Should I or Shouldn’t I?


Dear Readers,

Substance abuse

I really don’t know what to do in regard to one of my students. He’s a great kid- when he’s not high! When he’s high, he’s very obnoxious and constantly disrupts the class. I’m not sure what to do because all the love in the world cannot correct a substance abuse problem without other interventions. I also know that an addict has to want help and has to ask for help. I can’t tell him that he needs rehab or that he has to stop doing drugs.

I wrote all that to say that I’m not sure how much energy I have or want to put into him because I have 43 students. I’m not sure if I should wait for him to ask for it or if I should try to help him in his journey to get clean, if that’s what he wants.

I’m really mulling it over at this point. I’m not sure if I have the time. I’ll let you know what I decide. Bye for now!

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Like I Used To!


Dear Readers,

I was talking to my assistant about how I used to be so far ahead in my planning. The only thing that’s hindering me is myself. I know that I’m working in a different setting but I can at least do weekly or bi-weekly.

Unit Plan

The funny thing is that I hadn’t thought about it until I saw the 10th grade English teacher’s unit calendar. That’s when I thought about how I’m required to  submit a Unit plan, but not a calendar. Brilliant Idea-** I’m going to do as the English teachers do. I’m going to create a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly calendar.

I’ll let you know how it goes. Bye for now!

Great Video


Dear Readers,

I showed this video to my students to accompany my daily Celebrity with a Disability presentation. The title of the video is “How to Turn Your ADHD into A Superpower” by Dan Martell. They really liked it so I thought I’d share it with you. Enjoy!

A little background information on Dan Martell (click here).

It’s Not About the Money!!!


Dear Readers,

I was kinda’ mad at myself for being so resistant to change. One thing I’ve learned over the years is that I am terribly resistant to change. Another lesson I’ve learned from that is that when I am especially resistant to change and don’t want to do something, it actually turns out well for me.

One recent example is a tutoring assignment that I accepted. Even though I don’t have a reason to worry about money, I’ve been worried about money. So much so that I accepted said tutoring assignment that only pays $24/hour. Now, since the assignment is only 1 hour/week, it really isn’t about the money; this money is not going to make or break me. It’s just pocket change. So, why am I doing it?

tutoring-clipart

Well, I was thinking about calling and quitting but I just couldn’t; my work ethic and pride in my work wouldn’t let. It feels good to be tutoring my student, who I’ll call Bunnygirl, because it feels like I’m going back to my roots. I don’t feel quite as at home teaching high school as I do when I taught elementary school. When I taught elementary school, I really felt as if I could catch the students before they fell through the cracks or fell behind.

So, how was it? It was fantastic! Even though I went to the tutoring session after working all day, I feel energized because I was able to help my student with her regrouping homework using play money. Not only that, I was able to show her how to do it without me. I walked her through the steps a couple of times while  explaining everything along the way. Then I asked her to set up the problem. Once her parents came home, I let her show her parents what she learned.

Once we started on the spelling homework, I then guided her through some Lindamood-Bell visualization techniques to help with her spelling words. We talked about her spelling and she was upset that she didn’t get 100% on her spelling tests like her friends. I told her that we were going to worry about just her and not her friends. I then asked her to point out the spelling words that she knew. Once she pointed out the easy ones, I let her use my purple pen and told her that I would bet her that she knew at least two more. I knew that she would be able to spell them since the other spelling words had similar spelling patterns. We struck a deal. I told her to only work on 7/20 spelling words. If she only worked on the 7/20 spelling words and got all 7 correct, then she would get one of the little treats I have in my garage that I got from Lakeshore Learning. She was excited about that. I also gave her (to have) my purple pen and told Bunnygirl’s mom, Bunnylady, about Harold & the Purple Crayon since it’s one of my favorite little cartoons because it celebrates imagination. Bunnylady told me that she’d have Bunnygirl watch it so that she could get excited about the purple pen that I gave her. All in all, it was a fantastic session. I’m actually looking forward to next week. I’ll keep you in the know. Bye for now!

A Surprising Ally!


Dear Readers,

No WeaponI’m pleasantly surprised that I had a surprise ally in our school psychologist. Usually at our IEP meetings, she’ll try to sabotage me or sucker punch me with surprise information in some kind of way. Well, today was different. During the meeting, the mom of the student who I’ll call Lilo, asked how we were addressing her daughter’s learning differences. In other words, she was putting the responsibility on the team and basically absolving her child of any responsibility. That’s when the psychologist told the mom that all of us, everyone in the room, were the team and that her daughter needed to take some responsibility for her lack of work production and talking with her friends during class time.

The mom and daughter were very receptive to the message. I just can’t help but wonder how they would have accepted it coming from me. But, I digress.

I’m just happy that the school psychologist actually had my back and let the mom know that Lilo had to accept some type of responsibility.

Thank goodness for small favors!