Monday, May 25, 2009

The Divine Weaver

"The Divine Weaver"

My life is but a weaving
Between my Lord and me;
I cannot choose the colors
He worketh steadily.

Oft times He weaveth sorrow
And I, in foolish pride,
Forget that He seeth the upper,
And I the underside.

Not till the loom is silent
And the shuttles cease to fly,
Shall God unroll the canvas
And explain the reason why.

The dark threads are as needful
In the Weaver's skillful hand,
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned.

The above poem was in the devotion I read today in the following book: Walking with the Women of the Bible A Devotional Journey Through God's Word by Elizabeth George. I liked the poem and thought that I would share it with all of you.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Philosophy of Education week 1

To start I got an A in both of my classes from last semester. Time for a new semester and new classes. My new class started this week and it is an online class. I actually took this class 11 years ago, but it doesn't count, so I have to take it again. Was told up front that we have to give about 10 hours a week to this class. I am okay now with that, but wait until my other two classes start next month, and dedicating 10 hours a week to this class will be much harder.

My time to this started by not being able to view everything I need to view. The problem, my MAC. I spent time on the phone with help desk from the University and they said to download a certain program from the Internet and it should help. Guess what it didn't. Where I subbed yesterday, I was able to view the needed article and printed it up. I went ahead and printed up all of next week's articles.

I have to read articles, respond to a question and my views, then respond to other people's responses. At the end of the week, I am to send a reflection and self-evaluation of the week.

So, what did I read this week? My first article was about how the mayor of NYC had control of the school system and his control expires at the end of next month, unless the state lawmakers pass a new law to extend his control a few more years. There are still some problems, not everybody feels they have a say. But it was interesting.

Another article was John Dewey's belief of education that he gave over 100 years ago. I had to reflect on my pedagogy of education and compare it to Dewey's.

Then I had to read an article that compares Jefferson's bill of education for VA from the 1790's to NCLB. I learned some interesting things. It was good. Jefferson wanted VA to be divided up into districts like what we have today. Both bills mentioned curriculum, what should be taught, they are similar but different.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Phone Interview

Yesterday I had an email from a charter school in Cleveland. (This is not the one I have been interested in). I gave them my resume at either one of the two job fairs last month. I went to their website yesterday and filled out an application, I also checked on job openings for the next school year. I replied to the email and said I was interested in a phone interview. I came home from school today to find out the interview was for this afternoon. The interview lasted about 30 minutes. It was okay. I will find out later this week or first part of next week, if I made it to the next round of interviews.

I looked at the study guide I got for the Praxis II test I am taking next month. I will need prayer for that. The topics to be covered is not middle school science topics. The topics are high school and college level. There are things I have never heard of. I am making a list of things to look up on the internet to help me to study.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

No Reason

For awhile I was shaking inside and a bit scared, now I'm getting a little angry. Do the police have to have a reason to run your plates and registration? Mine was ran for no reason this evening. The only thing I could think of was the fact I still had expired TX emissions window sticker still on my windshield. (Most of it is now gone.) That alone should not be a reason to run some body's plates. I do have OH plates on my car, but my DL is TX. I was leaving the movie theatre around 6 pm this evening. Across the road was a police car. He pulled out, then I pulled out. He pulled over and I went on. He then came behind me. I pulled out onto the main road and into the left lane. He turned out behind me and the next thing I knew, he put his lights on. I was doing nothing wrong. I pulled into a dealership. He asked if my name was so and so. He said that my license were expired. I said that they weren't and didn't expire until 2011. He asked if I had them and I did and got it out of my wallet and gave it to him. I haven't had OH DL since the summer of '99. He went back to his car and came back saying I could go, there was nothing wrong. He did ask how long I had been in OH, and I said two years. I did tell him that I kept thinking I was going to move again, which I still do. He told me I need to get my OH DL. I was still a bit shaky an hour later. It was a weird and a scary experience. Besides thinking I was going to move again, I didn't want to take the written test again so I could get my OH DL again. I had just renewed them back in '05, they were still good when I moved back home two years ago. I will probably do it at some point this summer. I still think he had no reason to run my plates and scare me like he did.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

A New Normal

Yesterday, I had my port flushed. I was talking to the nurse about my white blood count. I finished Interferon 7 months ago, and my white blood count is still at 3.7, as of last month. I asked how long does it take for your white blood count to go back up to normal? She said about a month or two. I told her where mine was, and she said that might be my new normal. I am very close to normal. Normal is 4.0, and I am at 3.7. I still get cold pretty easily, but not as much, since the temps are rising, but still....