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Friday, January 15, 2010

Many years ago while teaching kindergarten I had a little girl come into my class at the beginning of the school year. She was exuberant and a delight to have, buuuuutttt. When I started teaching the children songs she sang a half a note below me aaannnd a half a beat behind me in a very loud voice. Now most teachers would have stopped and corrected the child and told her to listen and perhaps not sing until she could do it right. Some how I realize that I needed to ignore her and let her sing. She did this for weeks. There were times that I ended up going off key because I was listening to her too much. When I did that I would stop the group, apologize for doing it wrong and start again. I never mentioned that this girl drug me down. By the end of the year she was singing on key and with me.

The bonus to this is the following year when she was in first grade her class preformed at the annual Christmas Program. She sang a solo! Afterward I told her teacher what had happened the year before and we both were delighted with this child's progress.

Too often we correct instead of ignoring and encouraging. Many of us have the loop that reminds us that we can't do something and perhaps should not try. Perhaps if we remember with our children and each other that given time and encouragement others will learn we don't have to put a negative loop into their lives.

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FITMAMAOF4TOB 2/4/2010 11:13PM

    I loved your blog. I've got 4 kids and I need to remember this! Thank you!


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THE_SILVER_OWL 1/20/2010 12:34PM

    Oh how this reminded me of something that happened to my little sister when she was young. She was one of those kids that "could not carry a tune in a basket". Back in those days every child took "music class" and each grade participated in our Christmas program.

The teacher politely asked my sister to just "mouth" the words, while every other child in her class sang.

To this day she will not sing. Perhaps if she had encountered a caring and compassionate teacher such as yourself, she may have experienced a different outcome.

Thank you for sharing this, and especially thank you for the gift you gave that child...

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RUSTYSHAW1 1/16/2010 6:54PM

    I really enjoyed reading your blog. While I taught Special Education because of my '5th year' credential in California (credentialing was not the same across the U.S.), my Michigan credential was in Vocal Performance/Music Education. I had some pretty closed minded professors of Music Education that I just could not adhere to their thoughts of telling the child what they were doing wrong. That is why I changed my focus after reaching California. Anyway, your closing summary speaks to my heart. Did you have the opportunity to read the blog by Nancy Howard, "Poll: Should Slow Runners Be Allowed to Run Marathons too?" I am encouraging all SP members who I know to respond to her article. It really moved me. Seems a coach (not of SP) felt slower people ought not be allowed to participate. This really 'pushed' my buttons. Hugs emoticon

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MOMFAN 1/16/2010 5:33AM

    Yes, yes, yes, I agree we need to focus on the positives!

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LITTLEWIND53 1/15/2010 1:09AM

    So true, and not just with the arts.

My younger brother had trouble reading and his teacher was very hard on him. He got so he not only hated school, but never did enjoy reading. He never learned how to spell and it showed in his adulthood when he tried to go back to school. He did ok, but it was a struggle. And to think it was all because a teached wouldn't take the time to encourage him.

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Wednesday, January 06, 2010

My fuel for improvement must come from within. My friends can and have encouraged me but i am the one who gets up in the morning to exercise/do yard work. The other benefit is my yard does look different, or is it better. I asked my son about the yard improvements a few days ago and he showed by his stymied reaction that he could not see it. He did not recognize the new grass that has grown in areas that had junk grass before. I see the improvements and the people who mow my lawn see the improvement.

I find when I am multitasking I do better. My exercise is weeding out the junk grass so when the project is finished I will be lighter and healthier than when I started. If the project is never finished because the junk grass grows too fast to get ahead of it that will be OK because I will need to exercise for the rest of my life.

The bottom line is this is for me, both the exercise and making the yard look better. I plan to live here for a long time.

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RUSTYSHAW1 1/14/2010 4:13PM

    Don't worry if your work is not noticed. That happens at my home all the time so I play the "hot and cold" game to get people thinking about what I have been doing. Done in a humorous way we get a lot of laughs out of the silly game. Sometimes my hubby will say "please just tell me" and other times I just announce what I have done. I have to multi-task also. We are better for it right? Does vegetation grow really fast there? I could look that question up but it would be more fun to hear back from you. Take care. emoticon emoticon Only 'grass' I could find with a 'critter' in it. emoticon

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LITTLE_DEBBIE 1/8/2010 2:05AM

    emoticonjob, and here on Guam keeping up with the yard is no small feat!

