Sunday, September 12, 2010

A Very Good Time in Aggieland

This weekend I went to the Texas A&M vs. LaTech...So first let me tell you that I am currently fighting a cough...and losing :( Despite that fact, I decided that I wanted to go and watch the Aggies play this was definitely an adventure. Julie and I decided to walk to Kyle Field from her apartment...only we weren't sure how to actually get out of her apartment (gated community) and so we spent thirty minutes walking around the place trying to get out. It wouldn't have been so bad, except, it was sooooo hottttt! Needless to say, we eventually made it out of the apartment complex and started our journey towards the stadium!

Thirty minutes later, redfaced and sweaty, we made it! We decided for a short break in the MSC bookstore for a bottle of water and then trudged back outside to stand in line to get in... Let me tell you, this line was ridiculously hot, lots of already sweaty bodies standing in close proximity to each word "gross!"  So finally, we made it to our seats...only to get pushed out when these two girls wedged into "our spots." At this point, I was ready to call it quits and just leave...luckily...we found some empty seats a few rows down with plenty of space! 

As soon as it got a little cooler, we started to enjoy the game a little more! Here are some pictures!

The smile disguises the fact she's about to pass out from the heat!
The "Block T" Fightin' Texas Aggie Band!
The Big Screen!

Friday, September 3, 2010

getting back into the groove

This week has been a week of adjustments.

I began my two graduate school classes this week and I began subbing at Forest Ridge Elementary school in College Station, TX. As a teacher the past to years, I have had to get up at 6:00 am (ok...6:30) to get ready for work but this week, I have been really tired. I think that subbing combined with two classes at night has really tested me...Today I woke up feeling slightly off my game. My throat hurt and my allergies were acting up. I decided that it was my lucky day that it was Friday! I plan on resting up this weekend (with a little Aggie Football thrown in on Saturday) and preparing for another week!

It has been a challenge getting back into the groove...but I'm getting there!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

It's a matter of confidence...

Confidence is such an important aspect of a person's life. Your confidence level can often make or break you. This week I have definintely had some confidence issues at my substitute job. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm a very confident person, it is just when you are put into an unfamiliar situation and asked to perform at a high level, confidence it something that you must have.

My example today: This week I am substituting at an elementary school for the music teacher. This means that I have multiple classes throughout the day (10 to be exact)! Not only does each class have 18 or more kids, I don't know anyones name and their usual behavior. It has been difficult making sure that I use my classroom management skills as effectively as possible because these children get wild pretty fast.
Yesterday, I had a really rough day with the second grade classes that I taught. They were loud, not listening, and just generally annoying! Obviously, I was having problems controlling their behavior :( To my embarrassment, another teacher had to come in and get the class under control....ack! I felt horrible...I, Lori Johnson, taught two years and should be able to control a classroom!

Needless to say, my confidence levels dropped considerably and I had to spend the majority of the afternoon thinking about how I can assert myself in the classroom and remain confident in teaching these kids. As usual, I went to the bible for some help in keeping my self-confidence high. This is what I found...

 In 2 Timothy 1:7 it says, "For God gave us a spirit not of fear, but of power and love an self-control." I think remembering that God gave us gifts that can help us through each day is so important when performing the tasks set out for you. I have to remember not to be fearful, not to worry, but to be powerful and confident in myself.

So's all a matter of confidence.