Saturday, August 12, 2017

Blogging TpT teachers again....

I just sent this email to all my followers and fellow teachers at TeachersPayTeachers....

Hello Fellow Educators and Followers,

It is mid August and let the fun begin.

The school supplies are in the stores, the children/students will be/are entering our classrooms now/soon.  This is my favorite time of the year – always has been, always will be!

There is no telling where you are in the opening of school – first week, two weeks away, been in school a week,, preparing for school, into first chapter – who knows. But I do know you "may be" looking  around TpT for items that will help you throughout the weeks, months, the year and here they are. Here is a big 25% off Sale and I would do larger if I could – promise me, I've been in your shoes. Anything helps. Email me personally if you need help and I will see what I do/create/prepare for you.

This means ALL items in my store are marked down 25%.  Yes, over 575 items on SALE!

Also, I've been busy updating and uploading many new items over the summer.  Please take a minute to check out a few of these items. I even uploading some yesterday and today. They are all on SALE now.

Finally, I want to thank you for your support and wish you a SUPER start to your 'new' year.  I hope I can continue to help you and your students throughout the new school year with new and innovative lessons, activities and projects. Be sure to email me or comment on my TpT site.

Best of luck with the start of the school year, and like I always say, "Work smarter, not harder!"

Greg "MrE"                                   https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Mres-History-Emporium

My email                                                                              latraveler@bellsouth.net

My blog                                                                                                          http://mres-historyemporium.blogspot.com/

My FB page                                                                     https://www.facebook.com/mre01

My Twitter page                                                           https://twitter.com/@louisianateach
 
I just wanted them to know that I currently have all my online store on sale. That means all 575 items even the ones I uploaded yesterday are on sale. I would love to do them 50% off but TpT won't let me.
As I looked I realized just how long I have been on TpT and just how man items I have created over the years. Mostly middle school history items but I have been branching out over the past year.
I haven been creating more high school items more art items and more ELA type items. I have been on since 2010 and even more so since my mini-stroke in 2013.
I want a "job", no I don't want a job, yes I heard about a "job", yes I emailed about the job, then I sent my resume, then I got a phone call. and was told the position was already filled. But I did learn they did want me but I'm on the waiting list - HIGH on the waiting list.
The job is "teaching" job of sorts. Mentoring high school students working on their final credits towards graduation - just like my grandson did before he went off to the Marines.
But if I can get this job it would get me out of the house 3-5 days a week, 20 hours a week, no duty, no lesson plans, nothing but helping kids (students) black, white, Asians, etc who really want to learn and finish school. No trouble makers, no disturbing class, just workers.
Neat.
 
 

Friday, August 4, 2017

After 27 years.....

After teaching 27 years I was never tired of teaching, never drowning in paperwork, never sick of the day-to-day of teaching, never timed of my students, never just ready to quit, give it up, or stop what I was doing. I loved teaching. I loved my daily grind so to speak. I just was never ready to quit teaching But then I suffered my mini-stroke and use forced to 'rethink' my life's work. God had another plan for me.

After five years, I never knew God's plan and I really still don't. But I think I might be getting an idea. I still love the idea of teaching students, still have the dream of helping young people see what their own future has in store for them. I still have that burning desire to help "pay it forward", doing what someone else did for me all those years ago.

Even a mini-stroke can't slow me down. I have put in the years of retirement crafting my skills, creating lots, and lots of lesson ideas for someone else to use, I have worked almost daily on my webpage for other teachers to use to give them ideas for our subject matter - history, I have watched hours and hours of history-style shows crafting ideas that could make a teacher's life better.

In other words, I never stopped teaching. Oh, there have been UP days and DOWN days but all were helping me get better at my own 'craft' and I still have the feeling that God is/was preparing me for something better.

I still don't really know what he has in store for me but I think I MAY know what is next for me...the Simon Youth Foundation (Academy). It is designed to help students who struggle to connect with material to finish high school and get on to college/university somewhere. The program was created by Simon Malls in 12 states and I have one right here in our own area.

Our own SYF serves only 30 students each working towards their own goals and need older adult mentors to help them succeed. My own grandson went there and now he is an upstanding, strong, and proud U.S. Marine. And maybe this is my own calling, to pay it forward, to help those in need of help in their time of need.

