Difficult Day, Ended Well
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
I had a very difficult day. It was teacher inservice (staff development) today and not a very positive day. I felt like the overall tone of the day was a focus on failure and lots of hard news. I work at an at risk school in the middle of the city. Many of our students are homeless or very close to being homeless. Several students have suffered personal losses in the last two weeks due to violence. It is very heartbreaking!
We spent the first hour of the day learning how push our students toward success using increased rigor and high expectations followed by looking at statistical models. Then, the second hour of the day was all about the emotional struggles our students are facing and how we need to back down and give them some space and not push issues like homework and test scores.
Need I elaborate on the confusing nature of our morning? We spent our afternoon analyzing our semester and final exams for increased depth of knowledge and wondering just exactly what to take away from the morning session.
I am learning more about myself and the habits that have gotten me into my current shape. All I wanted to do was EAT CARBS! Lots of gooey cinnamon rolls, chocolate, fried foods, etc. I did sample a few items that I would have totally left alone on a regular day. For example, I took the boys to Sonic after their orchestra practice and ordered a corn dog. I ate two bites and gave the rest to Ben. I also found myself "starving" when I got home and had a small bowl of Cheerios with a half cup of milk. In essence, I tried to indulge my cravings with a small sample of the foods I was craving. I went over my calorie goal by about 120 cals., but I also put in a few more minutes of exercise. Looking at my calorie differential bar graph, I still came in with a deficit of nearly 1,000 calories for the day. I call that success!