Friday, December 18, 2009
Days have passed and I've decided that enough has been said. Except that through the whoooole day I kept on my headband style reindeer ears without a pinch or poke. I never broke out into a sweat although the temperature was a crisp 42. I never raised my voice except in request of "Encore! Encore!" for another round of Blitzen doing the Chinese Splits. My smile was not riddled by gritted teeth. It was a party to remember and one to cherished as well.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
I remember leaving that class every day after rearranging my seating chart just one more time, thinking that I had to figure this job out! How to get them quiet, clean, fed, out to recess, in from recess, keep them awake, help them get along, what to do all day, what not to do! I sometime still wonder if they ever learned to read.
I would get on the freeway after a long, frustrating day and forget to get off at my exit. I would get up the next day and for some reason always feel hopeful that this day would be better somehow. Maybe it was. I know the other staff members had bets placed on the date I might resign but I had no intention. For some reason I just kept coming back and kept trying to figure out how to do this job. I had never had a job I couldn't do so I just kept at it.
They even let me come back the next year and somehow it seemed better. To start with I had a reading program, all new shiny and ready for use. I had some level of respect from my colleagues just because I came back. I didn't feel like I had been given the roll of kids with the stacked deck. I also had just a drop of experience that went a long way. In fact the second year I didn't change my seating chart every day, every week, not even every month. It didn't have to do with the seats just me.
So as I think of Becky, I hope even when she has a hard day that she still will have hope. Even when her feet ache, her heart aches, and her head aches that she takes on her next assignment with an optimistic hope. I know teaching isn't for everybody but there is nothing greater than a great day at school.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
So was I or am I sick? I'm not in pain, no fever or chills, no headache or body aches just a shortness of breath by the end of the day that comes from trying to talk when the body doesn't cooperate!
PS I emailed my friend and told her I'd be cheery by Monday.
Monday, October 5, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Adjustment 1: Last summer I invented NSCU for emails and blog posting use. It meant no spell check used. I know how to spell. I know how to use spell check. I just don't like taking the time to use it. If you know me, you know what I mene. Don't you? LOL So this summer I decided when bloging to spell check and lose my NSCU. I became just how aware others are about typos when I got a couple emails from people correcting my on line newsletter. I thought they had a problem, a big problem, but actually it was I. I stand corrected and am trying to be more details driven in print.
Adjustment 2: I am making quite an effort at keeping my work environment tidy. I have developed a system of dealing with things quickly and in a routine fashion each day. I am also using tiny chunks of time to do things that I assumed would take more time. TaDa! Why do I care if my enviroment is tidy? I guess because I realize that people make a lot of decisions about others by the condition of their surroundings. I think I want them to say, "She is shockingly tidy and organized for a squiggle," instead of, "Just the mess I'd expect from a squiggle!"
I did have to set someone straight recently by admitting I was a squiggle and not consumed with details. I explained that if he were to keep pointing out my squiggly short comings that we wouldn't get near as much accomplished or have near as much fun. I ended by asking that he not point out my every imperfection but just grin and accept that in me. He grinned and seemed to get it!
I hate to admit that I lied about my squiggliness recently. I asked a person to please clean up a mess they had made in my area because I was a very neat person and required them to be neat as well. I then apologized for being untruthful but explained that I was really trying and could use all the help I could get. Again I was relieved to get such an understanding reception.
One thing that is helping me is to remember to set small goals, remember I don't have to get everything done this minute, and that it is this very lack of love for details that makes me uniquely ME!
Friday, September 25, 2009
Now what was the point of this blog? Between stopping to take pies out of the oven and a pumpkin in I've lost my focus(if I really ever had one). Well anyway it does feel good to be heard and blogging fills that need even if no one is reading. Are you out there? Oh crud! How was your weekend?
