Almost there!


I know in someparts of the world it is already Christmas. Not here. Still about 3 hours to go. Sad to say that it doesn’t mean as much to me as it used to. Just trying to do a little something for my children. If left up to me, I would not do a lot on that day. I’d probably host it just to have a family get together. Other than that, all the fanfare and people spending money they don’t have, is not for me. People are nicer, so it’s still my favorite time of year. I get to spend time with family, so it’s a good day!

Almost at 100!


I can’t believe what a difference a day makes. Only yesterday I was feeling pretty lousy. Today, I feel so much better. I’m almost back to my old self. I have a lunch date with my sister, my niece, & her daughter on Wednesday, so I need to be at 100 percent. Here’s hoping I do. Bye for now!

Those Bricks!!!


As I write this I am still a little headachey & cold. I’ve been sick for the past four days. I don’t know who hit me with this ton of bricks, but someone surely did. I felt fine up until Tuesday afternoon. Once I left my school’s luncheon, I was a little cold, but that was to be expected since the temperature was in the 50’s. The problem began when I got home, got into bed with four covers, and still found it hard to warm up. My husband & sons had to wait until I went to sleep to turn off the heater because I just kept turning it back on. Once I got up on Wednesday morning to take my little boy to school, I felt lousy. My scratchy throat from the night before was very sore now. Not only that, I now had a headache & muscle aches as well now. It seemed to come out of nowhere. By the time I got home, it felt like someone had definitely  hit me with a ton of bricks. I’ve been in bed with a ton of tissue, cough drops, & Alka Seltzer Cold medicine since then. All in all, not a bad start to my vacation. I got in a ton of rest. Since I am still sick, I will write more later. I still have some recuperating to do! Bye for now!

Very Weird!!!


Dear Readers,

I got a solicitation via e-mail for an online editing job. I thought it was legit, but I checked it out as best I could. The person purported to be from answers.com- Mr. Willie Ding, Content Recruiter for Answers.com. I did find a Willie Ding on Linked In that seemed to check out, but apparently something was fishy becuase I never heard anything back once I sent my resume with personal info removed.

I was happy for the extra money I would have earned had the offer been real, but it wasn’t. I’m just trying to figure out why someone would offer a fake job. I don’t get it! There’s nothing I can do about it. I just wish it would have been real. I could really have used the money! Oh well, c’est la vie!

I Passed, Part II


As the title states, I passed the R.I.C.A. I am over the moon happy. I cut it very close. I just got the results last night. I just exhaled again. Now, all I need are my final grades. Once I see those, the rest of my vacation will be spent relaxing. Final grades come out tomorrow. I have much to write about, but will not write about it now because I am going to pick my little boy up from school in a little bit. I will keep you updated though. Bye for now!

Leila

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: FAILURE is NOT an option!


Dear Readers,

The last three weeks have been a whirlwind of test taking and super business! Within the past three weeks I took and passed the C.S.E.T., took and passed the R.I.C.A., completed & submitted my final project, wrapped up my pilot program at work, & finally submitted my portfolio for the whole program at the very, very, very last minute. WHEW!!!!! I honestly didn’t think I could do it. I came so close to giving up on my literature review, but since failure was NOT an option, I persevered. So, the word of the day is PERSEVERANCE. That word means so much to me.

It didn’t matter what grade I got in classes; the most important thing was that I finished. I FINISHED!!! In the past, I started so many projects that I never finished. They were just left sitting on a backburner that never got lit! That, however, will be my post for tomorrow. Bye for now!

I Just Exhaled!


Dear Readers,

When I say that I waited to the last minute, I mean that I waited until the last minute. I just submitted my literature review that was due by midnight. It was three years in the making. I’ll tell you all about it, but not now. I am exhausted! I have seriously been working all weekend. I started yesterday morning at 8:30 and finished at about 1:30 a.m. Today, I started at about 7 a.m. and just finished. But, that’s what happens when you wait ’til the last minute. I have seriously learned my lesson. Now, I have to bite my nails to wait and see if I pass. I’ll keep you updated. Bye for now!

What Happened?


