Saturday, September 26, 2009


Well Today I subbed for Suzie Teacher and let me tell you-What a day! I had the class from Purgatory. I take that back. The class was not from Purgatory maybe just one student! No seriously! This is a prime example of the old adage-"A rotten apple can ruin the whole bunch!" Sally Student as I call her would not listen, would not follow directions and had such a loud carrying voice that it just instantly give you a headache. I foresee a career in broadcasting for Sally Student and her booming voice. She thought that the class revolved around her and that her needs had to be met before anyone else's. She also seemed to think that if things were difficult she could just throw a temper tantrum and get out of it. I also had Sam Student in my class. A good student but seems to have a knack for causing trouble. Of course you know that Sam and Sally (along with Gabby Giggles) seemed to gravitate towards each other! Well I was muddling through the day. Things were going better but they were far from great.  Sam Student and Gabby Giggles finally decided that they had better steer clear of Sally-at least when I was around! Still Sally was bound and determined to be the center of attention; so she stands up and yells as loud as she can- "I CAN'T DO THIS!" "IT'S TOO HARD!" I don't what know what about that saying did it to me but I snapped. I walked straight over to Sally Student told her to stop and sit down in the meanest, sharpest, voice I had. She sat down and began to cry. I was in shock myself-I had never heard myself speak to anyone (let alone a child) in that manner. I instantly felt ashamed. It didn't help either that the class had gone instantly silent. I told everyone to color the picture on their page and I would be right back. I went into the rest room and sat down. That is when I realized that I could not make it through the rest of this day alone. I asked God to help me help me and instantly I felt a weight lifted  off of me. I know you've heard that probably a million times but when you lay a burden down instantly you feel lighter. Well I was jolted back to reality by the sounds of Gabby Giggles. The class got silent as I walked out. "I can do this," I thought to myself. "Just one thing at a time and one moment at at time." So I walked back over to the lesson and things seemed to calm down some. I could still hear Sally Student sniffling though. So I decided to give everyone a break after they fished the assignment. I told them to play with the play dough in their desk. BTW, who ever thought of the half dollar sized containers of play dough-Genius! So while they were playing I headed over to see Sally Student. By this time she had wiped away her tears and was working on completing her class work. I walked over and asked her if she was ok. She wined her big annoying voice that she needed help. Resisting the urge to snap at her again, I took a deep breath and asked her (in the politest voice I could muster) if she would raise her hand. She did. I smiled at her and she smiled at me. I was able to help her with her work and things went a lot smoother the rest of the afternoon. When ever she would decided to act out. I would (calmly reminder her-even if I wasn't calm on the inside!) redirect her.  She did so well the rest of the afternoon that I gave her a peice of candy for being so good! When it was time to go she hugged me goodbye. I have always heard that teachers sometimes learn more than the students. Well that is definitely true in this case. I am schedule to sub for Suzie Teacher again soon and I am wondering what kind of lesson I will learn next.Morale of this story-The Power of life and death are in the tongue. James 3:

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Friday, September 25, 2009


I got a pleasant surprise yesterday. When I was the hallway yesterday at school, Suzie Teacher walked up to me and asked if I was going to be her sub today. Yes I said a little anxiously. Suzie teacher had never said anything about me filling in for her before  except some complaints because I didn't get all the work she had left done. So when she shouted "Yes!" in the hall way I was shocked. Apparently my good work has not gone unnoticed.  :) Now, I will be the first to admit that I am not the perfect substitute by any means but I do try to follow the teachers lesson plans and make sure the kids don't run wild. Then Suzie teacher teacher told me she had a challenging class-no biggie. I had already heard and the first graders this year were very challenging. I can handle anything with the Lord and it helps to keep one my grandma's sayings in mind-"Old age and treachery will always win out over youth and inexperience!" :)

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Top 10 favorite children's books

I watched a video today with my class with some wonderful children's stories. I have been reading for all my life-even before I was born. I love to share my favorite books with others. I have often thought about becoming a children's librarian. However, that requires you to get your masters degree and there are no universities close that offer the degree Maybe someday! *sigh* Here are my top 10 children's books in no particular order:

1. Where the Wild Things Are

2. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad day!

3. The Miracaules Journey of Edward Tulane

4. Anne of Green Gables series

4. Twilight Series

5. Lemony Snickett Series

6. Harry Potter Series

7. The Giving Tree

8. Green Eggs and Ham

9. Little House in the Big Woods

10. Mercy Watson series


Sunday, September 20, 2009

September 20, 2009

This is from the Simple Woman's Daybook. I really like the format.

For Today...

Outside my window... sunshine and hazy skies

I am nice it is just to sit here and relax

From the learning rooms... life and lots of trips to the library

I am thankful for... my friends

From the kitchen... finding gluten free recipes and meal planning.

I am wearing... shorts, t-shirt, and flip flops

I am reading... I John and Memories by Barbara Walters

I am hoping... rest and start to feel better.

I am creating... Christmas crafts

I am praying... my friend Ricky, a lady a church and that my liver will get back to normal quickly without a lot of pain or discomfort

Around the house... watching the sun shine in through the screen door.

One of my favorite things... drawing

A few plans for the rest of the week... work and get started on my Christmas crafts.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...

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