Giles Corey, Pimp

Strike up the band! Ms. Educat's After School Credit Recovery Program has begun!!

I really do like the kids that come in for this program, they're grateful for the chance to make up an English credit and they're candid about their mess-ups.

I caught the group talking the other day about what they'd read in their last English class and one kid was talking about how much he loved The Crucible. It warmed me. I mean, it warms me to hear a kid like any sort of literature, but I have a history with this show, so I listen on...

"Mang, know who I like in that play? You know who wuz a pimp???
Corey, mang!!! He a pimp! He be all like MORE
WEIGHT
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Kindness

What's your favorite word in the whole English language? Come on, think about, there is a word you use a lot or just think is cool...

Okay, so you can tell I teach little people, where the world of kids and vocabulary is a part of my daily life. I actually enjoy teaching vocabulary words. I like it when kids get a grasp on a word they have heard before but didn't know what it means, or they know the meaning, but can't think of the word to go with it. Well, we even do that as adults!

So, I have pondered this a great deal, and KINDNESS is my favorite word.

Some people extend kindness, and it's just part of their life. They don't think about it, they just do it. I am blessed to be surrounded by many at church who extend kindness and they don't even know they're doing it.

I know, it's my favorite word, so I'm always on the lookout for people extending kindness to others.

And it's become almost like a research project for me. Whether it's kids being KIND to kids, or adults being kind to adults, or kids being kind to adults, I notice.

I don't ever want to take it for granted when someone extends kindness to me either. It's not a rarity for me to have someone extend kindness to me, but I do feel enormously blessed when someone extends kindness into my little corner of the world. And, it doesn't even have to be anything huge. Even the smallest token of kindness in my world is noticed...

And I aim to extend kindness to those around me as well. I would like to think it is ALWAYS an automatic thing, but it's not. Most of the time it is, but sometimes I catch myself thinking I missed an opportunity that was right in front of my eyes.

I also find it interesting when people can't receive KINDNESS. I think it's weird. I've actually had people upset with me in my attempt to extend kindness to them. What's up with that?

I mean, KINDNESS is a good thing.

As you can tell, I'm still pondering...

So, let me ask you, how have you extended KINDNESS to someone around you today?

Even the smallest thing can impact someone and you may never know it.

Well, I have homework to do.

Have a great day, whatever you may be doing...

Thanks for reading!

Lazy Saturday...mostly...

So, today has been (for the most part) a lazy Saturday. I started off by sleeping in until 8:30. Wow, there was a day when 8:30 was early, and now it's late for me! I guess I'm growing up! Ha!

I got up and watched a movie this morning. It was just me and the puppy at home, and we cuddled and watched a flick. What a great way to start the day!

I got ready and went out to run errands and wound up at Goofball's Football game! It was a hoot! Watching Fifth Graders who are learning the sport is always fun for me. I even got a bit of a sunburn out of it! (I'm having my picture taken for a magazine on Monday, I'm now sort of wishing I had put on sunscreen first!) It was a good time.

Then I went to be with some friends from work. It was a lot of fun. I feel blessed to have the friends that I do. I don't take a single one for granted.

So while it wasn't a day on the couch, it was a very good day in my book.

I think I'll go read a book now...

Have a great day, whatever you may be doing!

Steps...

So, this week has been a week of steps forward.

While the conflict isn't resolved, it's better than it was at the time of my last post. I still hate conflict, and wish it was all resolved, but it's going to be a series of steps forward before it's all resolved. I'll take steps, it's better than throwing my hands up and giving up. I'm not a quitter. I think it will be resolved, but it will take time. Step by step...

As for the rest of my week, it was pretty good. Homegroup was a highlight this week. I am loved so very well by the Church Family. I feel blessed to be a part of the group I'm in. Very blessed.

We had to give a new Assessment this week, so I feel as if I didn't teach all week, but it's over. Next week I'll start all over with the teaching process. We ended the day with a rousing game of "Apples to Apples". It was the highlight of my day. My goal for the year is to teach them every word in the box so that by the end of the year I'm not helping them decode those words, they are choosing them on their own. It was a highlight though.

So, we have the weekend upon us. I'm looking forward to sleeping in more than anything. I'm pooped.

Well, have a great day, whatever you may be doing!

Thanks for reading!

Vintage KOCO: Ho-Ho The Clown

This might have made me happier than anything I've seen in a while. If you didn't grow up here in the OC, you might not appreciate this gentle clown. Ho Ho was a favorite on Saturday morning TV and also entertained at one of my birthdays.

