SparkPeople Teachers With an Attitude Team Messageboard We are teachers on a weight loss journey who you may see sipping H2O beverages at the NKA (No Kids Allowed) Bar following a hard day's work. SparkPeople Teachers With an Attitude Team Messageboard We really need to get this group going again! I'm back and I know I have said it before, but this time is do or die! I am severely depressed and very overweight! I have had a series of events that have brought me to this point. I am putting that behind me and going to try and move forward. I keep telling myself that I am going to be 56 and it really doesn't matter anymore. But, I am very wrong about that. Life is what you make it and I want to be a much better me at 57. It's not too late to enjoy the rest of my life and live it to the f... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 14:54:46 EST Ready for summer! Hi, all, I'm Shannon. 41 (almost 42 - eek!) and a 13-year teacher. I have mostly taught middle school but just finished a year at high school, which I loved. I teach English and enjoy it - except for the grading, ha ha. <BR> <BR> A number of years ago, I joined SparkPeople and lost 85 pounds. Then life, job stress, and depression got in the way. I just left a job that destroyed me emotionally and mentally, so I'm using this summer to refocus on me and get healthy before I start my new p... Thu, 28 May 2015 16:13:29 EST Wisconsi n...need I say more? Yes, I'm a teacher in the Walker/Koch state of Wisconsin:( <BR> <BR> I'm worried about keeping up with the exercise and healthy eating that I've work so hard on this summer. <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 6 Aug 2014 10:45:29 EST Newbie Hello, <BR> <BR> I am new to Spark People and this group. I joined SP in 2009 and never did anything with it until now! I am a kindergarten teacher in Las Vegas and trying to lose weight :) Excited to be here and part of a support system! Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:14:04 EST Countdown How many days do you have left this school year? <BR> <BR> We have 36. Sun, 27 Apr 2014 10:53:02 EST Common Core Where is your district at with adopting Common Core? Sun, 23 Mar 2014 17:12:38 EST When is your spring break? We have ours in three weeks, but I know some districts just had it this week. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 10:27:09 EST How do you have a work/life balance? Teaching is all consuming. It will take every hour you give and require more. How do others set limits? Tue, 11 Mar 2014 09:27:43 EST How do you stay hydrated? I struggle getting enough water on work days. I keep water in my classroom and try to sip throughout the day. Then there is the issue of time to use the restroom. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any tricks? Sun, 9 Mar 2014 10:42:30 EST Nice to meet you all! Hi all, my name is Pam and I am a middle school math teacher, a grad student, wife, mother, and a recent non-smoker. I am here to lose at least 25 pounds by making some permanent lifestyle changes. I am battling my weight due to stress, quitting smoking, and a chronic back issue. None of these are excuses and I want to show myself and my kids that all can be dealt with in a healthy manner. I totally intend to do the team goal of 15 minutes of exercise per day at school. My classroom is right ... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 20:29:57 EST Hello My name is Sheri and I am a reading specialist in a St. Louis Charter School. I joined SparkPeople back in January but then life at school took over. Preparing our kiddos for the high stakes test, helping teachers with all types of materials, and learning the ins and outs of the Common Core kept me on overload for this past semester. <BR> <BR> I am married to a supportive man and we have three adult children. Our two daughters have given us four adorable little grandsons. <BR> <BR> I have b... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 19:02:47 EST Common Core Standards I have a question for all of you who are special ed teachers or are in the know for your district. What is happening in your areas as far as goal banks to use in writing IEPs for the Common Core? I'm finding lots of articles about philosophy, but very little that is concrete, let alone field tested. Mon, 22 Apr 2013 01:56:35 EST Fall Doldrums for Teachers Classically, new teachers get a bit down this time of year... lots of reasons. As an "old" teacher, I always try to notice and find ways to help our new teachers through it. Any suggestions of ways to encourage and help people stay on an even keel? Thu, 8 Nov 2012 10:19:51 EST fitting it all in #1 I have a goal to drink 8 glasses of water a day, BUT as a teacher I can't be running to the bathroom. Any suggestions? #2 I find that once I get home, I just want to sit/relax. MWF I teach afterschool, so those days are 7:45-5:00, TTh I go to a gym and workout for 30 minutes. Any ideas for plesant exercising at home? Sun, 10 Apr 2011 18:46:49 EST Hello!! I am a 6th grade language arts and social studies teacher at a charter school in Colorado. I taught 6th grade one year, kindergarten 11 years, and then I created and taught a K/1 transition class for 8 years. This is my fifth year in my current position. I love teaching and couldn't imagine doing anything else. I joined Spark in May of 2010 to get back in shape and lose weight. Little did I know I would meet so many wonderful friends who are on similar journeys. I look forward to getting to k... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 09:52:44 EST Healthy Super Bowl Party 2011 <em>267</em> <em>258</em> <em>277</em> <em>497</em> <em>191</em> <em>297</em> <em>181</em> <em>194</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> This will be a short term thread for those looking for some ideas to maintain AND enjoy the big Game! <BR> No matter who you root for - If you are watching the Super Bowl with friends and family - do so and maintain your healthy lifestyle - It IS possible! <BR> <BR> Share ideas and recipes here! Tue, 25 Jan 2011 20:28:44 EST Talk it up#14 January 2011 - Fresh Start Had a great suggestion from long time member Ambernine to start a new thread for the new year - and as you will soon find out the team pages will have a new format beginning this week - I think. <BR> Fresh start for both our new and old members. <BR> Welcome teachers to 2011 Sun, 9 Jan 2011 12:40:06 EST Elementary Teacher in Southern Indiana Hi there! My name is Kelli and I am so excited to be on Spark People! I have struggled with weight for the last 6 years and am ready to get control! I am a 26 year old school teacher who is planning to move to South America this summer. I want to lose 40 pounds by June and am ready to do what it takes! Message me and tell me about your goals and achievements! Sat, 1 Jan 2011 13:21:56 EST new here! i am excited to be here and meet new people! I have recently lost 37 pounds, but lately my motivation has taken a nose dive :-(. Today I have decided that whether Mr. Motivation likes it or not, I CAN DO THIS!! I am going to lose another 38 pounds and I am looking forward to being in a community where we all have common interests and goals! NICE TO MEET CHA! Mon, 8 Nov 2010 22:16:09 EST new to the team Not quite sure how to go about this, but wanted to say you seem like gals I would like to get to know in the teachers lounge! I am a teacher, but have been a private teacher for 9 years (nearly fulltime) and have now added some tutoring students. Love the process of connecting kids with info and helping them learn to tell the truth about themselves so that they can be all God made them to be! Want to lose some pounds that have crept up in the last few years while caring for others, welcomi... Tue, 14 Sep 2010 02:43:29 EST Talk it up #13 August 2010 As promised in my sparkmail, a fresh new thread to get this team talking and interacting again. I challenge each of you to visit twice a week minimum - post something even if it's hello! <BR> <BR> Have a great year - let's hear how it's going. <BR> Frances Sun, 22 Aug 2010 13:52:17 EST New Goalsl; Same Old Problems I usually make summertime between the end of summer school and the beginning of the regular school year my big diet time. This year my goal is to educate myself and begin a healthier lifestyle. I have 41 pounds to lose and I'm really looking at a year to do it. The big problems during the school year will be there again. No time to walk or workout unless I get up even earlier than my 5am alarm or walk after school. Since I'm seldom home before 7pm this is often hard to do. And drinking 6-8 gl... Tue, 13 Jul 2010 22:35:07 EST So far, so good I just joined Spark yesterday and I am already thinking that this just might work! <BR> My name is Pam and I am married with 4 kids and 2 dogs, 2 jobs and a million excuses on why I can't seem to take better care of myself. I teach Jr. High Social Studies. This past year was my 14th year of teaching Social Studies and before that I taught Spanish for 11 years. 