Monday, May 31, 2010

My Un-Talent

It's summer. The school is locked, my classroom is empty, my internship is over. I'm actually not excited about it. This year was more demanding than any other in my life, but I am really going to miss my students...especially the most difficult ones.

I think sometimes about where they will be in 20 years. Will little Eric become a leader or the perpetual class clown. Will Emme and Isabel really become teachers? I hope they do - I convinced them they'd be great at it. Will little Dylan be as charming then as he is now? Will Jessica and Mikalei be able to excel without much support at home?

This is a side note: I was able to see the end-of-year test results and, turns out, I'm not a half bad teacher! I got very similar test scores to the more experienced 1st grade teachers (something I was not expecting). That doesn't mean that they aren't better - because they are - or that I don't have TONS to learn - because I do - but it still makes me feel really good.

This shows my angelic girls and the true personalities of my boys!

So................ Now What?

My un-talent is having spare time. I literally hate it. I like to be busy. Does anyone have any ideas of what I can do to keep busy? Most of the ideas I had (like gardening) are unavailable to us because of our apartment...

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Why I neglected EVERYTHING this weekend...

This is probably the best book I've ever read. It's a good thing I read it on a weekend, or I would have been a WORTHLESS teacher until it was done. I literally could not put it down, so I just read it all night.

If you haven't read it, you should. Immediately.

I read the second one in less than one day also. I've never been so addicted to a book. Whenever I wasn't reading it, I was just in a daze from thinking about it and wanting to read it.

My birthday is only a few months away, so if you are wondering what to get me, you could pre-order the 3rd book in the series:

Monday, May 3, 2010

Happy Birthday Dad!

Today my dad is celebrating his 87th birthday...well...something like that. My dad is probably better than your dad. AFTERALL, my dad

1. built a lot of cool things for us kids (a treehouse, barbie house - complete with wallpaper and carpet scraps and a lego table bunk bed being some of the highlights)

2. always knew how to help with our homework, especially math, science and poetry

3. was always really supportive and could even get off work to come to our choir concerts or assemblies

4. woke me up once in the middle of the night because I hadn't loaded the dishwasher correctly. I am so glad he did that because now that I'm married, I realize I do dishes just like he does.

5. taught me all I know about NOT being a pack rat - an attribute that describes the very core of me!

6. decorated my birthday cakes in the COOLEST way (my 8th birthday cake was him baptizing frosting!)

7. is dramatic. An example is him saying that he is not going to get braces because he's just going to die soon anyway.

8. is probably the hardest working man I know.

Yep. For sure. My dad has to be better than your dad because I have the best dad in the WORLD!