Mad skills. Crazy good skills. Skills that help other people. Skills that I've really enjoyed developing over the course of my life so far. Am I a master at any one of them? I'm not sure I'd call myself a master of any of them; although there are a few that I so thoroughly enjoy, … Continue reading I Got Skills!
Where the Sidewalk Ends
I came across this Shel Silverstein poem that someone posted the other day. It reminded me of when I did my student teaching during my senior year of college; Where The Sidewalk Ends was a popular book among the third graders in my class. You might be familiar with one of his other very popular books, The Giving … Continue reading Where the Sidewalk Ends
Lenette’s Garden (Weekly Photo Challenge Entry #2)
Today's thank you is to the lovely Lenette (she's fourth from the left in the back). In 2004 I started a new job as a grants officer for a local United Way, and while I knew enough about two areas for which I was going to be responsible (school-age and early childhood education), there was one … Continue reading Lenette’s Garden (Weekly Photo Challenge Entry #2)
Tales of a 4th Grade…Something (part 2)
A while back I wrote about my year teaching fourth grade. It was a long time ago, almost 26 years. I'll always think of the kids from that class as 9 and 10 year olds. But of course if it's been 26 years, so the kids are all grown up. Imagine my surprise last night when … Continue reading Tales of a 4th Grade…Something (part 2)
The Palmer Method
Earlier in the week I mentioned that I had to conduct some interviews in my job. I don't own an iPad or a tablet on which to record my notes during the interviews, and using a tape recorder would be a bit too intimidating, I think. So, I resort to the more traditional method using … Continue reading The Palmer Method
11th Grade Homeroom
I love it when I see on Facebook pictures posted from high school days. I must admit the only pictures I have are in my yearbook from senior year, which is sitting in a milk crate in my basement. The wonder of Facebook certainly is the unexpected, and fun, finds that pop up almost daily. … Continue reading 11th Grade Homeroom
I began today to clean up the basement. We have more junk and clothes and toys and crap down there than we will ever use. The nice thing is that we can have a pretty terrific yard sale in a couple of weeks. The Lego's alone have the potential to bring in a enough to … Continue reading Kash’s Teacher
Wake Up Call
I was having a conversation at work yesterday during a supervision session with one of my staff. He's a good guy, a ton of experience, well-respected by just about the entire staff. He recounted a comment that one of his hallway-mates made about a presentation he did at a recent staff retreat. She'd said "Wow, … Continue reading Wake Up Call
3 – 2 – 1!
I have made the commitment to blog a thank you every day for 365 days. Today will be my 40th day. Some days the words just flow and the writing is done in less than half an hour. Other days I'm in a quandary, wanting badly to be sincere in my thanks and finding little … Continue reading 3 – 2 – 1!
Tales of a Fourth Grade…Something!
I'm not sure if there is much that easy about being a teacher, these days or when I was in a classroom in 1987! That year I was a fourth grade teacher in a Catholic school in Riverside. There were 32 kids in the class...crazy, right?! I got the job the day school started. My … Continue reading Tales of a Fourth Grade…Something!