25 years! My, how time flies when you are constantly chasing your tail. After reading many of your posts I would love to be part of ... Thu, 17 Jun 2010 23:47:55 EST Hey all! Name's Kelly, Mrs. D, Hey you! Yeah you know how that goes right? :) I'm a middle school communication arts teacher at a small rural district. I teach all three grades 6-8. That's by day of course, by night I am the mom to a rambunctious 5 yr old boy, and wife to a full time vet student. I joined Spark people 2 yrs ago then never did anything with it, well that's going to change. As a matter of fact I'm about to get up away from my desk and start walking my classroom, while my kids take... Wed, 7 Apr 2010 09:53:01 EST Any fun ideas to keep on track over spring break? Sometimes I have a harder time when I'm off work..Any thoughts? Sun, 7 Mar 2010 11:52:50 EST body fat Why is it every time my weight starts to go down, my body fat goes up? I'm beginning to wonder if it's just my scale or if there's some kind of math to it? Tue, 16 Feb 2010 21:34:59 EST Shake it. Shake it, Sugaree! If you don't recognize the topic line, it's a lyric to a Grateful Dead song, one of my favourite bands. :) <BR> <BR> Hello! <BR> <BR> I'm Sarah, originally from Long Island, NY. I live in the Netherlands and teach at an American school. I've struggled with weight for my whole life. I'm stuck at my "weight-barrier" - it's the weight I've yet to conquer! So...while I'm the thinnest I've been in years...I'm certainly not there yet! I'm here for help! <BR> <BR> I hope to meet some kind and ... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 21:58:21 EST Back in the mines... Here's hoping I continue to log..... I'm so easily distracted from it; but, I know it is the key to success. <BR> <BR> I also need to get enough sleep... it's so easy during the breaks! <BR> <BR> I wish everyone a good start to the second half. Mon, 4 Jan 2010 06:29:42 EST Talk it up #12 - 2010 Start fresh - a new year, a new decade. <BR> I hope to see you all stop by at least once a week and visit, check in, and just let us know how you are doing. <BR> <BR> Some of you veterans - how about spark mailing another veteran who hasn't been here in a while and encouraging them to visit. I miss so many that were here when I started, Jeanne, HK Annie, Annie - in Alaska, etc. <BR> <BR> Frances Fri, 1 Jan 2010 14:07:13 EST Greetings, All! I'm a 49 year old high school English teacher. I teach the Advanced Composition, so I'm always inundated with essays to grade (165 students)!! It is tough... it's when I tend to nibble. <BR> <BR> I play tennis once or twice a week. I am the Girls' Tennis Team coach, and the season starts the end of January (I'm in Florida). This is going to put a real crimp in my fitness plans. I don't know how I'm going to do it. <BR> <BR> I'm going to Italy for Spring Break and want to be at my goal b... Wed, 30 Dec 2009 18:31:16 EST Greetings, All! I'm a 49 year old high school English teacher. I teach the Advanced Composition, so I'm always inundated with essays to grade (165 students)!! It is tough... it's when I tend to nibble. <BR> <BR> I play tennis once or twice a week. I am the Girls' Tennis Team coach, and the season starts the end of January (I'm in Florida). This is going to put a real crimp in my fitness plans. I don't know how I'm going to do it. <BR> <BR> I'm going to Italy for Spring Break and want to be at my goal b... Wed, 30 Dec 2009 17:46:41 EST New Year's Challenge Hey all! Calling anyone interested in joining a weight loss challenge to end on New Year's Day!! New Year's day is 33 days away (as of Today, 11/29/09). <BR> <BR> To join, post your goal and stop back daily to see how things are going for everyone. <BR> <BR> I'm Jess, and I want to be in a size 14 by the time I head back to school in 2010, so my weight loss goal is 10 pounds. Starting weight is 189.2 (as of yesterday). <BR> <BR> Who's in? Sun, 29 Nov 2009 10:47:40 EST Tattling I teach first grade and oh my goodness...the tattling! How do you deal with it? Wed, 18 Nov 2009 14:08:28 EST I am back! WOW...I have been away too long! I was without internet and been very busy. But I have internet again and will be more active again! <BR> <BR> Getting married in Feb. so I am working on my goals. <BR> <BR> Updated my profile check it out :) Tue, 17 Nov 2009 16:39:08 EST I teach, but I need to learn! Hello fellow teachers! I am a lower elementary teacher in a very small school in Nova Scotia, Canada. Teaching is such an all consuming career it's difficult to put myself and exercise first...especially now that it is getting dark by 5:30. It's a challenge to get home to get a 30 minute walk in every day. Fri, 6 Nov 2009 23:49:45 EST Howdy y'all I am blissfully married to my best friend Larry. We have four grown children, 30,28,26 and 24. My oldest is married with a beautiful little girl, our one and only grandchild so far. Both of my sons are in the Army, my oldest is on active duty, my second son is currently attending the University of St. Thomas and serving in the active reserves after four years active duty in Germany and Iraq. My daughter is a graduate of LSU, and currently working on her PhD at the University of Florida (g... Thu, 5 Nov 2009 21:34:41 EST need ministrative nightmare! My husband has a relative that I am less than fond of. She is deceptive, conniving, pompous, and a few other things I will think but not say. <BR> <BR> My principal is leaving, asst prin is moving into the lead, which leaves our school needing a replacement for the asst adm. position. I live in the same small town as the previously mentioned relative and guess who turned up in the office to do an adm internship?! <BR> <BR> I'm truly petrified that she will get the position. It is so ... Fri, 7 Aug 2009 23:31:45 EST Healthy Snack Ideas <em>277</em> <em>291</em> <em>45</em> <em>470</em> <BR> <BR> We are all faced with temptation by well meaning parents or staff who like to show off their abilities or just have others share to snack with. The teacher's lounge can be a trying place for those of us trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle. You can avoid it, but there are times you need to look at different walls, and be around adults. And you may not want to be anti-social. So rather than fight it, lets try and modify their... Fri, 7 Aug 2009 00:02:06 EST New and going back to school. I just started Spark and am new at all this message boarding. I have joined a couple of message boards to find a good fit. I am a teacher, love it, but think of it as a profession, not a calling. So, no wood block necklaces for me. I do wear dorky socks though. I hope to give and get support. I live on the Central Coast of California, and I think the sun may come out today. That would be nice. I go back to school a week from today. Ouch! Wed, 29 Jul 2009 14:59:24 EST Talk it up # 11 It's a new month <BR> In an effort to renew interest and 'spark' this team I'm starting a new general discussion thread. I've also started a new 'challenge' thread as well - in the place where the Sonoma diet forum was. We have quite a few new members, welcome to all. <BR> Hope everyone is having a 'healthy' summer! <em>67</em> Wed, 1 Jul 2009 09:09:12 EST July 2009 Ok, <BR> <BR> It's July 1 - If you are up for a summer challenge how about permanently adopting one healthy habit that will maintain this lifestyle. <BR> Suggestions could be: <BR> <BR> 1. Add protein to breakfast - I use fat free greek yogurt on my oatmeal in the AM or I make a breakfast quesadilla with egg beaters and 1/4 cup low fat cheese and veggies.(I can have either made in 5-7 minutes on school mornings - it's doable.) <BR> <BR> 2. Try one new low fat / low calorie snack item a wee... Wed, 1 Jul 2009 08:58:17 EST A newbie! I'm Jenn. I teach Special Ed and I am new to the team. :) I am really trying to bust a move this summer and get down a pants size before fall. We start back on August 19th with students, so help me stay on track! Fri, 26 Jun 2009 03:03:06 EST Sending out an SOS I have a few more assingments i need to get done before my deadline next week for my teachers cert. program and I was wondering if I could get some help. I need to do a couple of interviews and have some questions about some of the work. I work at a small school and most of my fellow teachers are gone for the summer. Thank you in advance. please Message me if you are able to help Fri, 19 Jun 2009 19:57:05 EST Howdy from TX I'm new here and just wanted to introduce myself! I'm a 3rd grade teacher in Texas and am looking forward to using this summer break to get a jump start on this! I just finished my first year of teaching so I'm sure next year will be a litle more planned out and calm, right?! :) Fri, 12 Jun 2009 10:41:50 EST Hello - I'm New! Hello: <BR> I am a teacher for blind/visually impiared students in PA. I heard about this site from a friend, and excited to try it. Sun, 31 May 2009 15:31:20 EST Any Reading Interven tionists If so please send me sparkmail. I need to do an interview (I ran out of time before school got out.) Sat, 30 May 2009 11:26:47 EST Nutritional Help Please Ok even though its the end of the school year, Im running out of steam and my diet is suffering. Im less interested in making my own meals and bringing my lunch, so I end up eating junk. I see that now. Im my defense Ive done 50+ hours of prof development, plus working on my TIRP teaching cert. Im just exhausted. And being at home by myself because hubby is deployed takes away that structure I used to have about creating meals and cooking regularly. <BR> <BR> So with that being said, I ha... Sun, 10 May 2009 23:46:25 EST How do you let YOU shine through Ok so its my first year teaching. I have been a paraprofessinal (2 years) and taken on a long term sub positon but not taught a full year. And in addition to that my husband has been gone on deployment. I thought with Sparkpeoples help I had done a good job of balancing who I am with my job. WAY WRONG. <BR> <BR> Hubby came home for R and R and it became crystal clear that I have NOT done a good job of keeping in touch with myself. I can tell you I had a perplexing moment in