Saturday, February 13, 2016

Three Day Quote Challenge one

I got nominated to participate in a 3 day quote challenge by Dakotas Den.  Three days, three quotes.

Thanks for nominating us!

I'm a teacher.

This is my 23rd year in the classroom, not including all the years I've spent as a student.  I think I've only been out of the school setting for 4 years of my ENTIRE life.  That's crazy.

Last week, I ran into a former student in the main office.  She's now 31.  My mom pointed out that that was the age I was when she was my student.  She has a 10 year old kid.  I think that makes me the kid's grandma.

As a special education teacher, I go into regular education classrooms to support the special education students and the teacher.  Over the years, this has given me the chance to work with dozens and dozens of teachers in all subject areas.  I've learned something from each teacher I've worked with, and am so indebted to many of them.  They shaped my teaching and inspired me.

Today, I will share two of my favorite quotes from two of those teachers.

The first quote came from a fantastic math teacher.   Not only did he inspire me with this quote, but he also gave me really useful tricks for figuring out word problems and translating systems of equations.  I can still hear him saying "money plus money equals money, and tickets plus tickets equals number of tickets."  Even though the curriculum has changed 3 times since I worked with him, I still use his tricks with my present students.

Not only was he a good teacher, but his classroom always had a really great vibe.

Here is his inspiring quote:
"Your students might not remember what you taught them, but they will remember how you made them feel."  

Really, this can apply to any situation, not just the classroom.   Shouldn't we always try and create an environment where everyone feels loved and respected?  I try my best everyday to make my students feel valued and important and loved.

Some days it is not so easy.

This leads me to my next quote from an English teacher on the verge of retirement.  In fact, I never really worked with her, I just used her classroom for one period a day in my very early years of teaching.
 "Be kindest to the student you like the least.  They'll end up being your favorite by the end of the year."

This is tough, tough advice....but I can hear that teacher in my head whenever I have a student who is not so easy to love.  One must always remember that we don't know what is really going on in someone's life.  They are probably acting a certain way for a reason.  A little bit of kindness can go a long way.  So, if someone isn't being nice to you, be nice to them anyway.

I run into that teacher at my farm stand every once in awhile.  Next time, I really should tell her how that one statement has shaped my teaching.

I will forever be grateful for all the teachers who gave me practical and useful and FREE advice.  I'm also indebted to the teachers I worked with who weren't so inspiring.  They taught me what doesn't work!  Which really is just as important.

As you can see in this old video, my teaching skills always need to be honed.

back to school from Sara on Vimeo.

We're supposed to nominate three other people for the challenge.  But, I'll just open it up to anyone who wants to play.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

fluffy snow

Finally got a few inches of some good snow.  The fluffy variety!

All the school's around us got a two hour delay (not really sure why), but my school had us come in on time.  School is closed next week for winter break, so no chance of a snow day then.  Oh well, maybe in March we'll get a couple storms.  If we don't use our snow days we lose them, and I really don't want that to happen!

Chewy wasn't complaining about the snow.  He always stops his antics when he see us watching....

Oreo eats the snow, but he never rolls in it.

The lost australian shepherd I wrote about a few weeks ago was finally caught last night.  She had been on the run for 18 days, traveling about 10 miles a day.  I saw her running down the road once and called right away, but they didn't want me to follow her, because she would run further.  She had reverted to survival mode, and even when her owner got within 30 feet of her, she didn't recognize her.   The dog hadn't been seen for three long days when a call came in from vermont.  She was traveling down a road there.  They were able to get a trap set up ahead of her and two hours later they had her.  She was 26 miles from the spot where she was originally lost.  So happy they got her before the really cold weather this weekend.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

rock relative

Well, last week we saw "grandfather rock", a few days later we met the great grandfather!

We did a trail that I haven't been to since Misty died.    

It's a short, quick trail.  Perfect for walking while you're waiting for the library down the road to open.
The sounds here were amazing!
 I've never been down there during the winter.  These photos make it look a lot colder than it was.
 Quite spectacular, but I think I prefer it without all the ice.

If you want to see more photos of  Misty on this trail, click here.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

rocks with names

We traveled up to the mountain top preserve again on Wednesday.  Still some snow up there, even though we really don't have any.

We did the Otter Creek trail...but saw no otter or creek.  Hmmmm.  I know there are otters there somewhere. I'll have to find out where they really are since my logical assumption didn't work out so well.

However, we still saw some cool stuff.  Like this huge rock which even has a name ~Grandfather Rock.

Treats please!
This place was called the "rock garden".  
And this cool place was called the "sentinels".  Of course, it was way cooler in person.

And we even came across some more boardwalks.  My favorite!

 Thanks for coming along on our walk!

Monday, January 25, 2016

early day

This is exam week for me, which means some days I get out of work a little early and other days I'm there very late.

Today was an early day, so the dogs got a trip to the nature preserve before dusk.

 When we arrived there was a woman hanging a sign at the trail head.  Her dog has been lost since Saturday.  We took a flier and promised to call if we spotted the australian shepherd.  I hope she finds her soon!
We looked and the dogs sniffed, but we didn't see any dogs.
 We did hear and see the pileated woodpecker swoosh by.  He's been quite busy!
We also saw the white tails of some deer in the distance.
 Mandatory bridge photo!
 Probably didn't need the bridge today.
 Don't jump Chewy!
Exam week means I'm officially halfway to summer break, and only three weeks until winter break!  Yippee!

Friday, January 22, 2016

pertinacious puppy

What is Chewy doing?  Doggie yoga in the kitchen?  I think this pose is called uttana shishosana, otherwise known as "puppy posture".

Nope, he's trying to get a cheerio out from under the oven.  You'll have to watch (and listen) to see if he succeeds.