Friday, December 31, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
Today the fam ventured into Sarasota. We ate lunch at an authentic pizzeria...delicious! Then my dad wanted to take us to a wonderful find he discovered. He took us to an industrial salvage yard; where these two guys rescue architectural "scraps" and then sells them. I was in scrap yard heaven! My favorite find of the day are letters that come from store signs...to die for!!
Saturday, December 25, 2010
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register. 4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. 8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” 16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Here are some of their thank you notes:
There once was a donation
That surprised the nation
Who helped kids gain knowledge
To go to college
So we threw a big celebration
Helping us learn
Never give up
You are wonderful
Uniting to help us learn
Students work so hard
Donors help us at school today
Thank you for your help
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
I do not know about you, but I am guilty of raising my eyebrow when an individual exits a car that is parked in the handicapped spot minus any visible disability.
However, have you considered that this individual might have a hidden disability? Granted not everyone that has a hidden disability has access to a handicap spot...I know I do not.
Individuals that have a hidden disability may be accused of being lazy, disruptive and disorganized. Unfortunately, people, including myself, do not own a disability club card that proves that we have a legitimate disability therefore questions may arise that we are "faking a disability."
Attention deficit disorder
Saturday, December 18, 2010
I realize that I am grumbling about people who are negative and complain with no end in sight, but this needs to be said...whatever situation you are facing it could be worse! Why are you wasting your breathe complaining and being negative? Choose to see the good in every circumstance! There I am done
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Well lookey-lookey whose job is in demand! If only there were more of us!!
Whether teaching a class of special-education students or working with individual students in a general-education classroom, as a special-education teacher, it's your job to ensure that these students learn despite their disabilities. You may spend your day using sign language to teach deaf students, or working with students who were born with mental retardation. Or maybe you'll work with students who have learning disabilities, ensuring that they receive the necessary test-taking accommodations, such as removal of time limits. Your responsibilities may also include helping general-education teachers adapt their lesson plans for students with learning disabilities, working with parents on ways they can help their children at home, or learning about assistive technologies that could improve the classroom experience for your students.
There's more need for special-education teachers than most other types of teachers, says Segun Eubanks, director of teacher quality at the National Education Association. That means a slew of opportunities for those who work in the field. Employment of special-education teachers is expected to jump by 17 percent, an increase of nearly 82,000 jobs, between 2008 and 2018, according to the Labor Department. Special-ed teachers at the elementary and pre-school level have the best outlook, with projected growth of 20 percent. Middle school special-ed teachers aren't far behind, at 18 percent. The outlook for secondary-school special-ed teachers is not quite as impressive, 13 percent growth, yet still above the average for all occupations. Many openings will likely derive from turnover and retirements, as well as growth of the school-age population.
High. These are dynamic classrooms, and you'll be on your feet much of the day. For some people, the work can be physically draining. For others, this level of activity, coupled with the rewarding nature of the work, can be energizing.
High. Stress alone can push some teachers out of this occupation, but the level of pressure can vary according to city and school district.
Education and preparation:
All states require special-ed teachers to be licensed. Licensing requirements vary among states: Some ask for a bachelor's degree as well as training in a prep program that includes supervised teaching, but many states require a master's degree in special ed. Many states offer training options for those who did not get a bachelor's degree in special ed. These generally call for supervised instruction and an exam for a provisional license, then one to two years of local college courses while teaching under licensed teachers for a regular license.
Look for opportunities to work specifically with special-education students, Eubanks says. Too many teachers assume that they'll enjoy teaching special-ed students simply because they like teaching, but special ed is a different world. "It's not the kind of thing you can have a theoretical understanding of," he says. "You have to experience [it] first-hand, both to see and understand the challenges and the joys." This occupation requires patience, firmness—for disciplining students—and organization skills. "Very often, you're talking about working remarkably hard to get what might seem on the surface to be relatively small learning gains," he says. Also be prepared to put your diagnostic skills to use to figure out what's causing behavioral and learning problems.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Interims went home today for all of the students //a pre-Christmas gift\\. A good majority of my students are passing; only a small handful have Ds or Fs. Well at the end of my day one of the few adorable 6th graders popped his head in my room and thanked me for "giving" him a B+. This one student has made immense improvements regarding his school work! So despite him thinking that I "gave" him that grade he "earned" every bit of that B+
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Nothing irritates me more when I see incorrect wording regarding individuals with disabilities! I am usually not politically correct until I read something like this:
"Under various schemes across the country, families—mostly low-income or with learning-disabled children—use vouchers to help pay for their kids to attend charter, private and nontraditional schools."
"Florida's two current voucher programs serve low-income and disabled students"
"Florida's two current voucher programs serve low-income and disabled students"
Friday, December 10, 2010
Oh what a difference a year makes! Instead of asking "who is going to bring in what snack" I am asking "did you finish writing your Haiku?" There is so little down time to allow any sort of celebration //which to be completely honest I rather not deal with a Christmas party//
So due to the lack of Christmas celebration one of my students decided to create his own mini party//a party of one that did not end well for him// They just completed a vocabulary definition test and was given their new words where they had to create flash cards//my version of paper chains// This one student decided to line his flash cards on his arm and then fling his arm up scattering the flash cards everywhere! Lets just say he ended up with an early Christmas card from me in the form of a referral! Now if that does not sound christmassy I do not know what will.
On a side note my 7th and 8th graders and doing fine! Thank goodness
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Today I had an I.E.P (individual education plan) for one of my students. After much discussion with specialists and teachers the team decided that this student should be given a chance in a general education classroom. We were discussing how this students is developing habits of an under achiever and was not performing to his true potential.
As soon as we had completed most of the IEP we wanted to share the good news with the student. Once he was in the meeting room we began to explain how smart he is and how we believe he can handle being placed outside of ESE (exceptional student education). We kept on singing the praises of this student and building him up to what was to come when he switched out in January.
Well as we were talking someones eyes were getting a little watery with nerves. He kept on putting his head down and wiping his eyes with his sleeve. I am not sure if it was hearing the overwhelming support, talking openly about his disability or the fear of the unknown when he switches into gen. ed., but something hit a nerve.
I am absolutely positive that this student will flourish in general education. He is so very bright and has every skill he needs to be successful; he just needs to spread his wings and jump into the unknown!
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
They go above and beyond
Say kind words
Take their time
Lend a helping hand
Turn in homework
Ask for help
Stay on task
Sometimes hopelessness seeps into my thoughts regarding my students, but at the end of the day they fill my heart with gladness!