my closet try... Thu, 30 Apr 2009 15:59:25 EST Howdy! I'm Jessica, 44 years old, live in Texas, and teach 8th grade science. I've been married for 22 years and have 3 kids (ages 13, 16, and 19). I need to lose 30-40 pounds. I need more energy! I come home from work and have to take a nap every day! Then I get up and make dinner, hang with the family, chill out for a bit in front of the tv and on the computer and grade papers. My new plan is to come home and walk on the treadmill for 1 mile BEFORE I nap. Hopefully, after walking I won't feel the... Sun, 29 Mar 2009 18:26:47 EST Wanted: Spark Buddy. Are you out there? Hi, I am in need of a SB to keep me motivated and someone to talk with and keep motivated. <BR> <BR> I started this site on Tuesday and have been doing a lot of lurking on the team sites. I want to get more involved and become more a team member. <BR> <BR> If you are also looking for a buddy or have been a member of SP for a while and feel like you could be a mentor to my grasshopper, let's get going! Sun, 22 Mar 2009 08:46:20 EST Candy in the classroom Our PTA group gives the kids candy if they dress up in Blue & White (our school colors) on Friday. Good enough, but they like the candy reward and that really motivates them in other areas. Seeing what candy can do in the long run, I want to weed it out - not only for my kids, but for myself too! (I can't help but dip into the box occasionally! Even when the PTA gives me so-so candy!) <BR> <BR> I DO incorporate "Healthy Snack Fridays" where the kids can bring healthy, non-messy snacks to... Fri, 13 Mar 2009 20:22:53 EST Conferences coming? We have spring conferences coming, and I always have a hard time with the PTA-sponsored dinner they put on for us. It's always yummy foods, and I just don't know how to NOT take a portion of everything! Even with just a little taste, my plate is WAY too full! Any hints? Fri, 13 Mar 2009 20:19:41 EST Shakespeare resources<BR>eractive.shtml <BR> <BR> This is good for anyone with access to laptops for the class or a computer suite. Wed, 4 Mar 2009 08:52:09 EST It's 3/309, therefore Happy SQUARED day. <BR> <BR> too cooooool for school, that's me. <em>36</em> Tue, 3 Mar 2009 13:09:02 EST Teaching Shakespeare I don't know what the syllabus is like in the USA for English, but in the UK we're expected to teach a Shakespeare play in full. For one of my assignments, I have to create a medium term plan to teach a class of Year Nines (Eighth Grade) about any Shakespeare play I choose. I've choosen Taming of the Shrew because I just wanted to. But all my research seems to bring up is the idea that it's a sexist play that should never see the light of (modern)day. <BR> <BR> Now I don't think that this i... Wed, 25 Feb 2009 07:03:27 EST Never take homework at face value Old one, but a good one... <BR> <BR> Dear Mrs. Jones, <BR> I wish to clarify that I am not now, nor have I ever been, an exotic dancer. <BR> I work at Home Depot and I told my daughter how hectic it was last week before the blizzard hit. I told her we sold out every single shovel we had, and then I found one more in the back room, and that several people were fighting over who would get it. Her picture doesn’t show me dancing around a pole. It’s supposed to depict me selling the last snow sh... Fri, 13 Feb 2009 17:16:29 EST Does anyone know how to post a picture? Got sent something really funny I want to share! Fri, 13 Feb 2009 17:11:40 EST eeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeek! Job hunt! Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, it begins! Applying to pools and individual schools! I have only written one personal statement and already my head hurts! I'd love to hear any stories you all have about applying for jobs-funny, tragic, with a moral...anything! <em>41</em> Wed, 11 Feb 2009 13:41:51 EST Venting...about being absent... I don't know if this is more of a "blog," but I figured that I'm in a forum of teachers, so you would understand! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> My daughter is ill, and I'm out for the rest of the week (Tuesday was day 1). I HATE being gone - it's 10 times more work writing out sub plans than just being there. And although I have a week's worth of plans pre-laid out, I always adjust them day-to-day depending on what my students didn't understand (or needed clarification on) from the previous day.... Wed, 4 Feb 2009 16:15:57 EST cscott10 Well, I just joined a few days ago, but I have learned so much already. I am glad to be on with a bunch of teachers from around the world. I am Mrs. Scott to my students. I teach 3rd grade in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I was born here and have raised my family here. My son is an iron worker and my daughter is attending New Mexico State University. She is a freshman and went down there to study Animation and Digital Film Making. However, she is swaying from her 1st intentions and really i... Tue, 3 Feb 2009 22:17:16 EST Hi My name is Kristal. I am single and in my thrities. I have recently moved to Hawaii where I teach seventh grade English at a multi-track school. It has been a wonderful placement thus far. I love the school, my team, my students, and of course Hawaii! <BR> Previously, I have lived in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Japan, and California. Though I plan to stay here for awhile, I would like to continue exploring the world. <BR> I love to read, write, edit, and give gifts to others. Sun, 1 Feb 2009 20:25:21 EST Hello from New Mexico Hi, <BR> I'm a 50 year old woman who has been teaching for 29 years. I have taught Special Ed., 1st grade, 2nd grade,3rd grade,4th and 5th. I also taught an inclusion class for 9 years. I am currently teaching 3rd grade, reg.ed. I have about 100 pounds to lose. I eat at my desk and I am a stress eater too. I have a lot of arthritis and fybromialgia. It is very difficult for me to exercise because of the pain all over my body. I have tried many diets, and I am hoping that the freedom of... Thu, 29 Jan 2009 22:55:36 EST UK Trainee teacher-NEW Hey! I've joined this site today and I love it already! My name is Pippa, I'm 21 years old, in my last year of teacher training in the UK. Hope to make some good friends. x Tue, 27 Jan 2009 14:17:44 EST Teachers and budget woes - how are you doing? Do administrators have any idea how rotten it is to start a new week with an hour-long morning meeting? To top it off, it was about budget woes, which are horrifying. Finally, principal admitted we'll lose teachers. I'm a probationary 2, which means there are many teachers below me that will go before I do (poor interns, for sure), but it's hardly any consolation to think that a) so many will be jobless in an already struggling economy, and b) I don't have tenure so I can be bumped. Ugh. <BR>... Mon, 26 Jan 2009 22:51:51 EST Hello I teach 6th grade English in Texas. I also snack at my desk and eat when I am stressed. <BR> <BR> I love teaching; I hate politics and I don't teach to "the test." <BR> <BR> Thanks for having me. Sat, 17 Jan 2009 09:26:37 EST New Here!! Hi! I am a 5th grade math teacher for the 7th year running now. I also teach college math part time! I have been procrastinating about losing weight and getting healthier, but have vowed to make 2009 be the year that I reach my goal. I have a 6 year old son. I also just got my national boards and have my master's since all of that has fallen into place it's time to get myself where I need to be! I am hoping this site helps me stay connected and talk about my goals and challe... Tue, 13 Jan 2009 22:14:43 EST Hello I teach high school English in Southern CA. Have stayed the same too high weight for a long time now, but have recently gotten my second wind. I am married, have a son freshly out of college, and a daughter who has just completed her first semester of college. <BR> <BR> No one who doesn't teach has any idea of what the job entails. It can be a tough gig. I am glad to find some other teachers who are also trying to lose weight. M Mon, 12 Jan 2009 08:52:59 EST Movies: To See or Not To See I just thought I'd add something for fun. I like to go to see a movie over the new year break. After talking to some friends and relatives I eliminated at least one movie because of the unexpected ending (I hadn't read the book). With so many of us I thought we could share our thoughts and opinions (without necessarily giving away the endings) about current movies - or if we are looking for something to use in our classrooms to enhance a lesson we could run it by our group. <BR> <BR> To begi... Thu, 1 Jan 2009 23:52:18 EST Hi - it's me! Hello, I'm Stacey <BR> <BR> I teach 6th grade elementary in a rural community - mostly ESL kiddos, but not all. <BR> <BR> I started "upping" my exercise during Christmas break, found SP a few days ago, and now that break is almost over, I'm almost dreading going back! It's been very nice having the TIME to exercise and the TIME to make healthy meals. <BR> <BR> How do YOU do it through the school year? <BR> <BR> - Stacey Thu, 1 Jan 2009 23:12:45 EST Talk it up #10 We will have a new, fresh beginning for the new year. <BR> Happy, Healthy 2009! <BR> I hope to see each of you at least 2 times per week to let us know how and what you are doing. More would be better, but I totally understand getting bogged down with school, life, etc. Those with support and who log their eating have the most success with loosing weight and a generally healthy life-style. <BR> Frances Wed, 31 Dec 2008 09:34:57 EST Quiet.... How come it is so quiet around this group? Wed, 