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A Sing-Along Hodgepodge

It’s a snow day here in Florida…can you believe it?  Well, actually, it’s not snowing, but conditions were serious enough to create icy roads…something we are definitely not used to!  Our school district cancelled school for the day…YIPPEE!  I’m thrilled at the gift of time I’ve been given and stayed up ALL night prepping next week’s lesson plans.  Go me!  Anyhoo…I guess we should get to the questions before I fall asleep on my keyboard (it’s after 1am as I type this…I am a night owl!).  Oh, don’t forget to link up with Joyce!!

1.  It’s  been said that one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day. Do you think that’s true? Do you find that an easy exercise most mornings? What’s something positive you told yourself today? If you missed that boat, what’s something positive you could tell yourself tomorrow?

I do believe that having a positive outlook can affect your entire day, just as when something bad affects your mood, you’re pretty much sunk for the day.  I prepare for work each morning by listening to a Christian radio station.  I also listen to Christian music on my drive.  What better way to prep for the day than by putting the focus on God?!  Something positive I told myself yesterday (I’m probably still snoozing as you’re reading this) was that I liked my lesson plans and knew I’d have a good day.  Of course, I had to write up a young man who was very belligerent halfway through the day, so things went downhill quickly.  Grrr…

Something positive I’m telling myself now and on Thursday is that I’m grateful for the extra day we had off…time to get ahead in my lesson planning so I can have the weekend to myself!

2.  There will be karaoke at the next party you attend…are you in? Or will you be faking a sore throat?

I won’t sing in front of people.  I know my voice is bad enough when I’m speaking.  Singing…well, it’s a good thing the Lord hears my intent!  I’ll let him be the only person who hears me sing, thank you very much.

3.  January 29th is National Puzzle Day…what’s something you’ve found puzzling recently?

Something I’ve found puzzling lately is how I can raise a child who shows so little appreciation for the love I extend through the various things I do.  It’s very frustrating and disheartening…not to mention heartbreaking.  My own mother has been inattentive to me most of my life…including when I was a wee thing.  I pretty much raised myself, so I set out from the get-go to be very hands-on with my children.  It’s sad that I feel very unloved a lot of the time…by a person I’ve invested nearly every bit of energy I possess.

4.  Jigsaw, crossword, acrostic, logic, sudoku, word search…what’s your favorite kind of puzzle, and when did you last work one?

I love word puzzles so much, but I’m going to have to go with jigsaw for this answer.  I last worked a puzzle a couple of months ago when my students and I were working through our Main Idea unit.  I introduced the strategy by having them put small puzzles (purchased at the dollar store) together.  They were tough puzzles, so the kids were challenged.  It was a very fun lesson!

5.  Recently a writer by the name of Amy Glass ruffled feathers with a post she wrote saying she looks down on young women with husbands and kids and she’s not sorry. Among other things, she says women will be equal with men when we stop saying house work and real work are equally important. You can read the whole piece by clicking here.

What say you? Do you think men and women are equal in the 21st century? Why or why not?

Hmmm…I am definitely not a feminist, but I do believe that in some ways, men and women are equal.  There are certain jobs, though, that are better suited for men, and vice versa for women.  I think I’ll leave it at that.

6.  What’s a product you’ve noticed in the grocery store that you’d like to try, but haven’t yet?

Ha ha ha!  Sorry.  I had to laugh.  I don’t do much grocery shopping.  The Mr. takes care of that for us.  I have been twice this week, but only because he’s been sick.  I was too busy trying to find my way around the store to notice anything but what I was looking for.  I’m not much into eating, so most things just don’t appeal to me.  Lame, eh?

7.  The author, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll) was born this week in 1832 (January 27th).  Which character from his celebrated novel, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, would you most like to meet, and why? Here’s a link to a character list if you need help on this one.

I’m not a big fan of this book simply because I could never make my way through the entire thing.  So, I’ve got nothing as far as this question goes.  I’m really lame today, eh?

8.  My Random Thought

This week, my students have been working their way through the various text structures (description, sequence, cause/effect, etc.).  We covered sequencing yesterday, and I had students write a paragraph, using signal words, that explained how to do something.

Take a look at what one of my students wrote…

Perhaps, with this being a snow day, I’ll see how good her instructions are.


I am just kidding…of course.









6 Responses

  1. Enjoy your snow day!

  2. Enjoy your snow day and trying out the instructions your student wrote. 🙂

  3. Snow day for us, too…felt good to sleep in! Just wish Chris had made it home! What your student wrote about twerking is hilarious! I understand what you shared about sometimes feeling unappreciated. I think all of us moms feel that way from time-to-time, but just keep doing what you’re doing. Even though we may not think they appreciate all we do…deep down I have to believe they really do.

  4. Enjoy your snow day…my teacher daughter is enjoying one as well, pretty rare in SC!

  5. I hate to say that I’m a bit disturbed by the fact that the student wrote about “twerking”. Especially since I would assume that this is grade school.

  6. Alice in Wonderland is not my thing either.

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