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Word for the Day On Wednesday, May 18th

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Allow your definition of greatness be about who you are, not just what you can become.
Define self without letting others define you.


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AKAFIT 5/18/2011 10:21AM

    Thank you soror. We need to learn that it is only ONE two opinions that really matters. GOD's and yours.

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Beauty Motivation for the Day

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Discover the beauty "within" and you'll never do "without".

Today's Motivational Blog

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SPARKLE1908 5/13/2011 10:53PM


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What motherhood means to me...

Sunday, May 08, 2011

As a child, I played with dolls and pretended to be their mother. Feeding, changing diapers, and rocking them to sleep.
If only I knew what the REAL meaning of motherhood was then, I'd have treated my dolls with lots of talk about the expectations of growing up in society.
Yes. that would have been a deep conversation. emoticon

Well (today), motherhood means being a support system for not only my children, but others' children as well- 15 years in the teaching profession says it all.

It means the world to me to be a part of the "village" that makes a difference in a child's life. So whether you're a mother or father or a single person w/o parental commitment, be a change agent or "village" supporter. We need you!

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AKAFIT 5/8/2011 7:50PM

    Amen soror. I am thankful for the village in my life. They have taken up the slack in many situations. emoticon

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GOODANIMAL 5/8/2011 3:43PM

  In general, a parent is one who didn't adequately think it through before inflicting human existence onto an innocent child. There may be a few notable exceptions (I'm not one of them.), but most people's "parenthood" arises out of illusions, foolish good intentions, and ludicrously irrational expectations about what the process of adequate child-rearing over 20+ years actually entails.

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After State Standardized Testing...

Friday, April 29, 2011

The pencils have been utilized to the core of each exhausted eraser.
Children feel the instant relief of loaded neatly, dark-marked ovals and proof of answers in test booklets.
Now the proverbial dust has settled and our lives can move in a more relaxing, "let's-get-ready-for-next -year" state.
June 2nd is the magic day: the last day of the academic year... emoticon Yes, the clock is ticking...SSLLLOOOOWWWLLLLYYYY!

"What next???" lingers in each child's mind.
"Do we have to do work since testing has ended?" is the popular question I have been repeatedly asked.
I simply smile and say, "Has school ended? Are you planning to give up at the finishline or do you keep running until you've reached the end of the race?"
So, why do each one INSISTS upon repeating the question?

I LOVE middle school!


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PHEBESS 4/29/2011 8:22PM

    LOL - totally agree! Although we finished the tests in March; had 5 days off for Easter; and next week, we have 3 days off school for Carnival. NO work will be done!

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Pointing the Finger... Teacher vs. Parent...REALLY???

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Why did I contact a parent today to tell her about her son "losing" his homework?
I thought I was doing the right thing. Obviously NOT!
She proceeded to tell me that he was bored with my class, a good student, and...decided to talk loudly in my ear (using my personal cell phone)
I simply stated that I wanted her child to be successful and would allow him to turn it in tomorrow if he finds it.
I then asked if she preferred me NOT call her. I proceeded to say that as a mother of 3, I appreciate it when teachers let me know what's going on with my children.

Her defense: "I don't like you comparing your kids to mine."( Was I doing that? NO! )
"Has he done this before?"

My defense: Yes and we talked about it previously which is my way of "nipping it in the bud before it gets out of hand."

Her defense: He is a straight A student.

My defense: Yes. And I'd like to keep it that way.
She continues to get LOUDER in my ear (did I say on my personal cell phone?) Yes. The child is still standing there.
I reply, " Thanks!" while smiling, drowning her out & hang up...
Can I go into early retirement at 39????------HELP!!!!

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LAURIEWY 4/17/2011 8:46PM

    I would like to say this is unique, but we've all had that parent. These are the days in which you want to go work as a waitress at the local dinner and make more money. But then you remember all the wonderful things your doing and all the parents that are happy with you.....and that child gives you a hug or high five and your back on board again. The thing to remember is that you are a very caring teacher or you would not have made that call....And today you met up with someone who just is not caring and you have two choices join her or rise above her. I can tell your towering over. Have a great week next week.

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AKAFIT 4/13/2011 10:11AM

    Ok, like can we switch places. I will take you, the concerned teacher, and give her mine, the not so concerned teacher. Will that work for you?

Sorry soror! Hopefully, parents like her are not the norm. I can't understand why you, as a parent, would get defensive when a concerned teacher takes time out of her schedule, on her personal cell phone, to call. However, as someone super smart once mentioned on my blog....."This Too Shall Pass!" Wonder who that wonderful, beautiful, and awesome SOROR is? emoticon

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JUNEBUG160 4/12/2011 11:02PM

    I have never had a teacher call to tell me something useful before things go wrong. I always was the one asking if there were issues I should know about and they always assured me everything was fine, only to be told 4 weeks later that he was 6 weeks behind. How the heck does that work? So even if that other mother isn't smart enough to be thankful for the call, this mother thinks you are great.

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PHEBESS 4/12/2011 7:24PM

    Oh yeah, parents don't always want to hear from a teacher when their child is less than perfect. As if we're supposed to just teach, and not worry about whether the child is learning or not.

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WALKERS_MOM 4/12/2011 6:58PM

    WOW! So disappointing that she was not appreciative of your thoughtfulness.

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    You did the right interest of the child..Too bad the
parent thinks otherwise..Keep on keeping ON!! emoticon emoticon

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NOMOEXCUSES13 4/12/2011 5:21PM

    WOw...that's insane! I would love to have my kids teachers contact me when they arent doing well in school. My son is a straight A student and in one class he is getting a would think the teacher would call and say something prior to the progress report going out....I feel you did the right thing...don't let one parent make you feel any different.... emoticon

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NETCAT 4/12/2011 3:30PM

    My nieces and my step daughter are teachers and I do not envy them or any other teacher.
You do a stirling job - thank you on behalf of everyone who will have todays children as their Doctors, Lawyers, Soldiers etc... in the future years when we are older.

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CASILAYNE 4/12/2011 2:42PM

    The HARDEST part of teaching is definitely the parents. :( :( Sorry that happened to you. I hope that your day gets better. emoticon

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GRACENFAITH 4/12/2011 2:23PM

    Hold your head high. Even straight A students need a push now and then. The student learned more from you and his mother today than either of you will know. Have a teenager lovingly blessed day!
emoticonWalking with Christ

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ERICA071678 4/12/2011 1:50PM

    Unfortunately that happens more often than it should. I LOVE it when the teacher calls me. That means that he/she actually cares about my sons progress or lack there of in the classroom!! You keep doing what you are doing! It's for the child, not the parent!

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WALLAHALLA 4/12/2011 12:25PM

    You are doing your job well. She appears to feel threatened that she is NOT parenting as well as you are teaching. Don't let her faults get you down. Keep on doing the right thing. That student not only knows now that you care, but that you will act in his behalf, even when it is unpleasant for you. What a great lesson for him to learn.

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MROSEN7 4/12/2011 12:15PM

  I hate parents that think there child can do no wrong!!! I have 2 children, and I am the first to blame them if they do something wrong. If my children are having issues in school I would be mad if their teachers did not call. I am a true believer in nipping it in the bud.

I can tell that you are a very compassionate teacher, who cares for the welfare of your students. I wish I could help, but there will always be a handful of ignorant parents.

We need more teachers like you. Good Luck!!!


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