Sunday, October 31, 2010

Respect Contract

Tomorrow morning, will talk with my kids about respect. What does it mean? What does it look like? How do you show it? ETC. Then as a class, we will write a respect contract and they will all sign it, and I will post it up on the empty word wall, as a visual reminder for them.

I am also planning on being tougher, not accepting talking back, disrespect, and tattling. They act like they are in Kindergarten, when in reality they are in the sixth grade.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

God is on the Throne During the Good Times and Bad

The title of this post comes from a Phillips, Craig & Dean song, "You Are God Alone". That song has meant a lot to me for about 4 years. I remember singing it at church, when I was still living in Dallas. It means a lot to me now. I know that what I am going through, God is on His throne. God will be glorified in the end. God will judge these people and they will receive the negative consequences that they have earned. But, until then, it is hard. I have never experienced this before. In all of my years of teaching, I have never had anybody call me "racist". The respect I am getting is not good. It is affecting me, and I am hurting.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Green vs. Teal

This afternoon, I went to my niece's basketball game. It was game 3 of her season. I didn't go to last week's games. The first basket made was 12 minutes into the game. Each quarter is 8 minutes long. At half-time, the score was 2-0. My niece's team scored their first basket in the 3rd quarter. Final score was 14-8. Her team, scored all of their points in the third quarter. Green lost the game.

Both team tried to make lots of shots, but as you can see from the score, not very many went in. A few were close. One thing, I noticed, is that they didn't pay too much attention to who they were passing the ball to. There were lots of steals because of this. My niece stole the ball a couple of times, tried to make a couple of baskets, and did well, driving the ball down the court.

I didn't make it to any games last year. My niece has made lots of growth in her basketball skills in the past two years. She did make a few baskets last week. She has one more game, that is next Monday, not sure if I will go or not.

This Month's Port Flush

Last Wednesday, October 13, I had my port flushed. It had been 5 weeks since the last flush, and so I was concerned, wondering if I would have any problems. I had no problems whatsoever. Maybe that is behind me. Afterwards, I got to see one of my buddies.

Friday, October 01, 2010

Starting My Action Research Project

Last Friday, in the mail, I received my letter saying I was allowed to do my action research project, with stipulations. One, was to contact the different principals and to show the letter, I was sent, to them. This evening, I sent 32 emails to the different elementary principals. I will personally talk to my principal. I explained briefly who I was, and what I am doing. I asked each Principal's permission to contact their teachers next week, asking them to participate in my project. Will see who responds to my email and what kind of response I get. Hopefully, I get a good response, then I can send out my emails to the teachers Tuesday night, while at class.