Walking in My Power!


Dear Readers,

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Here’s my post from Facebook, April 14, 2011:

This year I have learned to Accept, Embrace, & Stand. I’ve learned to accept what I cannot change; embrace the lessons I need to learn, embrace the pain, embrace what is and what is to come; stand on the promises of God, stand on my own two feet (which I didn’t know I could do), stand when I thought I would fall, just stand!

As I wrote on another post, I’ve discovered that I go through the same thing around the same time of year. So, I’ve decided to read back on this blog and my Facebook page so that I can kinda’ predict what’s about to happen. It’s not foolproof, but it’s all I got right now.

As I read my Facebook memory, I began thinking about my current situation. I didn’t realize that my awakening began about 7 years ago. Currently, I’m experiencing what I wrote about in my Facebook memory to the 10th power. At that time, I had no name for what I was experiencing. I just knew that I was not doing all that I’m called to do and that I was not being my best self.

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Everything began with the above quote from Marianne Williamson- “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”

Can I just tell you that I am vibin’ so much with this quote!?!?

I read it over and over and over. I went to sleep and meditated on it; I woke up and meditated on it. Thinking on this quote has sent my mind into overdrive. Because of all that I’ve been experiencing, I am becoming a better version of ME. I have learned to embrace ALL of me.  Because of all of my experiences, the meditating, and thinking, right now, I’m in a growth stage. I’m prepping myself to be my best self, and am beginning to walk in my power.

I’m about to:

  • start my educational consulting firm,
  • finish up a chapter for another anthology I’m writing for,
  • finish my first book of poetry,
  • complete my children’s book- the first in the series.

In the words of Cardi B., “I make money moves!”

As always, I will keep you updated on the happenings in my life!

Bye for now!

 

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Me, as a Reporter?!?!


Dear Readers,

I’ve been thinking about my next step once I leave the classroom. I thought about becoming a reporter; not as a mandated one, but a real-life reporter. I’d even like to do internet reporting.

If you know me, then you know that this is a big step for me because I was not allowed to ask questions as a child. My father was truly old school. He thought that kids should be seen and not heard. When my parents had company over, my siblings and I were not even allowed in the living room.

This affected so many aspects of my life. I never spoke up in class. If I had questions, I waited until after class; I always waited to speak up, never voicing my opinion, unless someone specifically asked for it; not being confident enough to make friends, etc…

Fast forward to 2018 and I am a totally different person now. I ask questions and make friends quite easily now (When I want to). It’s almost like a game. So much so, that I’ve turned meeting new people into a sort of interview process. As I was interviewing (making friends) with someone, I thought that I could totally turn this into something I’d enjoy doing.

Chalk this up to another thing I never thought I’d want to do!

 

CEC Shoutout!


Dear Readers,

I was wondering why my blog has had an increase in traffic. Well, the mystery has been solved. I was shouted out by The Pennsylvania Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) @ http://community.cec.sped.org/pa/home. I found the link by looking at my Referrer links.

I feel so honored!

I was also shouted out by The Edvocate in an article entitled 10 Must Read Special Education Blogs @ http://www.theedadvocate.org/10-must-read-special-education-blogs/

I feel so loved. Thanks to The Advocate & The Pennsylvania branch of the CEC!

DIGITAL VISION BOARD- My Enrichment Lesson


Dear Readers,

The teachers at my school decided to let our students have a break from the rigorous work they’re required to do in a college ready school. For the first semester, I had Homework Club, but that bored me to tears. So, I decided to have some fun. This time around I chose Arts n’ Crafts. For our first project, I wanted to have the students create a vision board, but the cost was prohibitive. The next best thing was a digital vision board. And the research began…

My research took me to a couple of sites that required some downloading and payment. Since I was not planning on paying for 25 students to use a pay site, I knew that I had to look around for a free site.

Alas, I couldn’t find one, but my husband did. He’d previously used it- PIXLR. He showed me enough to get it done, and I was off to the races.

I wrote down every step while creating my own. Satisfied with the results, I printed my results, uploaded the directions to my Google Classroom I created for the class, and prepared to teach my students how to create a digital vision board.

How’d it go? Why, thank you for asking! It went very well. Of the 25 students, 15 of them completed it within the allotted time. Others e-mailed me.

Here’s my completed digital vision board:

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I played around with it a little more and learned how to create small effects around the edges of the pictures. I’m not finished yet. I’m going to create more; one for each area of my life.

If you’d like to create your own, here’s a link to the directions: https://tinyurl.com/y7pqad7v

Let me know what you think!

Teacher Truth #7 (The Whole Truth Anthology)


Dear Readers,

The online book launch is tomorrow, January 15, 2018. In order to launch this book onto the #1 Best Seller list, there will be a one-day only special price of $2.99 for the e-book. Please support this project.

So, without further ado, here’s my 7th Teacher Truth:

 

Teacher Truth #5 (The Whole Truth Anthology)


Dear Readers,

Here’s my Teacher Truth #5:

A SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER IS NOT..

#TheWholeTruth

I’m a Special Education Teacher, not a baby sitter. For some reason, because I have the title, Special Education, in front of my title, some people, unreasonably believe, that I’m not a ‘real’ teacher. WHAT?!?! HUH?!?!
So not the truth! I’m a Special Education teacher extraordinaire and I earned my degrees just like everyone else!!!

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#AndtheTruthShallmakeyouFree
What’s your TRUTH?
Online book launch January 15, 2018
Book signing February 3, 2018
Bessemer Civic Center 2 p.m
1130 9th Ave. Bessemer, AL
Join the WHOLE TRUTH MOVEMENT!