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Thursday, August 17, 2017

15 Year First Time Teacher

Ok...So as everyone knows I started my 15th year of teaching doing something I have never done before.  I was a confident, can do no wrong, bright eyed teacher.  I taught general education to middle school pre-teens.

Luckily, I have the experience working with kids for the past 14 years to to realize what works, what needs changed, and what was way wrong.  I implemented flexible seating, teaching stations, and a listening center.  I rocked out my decor and dressed up in all my finery.

Here is what was different today from the past 14 years of special education inclusion.  My voice is sore from either talking to much or too loud.   The jury is still out on that!  I have way to many similarities with Dug, the dog from Up.  SQUIRREL!!!!  I lost my train of thought a ton of times.  Repeating yourself four times in one day is exhausting and not much fun. The need to memorize all 110 of my students this year is going to be harder than I thought.  

So the great debate of who has the harder job will be answered by me at the end of this school year.  Will the winner for the hardest job be the special education teacher with paperwork insanity, adapting, and modifying?  OR Will the general education teacher win with the large amount of students, constant grading, and standard mastery?   Only time will tell!!!!

Thank you for every teacher and friend that took the time to ask how my first day in general education went.  I appreciate your kindness and caring!

Monday, June 5, 2017

The Change!

There are two things I know about myself...the placemat at my favorite Chinese restaurant as a child said I would be successful in any field I try (Go Monkeys!) and I hate change that wasn't my idea!

So...after 14 years of putting my heart into special education I will
be teaching general education next year.  I have always been licensed in elementary education and special education but knew I was meant to teach special education.  I love the challenge and newness of everyday.  I gladly implement IEPs knowing that this is one of the best ways to advocate for students.  The power I could wield with an IEP to support students was AWESOME!   Although I have often felt as though I could have done more or something different to help my students find success, I loved being able to try again and again until I found what was best.   I had a few and far between OH SO SWEET moments of seeing my students beat the odds and make it in the classroom and graduate!  Knowing I was a small part of their success made me so happy!

It was not my idea to move.  My moving did help with a staffing problem and allow everyone currently employed to still have a job next year so that is a win.  I will embrace 6th grade language arts and kick butt doing it.  It is still up in the air as to whether I will love it as much as I love special education but I refuse to not put my heart into whatever it is I do.  I still get to teach and I still get to be a part of students succeeding.  I will get used to doing it in a new and different way.  

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Final Slice - SOLC 31

I made it. I can't believe I was able to write everyday for an entire month and post it on a blog for the world to see. Feeling very proud of myself right about now.

A year ago...
A year ago today I was going insane trying to finish up my IEP paperwork prior to spring break and making final plans for my wedding in two days. What was I thinking! It was the craziest of times. I was freaking out and wouldn't have been able to pull it off without my mom. She was the best wedding planner ever. My friends and sisters were also so helpful. They did all the decorating while I panicked about work. I don't know what I would do without them. I am so glad it is a year later and I am sitting here relaxing and writing on a blog I never thought I would have. This is so much better than the stressing of last year.

Thank you for sharing the slices of my life all month. It has been a blast.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Can I do it? - SOLC 30

I am not doing anything for spring break this year.  My husband has to work so we are staying home. I decided I needed to challenge myself to read some of the many books in my classroom library that I still haven't read yet.  When I first started teaching I promised myself I would read every book that I bought for my classroom.  I did pretty well at first but now with about 1,000 books in my library, I have seriously fallen behind.  So, I decided to bring home a few of the books and see if I could get them all read before going back to school next week. I brought home six books.  I have been reading Mockingjay for quite a while.  One of my fourth graders is reading Catching Fire and I challenged her to finish it and read Mockingjay before the end of break.  Then we could talk about it when we get back to school.  I definitely have to finish that one.  The other 5 books I brought home are: The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, Confessions from the Principal's Chair, The Teacher's Funeral, Fish, and Falling In.  I will keep you posted on my progress.


Thursday, March 29, 2012

Firefly - SOLC 29

Obsession.  Firefly is one of my obsessions.  It is an amazing TV show that was so stupidly cancelled after only twelve episodes.  They still had three other episodes finished that they never aired.  It is such a shame and I mourned its loss.  Fans of the show effortlessly attempted to get the show moved to another network but it didn't happen.  The fans did put up enough of a fuss to get a movie out of it.  Now, the short series with the unaired episodes is on DVD for my continued enjoyment.  The movie inspired by the series is also on DVD.  

The series portrayed an outlawed crew flying through space continuing to rebel against the Alliance.  This was the superpower control group that governed the Allied Planets.  There were nine crewmen on the "Serenity" which was the name of the firefly class ship that was home to the crew.  The world was created with the premise that China and the United States were the last to controlling nations so therefor everyone in the future worlds spoke a mix of English and Chinese.  This of course made for some hilarious moments on the show.  

The humor mixed into the future worlds that were sometimes stuck in the past made for a great show where anything could happen and it often did.  A friend got me addicted and I got my family addicted and now I encourage you to check it out.  Even Dr. Sheldon Cooper from Big Bang Theory liked the show.  :D

Enjoy some of my favorite quotes from the Series and Movie.  

Mal: "Someone ever tries to kill you, you try to kill 'em right back!"

Wash: "Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!"

Mal to Jayne: "Well, my time of not taking you seriously is coming to a middle."

Jayne: "You know what the chain of command is? It's the chain I go get and beat you with 'til ya understand who's in ruttin' command here." 

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Busy Nothings - SOLC 28

If you know me, even a little, you soon realize my love of all things Jane Austen.  She was a great writer.  I love everything having to do with her books.  I have at least two copies of all of her books, some even more than that.  I try and read them at least once a year.  Well, at least Pride and Prejudice, my favorite of her books.  When I find something involving her, her books, or that era I cannot help but purchase it.  I am obsessed.  

I needed a little inspiration today for my writing.  I went to my favorite author and found this quote.  

Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings. 
Jane Austen 

I thought this was so appropriate.  It sums up the last few days so well.  Many, many things have happened but when it comes to slicing about one of them, those happenings really are busy nothings.  Life is funny that way.  You can fill an entire day and at the end of it nothing really happened.  I think I prefer it to the extraordinary or horrid things that I could experience.  Jane Austen wrote it best.  

There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.
Jane Austen

Amen, sister!  

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

What to do now?!?! - SOLC 27

I have read several other blogs from the SOLC in the last couple of days that question what will happen to all the blogs they have enjoyed reading after the completion of the challenge.  I also wonder what will happen.  Will I still be able to find some of my favorites?  Will they continue to post on a regular basis?  What should I do with my blog after the challenge is complete?   I will be selfish and state that I will miss getting daily comments about my writing.  I live for the email that tells me someone has commented on my blog.  Oh well, I have to find ways to keep it going for me and not just the comments I might receive to boost my spirits on a daily basis.  :)

Here are some thought on what I can do to keep my blog going, even if its only for myself.
1.  I could continue to take part in the Tuesday SOLC through the rest of the year.
2.  I could post memories with pictures for my future self and family.
3.  I could take part in the 365 photography challenge starting next year and post it on my blog.
4.  I could start compiling all my classroom knowledge on special needs and share it on my blog.
5.  I could search for other blog challenges and try to get in on those.  I love a good challenge.
6.  I could find a way to use my blog in the classroom more.