Friday, May 27, 2011

It's a little early...

It's a little early to say it's summer, but I'm excited it is warm and the count down to trips has begun.
It's a little early to be sad that my class has moved on and I know I'll miss those sweethearts. Well, maybe not too early for that.
It's a little early to have my pre-first-day-of-school nightmare where I'm in a new class and it is too small for desks and I have no plans. (Yes, I think I have a variation every year and first day off is WAY to early to start this mess)
It's a little too early to show you the entertainment center we have been working on, but I love it and can't wait to show you.
It's a little too early to say I've had a nice birthday because it is not until next week, but I've already enjoyed some birthday money. :)

Monday, May 16, 2011

Historical/ educational moment

I was proud to sit with my class today and hear the President share at Booker T Washington's high school commencement ceremony today. (We watched the live feed as BTW is in our viewing area) One student who was not really wanting to listen said he didn't know why it was a big deal because he is just a man. I told him I don't care if you agree with him or like what he is wearing or doing, we need to respect his position and respect him as our leader, so he listened anyway. I really wanted my class to see and understand that things like presidents coming to town and speaking at graduations does not happen everyday. I wanted them to hear from him how important education really is for them and their future. One of my favorite things he said was about how some people do not think they will ever use algebra so why learn it at all. Well, you are going to need deductive and problem solving skills many times in your life and that is algebra. Yes! Well, he said it better than than, but you get the idea. I also wanted them to hear that high school is only the beginning. I want every child I teach to graduate from high school, but I would also hope that many go on to college.
The school year is wrapping up for the year and I always think about how I am sending them off with my name on them forever good or bad as their _grade teacher. (It has been a different grade each year, but the thought is the same.) I want them to remember something that I have taught them. I want them to look back on the year as a positive year in their education. I also want them to grow and advance for many years to come.
Each year is very different from the last and I am looking forward to the year to come and also want to finish this year well.
.....this was a little more than I intended on talking about today but to sum up... 1. respect those in authority over you 2. education is so important 3. I stinking LOVE teaching and all my little ones I get to pour into for 180 days [360 for those lucky ones I've had for two years ;) ]

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Moment I know he knows me

My sweet husband was cutting down the rest of the fallen tree in our backyard. I was gone and his dad was helping him. His dad had a rope around the stump ready to drag it to the curb with the other branches when my husband stopped him. "Maria is going to want to keep that." Yep, he knows me well. When we were cleaning out the flower beds I kept finding rocks I wanted to keep and when we trimmed the cratmertals I wanted to keep walking sticks. At first I was thinking it would be a cute seat outside or a table for out there or a small bench. Then I found different inspiration and may have changed my mind. What do ya think?

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Where have the moments gone?

I didn't realize it had been that long of a delay from my last post. I know I have been busy and one sign is because I just looked today and saw I've missed three weeks of Glee. How did that happen? The weather has been crazy and I am trying to end the school year well. I sure do love this group I have, but I'll be ready for the summer. I have lots of home projects going to and even more summer ideas to come. Oh and it's my birthday month! Alex doesn't quite agree because my birthday is so far at the end of the month but my counter argument for this was that I could take June too if that was better. ;) I'll leave you with this preview of our new addition to come this summer. Happy May everyone!