Nothing and Everything

I woke up at 5:45am!  I am always very eager to go to school on Thursday mornings 🙂 So naturally I needed a coffee.

I got my hands on the big mug this morning – boo ya!

I was starved and I wanted to have a big breakfast to keep me full during a long morning of teaching. So I decided to make a massive bowl of oatmeal!

Full to the brim!  I cooked 1/2 cup of oats with 1 cup of water (+ the last dash of milk) and heaps of cinnamon.  I also added chopped banana, shredded coconut, and smashed almonds–violent!  lol

Lately I have been crushing my almonds with a spoon instead of tediously chopping them.  Twice as fast, doesn’t make as much noise, and adds a more satisfying crunch!

Hidden treasure:

a glob of peanut butter at the bottom of the bowl 🙂

New Zealand is the first country to see the sun every morning.  And I am probably the first person in Auckland to see the sun every morning 😉

Today in school I did nothing. Yet at the same time, I did everything.  During their morning run, I was in charge of monitoring the most oft-cut corner of the track–big responsibility!  Then, the class finished making Mother’s Day cards and started making people chains.  This is part of a “following instructions” unit.  I helped students figure out what to do and such, but mostly they just helped each other, which I love to see 🙂  While my teacher did some logistical stuff, I was in charge of overseeing the class and transitioning them to the next activity.

At Morning Tea, I wasn’t hungry–go oatmeal!–but I ate my apple as a preventative measure.

(The almonds were eaten during second break to curb a bit of hunger brewing in my tummy.)

For the rest of the morning I did more of everything (which was nothing).  The students planned a “recount” of their day yesterday.  They needed to fill in:

  • When?
  • Who?
  • What did we do?  First… Next…  Then… After that… Finally…
  • Concluding statement

Then they were to write it in paragraph form, all in the past tense.  Again, I oversaw the class, helped those who needed it, and led the transitions.  Of course I was pleased to be in charge, but all of this comes very naturally to me.  I guess I just wanted the challenge of instruction.

By lunch time, I still didn’t have much of an appetite, so I just ate my carrot sticks and hummus.

I didn’t even want my beautiful salad:

Field greens, boiled egg, mushrooms, red bell pepper capsicum, and more carrot sticks dressed in Lite Italian.  At the end of lunch break I was beginning to feel a bit hungry, so I ended up eating about half.

After lunch, the math specialist came in to introduce measurement.  I think there was some instruction going on, but I was deep in the process of making a new homework chart for the second term.  I know it was an urgent task since it was almost the end of the second week, but there was MATHS going on across the room!

I was finished with the chart in time to help with the standard unit introduction.  They learned the types of things you would measure with millimeters (a ladybug), centimeters (your arm), meters (the building), and kilometers (the distance to America!). Their task was to copy down what they had brainstormed, but I don’t think they understood.

Guess what we did for the last 45 minutes?  Finished the people chains…

I have declared Thursday my day off from exercise since I have no time in the morning and I’m too tired when I get home.  Plus, I tend to eat extra well since I don’t have time to snack!  But I think I’m going out for Mexican food and then dancing tonight, so that’s a bit of a workout there!

Are you celebrating Cinco de Mayo?



Filed under Fitness, Food, Life, New Zealand, Recipes, Student Teaching

2 responses to “Nothing and Everything

  1. Cinco de mayo is also my mom’s birthday – so I’m celebrating by sending her an e-card – and probably treating myself to some take-out tonight. Rafe has a final so its my night off of cooking!

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