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THE_SILVER_OWL 1/6/2010 8:47PM

    How true that we have to find the motivation inside each of us. I'm sure that your yard will continue to improve. You have made such progress this past year! Congrats and best wishes for 2010!

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KLASSIE 1/6/2010 12:34PM

    You have a plan. That's good. Your yard is beautiful and so is your motivation. Good luck.

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MAGA99 1/6/2010 9:47AM

    good way to look @ it

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My Book Came Today!

Monday, January 04, 2010

January 4, 2009, here on Guam and my copy of "The Spark" was in the lock box today! That is good timing for way out here in the Pacific.

I have looked at the pictures and glanced at the table of contents but not started reading yet. Had to write this first.

Almost like a Christmas present that just got here!
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RUSTYSHAW1 1/21/2010 11:10PM

    Great! I am enjoying my book so much. My hubby accidentally used it to place his coffee mug. I moved it very quickly. Didn't say anything until he said, 'Why can't I use it that way?" I politely replied, "I don't use your John Grisham books to hold my drinks. Nuf said. Bless my hubby's heart. emoticon

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JACQUISPAGE 1/12/2010 4:00AM

    yes, enjoy! mine's coming in feb.

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THE_SILVER_OWL 1/4/2010 7:46PM

    Mine was waiting for me when I got home last night. I have not started it, but plan to get into it tonight. Can't wait!

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KLASSIE 1/4/2010 3:45PM

    It took as long to get to me as it did to you and I'm in the U.S. so that was good. I got mine this morning and like you I glanced through the pics and set it aside for the moment since I'm at work. Will check it out fully when I get home. Enjoy reading.

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    yay! I can't wait to get mine!

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Almost The New Year!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

it is 2:00 p.m. here so the New Year is 10 hours away. A new decade in this century.

I am delighted that since I joined SparkPeople that I have dropped (no, not dropped) 70 pounds, have lost inches in many places and feel healthier than I have in years.

I am starting a new year but planning to keep up the work to be healthy for the rest of my life. I hope I can be an encouragement to others. Some close friends i have tried to prod but nothing has happened yet. Some Spark friends have been an encouragement to me and I hope I have been to them.

Thanks to BabyJane I have started wearing a pedometer and have started pushing myself to walk more each day. I was doing about 6,000 steps a day but now it is 8,000 or 10,000 steps most days.

My main exercise is the yard work I do most mornings. I have even started a small garden, mainly in pots because there is no real soil in my yard. I should have lettuce, beans, cucumbers, squash and tomatoes if all goes well. We will see.

I hope all of you have a great New Year and a healthy year to come.

Jane on Guam
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RUSTYSHAW1 1/21/2010 11:14PM

    Congratulations! As you get to know me, I say "party time" not because I have a lot of parties but that I would like to celebrate more for my friends and my achievements. SO PARTY TIME! emoticon You ARE an inspiration to me. I am new, as you know and reading about others successes is a help to me.
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KALATHIA 12/31/2009 9:31AM

    Congratulations on your tremendous success, Jane! The New Year's definitely looking bright for you because of all your hard work and commitment this year! Way to go!


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WALNUT5612 12/31/2009 2:23AM

    This is going to be a good year for you!!!!!

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THE_SILVER_OWL 12/31/2009 2:10AM

I have so enjoyed getting to know you this year and sharing our journey. I am wishing you a very Happy New Year and many blessings in 2010!


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Bali Spa

Friday, December 25, 2009

One of my son's family gave me a Gift Certificate for a Bali Spa for Christmas! It will be a Creambath and Foot Massage! I have never had something like this before (although I have had massages by a lady that works through my chiropractor).

My daughter-in-laws mother was telling me about what she had gotten a few days ago and urging me to get it also. Now I can!

Some friends and I will be staying at the hotel this is given at for the New Year so we can watch the fireworks. Now I will add the Spa to the works!

Merry Christmas all!

Jane on Guam

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RUSTYSHAW1 1/21/2010 11:16PM

    Heavenly! And your son's family thought of it. Delightful. emoticon

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MAGA99 12/25/2009 7:42PM

    sounds awesome do enjoy

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WALNUT5612 12/25/2009 11:10AM

    Have a wonderful time!

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