of you shared your thoughts on retirement. They were really helpful and I have revisited them many times. The decision for now is ... not retiring yet. My students and my coworkers are really amazing people and I'm not quite ready to say goodbye to them. 

Our amazing ceramics teacher, Phil Lyons, is retiring. In honor of him, we have an exhibit of his work in the school art gallery -- and all the works are for sale. What do you think of this one?
I fell in love with it. When the show closes, it's coming home with me. I've probably mentioned that I work at the high school that my children attended, so this will be a wonderful memento when I do retire.
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 I've picked up a handful of novels, but none of them have hooked me. Instead I'm glued to "1924: The Year That Made Hitler." While it's not exactly uplifting, it is well-written and interesting.

Let's end on a more cheerful note. Here is a picture of an almost-finished quilt:
I don't love it, but I'll get into that when it's finished.

I hope your week has been going well!


13 comments:

  1. Very neat artwork.
    When the time is right to retire... you'll know it!

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  2. The sculpture is very interesting. It will be a nice momento of your teaching friend and your school.

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  3. I can see why that sculpture had to come home with you. We are all just a cup away from the look in that face's eye.

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  4. I LOVE the sculpture. What a wonderful piece to have . . . and even more so when there is that extra-special meaning of knowing the artist and the school connection. I hope you have a rejuvenating weekend. XO

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  5. I think that sculpture is just wonderful! What an amazing memento! I applaud your decision to keep working - I am sure your students do too!

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  6. Great sculpture! The kids these days! Locally, just this week a student attacked a teacher & resource officer and the teacher ended up hospitalized. It worries me that so many have that kind of rage at such a young age.

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  7. The sculpture will be a beautiful piece and very meaningful to your colleagues.

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  8. Oh that is an exceptional sculpture. Glad you want to continue teachers. WE NEED more who stay motivated despite the difficulties of teaching these days.

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  9. ❤️ the sculpture - the school is going to miss Mr. Lyons. You'll definitely know when it's time to retire.

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  10. Glad you're going to hang in there! Kids need teachers who are dedicated like you are. Nice art work choice, too!

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  11. I enjoyed seeing the artwork-both yours and his!

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  12. I completely understand the craziness of teaching. I think being and OT is very much the same. There is always so much to do and trying to help everyone including the parents can be exhausting. I am glad you are still going to teach, you'll know when the time is right to retire.

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  13. My husband talks of retiring but we don't know when yet. He can retire after May. He just isn't convinced quite yet but he complains about work a lot. I bet your coworkers are happy you are staying as well as your students!

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