They’re Asking For Help!


Dear Readers,

I wrote about a student of mine a couple of days ago who asked for help before the assignment was due (Click here). That’s such a big deal! She never used to ask for help and actually do the assignments. Well, I have even more great news. Most of the SpEd students have been asking for help! It only took two years of working with them to get to this point (Said with much sarcasm!)

I’m not mad about it though. I’m just happy that they are completing work and advocating for themselves. It’s nice to see progress! Bye for now!

Colleges/Universities for Students w/LD


Dear Readers,

I was working with one of my Seniors today and was so disheartened when I thought about him going to college and succeeding (or rather not succeeding). His writing is still so very juvenile. I’m afraid that college professors won’t be as nice & understanding as the English teachers are at my school. That’s when I decided to research to see if I could find him a place where he could succeed.

I am so excited that I found a list of universities & colleges for students with Learning Disabilities. Here’s the list if you want to see it for yourself:

http://blog.prepscholar.com/the-18-best-colleges-for-students-with-learning-disabilities

Now, I just need to see how I can incorporate this into my Resource Curriculum for the Project Based Learning (PBL) project so that my students can learn about them, as well. I’ll let you know how I work it in when I do it. Bye for now!

She Asked For Help!!!


Dear Readers,

I am so proud to report that one of my students asked for help on her writing assignment…before it was due. This is significant because, last year & the year before, she always asked for help a week after the assignment was due.

HELP

The assignment is due today and she went out of her way to ask if I could stay after school and help her.

This is bIG!!! I’m really proud of her. She’s matured so much since I had her in 10th grade. I honestly cannot believe that she asked for help. I’m so happy that she did. I hope this change lasts. We’ll see. I’ll keep you updated on her progress. Bye for now!

Feeling So Loved!


Dear Readers,

I feel so loved. Due to the directions of my SpEd Director, a lot of students were exited from the Lab. So, there are very few students in Lab. I have 10 & my co-teacher has 11. The rest are Full Inclusion.

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Did that stop my students from visiting me even though they’re not in my class anymore. No, it didn’t. Almost every one of my students stopped by to say hello. Even one student who said I called her dreams stupid last school year came to visit.

This is what makes everything worth it! I feel so loved!

First Day of School! or I Made It!


Dear Readers,

I made it through my first day of school. Everything started out smooth enough. I had a great time with my Advisory. After that my only job was to complete the SpEd Passports, schedule the IEPs in Welligent & some other housekeeping. However, things didn’t work that smoothly. I noticed that some students were added to my 5th Period roster. The only problem was that I was not aware that I was supposed to have a 5th Period class. It was supposed to be 4th Period. This is significant because I was not supposed to have class today (The schedule was Periods 1, 3, & 5 today). The other problem was that I’d planned on making my copies for my 4th Period class, which was supposed to be tomorrow, after school.

Several days at a time

Fast forward 30 seconds to me freaking out! I was super stressed for about 1 minute until I decided to calm down & fix the problem. I made my copies, my powerpoint (Google Slides), & completed my whiteboard configuration. I calmed down and took it all in stride. Once I did that, I was ready for the day!

Whew! Only four more days to go before I can sleep in on Saturday!

Limitation Setting ME!


Dear Readers,

I’m on such a self-improvement tear. Usually after school is out for the summer, I have a chance to absorb & process all of the information I didn’t have time to during the year. I relate it to The Quickening (Click here, here, here, here, & here).

Self-Improvement Project

I’ve recently started studying Anthony Robbins’ philosophy. I really vibe with the ones where he talks about limiting beliefs we place on ourselves. After listening to him, I can see that I’ve set limits on myself because I didn’t think I deserved more.

Since school ended I’ve been in such an introspective mood. I’ve been in such a positive sense of expectancy. I’m happy that this sense of expectancy has returned because I stopped having a positive sense of expectancy after experiencing hard times in life. I can remember having great expectations when I was younger. I would be in such a state because I knew that something good was going to happen. I just didn’t know what. Well, somewhere along the way I stopped being in a state of expectancy and I started being or having a sense of dread because that’s all that seemed to be happening in my life. Instead of continuing with being ME & being in a state of positive expectancy, I sidetracked myself & changed my life and my positive sense of self expectancy for the worse.

However, after listening to Anthony Robbins lately, I’m discovering how to get back to where I came from when I stayed in a state of positive expectancy.

Here are 10 empowering beliefs that will change your life:

  1. The past does not equal the future.
  2. There is always a way if I’m committed.
  3. There are no failures, only outcomes- as long as I learn something, I’m succeeding.
  4. If I can’t, I must. If I must, I can. *
  5. Everything happens for a reason and a purpose that serves me.
  6. I find great joy in little things…a smile… a flower… a sunset
  7. I give more of myself to others than anyone expects.
  8. I create my own reality and I am responsible for what I create.
  9. If I’m confused, I’m about to learn something.
  10. Everyday above ground is a great day.

I’m going to spend the next year meditating on this! Bye for now!

Then I Didn’t! Part 2


Dear Readers,

Just in case you haven’t read Then I Didn’t, Part 1, go ahead and catch up on it. Ok! Go! I’ll wait……….

Well, now that you’ve read that, you can probably see where this post is going. I woke up about two weeks and had simply “lost”my extreme introverted-ness and my distaste for being around people who sap all of my energy. Not sure where it went (smile!), but I don’t seem to have it anymore. I now want to connect with people on a larger scale like I never have before. I can’t explain it. “Losing” the introverted-ness, wanting to disconnect from people, and my lack of desire to be around people just seemed to have vanished.

This is a big change for me and it scares me. I  usually feel this way after the pain from the migraine subsides once the medicine kicks in. If you’ve ever had a migraine, then you know how intense & painful they can be. Let me tell you that migraines are no joke; they’re quite painful! That’s why I’m always in fear of it coming back. Fear is a companion of mine that I have to dump sometimes when I’m scared. It’s one of the emotions I experience after I’ve made a major change. I usually fear”it” returning (Whatever “it” happens to be). Well, this is no different.”It” has only been gone for a couple of weeks. That’s why I’m afraid “it” is going to come back. Being the way I was was truly painful to me at times and I don’t want am not going to be that way anymore.

Everything started falling into place, or rather the process of losing my extreme dislike of being around a lot of people, happened after a conversation I had with my good friend, Danika. I don’t remember her exact words but they were life changing. She told me that she likes the way I interact with people and how I compliment them. What’s so funny is that I simply saw it as being me. Guess what? It was me just being me. I love that being me is such a good thing that being my natural self is enough. It changed the way I look at myself. I was looking at myself in a somewhat negative light. After speaking with Danika, that changed. After thinking about it, I see now that I’ve always been who I am. Somehow I just forgot that.

The true test will be when I return to work. I really hope “it” doesn’t come back. I’ve always thought that I was too introverted to talk with people for too long or that I could only maintain contact with people without being drained for a certain length of time. Well, those were limits that I imposed on myself. As I think back on my life, I think about how far I’ve come, in relation to my interactions with people. I thought that I didn’t really interact well with people, but I was wrong. I was outgoing until I started pushing people away. However, that’s a post for another day. Until next time!