It’s Not About the Money!!!


Dear Readers,

I was kinda’ mad at myself for being so resistant to change. One thing I’ve learned over the years is that I am terribly resistant to change. Another lesson I’ve learned from that is that when I am especially resistant to change and don’t want to do something, it actually turns out well for me.

One recent example is a tutoring assignment that I accepted. Even though I don’t have a reason to worry about money, I’ve been worried about money. So much so that I accepted said tutoring assignment that only pays $24/hour. Now, since the assignment is only 1 hour/week, it really isn’t about the money; this money is not going to make or break me. It’s just pocket change. So, why am I doing it?

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Well, I was thinking about calling and quitting but I just couldn’t; my work ethic and pride in my work wouldn’t let. It feels good to be tutoring my student, who I’ll call Bunnygirl, because it feels like I’m going back to my roots. I don’t feel quite as at home teaching high school as I do when I taught elementary school. I really like the thought of catching students before they fall through the cracks or fall behind.

So, how was it? It was fantastic! Even though I went to the tutoring session after working all day, I feel energized because I was able to help my student with her regrouping homework using play money. Not only that, I was able to show her how to do it without me. I walked her through the steps a couple of times while  explaining everything along the way. Then I asked her to set up the problem. Once her parents came home, I let her show her parents what she learned.

Once we started on the spelling homework, I then guided her through some Lindamood-Bell visualization techniques to help with her spelling words. We talked about her spelling and she was upset that she didn’t get 100% on her spelling tests like her friends. I told her that we were going to worry about just her and not her friends. I then asked her to point out the spelling words that she knew. Once she pointed out the easy ones, I let her use my purple pen and told her that I would bet her that she knew at least two more. I knew that she would be able to spell them since the other spelling words had similar spelling patterns. We struck a deal. I told her to only work on 7/20 spelling words. If she only worked on the 7/20 spelling words and got all 7 correct, then she would get one of the little treats I have in my garage that I got from Lakeshore Learning. She was excited about that. I also gave her (to have) my purple pen and told Bunnygirl’s mom, Bunnylady, about Harold & the Purple Crayon since it’s one of my favorite little cartoons because it celebrates imagination. Bunnylady told me that she’d have Bunnygirl watch it so that she could get excited about the purple pen that I gave her. All in all, it was a fantastic session. I’m actually looking forward to next week. I’ll keep you in the know. Bye for now!

A Surprising Ally!


Dear Readers,

No WeaponI’m pleasantly surprised that I had a surprise ally in our school psychologist. Usually at our IEP meetings, she’ll try to sabotage me or sucker punch me with surprise information in some kind of way. Well, today was different. During the meeting with the mom of the student, who I’ll call Lilo, asked how we were addressing her daughter’s learning differences. In other words, she was putting the responsibility on the team and basically absolving her child of any responsibility. That’s when the psychologist told the mom that  all of us, everyone in the room, were the team and that her daughter needed to take some responsibility for her lack of work production and talking with her friends during class time.

The mom and daughter were very receptive to the message. I just can’t help but wonder how they would have accepted it coming from me. But, I digress.

I’m just happy that she actually had my back and let the mom know that Lilo had to accept some type of responsibility.

Thank goodness for small favors!

I’m Not Going To Discount Myself Anymore!


Dear Readers,

Official notice

I’m no longer for sale! As of today, the discount I’ve been giving is no longer available. The problem is that I put on a ton of weight. This may very well be TMI, but I knew that I’d gained too much weight when I had to buy a 36E- my boobs are out of control. Some women may be happy but I’m not. I’m only 5’0 tall and a size 12. I’m tendering notice that I no longer want to be overweight.

Why it’ll work this time? Well, I got to the root of my problems and am ready to know my worth and get paid for it, so to speak.

My first order of business in the morning is to get up and drink 8 ounces of water, get rid of all of my sweets, and exercise- starting with planking.

**No, this is not a New Year’s resolution. I actually started writing this post a couple of months ago. Everything that I wrote still holds true though. I’m serving official notice that I will do what I need to do.

Earning My Money!!!


Dear Readers,

Money bag

I am definitely earning my money. Because I don’t like doing I.E.P.s, I struck a deal with the former 11th/12th grade teacher & administration. So, I have one more class this year than I did last year; instead of two classes, I have three. Let me tell you that there’s a big, fat difference between two classes vs. three classes. I have all of the 9th, 10th, most of the 11th, & most of the 12th grade students for a total of 45 students on my caseload. There are 9 students that I am responsible for that are not in the Lab with me which makes it that much more difficult to keep track of them.

So, I developed a tracking system that I’m quite proud of. If you’d like the forms, email me @ specialedandme@gmail.com.

So, that’s one of the ones that I’m earning my money this year. Another way is with the ridiculously hard to manage students. Last year I had three hard to manage students. This year, I have about seven. It’s much work. I’m tired a lot but I will do as I always do, I will keep on keeping on!

The Origin/Authorship of “Hey Black Child”!


Dear Readers,

Useni Eugene Perkins

Someone by the name of Kate O’Leary commented on my post from 2008. She left a rude & nasty comment regarding the authorship of “Hey Black Child” by Useni Eugene Perkins. She wondered why I would put such falsehood out there, especially since I am a Special Education teacher. I replied that it was a simple mistake that anyone can make but I did not, in fact, know that it was a mistake. I remember researching the authorship & determining that it was Useni Eugene Perkins and not Countee Cullen.

Here are two links explaining the authorship. Thanks Kate O’ Leary, even though you were ridiculously rude, for making me remember that I do, in fact, fact check before I publish. But if I do make a mistake, that’s okay too. Just a quick note: If you don’t like what I put on my page, you are free to go elsewhere. GO AND JUDGE SOMEONE ELSE!

http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2015/10/useni-eugene-perkins-hey-black-child.html

http://arinmaya.bandcamp.com/track/hey-black-child