Summer Reading (2012)

**I’ve added some books onto the list**

Last year my summer reading was all light, pleasure reading. This summer, it’s not so light. It’s almost all academic reading:1. Essentials of Evidence-Based Academic Intervention by Barbara J. Wendling & Nancy Maher
* 2. Differentiating Math Instruction by William N. Bender
* 3. Differentiating Instruction for Students with Learning Disabilities by William N. Bender
* 4. Reading Strategies for Elementary Students with Learning Disabilities by William N. Bender
* 5. Scaffolding Language, Scaffolding Learning by Pauline Gibbons
* 6. If You’re Trying to Teach Kids to Write…then you’ve gotta’ have this book! by Marjorie Frank
* 7. The Schwa Was Here by Neal Shusterman
* 8. Molly Moon series by Georgia Byng- 1 , 2 (@ the beginning), 3, 4, 5, 6)
* 9. Lemons, Lemonade, and Life by Janet D. Thomas 

Vacation, Day 1

Dear Readers,

Today I got up about 4:30. Whyyyyyyy am I waking up @ 4:30 on vacation?????????? I stayed up until 7:30 talking to my husband. After that I went to sleep, got up at 10:00, went back to sleep and woke up @ 11:30, messed around, then went to Costco. Whewww, boy am I tired! ; D. I plan on watching a DVD I got from Netflix (Maintenance Man) + a bunch of other Netflix movies. I have posts waiting in my queue that I need to finish, but that’s not going to happen right now. I’ll finish up my post about The Quickening later. So, bye for now! Thanks for reading!

Finally Finished

dear Readers,

Even though school has been out since Thursday, I just finished cleaning up my room today. I actually had it finished on Monday, but, since I thought I was leaving, I removed all my stuff from the closet and stacked it in one corner of the room. Well, on Friday, I found out I wasn’t leaving. It made me incredibly happy. Not only did I not have to work for free (student teaching), but I didn’t have to take all my stuff home, which included a 4 foot Teddy bear, my machines (laminator, cutting machines, 3 die-cut machines, a book binding machine, and the assorted dies), a Laz-E chair, and over 200 books. I took a picture of it, but somehow it got deleted. Even though I have nothing to show you, it was a lot to take home and put in my garage. That’s why I stuffed it all in my closet. Thank goodness I have a huge closet. So, there’s a happy ending to another story. Bye for now!

My New Position, Part 3

So, it looks I’m in the money. I am so, so, so, so happy (Can you tell I’m really happy?) to report that I have experienced God’s favor, in regard to my job. My big boss lady really tried to pull a number on me. Suffice it to say that not only did I get the position that I wanted with full tuition paid, but I also got an apology. It was a half-hearted apology, but an apology, nonetheless. So, as of right now, I am the new Inclusion Specialist at my school. There were a couple of caveats to that, but, as I am on my way to a party, I will write about that later! So, bye for now!

The Meaning of Life…


Does anyone remember the show Step by Step? There was this really air-headed character by the name of Cody. Cody & the other characters on the show had a contest to see who could stay up the longest? Well, the longer they were woke, the smarter and less air-headed Cody became. He was just about to discover the meaning of life when he passed out from delirium and lack of sleep.

Well, my experience is the exact opposite. When I am not getting enough sleep, I get delirious, but not smarter. In fact, I do what I call Midnight Thinking. It’s the time when you think you are putting out brilliant thought after thought, when, in fact, you are actually kickin’ kaknowledge.

So, I said/wrote all that to say that I have been having mind-blowing revelations lately. With a little downtime, I’ve been able to clear my mind & come up with some badly needed answers in my personal & professional life.

I was also thinking about how this blog never fully recovered after I posted about losing faith a couple of years ago when I was having such a hard, hard time in my life. I was expressing my disillusionment & loss of faith. I was having trouble with the saying, “God never puts more on you than you can bare!” I took issue with that because I felt like I did have more on me than I could bare. I simply shut down. I haven’t fully recovered, partially because nothing has really changed. But, since this blog cannot take another hit like I did a couple of years ago, I will simply keep it to myself.

I was also thinking about attraction between two people. What makes one person believe they have to have that one special person?

I was also thinking about my plans for next year. This, as per the last couple of years, has been a hard year for me, both personally & professionally. I can only hope that the next school year will be better.

I have so many, many thoughts in my head that need to come out. However, I can’t seem to organize them. When I can’t, I get a post like this. I’ll try to keep it together.

But, You’re the Model Teacher, Miss!

I was talking to one of my students today about his school he will be attending next year. He was telling me about one of his new teachers. This is what he said:

“She’s so old and she kinda’ smells. Also, the kids told me that she’s kinda’ mean!”

“Well, you don’t know if that’s true. Did you meet her for yourself?” I asked.

“Yes, I did,” he said. “And you know what, she did kinda’ smell and she was mean!”

“Well, maybe you’ll appreciate me. Maybe I wasn’t so mean after all, huhh!”

“Miss, I never thought you were mean. I know you were helping me with my attitude and stuff. You’re like the model teacher,” he said.

A BIG GIANT TEAR ROLLED RIGHT DOWN MY CHEEK! It’s not often that you get kudos from someone when they’re young. I am really torn right now. On one hand, my 5th grade boys have given me so much grief this year. I’ve had to stay on them like white on rice. Not to mention all the petty & mean parents. It’s been a really hard school year, personally & professionally. So, after thinking about all the hardships & bulls$%^& that’s happened to me this year, I will take it as one of the biggest compliments I’ve EVER received.

Thanks J.O.! You made my year!!!!!!