NaNoWriMo

16 Nov

I dreamed last night that I participated in NaNoWriMo this month.  I can only assume that my subconscious wanted to see if I could snap altogether since I am running on empty and stuffing way more into each day than I possibly can.  It’s insane. So, yes, it makes complete and utter sense that I would add some dream pressure to my life.  I suppose the only good thing about it was that in the dream I had about 1/2 my novel written and was raring to go.  But then, dreams should be filled with rich fantasy, right?  Crazy!

But, I am surviving — parent conferences, the pile of materials to be graded from hell, report cards.  The pile of materials is graded, the grades are all done (but not yet put onto all the report cards, I hasten to add).  I’ve done about 7 parent conferences which went pretty well.

I did have a little teacher envy yesterday.  I went to the conference for my daughter with her wonderful teacher.  Her wonderful teacher has parent conferences down to a science.  She includes the children — she was revoltingly well prepared.  She had all Ruthie’s work out ready to show us. She used part of the report card to guide the conference which really was a student-teacher conference.  Greg and I sat back and watched — me wishing I could pull out my video camera and record it all for future use!  It was amazing.

My own conferences tend to be a bit more fitting with my personality.  Somewhat disorganized. Very personal.  Lots of paper shuffling.

So, a little professional envy == not a bad thing, I suppose.  And, I’m so stealing part of her act!  🙂

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4 Responses to “NaNoWriMo”

  1. mary 16 November, 2007 at 10:39 am #

    Liza, that’s a good thing! The rookie teachers at the high school shadowed the veterans in the classroom and other functions – learned lots and were grateful for the opportunity. And, veterans learned from rookies. Great and new ideas were shared!

    I am certain the parents enjoyed every minute of your paper-shuffling :o)

  2. Trixie 16 November, 2007 at 1:03 pm #

    Ask her if you can video tape one of her conferences. She just might let you.

    And whomever decided NOVEMBER should be National Novel Writing Month is clearly a social outcast, hermit or unbelievable narcissistic. This is prep month for holidays.

  3. lizalee 16 November, 2007 at 6:18 pm #

    Followup — I made the teacher in question get teary eyed when I told her how impressed I was with her conferences. Reminded me that no matter how good we are at what we do, we always need praise and support. She praised me by saying how nervous she was that one of her colleagues was sitting there watching process.

  4. mary 19 November, 2007 at 5:55 am #

    Wow. So sweet, Liza.

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