29 Oct 2008 01:12:00 EST Sad start Well Sunday at 11 a.m. a man driving a motorhome (was drunk), his wife had told him to leave, well he ended up rolling and the motorhome was flat as a pancake (but he walked away). Then at 12:30 a.m. Monday there were 2 guys in a truck headed Westbound to Wickenburg that hit a cow that was in the road, well they were trying to alert other drivers by shining a flash light but a car of 4 guys in their 20's came going they think between 70-90 mph hit the cow and flipped numerous times (none of ... Thu, 16 Oct 2008 00:29:44 EST Hi, i'm new just testing things out <BR> i'm a teacher as well, enjoying it, loving it <BR> but i'm a new teacher so i've been sucked into <BR> late nights of marking and planning just to stay <BR> i'm losing track and control of my "eating healthy, and exercising" part of life Tue, 14 Oct 2008 23:53:32 EST Teachers...not babysitters Here is an interesting article that came from Yuma, AZ...I went to college in Yuma and worked at a couple of the schools and it is true the kids get their so early...same with the school I am at now. Here is the link to the article:<BR>6___article.html/sitters_people.html <BR> <BR> But in case it doesn't work, here is the entire article...what do you think about this? I personally don't mind if my students want to come into the room in the morning,... Tue, 7 Oct 2008 23:36:01 EST Eating disorders As teachers - we are all in a position to see our students go through this. This is an article one of our social workers sent us. The link didn't work for me so I just copied and pasted the article as she sent it. We are so aware of ourselves and we influence directly and indirectly - let us all be aware for the sake of our students. <BR> <BR> <BR> Dying to Fit In: When School Stresses Trigger Eating Disorders <BR> <BR> [<BR>sans.swf <BR> ]http://... Mon, 6 Oct 2008 20:48:32 EST NY Newbie.. Hi!! I'm Megg, I just got my first teaching job in August and I am so exited. However, right now my life is super busy which leaves little time to take proper care of myself... I'm planning my first year of teaching as I go, I'm working on my Master's Degree, and I'm getting married in less than 10 months - so wedding plans are taking over any free time I do have. <BR> <BR> I joined this so I could stay motivated and reach my goal by my wedding next summer. So lets hope I can make it through... Mon, 29 Sep 2008 21:51:29 EST Teachers have class! Hey, all you tired teachers. <em>40</em> <BR> Are we glad it's the weekend or what? <BR> I thought I'd start this thread to talk about our classes a little bit. I have 14 third graders. Although we've only been in school 3 weeks, I love them all. How about you guys? How's it going for you? The time seems to be going by so quickly! <BR> Have a restful weekend! Monday's coming! <BR> LOL <BR> 14Jesusgirl <em>213</em> Fri, 12 Sep 2008 19:39:17 EST Read Alouds for Students What are some of your favorite Read Alouds to your students? Please list the books and grade level. <BR> <BR> For 3rd Grade, I've used: <BR> *Did You Carry the Flag Today, Charlie? Rebecca Caudill <BR> *Stone Fox by James Gardiner <BR> *The TV Kid by Betsy Byers <BR> *McMummy by Betsy Byers <BR> *Almost anything written by Eve Bunting <BR> *Charlotte's Web by E. B. White <BR> <BR> Since I'm going to 5th Grade, I plan to start the year with The Double Life of Pocahontas by Jean Fritz. <BR> ... Sun, 24 Aug 2008 10:50:24 EST Back at work... Hello, <BR> <BR> My official first day was this past Thursday; the students' official first day is this upcoming Tuesday. However, I have been working in my classroom since the first of August, four to five hours daily. (I switched grades and rooms, so I needed some extra time.) Yesterday was the first time I could see the progress I've made. <BR> <BR> I feel as if I am insane to do this! How much additional time do you spend in preparing for the first of school? <BR> <BR> BasketLady6 Sat, 23 Aug 2008 07:21:34 EST hello from Maine! Hi all! I'm a high school math teacher and am ready to get down to business (of losing weight - not going back to school) LOL! We start next week and I'm not ready - maybe Monday I'll be ready ;) <BR> <BR> The name of this group was perfect! Tue, 19 Aug 2008 12:26:24 EST Texas Concealed Handguns Just curious what do you guys think of the school here in Texas who has approved teachers carrying concealed handguns if they are licensed and have completed the crisis training at the school? Sun, 17 Aug 2008 21:33:27 EST hello Hello! I work in southern WV. I've taught elementary school for 25 years, and I actually like my job. I can't imagine working at another type of job (but I have). <BR> <BR> I'm thrilled to join the group, and the Cookie Cutter thread really caught my attention! I love being able to laugh aloud, and this thread did so much to shatter some stereotypes that aren't even applicable today! Now, if the schools would just quit buying the framed prints of these teachers and placing them on th... Sun, 10 Aug 2008 22:58:20 EST Hello I just found SparkPeople and am so excited to have a new source for motivation. I'd love to go back to school in better shape than when vacation started! Looking forward to this journey. Sat, 9 Aug 2008 10:38:34 EST Glad to be part of a group of teachers Hi Everyone who loves to teach. I teach 3rd grade and love it. I have to commute a total of 2 hours a day to get to work. Since teaching at this school I have put on a lot of weight. I contribute this to many reasons. One, the time I drive takes away from exercise time. Two, I have to get up so early to get to work on time that I don't want to get up even earlier to exercise. Three, by the time I get home, I'm too tired to exercise. Four, there is always food (usually sweets) readily avai... Mon, 4 Aug 2008 20:50:35 EST We all about ready to influence the world again? Hello Teacher-friends! I'm a new kid in the class...this sounds like a great place to be. Hope to hear from you! <em>149</em> Mon, 4 Aug 2008 00:20:58 EST Not a cookie cutter teacher Hi, I joined this team, because as we know- teachers are really great at motivating. I am short on time and have taken on 3 other "side jobs" at my school. I get home very tired (but happy) and sometimes loose my get up and go attitude. I despise the stereotypical look/behavior given to the teacher label (we live at school and breathe textbooks all day, love itchy sweaters with a funky three dimensional sheep stitched on it, love penny loafers, wear glasses with that golden chain and puff ... Sat, 2 Aug 2008 00:23:12 EST Useful websites Throughout the summer we have had a number of new teachers join us, for their benefit as well as those of us who just need some new ideas I thought a place to post websites that have been useful would be a good idea. <BR> This one I believe is free, I'm signed up and I'm so cheap I don't remember paying anything. They periodically send a newsletter and they have links to other sites. I copied and pasted from my address bar - I imagine just typing in would work too. <BR> <BR... Wed, 30 Jul 2008 15:46:04 EST Elementary Teachers Hi all! I am trying to prepare some stuff for the school year and I wanted to get some suggestions for bulletin boards. I'm not a big fan of the apple "a new crop of kids" but I love cutsie little things like that. Last year I did shoes with "look who is stepping into 3rd grade!" <BR> <BR> What have been some of your favorites? Tue, 29 Jul 2008 13:56:56 EST Greetings from T-Town Hi all! I'm a 3rd grade teacher in Tacoma, WA. This is my 2nd day on SP but I'm finding myself obsessed! I think it's because I'm really bored of sitting at home. I'm childless and husband heads off to work for about 11 hours a day. Then there is no kids to yell at, no colleagues to talk about, and no staff meetings. How do you guys handle having all this time off? <BR> <BR> Barbie <em>184</em> Fri, 25 Jul 2008 14:23:43 EST Hello from Washington State Hi everyone. I loved the name of this group, since I have been known to occasionally show a bit of attitude myself. Also, since it is a smaller group, I hope to really get to know some of you. <BR> <BR> I teach ninth grade English, and am part of a team with a math and a science teacher. Our team is not so much for curriculum as it is for support of and communication with students and families. After over 15 years of teaching upper-classmen, I was a little nervous about teaching freshmen... Sat, 12 Jul 2008 15:40:11 EST When do you go back? I can't believe how quick things are going. I have to go back with the new teachers July 31st-August 1st for some training. Then all the rest of the teachers that are returning will come in on the 4th, then we start with kids on the 6th. <BR> <BR> When does everyone else start? Thu, 10 Jul 2008 02:57:21 EST Teachers Rule!!!! I just wanted to introduce myself to everyone. I am sure that you can guess what I teach by my username:) I like to get a glass of H2O on the rocks with a twist of lime after a hard day at work, of course once I have left the gym :) I hope that I am welcome here and I will meet some great teachers! No one understands us (LOL). Wed, 9 Jul 2008 13:19:48 EST MIA for so long I have been MIA for so long, that I felt the need to say Hi all over again. Some of you knew that I was racing back and forth across the Atlantic at the end of the last school year. Sadly things are resolved, and I deeply mourn the loss of my brother. My mother is being taken care of and now I can be back home here and pick up my life again. <BR> <BR> What a wonderful set of colleagues I have. My