Rap

We (parents and teachers) know how special our students are. We know their personalities and can appreciate them as they are while we do our best to teach and nurture them.

I had way too much free time this weekend. I ended up writing a rap song for my seventh graders.  Yes, a rap. I decided my kids needed a little bit of comedy, so I actually performed the song and allowed them to video me—something I never do! I worked in every kid’s name, so it was specific to them.

They seemed quite happy, and I even heard from some of the parents about the rap. I’m glad I made my kids smile. For now, though, it’s back to work!

If you’d like to see my version of crazy, a student put it on Youtube with the title “Crazy teacher went Eminem.”

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Fun Skype Chat

I was able to purchase a Skype call for my daughter from one of her favorite bands. Blood on the Dance Floor members are awesome. Fallon is lovely and charming; Dahvie is friendly and funny.

My daughter saw Dahvie before in concert, and I remember one thing he said. “You didn’t come here to be judged.” He was able to draw people together and give everyone a sense of belonging. All of us need to find our tribe, right?

Something from Sealand

Have you ever wanted something others might consider frivolous? Did you do/buy/get it anyway? I can happily answer affirmatively for both questions.

If you know me at all, you know I enjoy learning and reading all of the time. Months (years?) ago, my daughter showed me information about a country I ‘d never heard of—Sealand. Since it’s a tiny “island,” I’m not sure I would want to actually visit, but I’m willing to be part of the community in my own small way. I did quite a bit of research to find out more, and, from that moment, I dreamed of having a title from Sealand.

I did it!  Did I laugh at myself? A bit.  Am I sorry? Nope. I was so happy the day the mail came from Sealand.

 

New Duds

I told a fellow teacher this morning that I feel like a fake.  (She had just complimented my new clothes.)  I usually dress casual/comfortable, but lately I’ve branched out to wear dressier styles.  I still (and will always) love my skorts from Christopher & Banks (below), but I’m getting a bit braver with fashion.

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I enjoy seeing what’s available from Lisa at My Big Sister’s Closet, and once I was inspired to call the shop to place an order.  Miss Lisa herself was on the other end of the line.  She found out my preferences, took my card number and put together a few items for me.  She then texted me pictures of the options, I made decisions and texted back.  It was that simple. The package arrived withing the week, and everything was perfect.  I could get used to having a personal shopper!

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I was lucky to find leggings at Maurice’s in the mall, so I bought three pairs in black.  (Not even sorry!)  The turquoise/black/grey tunic (below) is from Dollar General!

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In case you can’t tell, I hate posing for pics, but I wanted to show some of my new tunic tops.  The leggings are great because I prefer to cover my legs, and autumn weather is finally here.  (Thanks to Miss Trisha for taking the photos.)

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Plan!

I am excited for class tomorrow because I have a PLAN.  I have been writing a story to use that meshes well with comprehensible input.  I have thrown in some of the Sweet 16 vocabulary that my students already know along with some solid descriptions of our characters…I am ready!

Students will be drawing and coloring…yep, coloring!  Hay un hombre delgado y bajo.  Lleva pantalones negros….

New Books, New Plan

I was working in my classroom today, looking at my new Spanish novels and checking the new scope and sequence.  I have big plans, so I hope I can get this all pulled together. I cannot be the only teacher with this dream.  We, meaning teachers in my ESU (Educational Service Unit), are making a concerted effort to increase fluency using comprehensible input.

We all start a new school year with high hopes, but sometimes we get discouraged before Christmas. Let’s make a pact not to give up too soon this time.  Fluency is too important, even if we have trouble convincing parents and students of this.  I am lucky that I have the freedom to do what I know is right based on research.  Many teachers are not so lucky, so I do feel blessed.

I promise not to give up this year, no matter how challenging it gets.  My students deserve my best efforts, and I want them to experience that feeling of satisfaction that comes from learning more than they thought they could.