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Anyway my sister bogged about the yahoo Article declaring the death of the Ipod when she just recently got won herself. She also wrote about the never ending race to keep up with technology. I'm sure we all know that feeling or we wouldn't be participating in this summer program. So here is my response to her posting:
Oh crud, I was just considering an Ipod myself. I have never before because I just love free FM radio and yes, I even love the DJ"s and advertisements. I like a variety of forms of music but do not like to learn the names of artists or the names of songs for that matter. I mainly like something that has a shoulder dancing beat, a catchy tune or some collection of words that I feel connected to somehow. I haven't really needed an Ipod but was considering it anyway. Recently I went on a short bus trip with a majority of seniors who were listening to their Ipods. I felt perhaps the time was right for me. I am cheap and terribly practical so I just kept thinking I'd get a multi-purpose tool with a built in music device when I got my next cell phone. So now I've decided for sure. I will not invest in a personal music downloading system now. I will wait and am anxious to see how much better it will be than an Ipod when I purchase my next 4G, 5G,or 6G cellphone, information system, camera, music device and toilet cleaner all in one!
Sunday, July 26, 2009
I found this summer's project to be quite manageable in amount of tasks and time required to complete each. The biggest disappointment was probably the lack of inter-blog communication. I tried to visit other blogs and leave comments on a somewhat regular basis but was left empty by the lack of responses or feedback from others. I did love the interaction with my sister and daughter. I suggested that perhaps the returning students be required to blog a new student every time they were blogging to keep them encouraged. I liked that the captains responded to posts and offered suggestions.
As with last year I loved the image generators and suspect I will use them in my class. I'm excited to prepare GoView lessons to hand over to our Tech teacher. I hope I use voicethread as uploads to my web page for announcements and such. I think it would be fun for the kids to prepare their own for open house or parent night. Same can be said for Animoto. I plan to show students the Animoto for their own uses, too.
Youtube and Teachertube are already resources that I use and will continue to use, but doubt I will actually upload anything unless I really impress myself! I don't plan to twitter unless someone tells me I have to, although I can see the point and purpose for Facebook but for my private use only.
I'm glad I know about Second Life and may even suggest students visit it at home but I'm not quite ready to use this instructionally. It is amazing to see that it is out there and that it functions so smoothly.
As for Digital Citizenship, it seems to be a constant concern. I think it will be interesting to see where it goes in my district and others, as well. I enjoyed Mr. Ribbles ideas and it helped me solidify some of my own ideas.
This summer has been just what I needed to add new technology to my repertoire. I can't wait to see what next year has in store.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
I never find you to be boring. I loved the comparison of banned computer use to taking away the textbook. I agree that technology is a fundamental of education, not a privilege. Yes, I think this might be an avenue for more character education. Being who I am, I'm tempted to say that what you do online at home and school can be 2 different things! What is acceptable in one place is not acceptable in another. I noticed a sign at the post office store that said please hang up your cell phone when you are being served. Again, do we really need to be told or reminded of etiquette and good manners. Obviously, we do. There are so many things in education that I think we really shouldn't have to teach. Kids should know these things from home. Someone should have already taught them. But, no they have not. So just like Digital Conduct we will have to go ahead and teach what seems obvious and hope some of them will believe it matters.
So let's be sure to teach Digital Citizenship along with lessons on attentive listening, cooperative skills, hand washing, accepting no for an answer and using appropriate volume inside the classroom!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
4. Possible solutions to the problems that have emerged.
•Making more girl friendly Internet and computer games.
•Making yourselves and people of different ages aware of digital citizenship in order to help them access technology.
•When making donations also consider the charities that try to bridge the 'digital divide'.
5. Guideline(s) or rule(s) for teenager(s).
•Don't exclude anybody surrounding you from using digital technology.
•Break the digital divide and help people from different ages to access digital technology.
•Make sure that you don't spend too much time on digital technology.
I really liked the idea of helping others across the digital divide. It is stressed in both points 4 and 5 above. I know that as a staff we are constantly helping each other get across these technological gaps. I know that my dad needs help in some areas, young students in others. Today my sister told me that a boy working in the Apple Store showed her the bar to increase or decrease image size! We all have our own gaps and also bridges for someone else. It is important to take time to help or inspire others.