Principal took over my class to finish out the year, as I teach a mixed age classroom, I can't w... Wed, 9 Jul 2008 09:20:22 EST Hi! Hi everyone, I am a math teacher in VA. I have just completed my first year of teaching! Unfortunately I added 20 lbs. during this first year. It was a combo of lack of time/energy to exercise and all of the awful food that was always in the teachers lounge. I hope to lose 30 lbs by Christmas. I do not have any friends that really need to loose weight, so I am looking forward to the company in my journey. Mon, 7 Jul 2008 20:40:40 EST Any math teachers out there? I made a big decision and am moving to a new school next year. Any body have any great websites for math? For years I have taught chemistry but will be teaching algebra and geometry. <BR> <BR> Hated to leave my school, but my commute will be cut in half. I figure to save $1000 in gas and 90 hours of driving per year. Sun, 6 Jul 2008 14:10:04 EST New girl, I posted this wrong the first time! My name is Erin, I am new to the team and SP. I am also new to teaching. I will be teaching fourth grade in a few weeks, my first real education job! I am 40, mom of four, great husband and family. I just finished my Master Degree in teaching, and this weight loss is my new goal. I am looking forward to getting to know the team and losing a lot of weight! <BR> Wed, 2 Jul 2008 23:31:51 EST daughter just diagnosed with type 1 diabetes My 12 year old daughter just was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. We spent 3 days in the hospital and for the last 5 days I have gone through the house looking for crap food to throw away. Both my sisters are type 1 too. My dad is type 2. I guess it was a real eye-opener for me. I have so much junk food in the hose. I can stay away from it with effort but I have allowed my kids to eat it. None of us needs it. This will be hard for my family -especially husband -but we all have to chang... Sat, 28 Jun 2008 22:52:41 EST Teachers are the greatest people in the world!! <em>205</em> Hello to all of you and congratulations on your achievements. I'm home this summer to an empty house as my husband travels for work and my daughter is a counselor out of state. And so, there is lots of time to "pity" party, if you know what I mean. I'm looking forward to setting some small goals and then on to a new lifestyle. At 58, one does tend to question one's value from time to time but faith and family are such blessings. I'm just about ready to retire, but I keep ... Thu, 26 Jun 2008 17:56:44 EST Healthy Recipes/Tips I got these fruit recipes from the Bootcamp team email, I thought my TWA's might like some too. Also thought we could use a forum to share our best and favorites. <BR> <BR> <BR> From the Mayo Clinic: <BR> <BR> Recipe: Poached pears <BR> Dietitian's tip: Poaching involves gently simmering ingredients in water or a flavorful liquid such as broth, vinegar or juice until they're cooked through and tender. In this recipe, pears are simmered in orange and apple juice. The pears retain their sh... Thu, 26 Jun 2008 14:09:39 EST Talk it up #9 With so many TWA's being AWOL I thought this would be a good time to stir things up a bit and freshen us up as well. With over 300 messages in the #8 I thought we could retire that one and start new - with the Summer Solstice. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is AWOL because you are all out and about exercising - but stop by once in a while - I miss you when you are not here! <em>29</em> <BR> <BR> OK - I just noticed I screwed up and don't know how to fix it - When nami... Fri, 20 Jun 2008 13:11:49 EST Another Newbie Hi! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I'm new to this forum and I thought I would say hello. I am a high school librarian, and I've been a member of SP for about a month. I've been enjoying finding my way through the site and in the process, I've met many nice people. <BR> <BR> I always like anything with an attitude, so I thought Teachers With an Attitude would suit me just fine. I'm happy to be here. <BR> <BR> Renee Thu, 12 Jun 2008 22:45:32 EST How do people keep upbeat during all this I went to the dentist Monday to put a crown on a back tooth. He could never find out why it hurt, so he thought it was cracked somewhere. Tuesday it hurt so bad (with the new crown) that I thought I was going to shoot myself. Lots of Iboprophen later, I felt fine. The problem was that I had to keep taking the Advil. Wednesday I got up early and it seemed to be fine. Later in the day a friend, who is a dental assistant, told me it could take several days for the swelling to go down, so I... Thu, 12 Jun 2008 11:32:08 EST Hi, y'all! :) Hi! I'm a new member. My friends call me Reb. I have been faithfully coming here to SP since March 24th. As of today, I've lost 40 pounds! I totally cut out soda, and sweets, and only had a piece of cake on my daughter's birthday back in April, and haven't had any sweets since. I count WW points, and although I don't attend meetings, I do journal. Also, I go to Curves 5 days a week. I drink about 10-12 glasses of water a day, and I only drink water. <BR> I feel better, have a lot more... Thu, 12 Jun 2008 11:23:34 EST Hi Hi I'm Vicki from Pickerington, Ohio. Located near Columbus. <BR> <BR> Now that it is summer hope to relax first, then get into a good walking routine. <BR> <BR> I play ice hockey once a week and ice skate every other day or so. It helps burn the calories and it's fun too. <BR> <BR> Wishing everyone the best on your Spark journey. Tue, 10 Jun 2008 12:12:16 EST Hello I am almost 45. I have always been tall so when the weight started creeping on, it wasn't too noticeable. I am now 100 pounds overweight. I can't live like this and do the things I want to in life. I have never dieted so this is a first for me. I come from a family with eating disorders (although I seem to be the only one that eats too much - they all border on anorexia) I WILL be a new person when school starts next fall, even if it onlymeans I have lost 20 pounds. My goal is to lose ... Fri, 6 Jun 2008 00:43:29 EST How to change weight tracker Help Needed please Well fellow teachers I have lost 1lb. It's been so long I've forgotten how to change my tracker. Help please is needed. Wed, 14 May 2008 05:16:46 EST How many more days? Just curious how many more days does everyone have? <BR> <BR> My school is done on May 23rd with kids. But then the Tuesday after Memorial Day we start some training. 2 of us have 2 day training and then there is a group that has to complete the SEI requirements for AZ they will be doing that from Tuesday-Saturday. Then we start summer school that next Monday. Then have July off :) So I am looking forward to a long weekend for Memorial day. Tue, 13 May 2008 23:54:17 EST Flat Stanley I was wondering if any of the teachers have ever done the flat stanley project? I am planning on doing with my class next year and was wondering how it went when you did it. Just a "teacher" question. This year isn't even quite over yet and my mind is already on next year. LOL <em>198</em> Mon, 12 May 2008 17:34:58 EST Hi! Hello! I am new, and a little lost! I'm sure I'll get the hang of it soon. I teach 3rd grade in Waxahachie, Tx. I am so glad I found you! You sound like a great group. I'm looking for a support group with great ideas! Sat, 3 May 2008 22:37:40 EST Team Goal #1 Hello all, <BR> Sparkpeople has this new feature to help us encourage you to improve and continue your new healthy lifestyles. <BR> Over time we'll add other goals, but I thought I'd start with something we should all be doing anyway, but may not always. <BR> If anyone has any suggestions for goals we should use, PLEASE - let us know and we'll set them up. It could be anything from what to eat,exercise, reading books or even doing things to take care of ourselves - I know I don't always do... Tue, 22 Apr 2008 23:29:17 EST Baby Weight: Blubberbaby A new baby has recently been hatched. To help her grow, please give her your lost weight. <BR> <BR> To do this, reply to the newest post and add your weight to the old weight. ie: old weight 2 # 2 oz, your lost is 1#, so new baby weight would be 3# 2 oz. <BR> <BR> With 152 members, lets see if we can graduate to a new baby by July 4. We will graduate to a new baby at 50#. For those of you who are working in different weights than the American Pound system, I have put a converter link to... Tue, 15 Apr 2008 21:32:22 EST hi there! I'm a chemistry teacher from Louisiana. I just joined SparkPeople this week. Any day now the evil computer guy will block this website so I can't check it on my planning period. I was interested in this team because it had "attitude" in it. Some say that would describe me... <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> My goals are to get in better shape before my summer vacation to the Caribbean. I gained 40 pounds in the last 12 years (middle age spread, I guess). Hope to get some fun and inspiration. Sat, 5 Apr 2008 14:44:48 EST Hello from France Hi, I'm Sara, 37, mum to Billy and currently working as an English assistant in French primary schools after teaching in primary schools for 13 years back in the UK. I teach English to children between the ages of 7 and 12, and also have some private students ranging between 3 and 16 years old. It's very, very different here from in schools back home, but all great experience! <BR> <BR> Sara x Wed, 2 Apr 2008 08:24:42 EST Talk it up #9 Hi TWAs! <BR> <BR> Hope you all find me! <BR> xoxoxo <BR> Annie Mon, 31 Mar 2008 10:11:22 EST Hi, from beautiful,snowy Vermont!! Hi