Marvel at the delicious smart ass-ness of Pokey the Sock Puppet!! Thrill to the State Fair of 1978!!! Tolerate that there are three Ho Ho videos on YouTube and you might see them all here!!

Finding peace in a storm...

I tell ya, this weekend has gone differently than I expected. I got home Friday night and had some conflict with a really good friend. I hate conflict. Let me say it again...I HATE CONFLICT. I am typically an easy-going, peaceful kind of gal.
So Friday night when words were said toward me, with my friend walking out, I sat there and prayed.

I hate conflict.

So today I went to church and the conflict was heavy on my heart. My friend and I haven't talked since she walked out, so nothing has been resolved. I went to pre-service prayer and got alone with God. I mean, everyone else was praying out, and I was just with God.

I started crying... Not sobs, but tears. I was alone with God, and it was a very good thing.

I entered the sanctuary after ending my prayer time with the Lord. And, Martha Lee walked up to me.

She looked at me and I started crying. She held me. Didn't say a word, just held me.

Normally, I'm not one to cry. I"m a "suck it up and deal with it" kind of gal.

But the crying released something in me. I felt better.

Then Laura arrived and just being around her cheered me up. We wound up doing lunch afterward and I was blessed to get to hang out with her. Probably my favorite thing we do is pray together. After lunch, we sat in my car and talked, and then prayed.

For the first time since the conflict, I felt peace.

So as I sit here with the Prayer Room in my ear, I feel better than I have since Friday night.

As for the conflict, well, it's still unresolved.

But God is with me and I'm surrounded by friends who are praying with me and love me.

I am a blessed gal...

Have a great day, whatever you may be doing...

Thanks for reading!

Story of the Week!

So, I have just spent the afternoon working on the P.D. Plan, and I'm done for the day. Sure, I could work on grades or database or IEP's, but I've opted to take the rest of the day off. I will be working all afternoon tomorrow to get everything done, but that's okay. Sundays are turning out to be working afternoons. Not a bad deal. I spend the afternoon working with the Prayer Room going...works for me! I've had the Prayer Room in my ear this afternoon and have enjoyed it, so it's not as if I'm being tortured. :-)

So, I have decided to share my funny story of the week. In the world of education, each day contains a humorous line or phrase that I need to start writing in my quote book. (I've said that for years, but well, perhaps this is an avenue to do that!) So, I thought I would share my Story of the Week...

I pick up Ben at the end of the day to take him to the Special Education Bus. Ben is in Kindergarten and is not on my caseload, but I get the priveledge of being with him about 5 minutes each day. I love this kid. He is probably the cutest kid we have in Kindergarten this year. Well, maybe I'm biased but he really is cute. Ben is really small for his age. I know, Kindergarten kids are small, but this kid is REALLY small. Which is part of why he's so cute...

So, everyday at lunch a student is chosen for an interview. This tactic is actually used to get the kids quiet and to eat during lunch. Yep, it's manipulation, but it works. The interviews are typically short and to the point. So, Ben was chosen. Ben never talks, and the quietest kids are the ones who get chosen for the interviews.

And Ben was asked what he wanted to be when he grows up. Most kids, even in Kindergarten, want to be a fireman, policeman, doctor, etc.

Guess what Ben said...

"BIG!"

Well, hey, it's always good to have a goal!

Have a great day...whatever you may be doing...

Thanks for reading!

Friday? Really?

Wow, is it Friday already? I sit here with a "To Do" list of things to do, and I'm listening to the Prayer Room and blogging instead. Go figure. This week has been INCREDIBLY busy and dramatic, and I think I need a night on the couch. I may go rent a movie... Hum...

So this week I had my PD plan shut down by our District Committee, and I have to re-do it this weekend. I also have a Career Ladder Plan to re-do and turn in by Tuesday. I tell ya, it was a week full of drama. I'm ready for the weekend. I'm Thankful for the supportive staff that is around me. I have to say, even with the drama this week, good has come out of it. And I like that. I have tons of homework to do, but that's okay. I was going to go to IHOP and home this weekend, but that's not happening. So, right now I sit here, and have the prayer room going, and I am content.

At least being busy is better than bored.

:-)
Have a great weekend, whatever you may be doing!

Later!

How was your day?

I must admit, some days it is harder to find a "Highlight" of the day. I believe that everyone has one, you just have to look for it sometimes. Today was one of those days for me. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't bad. In fact, it went along very smoothly. However, there wasn't really a HIGH point for me.

