Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Why I love Summer… in pictures.

The colors, smells, and tastes in my kitchen.

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Canning. Oh boy, I love it.


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Then there is the fun stuff we do.

Like camping, visiting friends and family, fishing, eating peaches, picnics at the Symphony, trips to the drive-in movies!

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Next thing on my summer fun list: Baseball!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Florida Teacher’s Essay Becomes Rallying Cry for Respect

This is well-worth the read, and so incredibly true for teachers nationwide. This teacher says exactly what we've all been crying- we can't do our jobs, we can't prepare students effectively, we can't reach the "standards" arbitrarily chosen by bureaucratic suits, much less create that authentic learning we all want for our students when the resources we need are dwindling daily, and with our meager salaries, we can't afford to buy those resources ourselves... Then you want to stake our contracts and our livelihood on how well our students do on this one test, this one measurement? Really? You want all of 30 of those diverse learners to fit that one mold? If only the general public knew what we face. I've seen students fight, threaten, scream. I've dodged punches myself. I've seen 13 year olds become parents themselves. I've seen students who have no where to live, students with parents in and out of jail, students who are 12 or 13 and raising themselves, and students whose reading levels span five grade levels. And you want them all to fit in that one mold... I want to echo what this Florida teacher says- I don't mind being held accountable, but this is not the way. Come in my classroom, get to know my students, and see the reality for yourself.

Florida Teacher’s Essay Becomes Rallying Cry for Respect

Friday, June 25, 2010

Springing forth with blessings

I looked back on my camera recently, and then looked back on my blog and I realized that during my whirlwind internship, plus the unbelievable experience of taking over a classroom in April, I missed out in blogging about some majorly exciting things that happened in my life as Winter faded into Spring and Spring faded into Summer. So, I’m putting them here… Scroll & take a look.

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You’ll see the first days of warm weather (we took the dogs to the park,

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some of the work on the kitchen over Spring Break, and celebrated my Daddy’s 50th birthday with a big party…)




my annual Spring trip to my best friend’s house down at the beach where we took sunset pictures with her brothers,eIMG_1285eIMG_1232IMG_1332 and had a bridal shower for our wonderful friend, Casie,

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Convocation & my college graduation (note the group of people I’m posing with- they were my “family” for four years!) and this same group on the last day of our very last college class,

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and you’ll see smiles from the weddings we’ve attended so far this year- Casie & Justin’s down at the beach, Jake’s cousin, Alice & Josh’s up in the mountains, and Jake’s best friend from high school, CJ and Brittany’s.

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There’s also pictures from Jake’s sister’s high school graduation,

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our weekend at Oak Island with my family during the week of our 2 year wedding anniversary. IMG_3038  IMG_3104  IMG_3134  IMG_3175  IMG_3268IMG_3297 IMG_3349

Now that summer has *officially* began, and Lord knows, with this heat wave we’ve been experiencing it sure doesn’t seem like just June, it feels like AUGUST- I love looking back over the Spring of 2010 and see how blessed I’ve been. :)B3C8788B5CA077D90E49AA4140471DAC