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My life as a math teacher, wife, daughter, and new momma.

Oh Parent-Teacher Conferences… October 28, 2014

I type this as I am in the midst of the final night of parent-teacher conferences for the school year.  Being my 8th year teaching, I find that I am not nearly as nervous as I once was, but still find several of the encounters a bit unsettling.  Here’s why:

 

1) While I have many more conferences than a lot of my fellow teachers, it is quite disturbing that out of the 150 some students I have, just under 20 parents care enough to meet with me.  Granted, I could eliminate around three-quarters of that 150 whose teenagers have good grades and are doing just fine in my class.  On the flip side of this however, I have at least 20 students who are failing and another 10 or so that are barely passing.  Not ONE of those parents has contacted me or set up a conference.  Of those 20 parents who did show, two had C’s, and the rest have A’s.  So for the most part, I didn’t actually meet with any parents that I actually needed to.

 

How can one care so little for their child, that they don’t even bother to find out why they are failing?  Or what they can do to fix it?  Even if you hated school yourself, it is your child’s ticket for getting farther in life…whether that means going on to college or simply being able to get a good, career-type job.

 

2)   On the other end of the spectrum, I have parents coming in truly disturbed by their child’s grade in trigonometry because they only have a B+.  And even one or two last year, that had a 98% and were not happy with that.  They act as if their child is a horrible student and beg me to tell them what they can do to help them improve.  Because of their “poor grades,” several of those students will now have outside tutoring to attempt to get their grades up.  Unless it is the student themselves who wants desperately to have that A, then I just feel bad for them.  Their parents seem to put so much pressure on them to essentially be perfect.

 

Don’t get me wrong, I was one of those crazy, school-obsessed students myself, who thought life would be over if I ever got an A-…BUT that was coming from within myself.  Not because my parents wanted me to have an A, but because I wanted an A.  There was definitely never pressure from my parents to be perfect.  I can’t even imagine trying my very best, and then having my parents telling me that my best was just not good enough.  Why would a parent chose to make their child feel so poorly about themselves?

 

3)  I seem to be reflecting and thinking deeper about all of these conversations and interactions, or lack-there-of with various types of parents, as I now directly transfer it to how I imagine Avery might be.  And, then on to how I will be as a parent in a similar scenario in the future.  I like to think that Adam and I will be somewhere in the middle of the above mentioned extremes, but I also know that is easier said than done.  It would be extremely difficult to sit back and just let her get a B, when she makes it very known to us that she is not actually giving 110%, as my Dad used to say.  But at that the same time, if she is happy and succeeding and still learning, then perhaps that is good enough?

 

Only time will tell on this one.  For now, I will just soak up every moment of watching Avery continue to learn and discover the world around her.  Life as her Momma is the best job there is.

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Favorite Parent Quote of the Night (of one of my freshmen girls):  “D. says you you have such cute clothes, are so pretty, and are by far her favorite teacher.”  (This student has never particularly liked math, or thought that she was good at it.  And now she has an A, and actually seems to enjoy Algebra 1.)  I love it!

 

11 Weeks November 1, 2012

Filed under: Baby,Parenthood,Pregnancy by Week — LindseyJuly @ 10:12 PM
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Finally at week 11 I got around to taking my first bump picture…which is appropriate, since this is the first week that I have begun to really notice growth in my mid-section, particularly when buttoning my higher waisted pants.  I don’t think I’m prepared for maternity clothes!  But I am looking forward to sharing the news with others so that they do not think I am simply packing on extra pounds.  Vain, I know.  :$

How far along in this pic + the Date: 11 Weeks, 1 Day — October 31, 2012
Total weight gain/loss: I have no idea.  Must buy a scale!
Maternity clothes? I did some online shopping last week and bought several shirts from Gap and Old Navy.  So far though, still wearing my regular clothes.  Tighter fitting shirts are now off the table though.
Stretch marks? No, and I’m hoping this won’t happen…like the other lovely women I descended from.
Sleep: I’m finally starting to not feel quite as exhausted as I did in month 2.  However, I’m most tired when getting up in the mornings.  Never feel like I have gotten enough sleep.
Best moment this week: Sharing the news with my grandparents.  Nannie was especially excited!
Have you told family and friends: Getting very close to telling them all.
Miss Anything? Beer and wine, which I never drank that much of on a regular basis anyway.  So that seems strange.  I also miss deli turkey sandwiches.
Movement: Not that I have felt, but based on what I have read, Baby Erickson is now moving around in there!
Food cravings: CHEESE, Taco Bell, cinnamon sugar pop-tarts.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Onions make me want to gag, as well as green bananas.
Have you started to show yet: A little belly starting to show…but ultimately it just looks like I constantly have eaten a very large meal.
Gender prediction: Leaning towards a boy, but really have no idea why I’m thinking that.
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: It’s a roller-coaster between the two consantly.                                                                                              Baby purchases?  Nothing yet.  I bought “The Belly Book” to document my pregnancy.  But still haven’t bought one thing for the baby.
Weekly Wisdom: Using a rubber band on my buttons to give me an extra inch.  Haven’t had to try it yet, but guessing I will very soon.
Looking forward to: Heading to Macon this weekend to see Adam’s parents for the first time.  We told them over the phone a few weeks ago, but still haven’t seen them in person.  Can’t wait!

 

Pregnant!

Filed under: Baby,Parenthood — LindseyJuly @ 9:05 PM
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We were pleasantly surprised to discover on September 10th that we were pregnant.  We took two tests just to be sure!

Then we clearly needed to take just a few more pictures to show our excitement at becoming Mom and Dad to-be.

And finally, the picture below is the one we will more than likely use to share our news with the Internet world, i.e. our FB friends, as well as my coworkers.  Adam already spilled the beans to his coworkers this week, so next week I think it’s time for me to do the same.

 

A year and half later… October 28, 2012

Filed under: Baby,Good Times,Marriage,Parenthood — LindseyJuly @ 1:28 PM
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Yes, I did it again. I am quite possibly the worst blogger ever. I wrote three times consecutively…and now it’s been over a year and a half with no posts whatsoever. However, I now have a reason that might keep me a little more on top of things. And that would be the upcoming arrival of the newest member of the Erickson family!!

Adam and I are extremely thrilled to welcome a new baby to our house on or around May 21st, 2013! I have several family members and possibly a few friends who will be dying to see pictures of me and my growing belly (particularly my Nannie), so I think this will be the best way to give those people what they want, since I won’t get to see most of them on a weekly basis. Pictures coming very soon!

 

 
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