Teaching & Mammograms | Thursday, August 26th 2021

Teaching & Mammograms | Thursday, August 26th 2021

[Music] good morning it is thursday at 7 04 in the morning um first and foremost as miserable as i feel every time my alarm clock goes off at 4 20 in the morning i have to say that i’ve said it before and i will say it again working out in the morning just makes a significant difference in how i feel by the time i’m dressed and driving to work like i always feel more alert more awake more equipped and prepared to survive the day so right now i’m only doing 30 minute classes um in a perfect world i’ll be able to do a 45 minute class and like a ab workout afterwards but there’s still like there’s still that feeling of not quite being on top of things the way that i want so i’m doing the 30 minute class that i’m getting to work earlier before contract time around 7ish so hopefully within the next week or so um i can get back to doing 45 minutes physically my body feels fine i do think that i’m gonna get like a back brace just to make sure to monitor monitor my posture while i’m writing just kind of force me to sit and the right positioning so there’s that um today the priority is to get my switch class caught up to my homeroom class and as far as my homeroom class to get through the first chapter or the first section of all your twisted secrets which we didn’t get all the way through yesterday and also to get the skill lesson for let them play god on steady sink done so we’re just going to listen to that passage one more time do the skill lesson for it which is author’s purpose discuss what we think alfred hitchcock means by letting the audience play god and then that’s it with that passage um but i was getting ready and as i was getting ready i was watching megan’s at too cool for middle school her most recent upload where she kind of talks about her first couple of days and some of the routines and procedures she puts in place and then that video ended and then it automatically took me to one of her older ones and it inspired me to just do a little set of reminders and recess with both classes both of my classes are good but they do need a couple of reminders um and i think these reminders are needed because it’s really a reflection of the fact that they have not really physically been in school consistently in the past one and a half years um so one of the things my classes need to hear is that if you’re talking while i’m giving directions you’re not going to know what to do when i’m done giving the directions and not only is your talking keeping you from hearing the directions but it’s also keeping the people in your immediate vicinity from hearing the directions and we’re talking about basic directions like yesterday they were told to they were going to be called by one table at a time and that when they came up they were going to bring a paper to turn in and get their mail and their folder out of the their mailbox and then they were going to sit down and put the mail in the folder and put the folder in the backpack and the number of questions i had from kids with not knowing what to do with the piece of paper that they pulled out of their mailbox not knowing what the gray folder was for not remembering to bring the paper with them to turn it in was a little bit more than my liking because as i’ve told them every year i tell the principal i only want smart and attractive students so everybody in this class is not only attractive but smart so i know that you have the capacity to understand those directions however if you were talking whilst i was giving them you wouldn’t know what to do um so just reminding them of that and being and getting even more stringent with when i ring my little doorbell all stock all talking needs to completely cease and they’ve gotten but better with that over the course of the past few weeks but there’s still a couple table groups where they have that one person that just is talking and they don’t know or they just can’t not talk um that kind of messes it up for the group so that’s what i’m gonna do to start the day and i’m really going to work on getting my grades updated i just hold this big bag of stuff home last night all these papers that i just needed to enter and didn’t pull notice not a sheet of paper out of that bag last night because i ended up cooking and by the time i cooked walked riley got my clothes out edited the blog showered washed my face all that there just wasn’t time there was only time for me to eat dinner watch the real housewives of new york and go to bed so that’s the priority and then i also almost forgot my follow-up mammogram is today at 3 15. so i need to let the office know that i need to leave before contract time to get to this doctor’s appointment on time so i’m at school time to go all right it’s 2 57 i have left school i left about five minutes ago a little bit earlier than contract time um i don’t know if i said this this morning but just my professional tip is i always inform all admin and all the people that work in the office if i need to leave early because of a doctor’s appointment it’s rare that i do it and in the email i’m not necessarily asking permission i’m just informing them because 99.9 of the time your administrators at least the ones i’ve worked with it’s not going to have an issue if you let them know that the reason you’re leaving early is because you’re trying to get to a doctor’s appointment and i honestly couldn’t get an appointment at any other time that would work for me so i left i’m on my way this is my follow-up mammogram because my first one the results came back i can’t remember the phrasing but they couldn’t get a clear image basically so that’s where i’m headed it’s kind of a blessing in disguise because that forces me to leave work early today which means i should get home much earlier than what i have been i don’t have to cook tonight so i have plenty of time to get caught up on grading which i’ve been trying to do for days um as far as the day i really wish i had taken the camera out there was a moment where i was going to stop teaching to take the camera out but i was like no latonya like teaching is the priority um but the good news is my switch class is now caught up and actually slightly ahead of my homeroom class um and now my homeroom class is a little bit behind so let’s talk about the article of the week first i absolutely much rather do article of the week the way that i did it this week than i have in years past just in the sense that kids are much more um into the article digging into the information more because i think they actually are understanding it better because they are being guided through it with me so yesterday i think i talked about that i was going to have them do the three why’s like why does it matter to me my community and the world and this corresponds with the peak annotation that i have used in the past um which means they’re making connections and so at first i was going to give them the paper copy of all this and then this morning i was like latonya you’re trying to minimize paper usage a for the environment and b so that you’re not hauling stacks of paper back and forth so instead of giving them the paper worksheet that i had purchased off of tpt and ran copies of at the last minute during not at the last minute on my way to work this morning i decided that i was going to do it