Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Who knew teaching about superhero's and villains would make such a difference?!

    This last Saturday, me and 2 other students participated in a Writer's workshop for students grades 3rd-6th. We were to come up with a writing lesson and teach it to 4 different groups. When coming up with  ideas for this lesson, I had to think about something that would be engaging for this range of students. It occurred to me that writing about superhero's and villains would be a fun topic for kids of all ages and gender. My group really liked this idea and we decided to dress up as well.
     I really enjoyed teaching the kids. To be in charge of the classroom was such a thrilling experience for me. I've been teaching mini lessons to a small group of kids, but to be in front of the classroom engaging the students and seeing their excitement to write about their own superhero or villain was extraordinary. This experience really helped me feel connected  to students and to know I can make a difference. I'm so excited for my last year of school to which then I'll be teaching :D

Monday, February 24, 2014

My Motivation is On!

I'm starting fresh this week! The last couple weeks have been really hard on me from changing medications to family issues. I have 3 more weeks of school left followed by a week in California to go to the beach and Disneyland! I much needed vacation! My cat got fixed today, so hopefully he'll calm down and let me focus on homework instead of having to get up every 10 minutes to take something away from him. My friend from Nevada is visiting for a week, so I get to have some much needed friend time! I spent time with my niece this weekend and am going to an art talk later today.. All in All- I'm trying to get my motivation on and push through the rest of the term like a champion!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

If Only Cats Could Talk!

If only cats could talk!

Waking up every morning to something ripped up or shredded.
If only cats could talk.

Giving the cat some love and listening to him purr,
After a minute of love, he thinks it's fun to use my hand as a scratching post.
If only cats could talk.

Every day I can expect to fine his mouse, rope, or some object in his water dish,
Even after I just filled it with fresh water.
If only cats could talk.

Treats, chew toys, balls and mice.
Climbing domes, cat nip, boxes and lasers.
He is spoiled beyond belief, but it's never what he really wants.
He wants my precious decorations from china, my stuffed animals, my pens and receipts..
He wants to eat my chap stick, my purse, my coat and the clothes that hang in my closet.
If only cats could talk.

Hide the garbages.
Put everything up at lease 5 feet out of his reach.
Leave nothing out for him to eat…even if I think it's safe..In a bag…on the table…It is NOT safe.
If only cats could talk.

I love my little monster,
But cannot for the life of me explain what he wants or why he's crazy.
Ugh… If Only Cats Could Talk!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Being sick was only the beginning...

Today I've really struggled with what to write. I'm just getting over a sickness that left me out of class for a week. I feel stressed, behind and so overwhelmed that I sit and think of ways to better myself. Create a better schedule? Quit one of my jobs so I have more time to focus on homework. Having OCD is really hard on me because I like things done on time and everything organized. When my life is  hectic, I get lost. Not having anyone to depend on is also hard because sometimes I need that pick-me-up…Because Coffee can only do so much! ha ha. I think, maybe if I bake some bread I'll feel like I accomplished something. Maybe if I try to do some things around my apartment I'll get motivated to do homework or work out. Then my cat decides that doing everything he shouldn't would be fun when I already am stressed. It's week 6 in school and I'm looking in the future for Spring Break… One week of being sick sure causes a lot of stress and doubt. 4 more weeks…I can do this…I hope.

Monday, February 3, 2014

8 Motivating Tips for Teachers!!

On Thursday of this week, I arrived at my class to learn all about the PLC's by our district superintendent and the PLC coach. As exciting as this class may be at times (cough cough) it is something we as teachers should be aware of and can really help our future teaching. One thing that really hit me was this list that was read about the top 8 tips for beginning teachers, as well as good tips in general for teachers. I will definitely keep this list with me and for those who do not have it, I feel this is very motivating!

1. Love Education! (what it truly comes down to…the kids!)
2. Find those that'll help you. 
3. Pick and choose the news you read.
4. Know your limits.
5. Never close your door.
6. Support!
7. Pick your battles.
8. Don't get sucked in negatively!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Ball of Chaos!

I got a kitten in December that is half Siamese and half something else. She turned out to be a He and so I named him Oliver. He's a bundle of energy and reminds me of a child. Everything I tell him 'no' for he does. He likes getting into the garbage, scratching up the carpet/walls, climbing on counters and tables, begging for food and unrolling toilet paper. He drives me crazy some days. Other days, he can be the most snuggly kitten. He loves giving kisses, nuzzeling into necks, purring and sleeps with me every night. When it's bed time, he thinks it's playtime. When it's time to get up in the morning, he thinks it's time to cuddle. He's a ball of fun and chaos, but I love him and he really helps me get through some of my bad days!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Sisters and Spiders Don't Mix

I hate spiders. There is nothing more disgusting to me than spiders. They are ugly with their hairy bodies, 8 legs and beady little eyes that stare at you with the intent on your death. My youngest sister decided that she wanted a tarantula for a pet. Why? I have no idea except that maybe being the youngest sister, she wanted to torture her oldest sister, me. The day she brought the spider home, I had no idea she had even bought one. She had told me she had a surprise in her room for me and that I was going to love it. I was excited for I had no idea what was in her bedroom. I went into her room and there was something underneath a blanket. I asked her what was under it. Was it a gerbil? Was it a cute little animal that I would adore? The look on my face was probably the priceless look of horror when she lifted the blanket and there sat the biggest, nastiest spider I had ever seen. I was upset and vowed to not enter her room anymore and if the spider escaped its cage, I would climb out of my two story house window to escape the wrath of the 8 legged creature.