Monthly Archives: June 2016

The End/A New Beginning

I finished my last portion of my language arts obligation with curriculum writing. It was a little bittersweet because the ladies and gentleman on my team were a great deal of fun. I enjoyed teaching English Language Arts for the past twelve years. I still like the subject matter; however, I am embracing another part of my makeup: the history major. I see myself giving my students bits of history even more often than I did in the past. I love telling the stories of how things happen as much as I love reading about those events. I am as giddy as a school girl preparing for the first day of school all over again. I am taking a few days to chill at home before tackling my new curriculum. I have a workshop next week, so I will hit the books before then. The idea of three or four unstructured days appeals to me on an emotional level. I need the time off to recharge, refresh, and rejoice. My garden needs my time. My friends need my ears and undivided attention. My family needs my creative talents in the kitchen. My soul needs my daily walks and/or runs as the weather permits.

I will share my insights about my new adventure as it progresses. Later, gators.

RLT

I Could Not Resist


I just had to share this one. I saw it on Facebook a couple of weeks ago, and I have not been able to stop snickering whenever I have stumbled across it in my photos.

Moms and dads are the first teachers each child knows. I am merely meant to complement their efforts, not compete with them. Tag, you’re “it!”

RLT

Some Good Ideas for Twitter

As you may know, I maintain a Twitter account linked to this blog. I am a subscriber of Edublogs for my classroom blog account. They make it look superb with my input, and I recommend them. I will make a print out of the infographic and post it in my classroom for my digital learners’ use.

26 Effective Ways to Use Twitter

RLT

New Digs

Today I spent five hours working on throwing out my unnecessary items from language arts and moving my personal belongings to my new classroom. At the end, I was tired and began putting things in higgledy-piggledy and snapping pictures for future remembrance.

RLT 

Teacher Stats

Teacher Stats:

21 years
1800+ students
5 schools
8 classrooms
3 grade levels
4 different class subjects
5 principals
4 certifications
0 Masters degree
1 club sponsored
2 sports coached (assistant)
0 maternity leaves
3 student teachers

What are your teaching stats?

I saw this on Facebook and decided to play along. When seen from a historical perspective, it boggles the mind about one’s accomplishments. I tend to downplay achievements, yet I know that I have been completing my mission one year at a time. As one former major league pitcher said, “It ain’t bragging if you done it.”

RLT

The End of an Era

The title could refer to any number of changes that will occur in the near future for me. Let’s start with the professional level, shall we? Next year I will be returning to my first teaching discipline. I will be teaching sixth grade world cultures. This is an opportunity to really showcase my passion for history and geography and to try to instill a life lesson or two along the way by teaching about the peoples of the world and their ways of life. This opportunity presented itself when my current social studies colleague on my academic team took another position as a digital learning coach at two middle schools. When Bryan told me about his new position two weeks ago, I cried. I have enjoyed working with this young man who is a fellow believer. He hails from North Carolina and has a wonderful sense of humor. I was and am happy for him; I will miss him but wish him great success in this undertaking. Later that week, his teaching partner asked me if I would consider switching from language arts to social studies. Without missing a beat, I readily agreed. Lisa and I have wanted to work together in past years, yet we were never on the same academic team. She is one of the reasons why I am at my current campus. I approached my principal, and last week, my principal said yes. I have begun moving my personal items to my new classroom without taking over the decorating. I told my department about my change, and I will be getting my room cleared early next week. I will have new curriculum to absorb once I fulfill my duties as a first-time curriculum writer late next week.

The other major change will take place on Saturday when my only child, my son graduates from high school. When he tried on his cap and gown officially on Monday, my eyes watered. “It fits” was all I could manage to utter. Where the future will take my son I do not know; however, I do know that he has been taught right from wrong. I know that he knows he is loved, valued, and cherished. We have laughed at stupid inside jokes only the two of us get. He does not mind when I grab him and hug him for no good reason other than just to hug my son. Mornings are complete with him at the breakfast table reading his Bible with the blinds open for more sun. We have joked about the amount of protein “demanded” by his weightlifting coach. I have peered over his shoulder and marveled at his writing ability that has been honed and sharpened by his excellent English teachers, present company excluded. He loves reading ,history,music (country & western and jazz), exercise, and the outdoors. He plays tenor saxophone and knows to play “Naima” by John Coltrane when I am in a blue funk. That stupid brick I tried to put on his head failed to keep him smaller and halt the steps of time. Slow down just a bit more.

RLT