Thursday, April 19, 2012
As many of you are aware of, teaching at the middle school level can be quite perplexing.
I must say that on my campus, I could write a book or- if it were legal- create a reality show about the DAILY adventures that take place.
Here's what happened yesterday...
Several colleagues and I were in the hallway after an informative team meeting. While having our discussion at dismissal, a student dropped a Bath & Body Works spray bottle. The contents spilled (which appeared to be water) so as the child's parents noticed the "harmless" accident, the child's father walked through the spill (as though it didn't exist). The child's mother proceeded to try to wipe it up, but my colleagues who noticed grabbed paper towels to assist using their feet atop the towels to wipe it up.
Suddenly, a familiar smell violates the premise of the paper towels and the contents of the liquid causing the brown color to lighten.
This "water" turns out to be bleach.
So of course the child has left out of the building with her parents before the colleagues (administrator included) could notice the switch.
Evidence had been collected, pictures taken, and the cameras in our building shows the footage (includes the "deer-in-headlights" look) of the child's reaction as soon as the contents from the bottle wasted.
Long story short...
The child had poured bleach in the spray bottle. She'd been known to spray random students earlier that day. She even sprayed some in a few students' faces.
So you ask, "Why?"
Respond with your thoughts...
BTW~ She's been placed at an alternative school.
Monday, April 09, 2012
The confetti trickles in tantalizing flakes of rainbow snow. Covering a vast layout of noisy partying teenagers and ear-shattering music (am I telling my age?), suddenly the record scratches.
Reality sets in...
I'm no longer in the late 80's listening to the Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, DePesh Mode, or Duran Duran on "Night Tracks", MTV, or at the high school dance.
I am about 50 pounds heavier.
Mother of 3.
Passed my 30s and still lookin' good for my age.
Don't get it twisted!
I may be thick in the waist, but I'm cute in the face!
My moments of reminiscing have afforded me the ability to serve as a big sister to many who are willing to listen to some well-thoughtout advice.
At 40, I have experienced
the death of a parent,
knocked on death's door twice
and survived being in a dysfunctional family...
I think that qualifies me to help others (especially when I speak from experience).
Being unbiased and non-judgemental affords me the right to help friends in need.
Do I give my opinion when not asked?
If you ask me, I will answer you openly and honestly.
This tends to pose a problem sometimes.
Even when I am honest (with caution), it may come across as being to forward.
When I hold back, it comes across as being passive.
Can't win for losing I suppose...
So, this is why it's easier dealing with my sparkfriends.
When the smoke clears...after the race is over, we have all weighed in on downfalls, but we pick each other up because we all have nothing to lose but weight while gaining confidence and better health.
(I wanted to add wealth, too --- Chris, where is the money icon?)
Enough of my mental ramblings...
When the smoke clears, and the dust settles, we all come out champions!
Sunday, March 25, 2012
The real deal can't be beat.
It's the truth.
I have come to the realization that even though 10 of my colleagues were cut (non-renewal of teaching contract), I have to pray for them. When a door closes, a window (of opportunity) opens!
I hope this is God's way of rewarding each of them with something better.
Sometimes we have to be removed from our comfort zone to grow and follow His plan.
This is my belief and prayer for these wonderful teachers.
Pray for our campus, leadership, morale, & opportunities.
Friday, March 16, 2012
Took a couple of days to enjoy some family time in Dallas/ Irving area of Texas.
Early Tuesday morning we, hubby and 2 youngest kids, drove to Arkansas and visited Central High School in Little Rock after meeting MinniJean Brown's sister of the Masonic Templar on 9th & Broadway. Talk about living history!
So you ask, "Who is MinniJean Brown?"
She is one of the "Little Rock Nine" students escorted into the school when students of color were integrated with White students with resistance.
She's the one sitting in the front row, second to the left. The photo of her sister was taken with my camera. Sorry. That photo is unavailable along with the photos of Central High and a few other Little Rock photos. They REALLY look so much alike,too.
Continuing our trip, we travelled to Memphis, Tennessee. Photos on my iPad won't transfer into this blog, but we visited The National Civil Rights Museum. Powerful! I must admit, I cried several times for the ongoing struggles for justice. Later, to Graceland where we took pictures in front of the brink wall of Graceland. The cost wasn't to our liking for the four of us.
Hmmm! Can you say, "peanut butter and banana sandwich"? Yes this was Elvis Presley's favorite snack! Why do I know that?
Venturing to Beale Street before exiting the town of Memphis, we took photos of the down town area of Memphis where BB King's Cafe sits along with other prominent venues of interest. Again, the photos really would help here...nevertheless! (Those of you who know me well, know I keep trying...)
Today, we are back in Dallas(Irving)resting mostly. But I plan to hit the gym in a few minutes.
Tell me about some of your educational experiences and feel free to comment. This includes downloading photos from my iPad camera to the Sparkpeople blog.
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