Everyone! I am a mother of 5 grown children and grandmother of 5 beautiful grand babies! I am a dedicated Headstart teacher for 14 curious,rambunctious,wonderful 3-5 year olds.Raised my own children before I went to college for an early childhood teaching for 5 years and I love it! Surprises everyday, new challenges every year! I think the children are keeping me young and happy...Now my health and weight, that's a different story........... Fri, 28 Mar 2008 19:27:50 EST Hello from Taiwan Hi All, I'm Danni, married for 20 years (doesn't time fly when you're having fun), with 3 kids, 12 year old triplets. <BR> <BR> We started out in California, but moved to Taiwan almost 1 1/2 years ago. My Taiwanese husband is working here now, and you have to go where the work is! Our kids are enrolled in their second year in the local Chinese speaking elementary school (which goes up to grade 6), and are speaking/reading/writing good Chinese by now. <BR> <BR> I was a bit frazzled when we f... Wed, 26 Mar 2008 22:05:03 EST Hi :) Hi all, <BR> <BR> Just thought I would drop a message and say hello! Just found this team and thought it might be a good motivator to join up! Had a look through a few threads and it seems a pretty active group! <BR> <BR> I'm a teacher in Manchester UK and work with Year Five. Enjoying the holidays at the moment and making the most of it before the very hectic summer term begins! <BR> <BR> Carl Mon, 24 Mar 2008 16:03:05 EST NEED SUPPORT DESPERATELY!! Man do I need some words of wisdom! I have been off track the last couple of weeks big time. I am in the middle of giving FCAT exams here in the state of Florida and man am I stressed out! I have had a rough time getting exercise in...eating out quite a bit! So hard. I have one more week of testing and then we are through it! Any advice would be appreciated!! -Holly Fri, 14 Mar 2008 16:58:07 EST Hi from Florida. I'm new to Sparkpeople. I'm 48 with 3 grown children, 3 grandkids and a new husband. I taught 4th grade for 10 years, was a community youth director for 7 years and now I work with children of military personnel. I've been in Florida for a year now, and I love it here! and I especially love the beach. If I can get rid of some of this tummy and tone up my upper arms, I will be so happy. but more than that I've been working on a more healthy lifestyle, because I just want to stay healthy as I... Mon, 25 Feb 2008 22:19:08 EST Dressing Room Dance! Hello! I'm so excited! I did the dressing room dance on saturday after trying on a size 12 (was 16) and not having to squeeze anything into them!!! I am so happy that I am starting to see progress. Although still worried to get on a scale :( We do work weigh-ins wednesday and I'm hoping to be the big winner! Will def. let you all know! Mon, 25 Feb 2008 20:56:20 EST IT'S A NEW WEEK!!!! Well as some of you have read, last week was a week from...well it wasn't fun. I had to go to the doctor for myself on Thursday and then take my son on Friday. This is a new week! I am going to have a great one! I leave tonight to go to the Phoenix area for the final 2 days of the Marzano training that I have been attending with 3 other teachers from my school. <BR> <BR> I am saying this week is going to be better, I will do better on my eating, make good choices, and continue to get my... Mon, 25 Feb 2008 08:17:59 EST Get Well Greetings A number of us have been going through some difficult health issues. Some may be off line for an extended time. I thought one place to list greetings and wishes for getting better, stronger, etc. would be a good idea. Thu, 21 Feb 2008 21:48:14 EST Hey Ok, so I'm trying this a new way this time. I have never tried to get healthy with the help of a group. I'm 27, but with job and life stress I feel 72 sometimes. I really love feeling good, and I want to feel that way more often. Thu, 21 Feb 2008 00:07:11 EST I need to VENT! okay- I really need to vent!! I had a nice alphabet book project due today-the kids had 6 weeks to complete it....a sample page and explicit directions were sent home w/ a parent slip to sign so they were aware of the due dates..............I had about 5 parents that have tortured both me and my ICS teacher about this project the past 2 days!!! Mind you, they had 6 weeks to figure things out and ask I explained it to the class several times during the weeks and showed them... Wed, 20 Feb 2008 20:38:39 EST New to spark Hello! I am new to Spark. I teach preschool at a public school. I have two classes of 15, 3 year olds in the am, and 4 year olds in the pm. I love playing with them and teaching them about the world around them!! Tue, 19 Feb 2008 19:23:54 EST Hello from Taiwan Hi All, I'm Danni, married for 20 years come mid-March with 3 kids, triplets who are 12 years old today, Feb 18. My husband and I (he is a Chinese from Taiwan) met and married in California, and our kids were born there. I taught full-time at Ca State University before I had the kids,later in life than many people, but I transitioned into a stay-at-home-mom before they arrived. <BR> <BR> In September 2006, we all moved to live in my husband's hometown in central Taiwan. The kids are now more... Sun, 17 Feb 2008 22:18:19 EST Looking for a position & trying not to stress eat I am looking for a teaching position and am beginning to get stressed. I've been trying not to let it affect my spark goals. Does anyone have any tactics that help them resist the urge when that moment hits? I do well most of the day and then really struggle in the evening when I review the progress of the day. <BR> <BR> Sun, 17 Feb 2008 13:22:01 EST Sonoma Diet Basics Is anyone interested in joining me on using the Sonoma Diet as the basis of their eating plan? Basically the Sonoma plan is in 3 waves. The first wave lasts 10 days and is designed to break you of your sugar cravings. The second wave lasts until you reach your goal weight and is based on a 7 inch plate or 2 cup bowl concept for breakfast and using a 9 inch plate for lunch and dinner. I've lost 4 pounds in 2 weeks using it. I'm kind of excited <BR> <BR> Erica Sun, 17 Feb 2008 00:24:23 EST Question of the Day What makes you happy? Wed, 30 Jan 2008 23:28:34 EST We do so much for the kids! Hi there, <BR> I am new to Sparks, but it occurred to me how I think so much of caring for my students and my own children, but have not spent enough time really focused on my own health. I have just turned fifty and I need to focus on me. I need to exercise regularly and lose those pounds because if I don't, no one else will for me!!!! <BR> I can do it with help from all of you. WE CAN ALL DO IT!!!! Tue, 29 Jan 2008 20:48:04 EST Intro Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm on the final leg of my weight loss journey. At my heaviest, I weighed 309 pounds. I'm now lurking around 185-190 and am trying to get down to 145-150. I have been struggling with this plateau for a year now. <BR> <BR> I am an undeniable carboholic! So I find myself extremely susceptible to those sweet treats you find at every faculty meeting; and getting through the bakery aisle at the grocery store is like running the gauntlet for me. Anyone out there feel t... Mon, 28 Jan 2008 07:15:56 EST Hi from Las Vegas Hi, I am new to this forum and trying desperately to lose weight. I came here to see if I could get tips from fellow educators from time to time. I am trying to follow a lower carb diet called Carb Addicts and using the Spark website to track my intake and exercise. I teach Spanish in Las Vegas. <BR> Amy Wed, 16 Jan 2008 17:54:14 EST Reading Streak, anyone? Hi TWAs. <BR> <BR> Anyone here who uses Accelerated Reader program for building Reading comprehension? Our school does, so I have started "streaks" with my students. The ones who have read and taken AR tests daily have the number of consecutive days of reading/testing on a sticky note on their desk (third graders). I hope this will encourage my students to read more. Practice makes perfect, and I try to find every way I possibly can to encourage my students in their learning endeavors. I jus... Sun, 13 Jan 2008 19:55:50 EST Just for laughs My lesson this past week was about the importance of laughter while on this healthy lifestyle path. In that vein I received this email that I just had to share, so you can all burn a couple of calories. I hope others will share more funnies be it jokes or pictures. <BR> <BR> <BR> The next time someone asks you a dumb question wouldn't you like to respond like this?.... <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was buying a large bag of Purina dog chow for Athena, my wonder dog at Wal-Mart and was in the chec... Thu, 10 Jan 2008 21:27:22 EST I'll take all the help I can get! <em>4</em> <BR> Hello everyone! I am new to Sparks and new to this group, but I am NOT new to dieting. This is however my last time because failure is not an option. That said, how about something you haven't heard before... <BR> <BR> I'm a very straightforward individual so I'm going to just lay it all out there for you. I've now tried to write what I'm looking for (without sounding like at total x%8@#) about ten times. I will share an example to clarify: years ago, before my divorce, I ... Thu, 10 Jan 2008 17:51:30 EST Looking to join a great team! Hi there, <BR> I joined Sparks a few years ago but it didn't stick. Joining a team of like minded teachers sounds like a great way to stay motivated! Do you mind if I join you? Sat, 5 Jan 2008 17:36:38 EST New to this team, but not to SP! Hello! I've been on SP for a little over a year now. I've been a member of the other huge Teacher