Sunday, October 28, 2012
I must start by saying that I wasn't going to write this blog, but I had to express myself about what has transpired.
Last month, my colleague Coach Wilson died in his sleep. His wife couldn't wake him...gone in an instant. My last memory of him was walking by him in the hall as he was headed to the main office.
Just late last night, another colleague, our attendance clerk, was killed at the hands of her husband. He stabbed her. I'm not sure how many times, but my Lord!
Domestic violence has taken another life over senseless power and control. Heard he had been arguing with her for about a week or two. Also heard he may have put sugar in her gas tank in the process of their disagreements. At some point, another colleague advised her to leave. She had not taken heed. (The last memory was of her walking in the hall with her 21 year old son just this past Wednesday.)
Why did I hear about all of this AFTER the fact??? I would have talked to her. We spend so much time stressing over grades, students, academics, and administrative demands. But no. There must have been cry for help somewhere...God heard her voice at some point, perhaps even when she fought for her life...I know she fought. Bet she even thought about her 3 children in the whole ordeal...I'm angry...Mad as hell that he would be so selfish to take her life...away from her kids and grand kids.
Now I feel sadness for another colleague who had a miscarriage while at work this past Friday...God! This is too much for back to back sorrow. I just keep praying and hoping that each day will bring about encouragement and comfort for those impacted including my entire campus.
Please pray for us!
P.S. ----I hope that murderer rots in prison until the day he dies. Justice must be served.
Now I'm about to work out and relieve some of my thoughts, prayers, and then off to bed.
Sunday, October 21, 2012
An interview with Cookie Monster
Me: So, what do you think about the 2012 presidential debates?
Cookie Monster: Rum..rum..rum...rum...(chomping on mounds of chocolate chip cookies)
Well, I must say, Romney and Obama seemed as if coming to blows isn't beneath either of the two. I must say I really enjoy a good fight. Haven't seen one since Big Bird and I had a few words, and I don't mean those posted on our show.
Me: [perplexed at this statement] What happened?
Cookie Monster: You see, Romney isn't the only one who noticed Big Bird's ego problem, but that darn bird always has to show his...long pause...tail feathers!
He hates to be upstaged! So that's why I just chew on these cookies to prevent PBS from turning into Adult Swim. I would say more, but I choose to keep quiet and stuff my chops with cookies. Enough said!
[resumes to eating cookies] Rum! Rum!...Rum....rum! [sounds of cookie eating fades into the wilderness as he saunters away with his pride and dignity]
What an interview to remember! I must say, I remain speechless...
Any thoughts, Spark readers?
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Ephesians 6:13-18 KJV
"Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication for all saints..."
Apparently, I need to "dress up" for life's weapons. This needs to be a daily mission for me.
So, my plan is to use truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation, and God's word in my walk.
Monday, October 08, 2012
While teaching the 7th graders enrolled in my Reading class, I discussed the various genres which included the difference between myths, legends, epics, tall tales, and fables.
Unexpectedly, a student enters asking if I could help him with his Math.
This is not so odd, but he was so determined to understand his work, I was perplexed about why he chose me and at such a bad time. Yet, I continued teaching while helping him.
Then, it dawned on me...This is adding fractions...adding and subtracting fractions.
Hmmmm...the oddity of it all is that in the 7th grade, kids should KNOW this. How do they get this far without knowing basic concepts?
Whatever happened to fun, engaging activities to teach division? That's basically what fractions are...a division of a whole...
Rolling up sleeves time...Common denominator...numerator...
Good thing he was familiar with the terminology.
The next class period...same senerario...different student...
Okay. Where's Ashton Kutcher?
I know I'm being punked!
I began to realize that the Math teacher had a sub, but don't they AT LEAST have to have some college hours to qualify for substitute teaching?
Are we THAT desperate to get people to fill in?
Could this be why I have not taken many days off?
So many questions.
So little time.
So I ask, what does our future hold?
This is a kid's eye view of what we have to look forward to...
No one writing in cursive because "It's too hard" and being forced to buy the "whole" of everything because fractions will become obsolete???
Wake me up soon...I have GOT TO BE DREAMING!!!!
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