Energized Me!


Dear Readers,

This post is in stark contrast to my last post. I feel great today. I got a great sleep last night after my son’s champagne party. Got up feeling refreshed and decided to take my daughter and my niece, Moriah, out to breakfast. I didn’t quite make it, but will try again tomorrow morning.

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I did manage to make it out the house around 11:30. We went to the Dress Barn to exchange a skirt, then to The Loft to return a skirt that refused to cooperate with my hips & backside.

I also went to Trader Joes to get a bucket of the mini oatmeal raisin cookies. After that I got some cupcakes & ice cream to surprise my oldest sister for her birthday (it was last week). I spent the rest of the afternoon with four of my sisters, my daughter and two of my nieces. All in all, it was a good day. I guess I just needed a little time with my family to recharge. Thank goodness that I’m not drained like I was the past couple of weeks.

Bye for now!

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Drained Me!


Dear Readers,

I work with high school students now. This is a new experience for me since the bulk of my experience is in Elementary. I felt it necessary to explain my work situation because it’s directly related to why I am so drained. I’ve been so drained for the past three weeks that I’ve been coming right home and taking a 2-3 hour nap. I couldn’t figure it out until I thought about what I’ve been doing. I’ve been helping my students with their final projects. Again, this is a new experience for me. In Elementary I didn’t have finals; I didn’t have the stress from absorbing their stress.

Said no teacher ever...

Mystery solved! Now that I know what’s sapping my strength, I can scale back my stress level by interacting with the students only during my class and not during the other Resource teacher’s class.

Only 10 more days after tomorrow. I am so looking forward to summer vacation. When does yours begin?

Sensory Processing Disorder or ADD/ADHD?


Dear Reader,

I’m doing research to fill gaps in my knowledge. One particular curiosity I discovered is that ADHD & Sensory Processing can often be confused with each other.

ADD:ADHD

I’m going to research and write a post when I’m finished. Here are some of the articles I’m using for my research. Enjoy!

http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/793.html (Sensory Processing or ADHD?)

http://www.brainbalancecenters.com/blog/2014/01/sensory-processing-disorder-or-adhd/ (Sensory Processing or ADHD?)

http://www.webmd.com/children/features/the-truth-about-sensory-processing-disorder (Sensory Processing Disorder)

http://www2.nami.org/Template.cfm?ContentID=106831&Section=ADHD&Template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm

http://www.childmind.org/en/posts/articles/2014-4-28-how-sensory-processing-issues-affect-kids-school (Sensory Processing)

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3149116/ (Sensory Processing Problems in Children with ADHA, A Systematic Review)

Why College is Important for Special Education Students by Dawn Marcotte


Dear Readers,

college just ahead

Here is a guest post by Dawn Marcotte. She contacted me to provide this wonderful post written especially for SpEd students wanting to go to college. Thank you Dawn!

Why College is Important for Special Education Students

The importance of attending college cannot be overstated for everyone who wants to earn a livable income. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (https://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=77) students who have a college degree earn a median annual salary of $46,900 per year from the age of 25 – 34. Those with only a high school degree earn a median salary of $30,00 for the same ages. They went on to say that 73% of people with college degrees were employed full time.

While these statistics are informative, they don’t explain why college is so important for special education students.

Post-secondary education is so much more than just going to class, passing tests and graduating. College provides opportunities individuals simply won’t find anywhere else. Opportunities for:

  • Internships and on the job training
  • Networking
  • Learning life skills
  • Expanding interests
  • Help getting a job after graduation

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Happy Blogiversary to Me!


Dear Readers,

I almost forgot to wish myself a Happy Blogiversary! It’s been 8 years that I’ve been blogging. I really can’t believe it’s been that long. It’s been quite a journey and I’ve been documenting it all. I love to read my past posts and see how far I’ve come! It’s also really fun to congratulate myself on the many successes I’v had. I love blogging! Here’s to 8 more!!!

Operation Observation…Over & Done With!!!


Dear Readers,

My observation is over. Believe me when I say that I sat in my chair at my desk and exhaled once the observation was over. I sat for about a minute to collect my thoughts, then continued with my lesson. I’m pretty good at tooting my own, so I must say that it was a pretty good lesson if I do say so myself.

I built the lesson using the ALLI rubric. It’s designed to help you activate higher level critical thinking in yourself and your students.The rubric is insane though. By the time I finished attaching my rubrics & other related items, my lesson plan was 27 pages long.

After all of the testing this month, everything is downhill from here. It’s been a tough but eye-opening year. I’ve elevated my teaching practices and my own way of thinking. Although I didn’t get a chance to write as much as I would have liked, I’m pretty happy with the way the year turned out. Hopefully I’ll be able to write more in the summer. Here’s hoping!

Bye for now!