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Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Grading students' book reports which I gave 5 weeks to do including reading a fiction book of their choice.
Major grade, BUT...
Why did SO many decide it wasn't important enough to complete and turn in?
Called at least 30-35 parents...tired.

I even got the question, "What can he/she do for extra credit?"
My thought, "I'm sorry. Did you think I created a major assignment just to allow your child NOT to do it, THEN give myself extra work because it was inconvient for your child? Now you ask me to create and GRADE extra work? Am I dreaming?"

My response, "Sorry, extra credit is a priviledge, not an option."

The nerve of some parents! Can we PLEASE teach responsibility?
Besides, I even had parents sign a Book Report contract which included a rubric. Ha! Now what???

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SPARKLE1908 11/7/2011 9:19AM

    I love your response to the parents that asked for extra credit...nothing like making your child lazy and at a disadvantage for future success by being an irresponsible parent yourself....I wasn't rewarded for grades growing up either...I stayed on the honor roll and ended up with a full 4 yr scholarship for college....I feel sorry for our children these days..some of them really have sorry parents....

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MRSRUBLE 11/6/2011 5:00AM

    Some parents give to much to these children and bail them out instead of teaching them responsibility! Whatever happen to the days when you were scared of the teacher. I would be grounded for a month with no TV if my teacher would have gotten a call about me not turning in my homework and let me say I would have had to do 4 more book reports, just so they could prove a point. Kids got it easy now a days.

Had friend post a facebook status this week stating her and husband was going to be broke after dishing out money for good grades. I am sorry I didn't think it was funny, and I wanted to comment but I kept my opinions to myself. I don't believe in given rewards out for something that you should be doing, I tell my children it's their job to get good grades and respect your teachers, and in return I give you a roof over your head, clothes on your back and food to eat. Haven't had a problem with it yet, my youngest son, got a homework award for turning in all his homework for the last nine weeks, I was really proud of him, because he is a latch key kid and I get home about 45 mins later, and all his homework is already done, without me having to say a word. My oldest is in college and taken care of business, neither one of them got a dollar for good grades, so I know it works.
Ok sorry for taking over, but that one hit a nerve!!! ugh

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    Amen to that! Do parents that continually rescue their children realize what they are doing? Enjoy the rest of your week. The weekend is almost here!

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JOABEHR 11/2/2011 5:58PM

    I admire teachers, It is a tough jog and as you have commented Parents do not teach their children responsibility. Continue being a good teacher, you never know how many of your students will benefit from your hard work. emoticon

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Lying Down, Standing up, Lying Down...

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Well, as many of you who know me or read my blogs, you know how it feels for me to relax (forced of course).
I had a procedure yesterday, outpatient surgery, which caused me to have to relax.

Usually, I'd be cleaning, working out, posting my meals, and grading papers while entering them my electronic grade book. I'd even grab a small nap-yes, a small nap.

Now, I sit here sparking and occasionally lifting both legs while flexing my ankles (also instructed by the nurse). I wanted to do upper body workouts, but can't lift over 5 pounds. Since I worked my way up to 10 pounds over a year ago, what's the use!?!

So...I lie down. An hour or two later, I stand.
Can you say,"Sonya-n-the -box"? that I am sitting up, I plan to eat something good. Hmmm! Any ideas?

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EDUCGRAD 10/31/2011 1:22PM

    wishing you a speedy recovery,take care of yourself.This is a great time to curl up with a book or watch a movie.

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ERICA071678 10/24/2011 6:23PM

    Enjoy the rest. I wish you a speedy recovery!

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AKAFIT 10/24/2011 12:29PM

    I'm with Sparkle...sit your booty down! Ok, so she didn't quite put it that way, but she wanted to I can tell emoticon

Take care of yourself woman...and that's an order!