Dear Readers,

I’m sure, by now, you’ve heard of the horrific shooting in Connecticut. I am still in shock. It’s all so senseless.

I heard the news as I was going to my school’s Christmas party at the Rectory. The Pre-K teacher told me the horrific news. I couldn’t breathe and nearly passed out.

“Are you serious,” I asked. She told me that she found out by looking at the computer as her students were using it during Choice Time. She said she instantly thought about her family in Connecticut, so she called them to ask what happened.

As I went to the Christmas party I couldn’t concentrate or think straight. Honestly, the likelihood of the shooting happening in Los Angeles, where I live, is much more likely than it happening where it happened in Connecticut. Truth be told, no matter how likely it is, it shouldn’t happen anywhere. I feel for the parents of the children. This is an unspeakable horror that no one should have to endure.

This story hits especially close to home since I am a mother of four and I work in a school which is not in the least secure. In back of my school is Social Services that’s host to many unsavory characters. There’s a small gate, but that does not offer a whole bunch of protection. They could simply jump over it. Sometimes the doors to the school are locked; but most times they are not. I will stop talking about this because it’ll make me want to play hooky from work. I know that many people may not agree, but I also feel for the young man & the family of the young man who committed the murders. They have to live with that legacy of murder, mental illness, and guilt. They have to wonder why they couldn’t have predicted this. Let’s not forget that they lost two family member as well. I know that it was by his own hands after he committed an unspeakable crime, but he was still someone’s son, brother, cousin, etc.

It just makes you wonder WHAT was going through his mind!

I cannot say what was going through his mind, but I can’t help but to wonder what was going through it. What made him want to harm innocent little children? What made him take his own life? Was he then so overcome with grief that he did so after realizing the heinousness of his crime? What happened that made him think this was the solution? I guess no one will ever know!

Coaster & the Gigglers!


As I was walking out of the Main Office at lunch time, I saw Coaster outside brooding.

“What’s wrong,” I asked.

He said, “The girls are doing something terrible!”

Knowing Coaster and his propensity for exaggerating and brooding on the most minute of offenses, I asked what the girls were doing.

“Well, they are laughing and talking really loud. Mrs. L. had to send me down to the office to concentrate!”

I kinda’ giggled at that myself. I’m not a monster; let me explain. It was kinda’ a ha ha! funny laugh at the fact that I’m a victim of my own success. I worked with him on expressing himself. Now, there’s no stopping him. He does it all the time. I’m not complaining though. I’d much rather have this version of him than the one from a couple of years ago when he didn’t interact with other students.

I’m happy that he felt comfortable enough to talk to me. On a side note, another person he feels comfortable talking to is the new Principal. As I walked down the hall before the bell rang, I saw him sitting in the his office “expressing himself. ”

So, all in all, I guess it was a good day. I’m happy that he’s expressing himself. I’m going to get on those girls when I return to my class after Christmas break. I know they’re just being girls, but they talk a looooooooooooottttttttt!!!

I’m tired. It has been a long couple of weeks. I have so much to write about. I’ll, more than likely, do it on the weekend. Bye for now!

How to Help Your Student with Auditory Processing Deficit/Disorder


Dear Readers,

I have a confession to make. Ever since I started in Special Education, I’ve had nagging questions about Auditory Processing that no one could seem to answer. Quite frankly for the longest time, I really did not understand it at all or how to help those who has the deficit/disorder. It was all so confusing. Well, here’s an article I read that explains how to help your student who has an auditory processing deficit.

How To: Help Your Student With an Auditory Processing Disorder

Kit Richert, Ph.D.

What in the world is an auditory processing disorder anyway?

Specific Learning Disabilities come in several varieties, but probably the most common is a disorder of auditory processing. Nearly all students with reading disabilities will have their delays rooted in an auditory processing disorder.

Auditory processing is not hearing, its what you do with what you hear.

Your student with an auditory processing disorder may exhibit some of the following processing problems:Read More »

Different Types of Children with Aspergers!


