Sunday, January 31, 2010

We Are the World

This was my FAVORITE video as a little girl. My daddy recorded it on the VCR and I would watch it over and over again. My great-grandma used to make me sing her my song (which was this) and I have a horrible voice but something about this video always makes me happy and well after watching the Michael Jackson tribute on the grammys I thought I'd share!

Silent Sunday - No School (again!)

Thursday, January 28, 2010

snow day part deux

I will admit that last night I felt like I was a little kid again watching the school closings and then again at 7 when I woke up I was happily surprised to find out we'd been cancelled. Does this mean I'll probably have to stay a few extra days at the end of the year? Yes, am I bothered by this? Not so much! I don't really do ice, cold, or snow very well so I'm quite content to stay in my warm apartment while the world around me is freezing.

I spent this morning listening to the sleet, grading some papers, and sleeping. I slept most of the day away which means I was exhausted? I think I will do the same thing tomorrow but I have two goals of putting away my laundry. I love clean clothes, I love laundry but putting laundry away is not my strong suit. oops! What is one of your weaknesses?

Monday, January 25, 2010

Alexander and his horrible, no good, very bad day...

today was the first day since receiving my job that i wanted to quit. this year has been a year of being flexible with my lesson plans which is fine. i'm a first year teacher nothing i do is set in stone, but i'm now on my third program of what i'm supposed to be teaching. those of you in the teaching world might understand what my two previous programs were voyager, navigator (ACT america's choice program) and now the genre section of the ACT america's choice to help out the core teachers. i am not a core teacher i am the enhancement teacher which means i help the kids get a second dose of what they are doing in the regular english class. well today was a HORRIBLE lesson day. the genre section (which is basically a bunch of writing) has to do with writing a proposal. ok sounds simple right? no no no no. part of it is that i am not sure my kids understand what i was asking and part of it was i am not sure of what i'm asking. with the genre study the students were supposed to have finished some other part that they are learning in the core class so i feel like i'm missing something huge.

i tried to get my lesson across 5 different ways and NONE of them worked. i did a different type of lesson for each class but sixth period had to write sentences. i hate having them write sentences but they were warned to shut their mouths while i was talking to another teacher. not kosher! i truly love my job but don't quite understand what to do and to make matters worse we had a team meeting today and well i'm more confused than ever. i was told to write a referral no more second chances, lunch detentions, etc for some kids so i finally wrote a referral and am told to call his mama. i normally call parents like it's nobody's business but i haven't had time lately because i've been so far behind. i want to get caught up and get my lessons going but i can't seem to motivate myself. anyone else have this problem?

tomorrow is library day so we will spend the day there. i enjoy library day but wish my students enjoyed reading more. they told me it was boring and as i explained to them i don't understand that. i love reading! books are my kryptonite and it drives boyfriend crazy. i live in a one bedroom apartment and have about six shelves of books. he he! i should invest in a kindle, sony reader but there is something about a book that just makes me happy. speaking of books the book i just read that was featured on silent sunday was interesting. it is about a 17 year old boy and his drug dealing ways. my students wanted to read it aloud when we finish a child called it but i don't know about this one. they picked to read a child called it and the room is SILENT when we read that so okay.

sorry for the venting but i had a rough day and writing it all out works for me!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

updated rules of the blog

When I began this blog I started it because I was bored at work. I had to make some rules because my friends were annoying me about my lack of posting (Nat!) I have decided that since I know have 11 followers and some of you don't quite know me and my crazy ways I will update you all on the rules of the blog.

1. I hate capitlization! I know I am an english teacher and I preach and preach about it everyday but when it comes down to it I apparently want to be the next e.e. cummings.

2. I post when I want to!

3. I like to ramble and this is the only place where I can do it without being judged so let me ramble.

4. I don't claim to know anything other than how to find a great deal shopping. You can't blame me for anything I say.

5. Rules are subject to change depending on my mood.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Planning, planning, and more planning

I spent last week making what I was thought was a neat lesson for my students. They informed me it wasn't. Thanks! Here's a shortcut of the lesson what do you think?

We are about to start a writing unit. My students have a problem with IDK, OMG, and other horrible TXT shortcuts. So we went over the texting shorthand that isn't allowed! They had to write what each shortcut meant and then give me five of their own.

After they did that they were informed to FORGET them. If they tried to use them points would be deducted. They then had to take the terms and use the non-shortcut version of them and write a letter trying to persuade someone to do something. For example: One student hates her assigned seat, she then had to write me a letter explaining why I should change it.

It's not perfect but it's kind of neat right?

All 11 followers I'm asking you, what you think.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Saturday, January 16, 2010

15 books

I am a HUGE bookworm so I the latest facebook note that has been floating around definitely piqued my interest. What is this note you ask? You are supposed to spend NO more than a few seconds and list the first 15 books that come to mind. Well yours truly is about to share my 15 favorite books. They are not ranked in order of importance! What is your favorite book?

15 books:
  1. To Kill A Mockingbird.
  2. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.
  3. Jemima J.
  4. P.S. I Love You.
  5. The Matzah Ball Heiress.
  6. Babysitting is a dangerous job. (I used to LOVE this book!)
  7. The Solomon Sisters Wise Up!
  8. A Child called It. (Makes me cry EVERY time!)
  9. Reality TV Bites.
  10. I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell.
  11. Name and Address Withheld.
  12. Tales of my Horizontal Life.
  13. Harry Potter
  14. Are you there Vodka? It's me Chelsea
  15. Marjorie Morningstar
Some of these books are fun easy reads, some are from childhood, and some are just books I LOVE LOVE.

Once again what's yours?

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Silent Sunday!

Silent Sunday is going to be a picture of some sort to start Monday off right! Today's photo is of me in my classroom. My life long dream has been to become a teacher and after 8 years of hard work and never quitting I made it come true!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

run don't walk...

the woman who spiffed up my blog is offering a blog makeover giveaway. Jamie is awesome so I suggest you run don't walk to her blog to get in on this.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

snow day !

school has been cancelled for today and tomorrow which means i'll be back tomorrow!

Monday, January 4, 2010

home sweet home

i made it home from my trips to south carolina and houston to a messy apartment! i had left in such a rush that i had clean laundry in one room and dirty in the other (i live in a one bedroom apt!) the good news is though i made good on my cleaning and spent a while cleaning my kitchen. i had to throw out some food that had gone bad while i was away. i rearranged the placement of a few things and worked on getting the grease off the burner. so i figure that gives me 20 points seeing as how i didn't come straight home from the airport.

i went to see my college roommate who was in town. love her! then i went to pick up my younger cousins because their parents were out of town and we spent the afternoon together. well worth it i must say. i love spending time with them! i've been babysitting them almost ten years.
i start school tomorrow but apparently part of my grading is in the boyfriends bag from the flights. oops! i packed both of us and forgot that he had two piles of my grading and i had one. i might have to go to norman to get it or i might not. depends on what is it. i am not surprised it's very standard that i would do something like that.

are you a flighty person? i swear since becoming a teacher if it's not written down it won't get done. i've got a million things running through my head at the end of a day, weekend that i can't remember what someone said ten minutes ago. i mean i think i had this problem before i started teaching but teaching has made it worse.

well happy monday!

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