I usually bring pretty straight forward lunches to school. It’s usually something like a yogurt or soup or a PB&J for my entree. My side dishes usually consist of a vegetable (carrots) and a fruit (apple or grapes or a banana or something simple.) Occasionally I’ll have crackers or a granola bar or something. But today I had this:
I made a decision to get a substitute and work from home today using one of my IEP days. IEPs are the Individualized Education Plans we write for students who receive special education services. It’s not typical to receive an allotment of IEP Days; it’s just something that my district does as a nice benefit to being a special ed. teacher. They actually give us the option of choosing extra pay as a stipend for the additional work it takes to manage our caseload of students or choosing the release time. I always take all the release days because there’s no requirement on how we use these days. We could use them as mental health days if we want to. We can work at school or work from home if we choose to actually be productive on an IEP day. And – we don’t need to concentrate our efforts on IEPs; we can work on whatever we want to. There’s no one checking in on us when we use these days.
So, today I’m using an IEP day to do a little bit of everything. I’m working from home on IEPs and other random school things. I’m also taking advantage of working from home by getting some home projects done, too (like laundry). (I’m also home so Mr. Appliance could be here to come and fix our fridge. And, the best part of being home today is that I had time to make a little bit more of an exciting lunch, which is definitely good for my mental health. 🙂