We Are Family????

My philosophy: Each classroom should be a small family unit. One thing I’m famous for is making my students a family. In my first classroom, I took a ragtag bunch of misfits and made them into a family unit. It wasn’t the easiest thing to do; especially since the students fought amongst themselves.

This has always worked for me- until this year. One of my students, who I totally did not expect it from, has become a talk-a-holic bully. I asked her why. Her reasoning: Well, the class is much smaller this year and I have more friends, they’re like my family, and I want to spend more time with them.

“Is that why you talk so much and don’t do your work?” I asked her.

“Yeah, I guess,” she said.

This leads me to the whole point of writing this. I’m thinking that I won’t do the same with my next class. It seems that making my students into a family is biting me in the a%$! My students love each other so much that they constantly talk. ALL damn day. I’ve had to revoke privileges because of the excessive talking. I’ve had this problem for the last two years.

I know that the students benefit from it, but it’s wearing me out. I want some peace at work. I don’t wanna’ have to continually say, “Cut the chit chat!,” but that’s all I say all day!

I’m tired of it!

I need to figure out what to do. Until next time, Dear Readers, I’ll let you know what I decide to do. Bye for now.

Happy Mother’s Day & Graduation to ME!


Dear Readers,

Today, I have at least three great things going for me. First, I am a mother, and have been for over 23 years. My children range in age from 11-23. So, HAPPY, HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to me!

Secondly, I walked across the stage today at LMU for my Master’s in Special Education and my Education Specialist teaching credential. YAY ME!!! It was a struggle, but it’s done. Next step is Ph.D when Phillise graduates from high school in 8 years!

Lastly, I’ve been blogging for 6 years now! I can’t believe it. The time has simply flown by. I sometimes look back on my posts and see how far I’ve come. Lately, I’ve been a little discouraged. I’ve gotten better though. I was only looking at the negative and not the positive. I’ve been meditating and reading Iyanla & keeping my thoughts positive. I just might make it. I’M GOING TO MAKE IT!!!

I am the little engine that could. I’ve progress from I think I can to I know I can and will!

Thank you for being there Dear Readers. Here’s some pictures of me on my special day today!

Self-portraits @ 42, almost 43 years old!

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My husband and my four children relaxing after graduation!


Happy 6th BLOGIVERSARY to Me!

Dear Readers,

As the title states, “Happy BLOGIVERSARY to ME!” I have been blogging for 6 years now! I’d like to take the time to appreciate those who have been with  me from the beginning as well as the newcomers.

I think I’ll begin writing again. Until I do, I have over 1600 posts over 6 years to keep you busy. See ya’ when I look at ya’!