With the school year heading into its final stretch, I’m feeling as busy as a bee. And I’m feeling about as productive as the honeybees in our yard. Oh wait, we don’t have any honeybees in our yard. The 44,000 bees we ordered from Georgia haven’t arrived yet. We have carpenter bees in droves, doing their destructive thing and also dive-bombing me while I try to weed the gill-over-the-ground from snaking all over the oregano. Between the carpenter bees and my limited flexibility (new hip #2 coming in a mere six weeks!), I didn’t get much weeding done this weekend. I gave up the bending and pulling to sit in a sunny spot to watch Mr. Beekeeper clean the empty beehives with his new power washer.
After a good nap, I pondered lesson plans. Ugh. At this point in my career I should be on auto-pilot like a few teachers I know. Alas, my ESL prep is new this year and requires actual thought. And my juniors and seniors in French are heading into AP season, so my French IV-V lessons have to try to sync with the craziness of who’s in class on which day. I try to accommodate them with a more or less self-paced unit, but they will try to whine and complain about their AP tests…which will activate my hyper-angry button. They have been warned. Someone tried to pull the AP card last week and I went ballistic. You could have heard a pin drop in that classroom which normally is so full of laughter that the math teacher next door can’t imagine what is so funny about French class.
(Warning to pretty much anyone in my vicinity: don’t complain to me about anything. My pain tolerance does not allow for whining. Exceptions are made for my pregnant daughters, especially the one who is teaching full time up until her due date while also moving into a new house the week of her spring concert. She’s allowed to whine.)
I took a break from my meager attempt at lesson planning to get more familiar with my new school-issued iPad. Teachers were given iPads in order to explore the possibilities of teaching via tablet. Training is coming in the new school year. For now, we’re supposed to figure the thing out. “Just play with it,” we were told.
I started out very professionally, looking for word-processing apps and wondering if they were worth exploring. Then I wandered into French apps and downloaded one freebie from a site that I regularly use online. After that, I let the iPad inform me on new apps. Well, the free app of the week was a clever little game called Bee Leader. Since it was free, I downloaded it and got sucked into its little world. I am pretty sure that my seven year old grandson would have caught on to it quicker, but I got the hang of it. The goal is to collect as much pollen, nectar, honey, and bee buddies as you can before the sun goes down..while also avoiding nasties like spiders, wasps, and little black rain clouds. If you smash into little alarm clocks you gain more minutes in your day. Maybe you only have to touch the alarm clock to gain the minutes, but the way my bee was flying, everything got smashed. He was buzzing through his day like a maniac. I could relate.
I don’t really want to fly through this week like a maniac. I’d rather be a calm, focused, productive little bee, intent on the task at hand. And, wow, I could really use some of those time stretching alarm clocks placed strategically throughout my day. Is there an app for that?