Thursday, February 11, 2010

Fractions < Layla

This week has been lacking in blog posts because this week has been extra full of hair splitting fractions. Yes, fractions. I have about two weeks to teach 24 ten year olds how to master the art of adding and subtracting fractions, and finding equivalent fractions (common denominators I haaaaaate you). Two weeks. Go here for my feelings on this (because seriously, Teacher Girl says it all so well and I agree with her 100%). I come home each night and I want to die. Well, die and drink wine and eat a lot of cheese. And sometimes some peanut M&M's...

But that's all beside the point. Fractions are killing me. And I am on the verge of making a paper chain of days to countdown to my summer vacation (86 days).

But do you want to know what makes it all better? What makes me feel sane at the end of the day and remember that there's more to life than crazy kids and mathematics? This dog does that for me.


Honestly folks, I can't make up this kind of love. It really makes me forget about my bad days.


That dog is my saving grace. There have been many a day in my three years of teaching that I come home and I am so ready to quit, but then I cuddle with this smelly mess of a dog and let her lick my face, and I am suddenly calmed and able to remember that it will all be okay. Amazing how one little dog can do that.

22 comments:

  1. That picture in the middle could not be any more adorable. I am serious, you need to frame it. Is her paw really around your shoulder? Because it looks like it. Aren't dogs the best?

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  2. Awww! Woman's best friend, aren't they? As always, as a fellow teacher, I relate. My pup has helped me more than many humans I work with at the school!

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  3. Yeah... my young version of Layla does that for me too. How can you not look in those beautiful brown eyes and not be filled with so much love you want to squeeze them so hard it hurts.

    PS Fractions suck the big one!

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  4. I feel the EXACT same way about my girls. I love them to pieces and they make me laugh and learn each and every day.

    I hated fractions in school. I hated all math actually!

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  5. Teaching fractions is the absolute worst, kids just don't get it! You're just lucky you have such a cute and snuggly dog to come home to to make it all better!

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  6. you were nominated.:) at your trash my treasure. check it out!:)

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  7. How wonderful! My husband shares the same affinity for dogs. I'm getting there...I wasn't raised with animals...so it takes some getting used to! But, I do hear they bring a lot of joy to your life!

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  8. Aw, the pictures of you and your dog are too cute! Hang in there, each day you get closer and closer to summer vacation!

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  9. When I was teaching 4th, I hated fractions too! They are just so confusing! The best thing I always did was to let the kids cook. It was a big mess, but so fun.
    I would take a recipe and change all the ingredient amounts so that they would have to solve the fractions to know how much it really called for. Even an egg was changed- 4/4 of an egg= 1 whole! It was a lot of fun!

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  10. Awww - I am glad you have Layla to love you up in the middle of winter when it seems as if summer vacation is SO.FAR.AWAY. (I MIGHT just make your paper chain too!) I am ready for lazy days of summer (sleeping in! Kids running OUTSIDE! No homework!)

    Ugh. Fractions. Hang in there!!

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  11. I completely agree! Dogs have that special thing that they know exactly what to do. Unconditional true love (and wet kisses!).

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  12. The ex called recently to say, that she does the homework every night and he gets the fun weekends, so in exchange My John had to handle fraction homework.
    We both had forgotten the rules, and went to the internet for a touchup, at the end of it all, we were insane. It was a lot of pressure for adults, wonder how the children must feel.

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  13. By the way this post put you much higher on my list of favorites.

    No wrong, they think we do no wrong.
    It's true if we could only be the humans they think we are!

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  14. By the way this post put you much higher on my list of favorites.

    No wrong, they think we do no wrong.
    It's true if we could only be the humans they think we are!

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  15. Those pictures are wonderful...I wish Bogey would cuddle with me like that! Of course he's too excited just to be in the house & near me to even think about laying down!

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  16. I feel your pain with the fractions! ugh!

    How sweet is your dog? AW!

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  17. You know, you really should come to seattle this summer for our teacher professional development workshop.

    We teach teachers how to teach boring things like fractions with theatre!

    Truth.

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  18. I feel the same way about my doggies (one imparticular since the other isn't very snuggly).

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  19. those pics are sooo good! so cute=)!! wine, cheese, and peanut m&ms, yes please! those definitely help too ;)

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  20. I know the feeling! Sometimes I think that even though I adopted or "saved" my pets, they really return the favor and save me (or at least my sanity) over and over. Imagine what mushpots we're gonna be when we have kids :-)

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  21. Aww...Layla. :) I love the puppy pics! And I hope this week is maybe a little less frustrating? :)

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  22. I love, love, love my dog too! She is my little baby girl and it makes my day when I come home and see that she's excited to see me. I cannot even bear to think of what it will be like when she is gone...oh, seriously cannot even think about it.

    So, I hear you are going to Atlanta? It's going to be such an amazing weekend. I cannot wait!!

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