I guess a favorite part of the day was at the end of the day when Ally (Robin's daughter) came in and wanted to play High School Musical the game with me. She's 6, so we had to modify it. But, it was fun. She's a sweet kid. I feel blessed to have her in my life.

I guess tonight though I'm pondering something, and am not sure how to express it in words without sounding wimpy or "poor little old me". Anyone who knows me knows that the poor me stuff doesn't fly.

Part of why I like blogging is that I get to share random stuff, and even though I don't get many responses, I know that there are people reading this who care about me. So, I feel a bit less alone.

Imagine a day where at the end of the day noone said to you, "How was your day?" I had one of those days today. And most days, it isn't a big thing. It's reality, but not a big thing. Like I said, there wasn't much of a highlight today, so it's not as if I had BIG news to share.

But I gotta admit, it would've been nice to hear.

So, I re-read yesterday's blog, and it helped.

And I tuned into the Prayer Room for a bit today.

And that helped.

I think I'll go read a book.

How was your day?
I hope it was great, and that you're doing well...
Whatever you may be doing.
Thanks for reading!

Loved very well...

So, while I REALLY miss the Prayer Room, I can honestly say I love my church family. I have done a lot of thinking this past week about how far I've come in the past 4 years. I discovered IHOP-KC in 2002, and over time it has become a very special place to me.

I go deep there.

God talks to me there in a way He doesn't anywhere else it seems.

So, while I go deep in God there, I don't have a lot of relationships there. It's sort of a trade off for me. (With the exception of last weekend)

So this morning I woke up and while I was excited to see my church family today, I was sort of down. I knew worship wouldn't be the same here as it is there, and so it always makes my first Sunday after IHOP kind of hard. The music portion of the service is typically my favorite part of the whole thing. So I was sort of down...

But, as always, I prayed and went to church. I always go to pre-service prayer before service. And, I'll be the first to admit, I wasn't "into" it. I was there in body, but my heart wasn't there.

And of course, God gave someone in the group a word for me.

Go figure.

I'm down, and God speaks through Regina into my life. Martha Lee is sitting next to me, and takes my hand. I'm not alone. I'm loved VERY well...

This isn't normal. Regina loves me, but it's not normal for a word to come forth for me. It happens for other people, but not me...wow...my spirits were lifted.

Then I went to service, and Laura was already waiting for me. In a season of singleness and (often) loneliness, Laura was there.

We went into worship and I was frustrated.

Sing.
Stop.
Sing.
Stop.

At IHOP, we just go forward...no stop button. I was frustrated....

Then Karen got up to share a word, and it was right what I was telling God, and I was like, "Okay, God, I surrender..."

Tears fell. Not sobs, just tears. And I felt better.

Laura turned to me and said, "Are you okay?" It felt great to have a friend there for me. I didn't share with her what was happening, it was too much at the moment.

But just the thought someone was there for me reminded me how much I'm loved even in this never-ending (it seems) season of singleness.

Then my pastor gets up to preach. Last week he used me as an example in his sermon (While I had powdered sugar on my cheek, noone told me! But that's beside the point...). And, once again, I was called up front with others to help with an illustration.

As I looked out among the congregation, I thanked God for placing me there. I am loved by so many in that church, unconditionally. It wasn't a huge illustration or anything, but God used that to show me how loved I am.

So even as I sit here, with Misty Edwards singing from the prayer room into my ear, I am thankful.

I may be single,
But I am loved very well...

Thank God.

Thanks for reading my ramblings...
Have a great day, whatever you may be doing...
Later!

An answered prayer...

I have been praying for something for a really, really long time, and today I saw it come to pass. I had a friend sort of re-enter my life and we got caught up in a way we hadn't in years. I have prayed a lot about this friendship, as it's one I can't push, nor do I want to push, and today she was open and friendly with me to the point I almost thought, "Why are you acting like this now?" But, I knew.

Sometimes in life we pray for stuff and forget that He's actually listening and waiting for just the right moment to answer that prayer. So, when he does, we're sort of caught off-guard.

I know I was caught off-guard today too. But after the chat, I just felt happy and thankful. I always knew He was listening, I just think I had sort of given up hope of seeing it all come to pass.

And today it did!

What an awesome day!

:-)
Have a great day, whatever you may be doing!

A week in Review...sort of....