team, but it's just too big for me to deal with. Can I join y'all? <BR> <BR> I'm Shannon, 34, and I teach 8th grade in Phoenix. I'm married (6 years) and have a gorgeous 4-year-old daughter. :) Last year I lost about 65 pounds on SP, but with the stress of this year, I succumbed to stress eating and gained 12 of it back. I'm now 14 pounds from my goal and recommitted to getting there! Sat, 5 Jan 2008 12:16:49 EST 12 days of Christmas researched answers Because I thought some of you might be interested... here is what I found: <BR> <BR><BR>christmas.html <BR> Read this article for information: <BR> 1780 published in a story: Mirth Without Mischief <BR> But 1842 song was recorded by Halliwell <BR> Gives a VERY good description of why each item would be included in the song. (Momma warning: talks about sex) <BR> <BR> ORIGIN OF "THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS" <BR> Below is printed a popular urban myth a... Sat, 5 Jan 2008 01:34:12 EST Talk it up #8 Thought it time we started another thread. <BR> Fri, 4 Jan 2008 00:46:02 EST Hello Hello everyone. I am excited to find a teacher team on this site. Good luck to everyone. I am looking forward to supporting each other. Lori Mon, 24 Dec 2007 08:57:14 EST J's Party Talk I thought I would start a new thread so that I could share, and those who don't want to read ALL ABOUT IT, wouldn't get bored with me. <BR> <BR> My family is not doing anything for my birthday. I will get a card from my mother. Most of my friends are scattered, and don't know each other. SO, I decided since I wanted a 50th birthday party, I would have to do it myself. <BR> <BR> I am turning my LONG hallway (the one that my bird is afraid of) into a timeline with pictures. But I am also add... Mon, 17 Dec 2007 02:29:57 EST Psycho Parents, who has a story to share? Hi all! Obviously, if I've started this topic, I have dealt with at least one. And I have a real crazy one this year. She makes the last one I dealt with (12 years ago) look fairly sane by comparison. So chime in, anyone. Tell me about your crazy parent encounters and I'll tell you mine. WORD OF CAUTION: PLEASE...don't use the parent's real name, don't use the year they were in your classroom, I wouldn't want to cause anyone undue problems. But I just need to know that I'm not alone ri... Sun, 16 Dec 2007 17:39:52 EST Please welcome me back Hi everyone I have been away a long time almost a year. I had a very serious injury that for the past year and 8 months still has not healed. I am just so desperate.I have not been in the classroom for 3 months.I have gained all my weight back and more.I need support again to get me through this. <BR> <em>41</em> Mon, 10 Dec 2007 09:23:35 EST I Think We Need A New Look I saw this picture and thought it would be great for our group. LOL It made me laugh. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>c2/My20Teacher20Ate20My20Homework3.jpg </link> <BR> <BR> edit was to add link Sun, 9 Dec 2007 23:11:36 EST Introduce your position Since we have so many newbies signing up, I thought I would start a thread to introduce our positions. <BR> <BR> <BR> I am Iris/J. Middle School Librarian for 7 1/2 yrs. Classroom teacher for grades K-5 for 13 yrs. <BR> Totally an Oregonian. Sat, 24 Nov 2007 13:29:10 EST New team for subs and student teachers There is a new sparkteam for substitutes (includes long-term subs and student teachers). It is called: <BR> <BR> Substitutes for Permanent Lifestyle Changes <BR> <BR> and here is the team description: <BR> <BR> Educators working as substitutes sharing their lifestyle change journey with each other. <BR> <BR> This team will focus on issues about teaching and lifestyle change but will also be geared towards those of us who don't have a permanent classroom. <BR> <BR> I look forward to ... Sun, 11 Nov 2007 18:29:20 EST Place to just say "hi" and that you visited TWA Hi <BR> <BR> That is all that you need to say. This is just for those who don't have time to post, but want to let the group know that they are still part of the group. <BR> <BR> And, then, when you DO have time to POST to the group, visit with us on TALK IT UP. Sun, 11 Nov 2007 11:46:30 EST Introducing myself Hi, I am a new teacher (2nd year) and also a soon to be bride (next August). I have a wonderful boyfriend who goes to the gym and has had amazing results. We are both trying to eat healthier, with him doing a better job at it. I am realizing that I am rewarding myself with food. I am excited about developing healthy habits and getting into better shape for my wedding and beyond. I love that there is a site for teachers. Hi to everyone and I can't wait to start!!! emoticon Sun, 14 Oct 2007 22:14:41 EST Talk it up #7 Hi TWA's! <BR> Thought I would start a new thread since the other one was getting sooooo long! <BR> <BR> Sure hope some of my dear TWA's will have a chance to pop in this weekend to post and let us hear how you all are doing! <BR> <BR> HK Anne so glad to hear from you! Wow a retirement home in Melbourne sounds lovely! <BR> <BR> Jakay you must be having a great time at the moment. We want to hear all about your conference when you get back! <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend! <BR> <BR> Kar... Sat, 13 Oct 2007 00:29:31 EST Hello teachers! Hello to all. <BR> <BR> This is my first year teaching. I teach 8th grade math and Algebra I at a middle school in Fort Worth. It has been a really emotional, and rough, first few weeks! This has really had an impact on my motivation and well-being. I have decided not to let it take control. I am so glad I found this group. <BR> <BR> I am currently at almost the heaviest of my life, and have no energy. I have been depressed for the last couple of weeks and seriously considered quittin... Sun, 23 Sep 2007 10:11:16 EST TWA now that sounds like fun! Hi have been a sparker for 3 weeks but have just found this team. I am 31 and a primary school teacher in the Uk teaching reception (5/6 yr olds)I am too young to be this overweight so i am gonna do something about it! <BR> hope to speak to some of you in the near future. <BR> Ruth <em>18</em> Mon, 10 Sep 2007 16:05:38 EST I make an even 70!! Hi to everyone. I am new to Sparks and to anything like it, but I have decided that I need a support system to do this. I just made my plan yesterday and started it today and I am ready. I don't have a page up yet, just wanted to introduce myself and tell you that I am now a "teacher with an attitude" (not that I wasn't before...) <em>104</em> Mon, 20 Aug 2007 16:18:56 EST Living in a nut free world Hi everyone. <BR> <BR> I teach in a school that has anaphylactic students and so we are not allowed to bring nuts to school of any kind. Of course, 3 years ago when I switched school was when I started liking peanut butter again. My first school had no such rule because there were no allergies. Murphy's Law huh. <BR> <BR> And I don't often bring meat things to school. I'm going to try but I'm thinking in more of snack terms. Does anyone have ideas of what I can do for snacks that would have... Thu, 9 Aug 2007 12:07:53 EST Hey Teachers! Good Morning! <BR> <BR> Just happened across this team and thought "I have to join!". My name is Carol, and I am 43. I've been married for 20 years and have 4 kiddos (17,15,13,12) <BR> I'm not a certified teacher, but I'm what I call "the next best thing"! I am an Instructional Assistant for LD kids in the Jr. High setting. I specifically work with the 8th graders. This will be my 3rd year....before that I worked with MOMD kids in a Life Skills program. Before that....I was home with my kids... Tue, 7 Aug 2007 10:19:11 EST Talk it Up #6 Hi, this is the continuing thread of conversation for Teachers With an Attitude (TWA). Please remember to have your water close by while you post. <BR> <BR> The core group has been meeting for over 3 years at the NKA (No Kids Allowed) Bar following a hard day's work. The new additions to the core, well, they have been less than that, but just as valuable to our group. <BR> <BR> Just because you feel that we know each other really well, don't think for a moment that we don't have room fo... Mon, 6 Aug 2007 10:56:41 EST Can I Join? I'm 32 years old, and I have about two years left until I graduate with a BA in Elementary Education. As of now I work part-time as a 9-1-1 Operator, and spend most of my day with my boys (ages 3 and 7). I spent last school year in the classroom as a parent volunteer one or two times a week. <BR> I recently quit smoking, and gained 20 pounds on top of the excess weight I already had. I'm looking forward to graduation, and the beginning of a new career (and a smaller wardrobe). Fri, 3 Aug 2007 21:11:41 EST Hello Hi Im Amy, new to spark points and to teaching!!! I will be teaching ESL(English as a Second Language) in Sept. Anyone here teach ESL? I could always use some ideas!! Tue, 24 Jul 2007 13:15:00 EST Hello everyone I am rejoining spark and I found this site. I am in administration and I only have 9 days until I am back at school full force! WOW, where did the summer go. I can't wait to chat with people from the same field. It is so hard for non educational careers to "get it" Sat, 21 Jul 2007 10:29:12 EST Just a hello! I wanted to introduce myself --I have been teaching high school English for almost six years (sheesh, time flies!) and am almost finished with my master's. Is it OK that I really want someone to fix the team name so that there's no apostrophe? (I'm assuming there are several teachers "with attitudes" in this team?) <em>41</em> Sorry, I know that's annoying --my friends have assured me of that. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm hoping to drop the 20ish pounds I've put on since beginning my career. Fu... Tue, 26 Jun 2007 16:41:02 EST Talk it up #5 Hi TWA's! <BR> <BR> I thought I would start up a new thread since the last one was getting a bit long. <BR> <BR> Yippie to those on spring break! Hope you are having a great week! <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> My spring break is just a nice memory now...I do get off Good Friday so that is something nice to look forward to. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Annie so sorry to hear that you lost your dmil. I know this has to be a tough time for you right now. Just know we are keeping you in our thoughts a... Mon, 26 Mar 2007 13:15:09 EST trophies--did you know that you get them? Did you know that as you get sparkpoints, they earn you a trophy? <BR> <BR> Here is how to see your tropies on your Home page. <BR> At the bottom of the "Today on SparkPeople" column, there's a button for customizing that column. Click on that, and on the next page, click on the show sparkpoints box. Then you should see your sparkpoints total and your current trophy at the top of the Today column. <BR> <BR> j--635 points to first trophy (about 2 months away) Mon, 15 Jan 2007 23:03:03 EST Okay---L Librarian can't find the team map How do I see the team map to see where people are located? I know I found it once, but I can't seem to remember the steps. Anyone else remember? <BR> j Sun, 14 Jan 2007 00:03:43 EST Talk it Up #4 Ok! I'll try this again!!! Woops! I made another talk it up #3! Hope it doesn't cause too much confusion! <BR> <BR> Happy 2007! <BR> <BR> Cheers to a new site and a new year! <BR> <BR> xoxoxoxo <BR> Annie Wed, 3 Jan 2007 15:44:58 EST Talk it Up #3 Hi TWAs! <BR> <BR> had a bit of time so thought I would start a new topic! <BR> New topic for a new year! Woo Hoo! <BR> <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> xoxoxo <BR> Annie Wed, 3 Jan 2007 15:41:25 EST Getting the water in. . . For work, I get up at 545ish, leave at 7, have a break at 930ish, lunch at 1130ish, then no break until the end of the day (3:04). For the last two days I have been averaging 4-5 cups of water (might hit eight tonight) and I have to pee ALL THE TIME. Does this get easier? I can get this much water, probably more, throughout the day, but I can't be leaving my class every half hour! Hints/tips/suggestions? Sun, 31 Dec 2006 19:06:48 EST Teachers with ATTITUDE?? Why, you know that isn't allowed in the real world, don't you! =) <BR> <BR> I was so happy to find this group! I'm one of those irritating newbies that start flocking to the weight loss websites this time of year. <BR> <BR> Thanks for having me in your group! <BR> <BR> Wed, 27 Dec 2006 03:02:06 EST What book?? What book will you enjoy over vacation that is adult level reading and noneducational? Yes, I am trying to motivate us to get out of the work mode for vacation with our reading selections. <BR> <BR> I will have to think about what I will be reading. <BR> j Sat, 16 Dec 2006 00:45:06 EST How long is your Christmas Break? We get two weeks if you count up the days. We get out early December 21st (Thursday) and go back Wednesday January 3. Pretty good and mostly because of when Christmas and New Years falls. I know I will be at school working over break at least some. Mon, 11 Dec 2006 13:32:14 EST I didn't eat a cinnamon roll!!! that the cooks gave us for snacks today! <BR> <BR> Instead I came back to my room and had a 100 calorie pack?!!! <BR> <BR> What do you do to avoid temptation at school, especially around the holidays when there ALWAYS seems to be goodies in the "workroom"? Fri, 1 Dec 2006 11:10:18 EST Talk it up #3 Here it is gilrs #3 started and ready to go!! Anne, the best think I have found to get me back into the exercise track is buddies!! I have two girl friends that I work out with and it seems to help us all to stay together. Find soemone who is willing to make sure you both do, be each others police, we often joke about who hasn't worked out and such, it seems to work! <BR> Avin Mon, 27 Nov 2006 21:23:04 EST Talk it up #3 Here it is gilrs #3 started and ready to go!! Anne, the best think I have found to get me back into the exercise track is buddies!! I have two girl friends that I work out with and it seems to help us all to stay together. Find soemone who is willing to make sure you both do, be each others police, we often joke about who hasn't worked out and such, it seems to work! <BR> Avin Mon, 27 Nov 2006 21:22:45 EST Talk it Up #2 Hi Sweets! <BR> <BR> How's that for service? <BR> <BR> Good day today. DS got his braces off! Yahoo! He is very excited. He ate gummy bears tonight! Too funny! <BR> <BR> J-Just remember, very few of us love the way we look in a bathing suit! Besides you will be in the water and it is the best exercise! I wish we had water aerobics, not lumpy ladies!!!! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> 5 of my students will move out of my room tomorrow. I'm not sure who they are as I had to take the PM off ... Wed, 6 Sep 2006 01:40:50 EST New to team, SP, but not to TWA Good evening everyone! <BR> <BR> Just joined SP yesterday and I am still figuring out how to navigate around. I was happy to find a team of teachers, esp. ones with attitude. <BR> <BR> I am married with 2 sons (almost 13 and 11). I teach Resource room for K-5 students. I just returned to this position last year after teaching in a self-contained class for 6 years. My body just couldn't handle the pain anymore. <BR> <BR> We don't "officially" start trainings until 8/23 and the kids c... Mon, 7 Aug 2006 23:31:38 EST Teaching tips/ideas I just heard about a great writing program called "Step UP to Writing". My sis bought the books & attended the workshop, and it looks really good. She has taught 6+Traits, Write Source, 4 Corner, etc., and she said that this was the first writing program that taught strategies on how to teach the kids to write. Has anyone taught this or heard about it? Wed, 2 Aug 2006 02:50:22 EST Oh what to do the first week of school?? <em>150</em> Hi Sweets! <BR> <BR> What I'm looking for are some fresh new ideas and activities for the first days of school. Maybe some good web sites with great lesson plans. I have some of my traditions that I use every year, and would like some other tried and tested ideas. <BR> <BR> I am also looking for some really good writing prompts. We use the 6+Traits Writing at my school. I take writing samples at the beginning, middle, and end of the year to score. Would really like some ... Fri, 28 Jul 2006 14:22:11 EST Let's Celebrate!!! Do you ever feel so good about a major accomplishment that only those going through the same thing could understand and celebrate with you??? Mon, 24 Jul 2006 00:15:28 EST Need to VENT!!!! Ever just feel so angry you could spit carpet tacks??? Mon, 24 Jul 2006 00:13:52 EST New to the site and this whole team thing hi all, <BR> I am new to this site and the whole team thing! I saw teachers and got excited! I teach 6-8 resource room and we have a new principal (well this will be his second year)and if it is anyting like last year its going to be a busy hectic stressful year!! I am hoping that I can get on this site at school our filter blocks soo much! I have to weimaraners and volnteer for a theraputic riding program that keep me pretty busy. I dont have any children of my ow and I am paitenywaitin... Sun, 23 Jul 2006 22:06:53 EST Quick Exercise Routines (aka 20-30 min) I go for a brisk walk. Sat, 22 Jul 2006 22:05:38 EST What do you eat for lunch? I usually eat dinner leftovers from the night before. Sat, 22 Jul 2006 22:04:19 EST Easy dinner ideas My step-daughter raved for days about this one <BR> <BR> Baked Herbed Chicken Dinner w/ potatoe and green beans. <BR> Recipe makes 2 servings so make enough for the number of people you are feeding. You might eat 1 seving, but your husband might eat 2 servings. So prepare according to family needs <BR> <BR> Coat 2 chicken breasts with 2 tsp olive oil and sprinkle with italian seasoning. Put in oven safe bowl and cover and place in fridge to marinate while at work. <BR> <BR> When it's... Sat, 22 Jul 2006 22:00:37 EST Classroom Management Any ideas on what to use to "bribe" 5th graders with to behave and do what they should do that doesn't cost much money - my principal is anit-T.V. So popcorn and movie is probably out of the question. <BR> <BR> Erica Sat, 22 Jul 2006 21:43:32 EST Talk it up!! How are you doing? What's going on with life? <BR> <BR> Erica Sat, 22 Jul 2006 21:41:30 EST Yes -- We do have time for breakfast. Soy Protein Complete Meal Smoothie (trust me this tastes good) <BR> <BR> 1/4 of a block soft/silken tofu - 60 calories <BR> 1 container low fat yogurt(any kind)- approx. 120 calories <BR> 1/2 cup water <BR> 1 packet no calorie sweetner <BR> 1 cup frozen fruit (any kind)- approx 75 calories <BR> <BR> Blend all ingedients and pour into large disposable cup and drink on the way to work. Sat, 22 Jul 2006 21:39:30 EST Snacks on the Go Veggie sack <BR> <BR> In a gallon size zip-loc bag I put <BR> <BR> 1 cucumber peeled and sliced (1 inch thick or they don't hold up for the day) <BR> 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes <BR> 1 cup baby carrots <BR> 1 bell pepper, sliced any color <BR> <BR> Sprinkle with any flavor rice wine vinegar and munch throughout the day -- especially after lunch. <BR> <BR> I also bring along 2 pkgs of string cheese - and store these in a small fridge I keep in my classroom. Sat, 22 Jul 2006 21:26:06 EST