Dear Readers

Here’s an excellent article I read regarding children with Aspergers. It’s pretty long but I think it’s worth it:

The Emotional Aspergers Child

Many children with Aspergers and High-Functioning Autism fall into one of the “emotional types” listed below. Their feelings control their actions. These kids have many more tantrums, are less available, easily disengage, and are more prone to defiant behavior.

This is the most difficult type of Aspergers child to deal with, because rules – and the reasons for rules – mean much less to him. The parents and teachers who have to deal with the emotional Aspie often find themselves in a state of frustration or crisis. Many of these children will end up on medications for their issues, because their coping skills are poorly developed and inadequate to meet the demands of home and school. But that’s o.k., because the right medication and an effective behavioral plan can do wonders.

Type 1: The Fearful Aspie—Read More »

I AM Smarter Than a 5th Grader!


Yes, Dear Readers,

I am smarter than a 5th grader. How do I know? Well, I will tell you. Two of my students, one a 5th grader (who I’ll call Jayla), the other a 4th grader (who I’ll call Velma), are struggling with the times tables. So, I’ve been drilling and skilling them, playing multiplication bingo, and concentration bingo with multiplication flash cards.

These were the rules:

  1. If they picked up the right match and didn’t know the answer, they couldn’t keep the cards.
  2. I was not going to take it easy on them.

We spread out the cards and started playing with me going first. They thought I was joking around and that I wasn’t going to beat them. The way the game started off, it seemed like I was joking. I wasn’t. I just couldn’t find a match. However, once I got on a roll, I was unstoppable.

My 5th grader picked up a match and hesitated. she looked to me for approval. I told her that I was not going to tell her if she was or not. She recognized that she had the right answer and flashed the biggest smile.

Jayla managed to get 3 matches before I got one; while Velma got 1 match. Like I said, once I got on a roll I was unstoppable. It came down to the wire. There were only four cards left and it was Jayla’s turn. She chose the wrong one. I swooped in and got the last two matches. I ended up with 9 matches, Jayla had 6, and Velma had 4.

We finished just in time. Once I picked up the last two matches, I laughed an evil villain laugh, dropped the cards, and told them to learn the times tables or I would clean their clock again next week when I picked them up.

They said ok and laughed. They told me they couldn’t believe I beat them. I repeated that I’d do it again. See, I am smarter than a 5th grader!

The Power of Introversion by Susan Cain (TED talk)


Dear Readers,

Have you ever heard of TED? If you haven’t, you don’t know what you’re missing. It was created by . A topic is presented by an expert in a certain field. They have 18 minutes to present their topic. This particular topic was given by Susan Cain. She recently wrote a book called The Power of Introversion. I loved this TED talk because it seemed to be singing my life story. I am an introvert. When I announced that I was an introvert, one of my classmates said that I wasn’t. I can see what she was thinking. I would not have believed it either.

She thought I wasn’t an introvert because she was also. However, she is not a talker nor is she good at public speaking. She thought I was an extrovert because I am a talker, I speak to everyone, and I’m not shy about public speaking. I can be around people and talk and schmooze, but only for a limited amount of time.

If she knew anything about introverts, she would know that that is not what an introvert is all about-that not all introverts are like her. I always say that I live in my own head, that being around too many people drains me and I need to recuperate. That’s what an introvert is about. I do best when I can think through things or when I am reading or writing.

If you thought like my former classmate, then you should watch this TED talk with Susan Cain.

Are You Left-Brained or Right-Brained? Part II


Dear Readers,

Here’s Part II as promised.

tpt - right or left brain

So which side won the arm wrestling contest? Now that you know which side of your brain is dominant, it’s time for you to learn exactly what that means for you as a student of academics – and the world. How can you improve your academic learning/studying techniques?

First, take out the worksheet from our last post. We all use both sides of the brain when we need to, but when we’re stressed, it‘s difficult for the “weaker” brain hemisphere to take action efficiently. It can sort of ‘freeze up’. And what is one situation where you become stressed? Probably in school when learning something new, or when taking a dreaded test/quiz.