digitally so i just gave them another copy of the article the traffic on the street another copy of the article and had them annotate highlight and pink on there and then they had to have at least three comments slash annotations responding to the three wise so in both classes i told them at minimum you need to have three and if you want to just impress me and be the superstar of the day then have more than three and i think at least in my first group i saw switch first it’s a whole thing they there were several kids they were like oh i have five i have six so they did a really good job and then we shared a few out and they were all very relevant and they all made sense so they weren’t quote unquote junk um annotations which is what i call them it’s not nice but they know what i mean by that um and so that went well and that went well in both classes then in language arts we listened to let them play god and one class we got the skill lesson which is just author’s purpose so we answered the two questions i had them do it on their own as a group first and then we reviewed the answers together as a class to confirm they had it correct and then they submitted it and so since this was our first study sync assignment where they’re choosing multiple choice questions and usually on the skill lessons is there’s always a part a and your answer to part b is dependent upon what you said in part a so i told kids if you get part a wrong the likelihood of you getting part b wrong is very high and even if you get part a wrong and maybe part b correct you still are getting one out of two which is not which is not great so i really focus on strategies you should use when answering multiple choice questions eliminating one i told them there’s always one answer that is clearly wrong like it should be glaringly obvious that this is the wrong answer crossing that one out and then i said you’re always looking for an answer that seems right but is not quite right or is not the best answer and we call that the attractive distractor and then i always tell a little story or like make fun of teenagers about you know you’re supposed to be doing well in school and focus but you see someone that you think is cute and then you become distracted and instead of going over here you’re now over there and i tell them that those are there on purpose to kind of really delineate who is really honing in on the information to the point where they can identify why something seems correct despite the fact that it’s wrong so we went over that answer the two questions and then we read the prologue of all your twisted secrets my first class enjoyed it which is my switch class but my homeroom class they were so invested in that first little section of the book because the first section of the book introduces you to all the characters and gives you little bits of information about each of them and before we listen i said you know i want you to listen to this part of the book where the author is introducing you to all the main characters of the story and there’s going to be information the author provides to you because she wants it to be abundantly clear about these characters and who they are and what they’re about then there’s some more information she’s going to give you that you know makes it also somewhat evident that there are some other things going on for this character and i said and then there’s some like subversive hidden clues that will let you know that there’s some hidden stories that are going on so i asked them to try and listen to that and identify those things so after we finish listening i just ask them to share their reactions or thoughts on each of the characters individually and we have some very strong opinions and emotions about some of those characters already so that was fun and that was exciting and then the day ended and i hopped in my car to try and get to this doctor’s appointment that i’m scared i’m gonna be late to because traffic on this freeway is already a mess so um that was it i actually think i’m gonna get off the freeway um wish me luck that i get there on time i’m not obviously going to get any results today but the next time you see me i will be at home so i’ll see you when i get in it’s 5 55 i’ve been home since about 5 15 for my doctor’s appointment um i got there and by the time i checked in i was 15 to 20 minutes sleep because the kaiser facility that i had to go to is big and then it was telling me to be in building two which i thought i was in but i was in building one which is literally in the same building as building two but on the other side of the building um and i got there just in the nick of time before they were gonna have to reschedule my appointment which i was thankful for so i got that done this mammogram was definitely a little bit more painful than the other one because there was just more pressure being put upon of my breasts in different places and then i don’t i don’t think i knew this but i got a new mammogram and um i had a radiology appointment where they just did like a scan of my left breast because that was the issue and it was like an area i mean who knows who’s watching this video but this is to help anybody that’s never had one it was an area like just behind my nipple so they did the um not mammogram what is the word i just said did the ultrasound did i say ultrasound or radiology it was an ultrasound i don’t know what i just said because that’s how tired i am so they did the ultrasound and then the lady that did it left to go show i guess the doctors or whoever she would show and came back and said everything was fine and then what i liked about what she did is she just kind of calmed my nerves they all did in the beginning but after i found out everything was normal she just made sure to explain that if this is like when you have your first mammogram if there’s anything that seems abnormal or they can’t read they will always have you come in because you don’t have any they don’t have anything to compare it to so since this is my first one they didn’t know if what they saw was abnormal for me because they had no history for me so that was nice um for me to know that was a good piece of information and she suggested suggested that you get them every year she said some doctors will say every other year but a lot of them feel like every year is good so that was a relief to know that everything is normal and then i came home and ate a snack and checked some email which i just finished doing and that’s pretty much it so i am going to go upstairs right now probably edit this video it’s too hot to take rayleigh out right now um so i’m going to take them out probably in about an hour or so i have leftovers for dinner and i’m going to get some stuff entered if not all of it because it’s not hard stuff at all so i’m really just here to let you know how the mammogram went and to close out the vlog so if you enjoyed today’s vlog that was a little mix of work and just real life stuff give this a thumbs up if you’re not subscribed make sure you subscribe if you’re not follow me on instagram head over there follow me at smartystyle and as always i hope that you’re well and if you’re not well please be well and i will see you guys tomorrow [Music] you
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Teaching & Mammograms | Thursday, August 26th 2021

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