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May 09 2013

“School Mom” Mode

This year’s April showers not only brought the budding of May flowers, but also many other awesome joys!

First let’s admire the natural beauty of Spring… Pause and “smell” the… flowers:

And now onto the highlights of an Awesome April:
From successfully proctoring the PSSA to a group of 22 nervous 3rd graders, as well as leading them in Yoga before each of the 6 sections, to celebrating being blessed with another year of life and adventures (24!), and best of all, welcoming a new friend into our lives, Samson (More on him below!), April came and went before I could turn around.  With no days off in sight, I thought April was going to drag on and leave me exhausted and ready for a second spring break.  While I would definitely not oppose a second spring break, or even just a long weekend, April ended just as quickly as it began.

Throughout the week of PSSAs (Pennsylvania State Standardized Assessment) all of our 3rd-6th grade Mann students were focused and motivated, making it much easier to get through about 18 painful hours of standardized testing.  With all of that behind us though, May has brought some antsy boys back into my room.  They are louder, too comfortable, and pushing the edges of the rules a bit too far.  This month marks our 8th month together; roughly 180 days together in Room 306, with the same group of 10 boys, for five and a half hours a day.  Needless to say, we have become an odd sort of family, or maybe it’s more like a gang, and like all families, we have our dysfunctions.  This month, those family quirks seem to be more prevalent than ever.  Not only are the boys fighting with each other like brothers, but they are fighting with me like I am their mom.  I am well aware that “Mom” is one of my roles in the classroom, and I have no problem filling those shoes while the boys are in my hands, but we have reached new levels of “School Mom” mode.  Let’s just say the “Mom-isms” are coming out of my mouth faster than I can think where I got them from.

This only seems fitting though, with Mother’s Day this weekend. (And my own Mom and Dad coming up to visit!) I may not get gifts on Mother’s Day, but coincidentally, Teacher Appreciation Week is currently in full swing, and Mann Administrators (as well as Chipotle!) are making sure we all feel extra appreciated this week.  With Phillies tickets, breakfasts, free burrito bols, and gifts, I’d say they are doing a great job, and I am getting my fair share of the “School Mom,” aka Teacher, love.

As I am feeling more like a mom at school these days, the new addition to our lives has me feeling more like a mom at home too.
Let me introduce, Samson Schwamburger-Storms:  We adopted our little man on April 22, from the PSPCA.  He is a 3 year old Terrier/Shepherd/Grey Hound/Pit Bull/Something Awesome mutt, weighing in at 29 pounds, and he is the source of much laughter and great company.  We are still learning about him, as he is learning the ins and outs of his new home and life, but I’d say Samson will become a great friend and companion for many years to come.

While this week I encourage you to show some love, and give a thanks to the teachers who inspired, supported, pushed, and cared for you, this weekend, make sure you show extra love to the first Teacher you ever had, and the only Teacher you will have forever, MOM.

A Thank You, To My Mom:

Everything Mom

How did you find the energy, Mom
To do all the things you did,
To be teacher, nurse and counselor
To me, when I was a kid.How did you do it all, Mom,
Be a chauffeur, cook and friend,
Yet find time to be a playmate,
I just can’t comprehend.I see now it was love, Mom
That made you come whenever I’d call,
Your inexhaustible love, Mom
And I thank you for it all.

Love you, Momma!


One Response

  1. I just wanted to tell you that I liked the Everything Mom message so much that I sent it to my mom also. Thanks for posting it. I also liked the rest of your blog post. (Sometimes the most enjoyable parts of teaching are the informal interactions that you get to have with “your kids”)

    Andrew Pass
    A Pass Educational Group, LLC

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