Wednesday, February 03, 2010
Yesterday I received an email from another teacher in another state, complimenting me on my Welcome Page on my class website, and wanting to know how I designed it. I wondered how he found my website, and figured he was just exploring the Teacher Web. Regardless, I sent him a note explaining how I designed it, and thanked him for his compliments.
Today, I got another email about my website from yet another teacher, in another state, admiring my Welcome Page, and asking me how I designed it. Believe me, I was getting very perplexed. Usually, the only people I hear from through my website are parents at school and occasionally a student.
Later, when I was checking my email, I clicked on the routine update mail I get periodically from the server I use for my class website. There, the mystery was solved. It turns out that my website is featured on their newsletter. Who knew?!
It also solved the smaller mystery as to why the first email was addressed to Mr. Powell. The newsletter says, Check out Mr. Powell's Site. I guess Chris is assumed to be masculine.
You have to click on the link under the announcement to get to my Welcome Page.
My little feature is on the top left. It was fun to get the recognition as it took a while to put that page together. On the other hand, it was really fun to do.
Wednesday, February 03, 2010
This is my biggest worry on field trips:
I hope you keep all of your ducks on a row today.
Love you all,
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
I am finally getting the hang of the Nutrition Tracker. For a while I was frustrated because I thought I had to use the Spark diet to use the Nutrition Tracker. Since a) my husband wouldn't be that interested in having his diet structured in that way, and b) I am allergic to nightshades, I had just about given that up.
Once I learned how to navigate entering my own food, and saving favorites it has become simple, informative and motivating to use. I find myself using this as a tool to strategize about dinner and snacks, as well. Once my breakfast and lunch are logged in, I can see where I am low or high in terms of carbs, protein, fats, etc. Then I experiment by entering what I want to eat and how much of it before I prepare dinner or have snacks, so I can stay within the guidelines.
Another feature I enjoyed discovering has been the option of adding other nutrients to the nutrition report. I have added both calcium and folate to my daily report to make sure I am getting enough of both through diet. I had already looked up dietary sources of folate, but with the nutrition report, I can see which foods and portions provide how much folate I am getting.
You are probably laughing at me because if I had just watched the videos, I would have known all of that. I don't know why I am resistant to spending time with the videos.... it is probably taking me twice as long as the rest of the Spark world to figure this stuff out. The detective in me likes rooting around and exploring ... plus the 'Ah ha! moment of discovery.
Now I need to ferret around and figure out how best to use the fitness tracker.
Happy Groundhog Day, everyone!
Monday, February 01, 2010
I absolutely know we influence the children we teach in many ways, but I am discovering the influence of life style on the children of my class. It isn't that I saw any unflattering reflection of my personal habits before, but it has been very interesting to see how my being more attentive to my health has affected children in my class.
I don't make a big deal of it, but the children are just so observant! I have been bringing my green smoothies to work for my midmorning and mid-afternoon snacks, so I don't jones for chocolate when I get home in the afternoon. Without fail, a child will be right next to me as I pour my smoothie, and ask,'What's that?', usually with a tone that indicates I might as well be drinking raw sewage. I'll pour a little in a cup for the child and ask how s/he likes it. Every time, the response has been very enthusiastic. I only say what is in it after the child has tried it. I already know my students' allergies, so I don't fear giving someone something they shouldn't have. Already several parents have asked for recipes and a few of my students are bringing green smoothies to lunch.
Then the other day, when I took my class bowling, a child discovered the pedometer I wear to track steps and miles. The inevitable "What's that?" ensued. I explained what it is and why I wear it. For the next couple of days she kept checking to see how far I'd gone. And guess what... now a couple of the children have pedometers.
These are the subtle things that children can pick up and emulate from exposure. It has been fun to watch their interest in nutrition and fitness unfold from the quiet example I have set without setting out to be an example. We are role models, good or bad. A conscious positive change in attentiveness to health and well being can have an unexpected ripple effect.
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Or at least it is complicated for me.
Since I have been logging on my foods, I have really been enjoying my nutritional feedback. I have included calcium and folate in my report, so I can also keep track of those.
My question is about fat.
I usually stay within the amount I am 'supposed' to have, but my pie chart shows it a little higher than 'optimal'. However, most of my fats are not saturated.
I like to include avocado
in my diet, not only for deliciousness, but also because it is one of the good sources of folate, and also a 'good' fat.
Also, I take a daily dose of
evening primrose oil for the omega 6 and other health benefits it offers
I use olive oil
exclusively while cooking, making salad dressing, etc, but don't overdo it.
I had been trying to get enough calcium from vegetables, but even with eating large quantities of high calcium vegetables, I wasn't getting enough from food sources. So I am back to including 1% milk in my diet.
Plus, I also love cheese,
and many varieties of cheese. I don't eat large amounts, but it is a tasty treat, especially with the occasional glass or wine while I relax after dinner.
I do not eat a lot of meat, and when I do, I eat lean meat.
Given that most of my fats, while not excessive but a little on the high side, are 'good' fats, should I be concerned other than the extra calories they contribute to my daily dietary intake?
I am guessing that I'll get some contradictory information here, but I am really interested in gleaning some insight into this issue.
Looking forward to hearing your ideas
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