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My complicated life-- it used to be quite ordered and dull--no more!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

But I am absolutely exhausted. I went to a state bureau this morning about getting hearing aids for myself. I did not know I needed them till this April. I was amazed. So the meeting was emotional for me and I need lots of information to go the best route to pay for them.

Then I came home to my handicapped husband (stroke 2006) . I rested some and went to my school's graduation ceremony. When I got back home I went to sleep about 6 PM and just woke up. Tomorrow will be another full day. My classroom is full of boxes because we had moved from a large building into portable trailers 2 years ago. I have lots of physical work to do there. But there will be meetings all day, eating up my valuable time. I most likely will go back next week. Darn. And it has been a tough year because the new principal has "raised the bar" and has not been very nice about finding teachers weaknesses. We are all disgusted and wish she'd see the good people have done. There is an unbelievable amount of dedication and experience and skill there. Teachers' spirits' are being destroyed --yet again --by another administrator. . This is not necessary at all. There are promises of support to help teachers improve themselves, but the real support isn't there. So the result is continual criticism without avenues to succeed. Our time has been filled with courses that are irrelevant to us and do not address the actual areas needing attention. It has been extremely frustrating.

  
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CAROLFAITHWALKR 7/1/2011 10:22PM

    I think administrators should be reduced to $9 an hour secretaries and teacher aids, and the administrators' salaries reappropriated to teacher pay.

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 6/25/2011 11:06AM

    It is hard to do things without support. I'm cheering you on no matter what you do. Thanks for sharing.

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BAKERICLISA 6/24/2011 6:39AM

    Seems like EVERY industry is seeing this. I'm in accounting and the business is seeing some turmoil right now . . . but no raises or praise for sticking it thru and doing a good job . . . just where you fall short with the bar raised for all. You would love to go elsewhere to be appreciated for your hard work and dedication. but with the job market today . . . . you don't dare quit.

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TRIGFROST 6/24/2011 5:47AM

    All I can say is emoticon to you...this world system is getting so bad off anymore... maybe you could raise the bar back, and tell the School system just where the area they are missing...Have all the teachers go w/ you...fighting back is the only way to get back what is right...not only for the teachers but for the children too... emoticon

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EDITOR 6/24/2011 4:26AM

    Take the time to take care of you and chin up.

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HSTYER 6/24/2011 3:33AM

  WOW, I'm sorry to hear your going through so many trials...I used to be a teacher and I remember pointless meetings and how teachers seem to get more critisism than support. May God use these comments to uplift and support and encourage you...Blessings dear sister, Heather

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IMJUSTFLUFFY 6/24/2011 12:56AM

    Seems cruel .....too bad this is happening! Chin up! Smile in the face of adversity....if not....cuss! LOL
Hugs, Rhonda

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JANTWO 6/24/2011 12:15AM

    I am sorry that you are going through a rough time. Hang in there and stay strong!!!! emoticon emoticon

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I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel but is it a train?

Thursday, June 23, 2011

At least I am not teaching summer school like some of my fellow teachers! It is only half a day but I badly need sown time. I took off the morning to go to the Bureau of Rehab Services. They will pay for hearing aids for me.

But... I have to compare two ways to go. BRS or what my own job will pay.

BRS pays $800, the wholesale cost--but I have to go to "their" venders and audiologists. My job will pay more but the aids would be more expensive--not the wholesale price.

It is not easy to comare . I almost have to go through both processes befor I know the best deal. BRS is definitely cheaper-but I don't know if I would get the same quality as if I go through the place recommended by the audiologist I already uses. BRS makes me even repeat the audiologist test with their designated audiologist! emoticon

Chris

  
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GRAMMAP1 6/23/2011 10:02PM

    Isn't it strange how a decision like this is so complicated?
And it seems as we get older, decisions are even more difficult.
I am sure you will come up with the right decision. Blessings, emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GRAMMACATHY 6/23/2011 3:40PM

    Good advice on the comments. Good luck.