Take a look at which side you marked as your dominant brain, and which parts of your body are your strongest. Now let’s look at figures “X”, “Y”, and “Z”.Read More »

Are You Left-Brained or Right-Brained? Part I


Dear Readers,

I was just talking to my daughter, Phillise, the other day about this very subject. She was talking to her dad about this and they concluded that she is left-brained, while I am a combination of right-brained and left-brained. It is an extremely long read, but is so worth it.

***Thanks to one of my readers, I’ve updated the broken link***

Here’s the link just in case you’re interested:          https://testyourself.psychtests.com/testid/3178

I will post Part II tomorrow!

tpt - right or left brain
(Click the image to get the printable version of the exercise!)

Are you right-brained or left-brained? That is the question…! Understanding which side of your brain you use most to learn can totally transform the way you feel about school and academics. This is exciting stuff – and we are here to help you transform!

Over the next several weeks, we are going to help you figure out your strongest learning styles.  How are we going to accomplish that?  Well, we’re going start by teaching you to analyze “what makes you tick?” You’ll be doing some fun exercises, and a little self-analysis, to figure out which side of your brain is the “strong side,” and what kind of learner you are.  Once you are armed with that information, you will be ready to embrace your learning style.

No more wondering, “How do I learn?” or “I don’t know how to study!”  We will give you suggestions for studying techniques that will make you an academic rock star! If you find yourself scratching your head wondering, “HUH?” in class – then these next few weeks will transform that to an, “A-HA!” May the academic force be with you.

Are You Right-Brained or Left-Brained?Read More »

Ten Commandments for Interacting With Kids on the Autism Spectrum


I found this on another site and I just had to share. Here’s the link just in case you’re interested: http://enabledkids.ca/?p=2071

1. Thou shall not yell when speaking to me.
My disability does not impair my hearing and I am extremely bright. Perhaps even brighter than you are.

2. Thou shall not ignore me, talk negatively about me, speak unnaturally slow, or ask questions to others in the room that pertain to me.
I can comprehend what you are saying just fine.

3. Thou shall believe in me and help me believe in my skills and self worth.
Note the good in me and do not merely point out my negative behaviors. Believe in me and I will believe in myself.

4. Thou shall not perceive me as dumb.
I am extremely intelligent. I do not learn in the same way as you, and maybe not as quickly as you expect me to. Have patience with me. Once I recall information, I never forget.

5. Thou shall not judge my behavior.
I can get overstimulated in certain environments. I may be hypersensitive to sound and loud noises may hurt my ears. Fluorescent lights are distracting for me. They have a humming noise, and can pulsate. All the noises in a room can blur together. Please make accommodations to help me.

6. Thou shall not be so quick to scold me.
Do not tell me that “I know what I did”. I do not. Tell me what my infraction was in a simple, concise manner. I want to please you, but I have difficulties inferring meaning within a vague statement. For instance, do not say please clean up your bedroom. Tell me exactly what you want, such as ‘Please make your bed and pick up your toys”.

7. Thou shall not compare me to others.
Please remind me, and note the talents that I possess. This increases my confidence and positive self worth. Learning disabled or not, we ALL have talents to contribute within society. I need you to help me realize what mine is. Believe in me and I will believe in myself.

8. Thou shall not exclude me from activities.
Please do not mimic me, ignore me, or bully me.  Please invite me to play with you. It hurts my feelings when I am excluded. I like to run and jump in the playground, and be invited to birthday parties too. Grownups can help me make friends by encouraging other children to play with me. I can be a loyal friend if you get to know me.

9. Thou shall give me choices.
I do not like being ordered about any more than the other children. Give me choices so I know you value my capabilities and opinions. Make them simple and concise. Present two options or so. I get confused when too many questions or directions are given at one time due to my processing speed. For instance, ask me if I would like to wear my blue sweater or green one, rather than asking which sweater I would like to wear.

10. Thou shall not judge me by my diagnosis, but by my character.
I am an individual, just like other children. As my son used to say, “Mom my name is John (name changed for his anonymity) not Asperger’s”. A profound statement I would say. :-0)

Please join me in my utopian world where society perceives individuals as a whole, and does not judge them merely in character segments.

Thank you!