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SPARKLE1908 10/23/2011 5:50PM

    Take it easy Soror!!! You'll be up and running around soon so enjoy this break...forced or

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Walking, Running, Detailing, & Hair

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Awake at 7.
7:25 - power walked/jogged
8:40- done
8:40-8:45 stretched
8:45- shopped for necessities
10 laundry; fold clothes
10:30 make fruit smoothies....ahhh!
12-2 hand wash/detailed car- yes, it took 2 hours...every nook and cranny.
Nap time and TV watching (brief)

I was really on a roll today!
About to do daughters' hair - yes, both.
Stay tuned for the next episode of ....Sonya's busy, never-ending day.

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AKAFIT 10/17/2011 1:00PM

    Girl, you crack me up. It does seem like the weekends are just another word for "momma catching up from this week's madness." However, we do it with grace, style and beauty don't we? emoticon

Spent some time with my Sands this weekend. I love that girl. She is my girl. Nice knowing that time and distance doesn't diminish the sisterhood and love of true friends.

Have a peaceful week soror. We still need to schedule a phone date. emoticon

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SPARKLE1908 10/17/2011 9:25AM

    Way to go!!! You got a lot done and you burned a lot of calories I'm sure while doing it!!!!! Keep it up Soror!

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MRSRUBLE 10/16/2011 2:59AM

    Busy Bee today, but emoticon on getting it all done! emoticon

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JUICENUT 10/15/2011 11:43PM


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WALKWITME 10/15/2011 8:23PM

    sounds like a good work out

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FANORONHA_14 10/15/2011 8:18PM

    You are emoticonYou are emoticon
Never Ever Give Up!
Life is Good!
Good health is the Greatest Wealth!
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:13

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Walking For a Cause...Alzheimer's

Saturday, October 08, 2011

emoticonFelt tired, but I knew I had to assure my youngest daughter got to volunteer for NJHS Alheimer's Walk.
It was a lot like the Breast Cancer Walk I participate in.

Sure wish I had taken pictures, because I left a lot of folks behind. I power walked 5 km in 30 minutes.

Afterwards, I was grateful to have contributed time and energy for a worthy cause. emoticon

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EDUCGRAD 10/12/2011 7:21PM

    Congrats to you emoticon emoticon

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KSTYLEFITNESS 10/10/2011 9:33AM

    My second 5K was for Alzheimer's. I ran/walked and you dusted my time!! Great job!

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MRSRUBLE 10/10/2011 7:14AM

    emoticon emoticon you rock!!

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MRE1956 10/9/2011 6:18AM

    I registered for a Memory Walk today - too bad I'm in a poor mood (I blogged this morning about the reason)......

Glad you had a great time and showing!

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SPARKLE1908 10/8/2011 9:38PM

    Great cause...I'm glad you did it too!!!!

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MOMTO2TOO 10/8/2011 8:56PM

    Hooray! Good for you! Great time! emoticon

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Taking Over...feeling responsible & embracing the need

Thursday, October 06, 2011

At first, I thought..."Do I always have to be responsible and defend my right as an educator to be given TIME to teach?"

Reality- Nope!

So I have decided to embrace the confidence my principal has in me and have a Nike attitude, "Just do it."

So Friday, I lead the team meeting and I plan to give colleagues the time they need to complete tasks such as lesson plans and a reading that we are required to complete.

We're such an awesome campus.

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SPARKLE1908 10/7/2011 9:14AM

    Sounds good to me...whatever changes that need to be made in order to benefit the children works for me!!!

Great job!

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AKAFIT 10/7/2011 9:03AM

    emoticon Educator Extraordinaire. Way to take back educating from the bureaucrats. I for one, am excited for you and your students.

Adrian has a great team of teachers this year so far. I am very impressed with them. Hopefully this year will be FAR better than last year.

Love you girl! Keep fighting the good fight. Your students deserve a dedicated teacher like yourself.

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    Having time to actually do lesson plans is priceless! The kids really benefit when plans are thought out instead of rushed. Good choice. I'm sure the staff appreciate it!

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MISSLISA1973 10/6/2011 11:51PM


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FAITH2BWELL 10/6/2011 11:40PM

    Alrighty then...

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