Thursday, May 24, 2018

Teaching or the lack of.....


Teaching is the one thing I love the most or have loved since I am in forced retirement. After reading, listening to, and seeing what the world is coming to I hate leaving and or going back.

First, I really miss teaching and mentoring student teachers get ready for their turn in the pit. I have so many very fond memories of student teachers in the past; even good memories of the ones that turned out to be bad both in my class and in their job.
Over the years I have more that two dozen STs and only one bad one and I still remember her fondly. Most of my STs were female but there were a few males and several of them have moved on up the ladder to APs or Principals. I never did nor even want to move up. I was happy right where I was.
 
Over the years I worked in the 'salt mines' of teaching while others moved up. I was two classes short of getting supervision certification but never went on to get it because I knew it would mean might be 'tempted' to leave the classroom. So, there I worked with all those who had future dreams of moving up.
 
I kept on till I had my mini stroke, a TIA -transient ischemic attack- and I had to medically retire. But my brain still works just fine and I am still writing lessons, working with teachers, and dreaming of subbing which I know is not going to happen, but I can still "dream" can't I?
 
When I formerly retired  from a job I loved it was because my wife retired so I wanted to  retire with her - stupid mistake. Within a week I was looking for another job and found one or it found me. A friend at the local Episcopal school and I talked about a part time job teaching 8th grade history. I went for an interview that afternoon and had the job when I left. The job turned out to be a 'good' job from my perspective but after two years I was let go. No one has ever told me why.
 
After being released I contacted the local charter school and go the job after just one short interview. I knew the principal and she knew me and 'my work style and ethics' and began my summer of prep work for teaching in the charter school.
 
After weeks of prep with other 'new' teachers we were told by the principal that "our employment could be terminated before 90 days if they did not see that we were going to fit the charter mold…no questions asked". But she also told us that before 90 days we could leave the job… no questions asked. I did leave before 30 days was up.

The charter school stories have all been lies and the education spotty at best. The lady that took my place when I left was and is not certified. I never looked back at that job.

I miss my years in public school and my years at the Episcopal school. I even look back fondly at my days subbing at the area's Catholic schools.

Now my only 'teaching' is writing materials for TeachersPayTeachers where I have over 600 items covering world history, American history, Louisiana history and much of the U.S. state histories. Plus art projects, bell ringers, crosswords, many Do Now worksheets, etc.







Saturday, December 9, 2017

Snowed big time...

Snowed big time - for us anyway.  Of course everyone here in south Louisiana went crazy, went outside, built snowmen took a zillion photos, and all at 3AM in the morning.

My son texted my wife at 3 and then she woke up my grandaughter who was staying with us then she woke me up and we all had to go see. The snow was pretty and it was all lit up  from area lights plus the moon. They had to go take a lot of pictures, play a bit and I - the old gizzer - went back to bed. I've seen this before but my granddaughter had not.

Ffinally they came in and went  back to sleep. By 7AM it was still snowing and they got to really go play in it when they could really see it. My granddaughter's gloves kept getting wet and her fingers kept getting "frozen" so she kept coming in to warm them up. In and out, in and out, in an out, she and my wife went on to around 9 or so.

At that point they finally had enough and came in to really warm up, eat breakfast and thaw out. We saw photos of the whole area on the local TV station flooded with pictures of snowmen and snow photos of houses, kids, roads, everything all covered in white. It was pretty but by noon it was all beginning to melt away.

Friday-Sat night it got down to below freezing but no moisture, no snow, just cold. And for us, below freezing is REALLY COLD. In south Louisiana, 50 milies from the Gulf coast it is REALLY, REALLY COLD!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Lots has happened since......

Lots has happened since I last blogged. My daughter had day-surgery, I now know all the kitten's new names, I had my eye exam and bought new glasses, got a new credit card that covers people AND pets plus we have a Vet appointment tomorrow. I am STILL waiting on a time set up for my dental appointment and my doctor's appointmet is in a couple of weeks. Plus to add to all this my wife "said" we are going to go get new i-phones today - same numbers but new upgrades. I'll tell you about it if I see it.

My daughter had surgery on her abcessed hip which she said was unexpected and SUDDEN. She is better now but 'laid up' for a week or two.

The one kitten name I did not kown well but she became Shawdow, alias Black in her new forever home. And she seems to be doing well. The gray tabby became ours and his doing very well.

I had my eye exam yesterday and it went well BUT  expensive. But then again my old glasses are over 10 years old so I really can't complain.

We took both cats and dog to the Vet today for their checkups and shots. All news was great, Little Bit was just over three pounds now and very healthy said the Vet. Doc seemed a little stressed but tooks his shots like real trooper and then as we were heading out to leave he tinkled about a dozen times and pooped once. TJ, our older male cat did really well. He took his shots without clawing anyone.

We came home. I feed them all. They ate well. It's still cold outside and raining so they all want to stay inside. All are sleeping/napping right now.

Yesterday my wife and I went to get new iPhones. We upgrade to the 8's  - my wife from a 6 and me from a 4. My wife is giving her dad her old 6. He is 91+ and just 'wants' anything new.

I have uploaded a dozen hew items to TPT but no real sales yet.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Names, names, names....

My wife is still coming up with various names for our gray tabby. Even my grand-daughter is in on the search, She has even gone through a website of names but nothing stricks their fancy. Names we have tried, talked about have include Lil' Bit, Snuggles, Spice, Lil' One, Gray, Mittens, Tabby. and yesterday Kitty.

My ideas don't count so I try to stay out of it but my wife says we should just try the names on her each for a day or two and see how it fits. So far "Kitty" seems to fit better than any of the others. Lil' One is out of the running since it was the name of my wife's former kitten that was run over last year. Spice was my idea but it was shot down quickly.

Little Bitty Kittie has seemed to fit gray really well for now at least.

We still don't know the name of Black, White is now named Charlie - both a girl's name OR a boy's name.

No more kitten's I hope but who knows what will happen at my father-in-law and with my wife.

My daughter is still sick but "refuses" to go to the nearest Urgent Care or hosital ER. I guess she just wants to stay sick. She's going to need a doctors excuse to go back to work at SOMETIME in the future.

More on that later.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

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Little Bit is helping mr typr and watching every botton I pus23335hz!!!!!!11143333333333333

Finally, an hour later I get to come back to this blog. The kitten is wandering around the rest of the house - or should I say RUNNING around the rest of the house. He acts just like nothing has changed, like Black did not disappear, nothing. He slept in our bedroom/bed last night. Sleep is not the true word I was looking for since cats/kittens are nocturnal animals. They sleep all day and are up all night it seems.

I wanted to get a picture of him helping me type but as soon as I got my phone he was gone, doing something else. He runs up and down the hall, jumps up on the bed, explores everything. It's a new experience being out of the kitchen. But he is so lovable and snuggles big time, climbs on my shoulders, pulls my glasses off.

More as I get time. Here he comes again....

Happy Thanksgiving.....











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