God, if this is your calling, please help me answer your call, give me strength to answer your call, give me strength to 'get up and go' towards your call, give me strength to go forward in this endeavor.

I just checked my old blogs and it has been 4 years since my mini-stroke, four years of boredom.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

It may be....

It maybe just some time off but it means there is just something that needs to be done. I tend to have time to think when it is nice outside. The weather is COOL, not cold but cool at least for July as a front moved thru and push out the humidity which is/was nice. I even got to rock out on the front porch with the cat and dog and it was NICE. I hated to come inside.

I have been working on another TPT lesson idea about Social Media in Social Studies. It is going well for now but not near finished.
I have lots to do to complete this but the ideas are there now I just need to finish it. I spent nearly all night thinking about this and got up early to start on it. The cover is there, the teacher info is done and part of the worksheets are done. I just need to sit down and finish it - which is tuffer than you might think.
 
My grandson and his wife just posted some of their wedding photos which are very cool. I really like this one from the end of their wedding. It is so Marine of him and his fellow Marines. He said they got over 750 photos but he only posted about 100 of the best.
 
I spent part of the day out in the country cutting grass again until it just got to HOT to keep going.
 
My wife is work kid's day at CiCi's for my son but generally she will make nearly nothing but she enjoys her day there. She will bring our granddaughter home to spend the night since her mom has to go in to work early tomorrow. But that's okay with me.
 
I have been to Wal*mart to pick up a few items plus I went by Dominos Pizza (but not for pizza) and when I get out later I will go up to Walgreens to pick up my meds for the month.
 
After I eat lunch I plan to go take a short nap, or as I tell my - a catnap. After that I will take the dog out and maybe sit out on the front porch and rock myself to near sleep again.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Grass has been cut.....

Grass has been cut - somewhat. But it feels better and I am planning on going back next Tuesday to finish the job I started out in the country. The weather is predicted to be a little cooler and things might be a bit better.

I did get the front of the old house cut, got every thing "Round-up"ed, trees trimmed, and I hope that will make my job much easier on Tuesday. My wife will be busy at her 'job' working for our son and I will be out doing what I love doing - just cutting grass, enjoying the breeze, watching the birds, and just 'thinking' to myself.

Life does not get any better than that. I have several small trees to cut down, bushes to trim, grapes to check on, Satsuma's to check on, pears and figs to check on and stick/limbs to cut up but it's all in a day's work out there.

But I LIKE going out there even IF it does cost me money. It gives me something to do and gets me out of my chair at home. Then when I get back I can cut my city yard again if I feel like it or wait another day to do it.

I will try to get ahold of the administrator of the Simon Youth Academy  about the job that is being offered me for this fall. I am LOOKING forward to getting back to "teaching" and I know it is what God has in store for me to just bring me out of my 'funk'. It is just mentoring high school youth but it is the part of me that hated leaving teaching in the first place. And I can make a few bucks in the meantime.

Life is good - I hope - for the best.

My numbers continue to look really great. My BP numbers are good, my BS numbers are really strong and my weight is continuing to fall. Six months ago I was at 242ish and that was down from 440 when I had surgery six years ago but now it has fallen to 207 and it keeps falling. Slowly but surely. It tends to scare me just a bit but I'm okay as it falls slowly. Should make my doctor happy.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

My car - FINALLY....

I finally have my car. My wife loaned me the money to get my car out of the shop and paid - temporarily - my deductible. I guess she did not want to leave me again today without any mode of transportation. I could have managed but I will gladly take my car after it has been in the shop nearly a full month.

Things have gone well since we have been back from our LONG, TIRING trip to North Carolina. I am glad that's over and don't want to do that again - at least not the same way. If we go back again, we will fly. It would be cheaper and faster.

I hope to go out to country later this week to cut grass. It has been almost a month since I was out there the last time but with rain, the trip, more rain; I'm hopping things are not completely overgrown.

I have a few items I need to take care of around here since the rain is no longer an issue. I have weed eating, Round-up spraying, and a few other chores to take care of here first before I can head out to country later this week.

Having my own car back is a very nice touch so I can drive myself to get a few things done.