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.”
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.
While all other eyes were on the football game, I was captivated by the clouds changing shapes.
My daughter and I have lived in Nebraska for seven years, but we hadn’t had the time to see Carhenge in Alliance. All of that changed this week! We were thrilled that our friend, Lelania, helped us cross it off of our bucket list.
No matter where or when a student attends school, there will always be something that student doesn’t learn about that will be relevant in the future. It happens with public schools, private schools, homeschools, you name it. One kind of education hasn’t cornered the market on educational gaps. They simply happen. Nobody can know everything. Keep in mind that each child is unique and different learning styles apply. Teachers are also unique individuals. Considering all of those variables, how can we be surprised that there are gaps in the first place?
Our homeschooling journey has felt like one struggle after another this year. My daughter has turned 18, and she’s a senior. If she’s not interested in something, she just won’t put forth an effort. Kids are kids, right? She has refused to try the ACT test again after her first (and only) attempt. I understand that she feels discouraged. I wish colleges would move toward other ways to gauge college readiness instead of relying on high-stakes tests that cannot possibly predict potential or anything else. It seems to me that test makers are raking in millions at the expense of our children. Big bucks are paid (not to students or teachers) for testing that serves only to exclude students from higher education. How about changing our system to invite all students to participate? How about finding what ignites a student’s passion and work from there? How about making college an affordable option for everyone?
The things that interest my child are different from what interests other students. I will tell you, however, that she is an expert when it comes to anime, cosplay and costume design among other things. Maybe she should make a portfolio of her passions so she can show college admission staff what she has done and can do. She amazes me when she casually mentions things she has learned from videos she watched while I was at work. I have learned from her. She’s resourceful, too. She will get interested in something and dig until she has the information she wanted. My girl is also a talented mimic, able to sing in several languages, and she learned online. On her own. Without my input. I had virtually nothing to do with her research, and she did a fine job of learning something daily about various topics.
Maybe when she decides to try college, she will find the perfect fit. I sure hope so! She’ll need a place as amazing and unique as she is so she can fill the gaps and move on to a fabulous future. I should keep reminding myself that she won’t be the only student filling gaps.
Friends look out for each other. So do the best neighbors. I am so lucky to have a a super-awesome neighbor. She sent yummy chocolate cake over last night. Another friend graciously provided our supper. Ihave never enjoyed a chicken dinner more. I just love nights when I don’t have to cook after a hard day! My dear friends made my Monday better.
Then there’s my crafting circle, but I’ll get into that another time.
Wow…..here I am, blogging and having coffee, at 5:30 a.m. I wish I could truthfully say it’s my special writing routine to be on the computer at this hour. We call it the butt crack of dawn, by the way. Alas, it was an error on my part (that has never happened before!). I figured I had to do laundry this morning since I’m off next weekend for fire school. I didn’t actually eyeball the schedule on the kitchen counter. Anyway, I “bounced” out of bed a bit after four, put the pups out (and back in) and hopped joyfully (?) into the shower. I remember thinking, “Oh, I wish I could sleep in this morning!”
Note to readers: When I say “bounce,” what really happens is I ricochet off the bed to the floor and stagger to the bathroom.
I walked across the street to work and met the other laundry gal coming from the other direction. We discussed the merits of sleeping in and went downstairs to check the schedule. I was pleasantly surprised. I AM OFF THIS WEEKEND! Oh, JOY! I got a couple of loads washing while she clocked in, we chatted a minute or two and Big Momma came home…..to climb into pajamas again, fix coffee, check the weather channel and blog. I should be snuggled in bed with the pups. They agree if the accusing looks I’ve been getting are any indication.
I have now reached the conclusion that Big Momma has slipped a gear. So be it. At least I will be reasonably rested when Monday rolls around!