Rachel - posted on 12/31/2008 ( 4 moms have responded )
I am a 9th grade English teacher of Pre-AP and gifted and talented students in Carrollton, TX. I do not know what this forum is about other than swapping ideas with other teacher/parents. I agree that I do come home completely exhausted and sometimes completely without patience. I try my hardest not to lose it with my two year old. Since she is soon to be three, she is approaching the Terrible Threes. (We all know that the Terrible Twos are nothing compared to three!) She is definitely exercising her use of the word "no" and the pitch and range of her vocal chords! The kid can SCREAM when she wants to. We have yet to potty train. She has had one or two times in the last two months where she sat on the potty and went on purpose. I know she has the muscles to control it. But, as stubborness runs rampant through the females in my family, she refuses to be consistent about it. If anyone has any creative tips (I've heard all the normal ones), I would be glad to hear them.
Also, if there are any high school English teachers out there who have tips on reducing the grading load, I would really love to hear them. Since I teach gifted students, we do quite a bit of writing (trying to prepare for the dreaded AP and PSAT tests). That, in turn, leaves me with a pile of essay grading all the time. It has gotten to the point where I have to stay up pretty late because my daughter, of course, will not let me work while she is home and awake. I can't say that I blame her. My husband helps when he can, but my daughter is really a momma's girl (I love it! He hates it!) and won't always go to him.
Well, it is nice to meet all of you. Please feel free to offer any advice you have to me. I am always open to suggestions. And if anyone has any questions for me, please feel free to ask. I am always open to making suggestions as well!