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EDITOR 6/23/2011 2:03PM

    See what ones are refundable if they don't work out for you. My MIL had gotten a pair and could not adjust to them but she did get a refund within a certain time frame. Weigh your options and ask plenty of questions.

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FLORIDAGHOST 6/23/2011 12:28PM

    Good luck on the work ahead. I know it isn't easy, but you can do it. Also think about how much the batteries cost, how long they last and how fast the service is. I went to the first place I could find for the audiologist and they quoted me $5000.00 for the pair, yak, yak.

I can get some down the street for 36.00. No it isn't the same, but do I need one with all the bells and whistles right now? I don't think so. There are so many things to consider and if you don't know what to look for, you can get burned anyway. So thought I would tell you about the extras to look at, just in case you didn't throw that into the mix.

Good luck!

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THINAGIN2 6/23/2011 11:18AM

    If you decide to go with BRS a second opinion isn't a bad thing! Good luck on making the right decision.

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Spirit guide

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Has anyone else sought a spirit guide? Mine is in the shape of a bear.

I took an adult ed class in native American culture . One evening we went to the backyard of the teacher and she brought small drums and rattles and sage to light. It was a fascinating evening. Toward the end of the evening she led us through a meditation to find our spirit guide. I can't say that i regularly practice what I learned. I know many people find direction through these beliefs.

Chris

  
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THEWINNER33 6/23/2011 2:21PM

    I have a guardian angel. I know she had=s a sense of humor. She is by my side and keeps me safe.

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IMJUSTFLUFFY 6/23/2011 12:33PM

    Sounds facinating...my cousin was supposed to take me to a sweat lodge but so far it hasn't happened...we live far apart!
I'm 1/4 indian but ignorant as far as native american wisdom goes! All I know is that my clan was Raven.
Rhonda

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JOE_ANNE2 6/22/2011 10:06PM

    Interesting!

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GRAMMACATHY 6/22/2011 9:37PM

    For me I would describe it more as multiple spirit guides, guardian angels, etc. I have to get very still to hear the wisdom. I would love to hear more about your experience.

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Tomorrow is hump day--last week of school!!!!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Each day feels so long right now--maybecause I started it with a flatt tire and calling AAA and ended it with a trip to get the tire fixed and remounted! Well- glass cut it so badly I had to buy a new tire! emoticon

I have to clean my classroom!!!! I can't seem to get at it. emoticon At least I thought of some simple ways to keep students involved. My students don't do well if you leave them too much free time. I would love to clean while they do paperwork but it won't work. Darn.

I bought a little game online. It is a small box of dice with pictures (symbols ) on each side. About 8-10 dice. I had each student take 2 and first pick their favorite symbols to tell a story. After they understood the game, I had them roll the dice and use whatever symbols came up. This group had a tough time. But I think they can improve with practice. I have other groups which will do it more easily. (All of my classes are high school deaf with special needs besides deafness.)

  


Monday of my last wek of school! Yippee!

Monday, June 20, 2011

I thought this week would never get here! School closing is VERY late this year.
I went in yesterday (Sunday) to finish my grades. They would have been done but I had to do business and missed school last Thursday and Friday.

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JINLYNN 6/21/2011 4:15AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FRANCESCANAZ 6/20/2011 6:55PM

    You must be up here in NY. We get out on the 24th too. We start the first of Sept. Have a great summer!!!! emoticon

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ILLINITEACHER52 6/20/2011 12:16PM

  You will survive!!! (I am in class presently taking "Project Based Learning")

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MITECU 6/20/2011 9:23AM

    emoticon emoticon

That is a late closing of school. This is my second week of summer vacation. When do you go back? School starts August 22.

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WALNUT5612 6/20/2011 9:13AM

    good

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EDITOR 6/20/2011 6:59AM

    "It is finished" sound appropriate.

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