So, the first week back after a terrific weekend is typically followed by drama. I don't know why that is, but it is. Fortunately for me, most of it was pretty good. I think this year at school is different because I've got a couple boys who require so much BEHAVIOR interventions that I'm drained by the end of each day. Hence, I sit here, thankful for a couple days off... I thought you might like a bit of a re-cap:

Monday was pretty normal. I guess normal is a relative term this year. But, overall, it wasn't bad.

Tuesday was really cool, as I was able to get Dusty a part-part-time aide. Yeah, it was really cool. I had prayed a lot because Dusty required more of me than I can physically give, and I want him to be able to make gains academically. It's clear that the more I work with him, he was simply managed the past few years, with behavior the main topic. So, for him to be learning academics is a new thing, I think. He's far behind his peers, so I'm working hard with him. So, the time he isn't with me, he will be with an aide part of the time. And yes, you did read it right, he has a part-part-time aide. The guy working with Dusty is able to give him a little over an hour each day, so while it's not even a half day, I feel blessed to have it. It has freed me up to do some things with my fourth graders, and has made the regular educator's job a bit easier. Yippee skippee! Only pitfall to it all is that now all the third grade teachers feel their special education students should have an aide. :-) Well, hey, so I opened a can of worms. At least Dusty is getting the help he needs!

Wednesday was BY FAR my most stressful day of the week. It was picture day. Typically picture day isn't a big thing. They get almost everyone done before lunch, so it doesn't really affect me except for the fact my students don't stay on regular schedule that day. However, this year was different.

I have recess duty on Wednesdays, and when I went to eat lunch before the duty, as usual, noone was in the break room. Well, that's partly true. A para was in there, but I'll spare ya that story. It's not worth typing.

So noone was in the lounge and then I was told by a teacher that entered the lounge, that fourth and fifth grades (the two grades I have duty with) hadn't even eaten lunch yet. My first thought was "that's not good." I went ahead and ate. I knew it was going to be a long afternoon.

I went out for recess. Third grade had just entered the playground. And, well, extremely long story cut a bit short...I was outside for an hour and a half while classes ate and took pictures. I didn't mind. I mean, I'm a team player. And, it was a nice day out...and I was enjoying watching the kids...until...

A little boy, who I will call urinator, did just that on the playground. Yeah, first time in my 8 years of teaching that I had a kid urinate out on the playground, on purpose. He was sent in with a referral, and I thought it was over.

Then a fourth grader came up crying with his hand over his eye. Turns out john-boy kicked a kid in the eye on purpose. Yes, he was on playground equipment when it happened, but it's true. He was also sent in with a referral.

Fortunately, the two boys sent in are the ones that cause the most problems, so the rest of recess was easy. It was a day I will never forget. Urinating on the playground? All I kept thinking the rest of that day was, "You've got to be kidding me!"

Thursday was boring compared to that. Although Dusty was sick and crying and puny. I felt for him. He was without his ADHD meds, and had a cold, and was just feeling bad. I held him for a long time. He struck a kid on purpose because he wanted to be sent home. Well, give it to the kid, he may be autistic, but he's not stupid. He had to stay at school though, so his plan didn't completely work...

Today had highs and lows. Dusty was sent to school after taking his SLEEPING medication, not his ADHD meds, so he slept the first hour and a half of the day. I called his Mom, who got agrivated at me for inquiring about the meds, stating that I was not believing her. Partly true, the kid was sleeping in the Autism room due to lack of the correct meds, but, hey, somewhere in her little mind it was okay to send her kid to school after his NIGHTTIME meds. Just more to add to the documentation log...

The kids were pretty good overall though. I didn't have a whole lot of drama. I did send one kid to time-out, but it was resolved fairly quickly. So that was cool. And my favorite part of the day was when we were all reading a book about animals, and the kids were REALLY into it. This is the first year of a new reading series and the district purchased brand-new books for my kids on their reading levels, so that's been cool.

I guess I've written a chapter by now, so I shall let you go.

Thanks for reading!

Have a great day, whatever you may be doing!

A good friend!

So, I'm back in the "real" world today. I already miss the Prayer Room. I will admit though, I am cheating, I sit here in a coffee shop that has free Wi-Fi, and am connected to the Prayer Room. So as I type, I'm listening to the Prayer Room. :-) Not a bad $5 a month if you ask me. It may not the be same as being there, but it's 10 minutes from my home! I like that...

