Wednesday, July 6, 2022

2022 Goals Review for June

June has been a good month. We canceled our camping trip due to high gas prices. We have been exercising regularly at the senior center. I have also tried to eat less (calories in vs. calories out) and I think that has been helping me lose weight the most. 

1. Lose 5 lbs. - I’ve lost 2 lbs. since January so I’m on the right track. 

2. Finish my national park blanket. - complete!

3. Year of the Gnome - knit at least one gnome a month. Completed 5 gnomes.

4. Knit a sweater. - Complete!

5. Yarn - more out than in (use more yardage than I buy) - I’m not doing great with this right now. 

-Yarn used - 7433 yds.

-Yarn bought - 6650 yds.

6. Design 3 new patterns. - started on a new sock design. 


7. Learn something new. -  Complete! I’m mosaic crocheting a blanket and dabbling with watercolor painting.

8. Read 12 nonfiction books - read 7 books so far.           

-A Serial Killer's Daughter: My Story of Faith, Love, and Overcoming by Kerri Rawson

-Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter by Adeline Yen Mah

-Captive: A Mother's Crusade to Save Her Daughter from a Terrifying Cult by Catherine Oxenberg        

-That Time of Year: A Minnesota Life by Garrison Keillor

- The Cat I Never Named : A True Story of Love, War, and Survival by Amra Sabic-El-Rayess, Laura Sullivan

-The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz

by Erik Larson

-The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris 


How is your progress towards your goals? Please share.

Photo by Adam Winger on Unsplash



Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Summer Learning Place 2022

Today begins our first day of Summer Learning Place 2022. It is actually my graduate class: EDEX962. My students will be the teachers of this one-month summer program. Since I only have 2 students (the teachers) this year, we will only have 10 children in the program. Each teacher has a caseload of 5 students and is responsible for all paperwork and communication with parents concerning these students. The children attend Monday through Thursday from 8:30 - 11:30. The teachers are required to be there from 8 - 12.

I will observe each of these teachers daily and formally evaluate a reading, math, and writing lesson. They will turn in a lesson plan prior to each formal evaluation and I will use rubrics to grade their lesson plan and their actual teaching of the lesson.

Each teacher will create a blog and write about their experience in this class. They will also reflect on the lesson I evaluated by talking about what worked, what didn’t, and what they would do differently. I believe this is very important in helping them become better teachers.

I look forward to working with these teachers and children! It is my favorite time of the year!

Original photo by Pat Hensley

Monday, July 4, 2022

Happy Independence Day!

Today is July 4th and we celebrate Independence Day in the US.

Whatever you are doing to celebrate, I hope you have a fun and safe day!

Friday, July 1, 2022

Useful Information In and Out of the Classroom 07/01/22

Here are some interesting sites that I’ve found this week, thanks to my PLN. As a teacher, I feel we have to keep up to date concerning research in our field and current issues in the education system. I hope some of these inspire you, inform you, and even have you asking questions. Thank you for coming by and visiting!

Note: Each resource is labeled with a level and subject area to make it easier to use.

Levels: E: Elementary; M: Middle; H: High; G: General, all levels; SN: Special Needs; T: Teachers

Subject Areas: LA: Language Arts, English, Reading, Writing; M: Math; S: Science; Health; SS: Social Studies, Current Events; FA: Fine Arts; Music, Art, Drama; FL: Foreign Language; PE: Physical Ed; C: Career; A: All

- Escalade is a very funny animated short which says something quite profound about human nature at the same time. Natural competition is one thing, as is the survival of the fittest, but when it is taken to extreme it can have consequences which were not foreseen but should have been. (L:G; SA:A)

Orbis - “Taking account of seasonal variation and accommodating a wide range of modes and means of transport, ORBIS reveals the true shape of the Roman world and provides a unique resource for our understanding of premodern history.” (L:H; SA:SS)

Habitats - “Do you know where the red-eyed tree frog calls home? Play this game based on animal habitats to learn! Explore the desert, coral reef, jungle, and marsh to discover where many animals live by matching each animal to their correct habitat! Habitats is available as a website for desktop and laptop computers.” (L:E; SA:S)

The Counterintuitive Physics of Turning a Bike
- an interesting video about turning a bicycle (L:H; SA:S)

Solar Oven S’mores - “The sun warms the earth, creates weather patterns, and helps plants grow. So it’s pretty important! But did you know that humans can actually use the sun’s power as a tool? It’s true. In this tasty activity, kids will learn how engineers harness the sun’s energy for other purposes by building a tin foil-lined cardboard box that uses the sun’s rays to cook delicious s’mores!” (L:E; SA:S)

Original photo by Pat Hensley

Thursday, June 30, 2022


In When you feel like it from Seth Godin's Blog, Seth Godin states,

“Commitments require us to do work when they feel like it, regardless of whether we do or not.”

It is a good practice that we learn early that sometimes we have to do things even if we don’t want to do them. This teaches responsibility.

I hate cleaning. I hate cleaning bathrooms, washing dishes, vacuuming, mopping floors and doing laundry. There are so many other things that I’d rather be doing than cleaning! Yet, it has to be done whether I feel like doing them or not.

I think that is why assigning homework is important. It is a great opportunity for students to practice a skill that they’ve learned. It is a great way for teachers to evaluate whether students understand the lesson. And it is a great way to teach responsibility.

When students get out into the adult world, there will be many times that they have to do things whether they feel like doing things or not. If they want to earn money, they need to show up for their jobs. Paying bills and paying taxes are also not fun things to do but you can’t wait until you feel like paying them to do this chore. Meeting deadlines will happen many times and if you want to be respected as a responsible person, you will meet these deadlines.

There are things you do to have a relationship with others. These may be just a friend relationship or a romantic relationship but there are expectations that come with these relationships. There are expectations to meet and if you don’t meet them, you will lose these relationships.

All of the commitments and expectations will teach responsibility. Students need to learn that as an adult, responsibility is an important character trait to have.

How do you teach responsibility? Please share.

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash