Hello there and Happy Friday!  I am excited we are at the end of April.  I know you know why I am happy about it.  I am taking it day by day and am doing my best to be calm and patient at work.  29 days to go!

I runfess…
That I did not get a period this month.  Last month I wrote that in March my period lasted 10 days.  I’ve never had one last that long.  I already sent a message to my doctor letting her know.  It could be pre-menopause, stress, or something else.  One thing I know for sure is that I am NOT pregnant. 😊 

I runfess…
That I am a bit jealous of seeing people post on Facebook about their vacation.  I am happy for them.  But deep down inside I do wished that were me going on vacation too.  I have the time and the money so what really is the issue?  Is it really Covid stopping me or is it something else?  Places I want to visit are Mexico, NY, and Washington, DC.

I runfess…
These past few days it’s been going well in school.  My secret?  I tell my students that if they don’t pay attention, don’t do the assignments, etc, etc., I will remove them from my Google Meet.  Then they cannot join again until 24 hours later or I change the meeting code.  I do the latter.  I also tell them that if parents ask why I removed them, that they should go ahead and tell them.  I’ve had to remove a few and for the most part most of them are paying more attention to me.

I runfess
That all of this running and bike classes is making me more hungry.  I need to do better in eating a more filling breakfast so that I am not starving by 10am (my lunch is at 11:30am on Monday and at 12:30 pm the other days).  I make a shake/smoothie with oatmeal, almond milk, and protein powder.  Sometimes I add a banana or spinach.  I thought that the oatmeal would fill me up but it doesn’t.  It doesn’t help that I am rushing when I get home from my run since I need to shower, get ready, and leave for work.

I runfess…
That while the extra money is nice teaching summer school, sometimes I have no desire to do it anymore.  I had to pick whether I wanted to do remote or in person teaching.  I picked in person and then changed it to remote.  However, there is no guarantee that I would be given what I select.  I like remote because it means no kids in the room and I do not have to wear a mask.  I like in person because I miss having kids in the classroom.  I have 3 right now (different days) and it is nice having them.  Each option has pros and cons.  I know the school I will be teaching but still do not know the grade.  Hopefully soon I will find out!

Again, thanks for listening!!

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16 Comments on Fit Five Friday and April 2021 Runfessions

  1. Smoothies alone don’t usually keep me full for long enough so I will usually have something else with it. The idea of vacation sounds great but I don’t think I’m ready yet. I hope you get a good option for teaching summer school!

  2. That’s a great idea for keeping your students more attentive and on-task. Do you grab a quick snack before your morning run? That may help some with the hunger you feel afterwards (?).

    • I am so tired of most of them not doing any work so it was a way to keep them in class and work. I male them submit the work after each class session. Out of 28 students I have 4-5 that participate and do all or most of the work.

  3. If I don’t put protein powder in my smoothies, I’m hungry fairly quickly after I eat them! I love your solution to keep your students engaged. Hit ’em where it hurts, right? LOL

  4. I have been envious of folks going on vacation too, I’m happy that I finally booked a weeklong vacation in June! Hopefully you get to travel soon!

  5. I always find a I need a mid-morning snack despite what I eat for breakfast. Could you slip in a snack with your classes?

    I really want to take a vacation too but I think for this year I’m probably going to stick to someplace I can drive to.

  6. Maybe you can plan a trip for this summer, Zenaida. I think you can travel safely, especially if you have been vaccinated. There are ways to do it.

    I like your idea for keeping your students on-task. One advantage of having remote classes, right?

  7. Running and walking make me hungry all the time.

    I love your strategy for keeping the kids’ attention.

    Vacations will come. And you will appreciate them even more

  8. Way to go, getting your students to pay attention! That’s a great strategy.

    Smoothies don’t do it for me. What about a hard boiled egg to go along with it? The protein might help.

    We are trying to plan a vacation, but it’s so hard to commit to anything.

    • Glad you think so. Our Principal had told us months ago not to remove students. I didn’t…until now. It is working! I am too many students and I am doing what is best for ME and my class. I don’t like hard boiled eggs but will most likely eat a Picky Bar to fill in that void.

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