So this past weekend was fun. In fact, it was better than I ever expected. I went with my friend Laura, to IHOP, and we had a great time! I laugh with her more than I think I do with anyone else. She is truly a gift from God. It is so much fun to have a friend that enjoys the Prayer Room as much as I do! I had forgotten what it was like to have someone with me who could sit in the Prayer Room for hours like I can! I often feel a bit isolated in my little corner of the world because I'm one of few that I know around here that enjoy it. That long for it. So, it was a hoot yesterday for me when we had been in the Prayer Room for 4.5 hours and we both LOVED it! Good friends like that are rare, and I feel honored to have her in my life. It was a wonderful reminder for me of what a good friend is!

We stayed for the music portion of service last night and came home. It was also fun for me to have someone to ride with up and back. I haven't had that since OneThing last year. God can do a lot between two people in a car for 2 hours. I was really blessed to have someone to share it with. Awesome stuff!

Well, I should probably get some work done, as I'm down to about 19% battery power, and I can't see an outlet in sight!

Have a great day, whatever you may be doing.

Later!

Perspective

Greetings!

So, after a week of drama, it feels good to be at IHOP-KC. My kids were great this week. I had some highs and lows, but overall the kids are settling in. I think they're actually glad that school is back in session, but they would never admit that. :-) I only made one cry this week, so it was a good week. Ha!

Actually, Will pushed Dustin into my desk with a chair, and when I explained that he would have to pull a card, he shut down on me and cried. It was his first true offense in my room. And, in reality, it was my first amount of true "Drama" in my classroom this school year. Will and Dustin don't get along, and are not allowed to talk to each other in my class. So I sat there thinking, "You've got to be kidding me, the kid shoved another kid and thinks pulling a card is my fault?" Yeah, Will was MAD at me. Go figure. The world of a third grader is a bit different than the world of adults. He stayed mad at me the rest of that day. I let him be mad. I spoke to him and told him it was his fault and I wasn't going to go back on his punishment. He left my room stating he never wanted to be in my class again. I just prayed. He was beyond talking, so I sent him on to his next class. The next day, he came in, hugged me, and gave me a Sweetheart Candy. Go figure. He told me he was going to try to do better in my class. And, he did well that day. This is his first year with me, and it typically takes my students a year to learn they can trust me and count on me. Since I know that, I just trusted that God would take care of it, and He did. Go figure...

So I came up to IHOP-KC yesterday, and I am enjoying it immensely. It amazes me how much I love the Prayer Room. It's so peaceful here. It's a very good way to spend a weekend in my book.

Well, have a great day, whatever you may be doing...

Later!

A day of play...sort of...

So, I got up today and really had no idea what was in store for me. I mean, I knew that I was going to spend the day with Austin. Austin is a 7 year old that visits about once a month, and I look forward to his visits because he makes me laugh alot. Today was no exception.

As it turned out, I had him on my own for a lot of the day, and we had fun. We went to the Ship Park first only to find out that the Ship part of the park was now history. That was fine by me, actually, as climbing within the ship gave me the hebegeebees, so the disappearance of the ship did not being tears to my eyes!

After that we did McDonald's. I rarely ever do McDonald's, or fast food anymore, so it was an experience in itself. It was mainly an experience because the fast food was not FAST. It kind of amazed me too, as there was a day when I worked fast food and if we had been that slow, Mr. Duane would've yelled up a storm. Ah well, kids these days, what do you expect? :-)

Then we went to the movie theatre. We got there early enough to play a few video games, which was kinda fun. I "lost" at Air Hockey. :-) It was fun playing.

Then we saw Ratatouille! I tell ya, if you haven't seen the movie, you should. I had seen it before, which is why I was okay with seeing it again with Austin. Austin tends to make frequent restroom visits throughout a movie, so it's always good to see something you've seen before so it doesn't matter what parts you miss! Anyway, it is a really neat movie. I laughed a lot, even though I had seen it before. As for Austin, it was okay, but not Spider Man 3 status! Ah well, it was fun!

Then we ran a couple errands and came home. We wound up watching a made for TV movie that was so predictable that Austin that we had magic powers! Well, hey, to a 7 year old, it was pretty incredible. It was a good laugh for me though!

Then I actually worked. I had to get lessons prepared for the Month of September for Sunday School and bake cookies for my lesson tomorrow. So, I was still productive, even though I did play most of the day too!

So, I'm wiped now and am thankful for Monday. I wonder if I'll reach "bum" status on Monday. Hum. It won't matter much though, today was really cool.

But I get to sleep in Monday!

Gotta love three-day weekends!

:-)
Later!