Monday, May 20, 2019

Random Tuesday

I'm linking up with Stacy for some random fun.

It's almost over.  The school year, that is.  Students have 6 school days remaining, and teachers have 7.  I. Can't. Wait.  It has been a tremendously long school year.  I have been teaching an extra class this year meaning I have no "off" period to make copies, make calls, plan, or grade.  It's been tiring, but the end is in sight.  I still haven't decided if I'm going to retire or teach one more year.  I've been teaching longer than some of you have been alive, probably!

And speaking of work, have you ever had a lunch thief at work?  I have never had my lunch stolen, but I've heard from people who have.  I wonder what possesses someone to take someone else's lunch.  Wouldn't they be afraid they'd be caught?  Not to mention forcing someone to go without or, God forbid, eat school cafeteria food!

According to CNBC, 1 in 5 people admit to having stolen from the community refrigerator.  That's a lot! One man told how he put hot sauce and ghost chili pepper on his leftover wings so he could catch the thief.  Or you could try this:

 My husband tells the story of a secretary at his office who was stealing food, among other things.  She was finally caught, and, of course, fired.  Can you imagine the embarrassment?  Or maybe that's the problem.  Some people just have no shame.

And now...

My middle school sense of humor!

Ever feel like this?
And just to make you smile:
Have a great week!

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Fun Friday

Hope you have a fun Friday!

Peanuts was one of my favorites as a kid.  I had several books of Peanuts comics.  I just love Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and the whole gang! (Click to see pictures larger)

Many of my books were the "old style" Charlie Brown/Peanuts characters.  They weren't comic books, but they were paperback books with cartoon after cartoon in them.  I LOVED them!

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Thursday Thirteen

Observations from a teacher's point-of-view about state-mandated, high-stakes, standardized testing.

1.  Being required to teach to the test.
2.  Not having  students I know in my testing group.
3.  Children sitting for five hours or more without moving, talking, interacting.  Teachers unable to look at computer, read, grade, or do anything productive during testing time.
4.  Field questions on tests (questions that don't count that are put on the test to determine if they should be "real" questions on the next test).
5.  Eating lunch later instead of our normal time AND having to eat sack lunches in the classroom.  Crazy schedule!
6.  Students thinking the standardized test is the end of the school year although we have 2 1/2 weeks of instruction left.

7.  The company that profits from generating the test itself.
8.  Companies that profit from creating practice testing materials.  (millions)
9.  Non-educators creating and scoring the test.
10. The stress both teachers and students feel.
11.  Paperwork nightmare - keeping up with over 1,000 test booklets and answer sheets PER TEST and keeping them in order. (all grade levels reading and math, 1 level writing, 1 level science and social studies - 8th graders take FOUR tests NOT INCLUDING end-of-course algebra and/or biology for high school credit)
12. Kids are all different, but they have to take the same test.
13.  A four hour test is only a snapshot of a student's ability.  It could be a good day, bad day, indifferent day.

There's got to be a better way!
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Monday, May 13, 2019

Random Tuesday

I'm linking up with Stacy.

I hope all of you moms had a wonderful Mother's Day.  As I sit here looking at the beautiful flowers my son gave me, the lavender plant, letter, gift card, and Bath & Body Works from my daughter, and flowers from my step-daughter, I realize how incredibly blessed I am.  Not because I got these gifts, but because of the way my children have grown into caring, generous, empathic adults.  I was able to see my mom on Mother's Day as well, making it close to perfect, except for not seeing ALL of the kids in person, and except for having to go to Lowe's.  But Lowe's turned out okay, too, because I got to choose new tile for my bathroom.  How lucky am I?

On the other hand, have you ever noticed when you take a day "off," you just have more to do the next day?  Whether it's shopping, cleaning, cooking, whatever... it's there waiting for you the next day!  But... that's okay, too.  It's what I signed up for when I decided to be a wife and mother.

We are in the midst of state testing this week at school.  I hate it.  For five hours, teachers are not allowed to be on the computer or phone, read a book, grade papers, nothing.  Monitor students.  Sit and look at them all day.  Walk around the room every few minutes.  Keep them quiet when they're finished until the whole school is finished.  That's difficult!  And my assigned testing group has some troublemakers in it.  Oh, what fun!  *sarcasm, in case you didn't know* 
I'm not even going to get into whether the test itself is worthwhile.  I could write pages and pages about that!   When seeing things positively, it does mean that the end is in sight!

How about some funnies?

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Thursday, May 09, 2019

Fun Friday

In case you haven't heard, it's raining buckets in Southeast Texas!  Some areas are flooding.  Others are experiencing flash floods and electricity outages.  In fact, I better hurry or I won't have power!  So, today, I bring you... RAIN!

This actually sounds like a good idea!

I love a good play on words!
Meanwhile... in Florida... just kidding!
Have a great weekend!

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Monday, May 06, 2019

Random Tuesday

Hi everyone!  I'm linking up with Stacy for Random Tuesday Thoughts

Did you know it's Teacher Appreciation Week?  What goodies are you sending your little ones to school with for teachers?  There are tons of easy, inexpensive ideas on Pinterest! 

Some restaurants are giving teacher discounts this week, but middle school teachers and above go largely unnoticed by their students.  It's just the way it is, I guess.  Younger children love their teachers and aren't embarrassed to show it.  That changes some as they grow up.  Our administrators have surprises for us every day this week, though.  Even Google knows it's Teacher Appreciation Week.

Here's some weird news!  Two Florida women, ages 22 and 25, were stopped by traffic officers. The women had 41 baby turtles in a backpack but the kicker is the 25 year old has a baby alligator "hidden" in her yoga pants!  Crazy, huh?
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Here's some more funnies!

How about the caption on this casket company's truck?

This is sooo me!
Have a great week!

Saturday, May 04, 2019

Sunday Synopsis

The Tiger RisingThe Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book came to me highly recommended as a young adult novel to read to my classes. My students loved it. It had some great characters, imagery, action, realistic situations, and themes that they could relate to. DiCamillo's writing made a good exemplar for the students as well. It might be considered a children's book, but I think it's more appropriate for middle grades and older.

The main character is 12 year old Rob who lives in the Kentucky Star Motel because his dad works there. One morning while walking through the woods behind the motel, he finds a tiger in a cage. On the same day, he also meets Sistine, a girl who becomes a very good friend.

Rob Horton is such a relatable character. He has lost his mom to cancer and keeps his feelings bottled up inside. Sistine Bailey's dad has run off and she wears her feelings like a polyester pant suit. Together, these two will steal your heart.

Kate DiCamillo also authored Because of Winn-Dixie, one of my favorites. The Tiger Rising was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2001.
  Kate DiCamillo

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Thursday, May 02, 2019

Fun Friday

Happy Friday Y'all!

I'm feeling nostalgic today.  These were some of my favorites growing up.
I hope you like them, too!

Have a great weekend!


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