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Betting on the Hodgepodge!

Hola bloggy friends!  It’s time for Joyce’s Hodgepodge, and she’s cooked up some creative questions this week!  Play along by answering on your own site and linking back up with Joyce!

1.  Do you play games of luck/chance for money? Have you ever played bingo for money? Visited a casino?  Placed a bet on a horse? Bought a lottery ticket?

I live in Florida, which has a lottery.  We have bought a ticket for each of the two drawings per week, using the same numbers each time, for years.  We’ve won a little bit of money here and there but, obviously, not the BIG payout.  I’d be retired if we had.  We’ve played Bingo for money when we’ve been on cruises and have gotten quite lucky.  I also visited a few casinos when we trekked out to Vegas several years ago for one of Chicky’s soccer tournaments.  I don’t like casinos though.  They are smokey and just not my favorite place to be.  I’ve never bet on a horse.

2.  Will you be preparing and/or dining on the traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage meal this St. Patrick’s Day? Mashed-baked-hash browned-french fried…your favorite way to have potatoes?

I’m not much into traditions…especially those that involve eating meat since I’m a vegan.  I’m not sure what St. Patrick’s Day will find the Mr. and me dining on…probably take-out.

3.  What’s the last thing you felt ‘green with envy’ over?

I’m not a jealous person, but I will admit to a bit of the green stuff last week when a co-worker began describing how she planned to execute a lesson plan.  She’s a new teacher at my school this year, and she’s FABULOUS.  She’s young, and this is her third year teaching, just like me.  I felt envious because her ideas came pouring out of her in a seemingly effortless manner.  It’s difficult for me to not covet that ability that I see in others.

4.  What’s at the end of your rainbow?

A big old pot of yarn is at the end of my rainbow along with a comfy chair and a good movie.  I don’t want for much in my life.  🙂

5.  March 12th marks the anniversary of the death of Anne Frank (June 12, 1929-March, 1945).  Anne’s diary detailing her time spent hiding from the Nazi’s during the war ranks as one of the best selling books of all time.  Besides your blog, do you keep any sort of diary or journal?  Was this a habit you developed as a child or is journaling something new for you?

I kept a diary when I was younger, but I do not do anything besides blog nowadays.

6.  What’s an item in your home or closet that contains every color of the rainbow?

I cannot think of a single item that contains all of the colors of the rainbow.

7.  Write a limerick with you as the subject.  You can do it!!  Just remember this is a family friendly blog…don’t make me get out my wooden spoon.

There once was a teacher of reading
Her students, she spent hours pleading
To pick up a book
That would act as a hook
To a life free from wanting and needing.

8.  My Random Thought

This week is halfway done.  When I began the week, I had two observations to endure and a Reading Endorsement lesson plan to film.  As you’re reading this, I have probably completed the second observation.  The first filming will be done on Thursday morning, and if all goes well, I will send the DVD in to my instructor with my fingers crossed that it will meet the specs required for the video portion of this class.

When I look back a couple of weeks ago, I remember how sick to my stomach I felt.  This is probably the most stressful time in a Florida reading teacher’s life.  I’m pushing my kids so hard.  For one of my classes, I’ve added the extra burden of these observations and video recordings.

Can I just say that God is so good and has blessed me with one of the most amazing classes I could ask for?

My fourth period class deserves a HUGE shout out.

When I told them about the observations, they grew excited.  Why?  Because I also told them about my lesson plan idea…a debate.

This class has some very unique personalities.  I never, ever know what kind of class period we’re going to have as I try to manage both the curriculum and the vivacious kids.

They are chatty.

Sometimes it seems like they’ll never settle down.


They are so supportive.

They came into my classroom strangers.

They are all now very good friends.

The best part is that on Monday, when we laid the foundation for the next day’s lesson…the one that would be observed…they were crazier still, and I was stressing.

They assured me that they would be on their best behavior.

They made good on that promise.




I wish you could have seen the looks in their eyes.

They were determined to do me proud.

They were so eager to please.

One little girl even made a hand motion to me to relax.  She did this out of sight of my principal.

My kids accomplished more in that one lesson than my other two classes combined.

When a teacher gets observed, he/she can do everything to prepare.

The lesson plans can be polished to a perfect shine.

The technology can be set up with colorful, animated graphics.


The one unknown is always the kids, who bring with them the emotional stuff that teenagers just can’t seem to get away from.

All I wanted, as my principal walked through my door, was for him to see my students as the amazing kids that I already knew them to be.

My job was only to showcase their talents because, in the end, the teaching isn’t about what I can do.

It’s about what THEY can do.

I am humbled to be able to do what I do.  It truly is an honor.

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