Saturday, March 17, 2012

Life in Room 24: A Bit of a Misnomer . . .

My blog title is a misnomer . . . for the moment anyway.  Life in Room 24 is happening on a daily basis, but it's happening without ME!  I am at home for 6 weeks, recovering from shoulder surgery.  I've got a week and a half behind me now and I'm trying to find ways to entertain myself with one arm.  Once the anesthesia and pain med fog lifted, boredom rapidly slipped in.  It was frustrating trying to do much of anything with one arm (I found out that there is a limit to how many games you can keep up with on Words with Friends and Scramble with Friends), so I started perusing blogs.  Teaching blogs.  A number of great things have come from this already.

First, spending time reading through blogs is not a luxury that many teachers enjoy when we're buried under the day to day happenings in our classroom.  So I'll count myself fortunate that I've got more than enough time enjoy a bit of guilt free blog hopping.  I just needed a little paradigm shift to get out of my personal pity party.  Free time is a blessing if you use it wisely, a curse if you squander it watching the minute hand tick away.

Second, it is amazing how many entertaining and informative blogs I've found!  I quickly realized that I need a way to organize all the great strategies and tips I've come across.  Pinterest, another luxury that I can't enjoy when I have 32 planet reports to grade, seems like a great way to keep track of all the wonderful ideas I want to save for future reference. I'd love to hear how you organize your great finds!

And finally, I realized that Life at Home can run smoothly if I apply the same routines I have for Life in Room 24.  A classroom without routines is chaos at best.  Apparently the same applies for sitting at home with one arm in a sling for six weeks.  Again, I simply needed to change my focus from what I can't do with an arm in a sling, to what I can do.  As it turns out, there's a fair amount that I can do.  So I've sketched out a bit of a routine for my days. It includes time to read blogs, walk the dogs (one at a time for this one armed dog walker), exercise on my recumbent bike, watch movies, catch up on the news, finish reading the books I've set aside for too long now, do some lesson planning, nap, and even play a few games of Scramble with Friends.  Sounds delightfully self-indulgent doesn't it?

Suddenly, the next four and a half weeks feel less like purgatory and more like a gift of time.

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