The program also stresses and teaches that there is a such thing as too much technology and that is an addiction. I think kids know this but probably need to be reminded.
I liked what I read and saw here. Check it out.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
I loved her 4 square model including a quadrant for Literacy, Safety, Learning Strategies and Etiquette. Then ensued the debate about teaching credible sources or ignoring the topic. I liked the quote from David Warlick where he suggests, not starting your lesson at the whiteboard web page but with the Google search and going through the process you used to find good, reliable sources for class. I thought that would be a quick easy way to teach the process in an ongoing, practical style. I agree there is a need, for so many students take everything they read online as gospel. Keep tuned in for my growing thoughts, as I read more articles on the topic of Digital Citizenship
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
I'm not a worldly or wordy person. I rarely remember anything or remember where I heard it or who said it, for that matter. I don't know when or where to place commas, colons, dashes and not the dreaded semicolon(should that be hyphenated?). But occasionally I hear something that strikes true and I want to remember it and so I will share the words I heard paraphrased, of course. Is their free will? Free will is the choice to move toward or away from your purpose. I like that. This came from the movie, The Answerman. Watch the trailer for the movie at the link below.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
My husband is an attentive caregiver. He can get drinks, medication, adjust the thermostat, suggest many things I would never want, all in the hopes of making me well. He can buy himself watermelons and plums in my absence. He can be satisfied with self made a lunch meat and homegrown tomato sandwich for dinner. He cannot although load the dishwasher, run a load of wash, or remember to take the dry cleaning. I found out that he is happy to drive into town and buy a grilled cheeses sandwich for me but not make one himself. So needless to say after 29 years of marriage he has had a lesson in grilled cheeses making and dish washer loading. He was an attentive student but I doubt he will put these new skills into practice.
My doctor is aging faster than I am. When we started going to Dougy Houser about 10 years ago he looked like he was 12. He is a man that keeps visible stress in his life to a minimum. He only works Monday -Thursday, accepts no new patients, never has more than he can handle in his waiting room, never hurries through a visit. Now from my standpoint this is a man who has carefully made decisions about how he wants to work and live. But for the first time I have noticed he has aged. He now looks the 40 that he probably is and admits he too takes lots of ibuprofen. Now I have to wonder...does he have teenage children? aging parents? I was happy to see a really snazzy jazzy sports car of some type in the lot and hope it is his passion.
It is nice to hear the phone ring even if you are too sick to talk. So if or when I'm sick again keep calling. It makes me feel good and keeps James busy.
marraige should be marriage. Did I know this? Geesh that is scary!
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
I've been working on a ditty to send your way,
June 29, 2009 11:11 AM
What a joy! Yesterday evening I was browsing the thousands of Dish channels and happened on this movie Dan In Real Life. I had seen listings for it before but had never been interested. It was just the movie I was needing. Dan, a widowed father of the 3 daughters, college age, high school, and elementary age is spending the holidays with his family. Need I say more? He is an advice columnist. Check out the Ruthy the pig scene link above. Obviously this is going under movies and joys of the summer.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
The Time Team Video from Roanoke Island, North Carolina is really intriguing. I think I might like to show a few minutes of it each day when we are covering the disappearance of the early settlement in 5th grade American History ( if I teach it this year), It would also be good for scientific research and archeology, since I'm sure I'll be doing science. I looked at many rocketry, earthquake and volcano clips from various sources which the students and teacher equally enjoy. I use video clips of less than 3 minutes nearly everyday in class. I can introduce, review, reinforce or just astonish the students with video. I usually use United Streaming since it is most easily accessed from school. Again the resources are abounding!
Friday, June 26, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
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Friday, June 19, 2009
If you didn't read then please do. I love it when someone can make gadgetry and technology seem cost effective.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Write paragraph, paste in Wordsift, create art, find information from 3 new sources, click on any word, print a word web from one sifted term.
I miss all the artistic options that I loved on Wordle, but I see that the purpose of the 2 sites are totally different.