Bucket List

I have been thinking lately about creating a bucket list.  Making a list of places I would love to visit or things I would love to do and or experience.  It just seems like when you are in the midwest there just isn’t the proximity to different things.  Maybe if I actually take the time to make a list I will have a better chance of accomplishing at least a few of these items. The start of my lists….

Places I want to Visit

  1. Alaska
  2. Grand Canyon
  3. Yellowstone National Park
  4. Germany
  5. New York, both the city and the state
  6. Washington D.C.
  7. I would love to go back to Portland Oregan and take the time to explore the area more


Things I would like to do?

  1. Thinking I might want to run (okay walk) in a town run.
  2. Either get a second Masters or get my PhD.


Leaving the lists open so that I can continue to add to them.

So what is on your Bucket list?








Simple Sentence or not

I know I have lamented on this before, but really we need to bring back grammar instruction.  I usually have the students write their answers in complete sentences for assignments and tests.  They usually complain and of course, a few of them forget to write a complete sentence.  Or at least in the past, I gave them the benefit of the doubt and assumed that they were forgetting. Now, however, I am not so sure. The other day one of my students tried to argue with me. This student kept insisting that all that was necessary to make a group of words a sentence was if there was a capital letter and a period.  (Notice that they didn’t say punctuation, just that it needed a period).  Now today the same thing happened with a few more of my students. At this point, I am seriously considering starting next year with a back to basics unit.  Taking a couple of weeks to review a sentence, parts of speech, how to write a paragraph, and whatever else I decide that they still don’t know how to do even though it was taught at a much younger age.

So how about you?  Do your students have problems with carry over and remembering how to do the basics?


When I first started this blog, last March, so that I could enter a challenge for teachers to write more, I had lots of ideas and was ready to go.  I wrote faithfully for that entire month.  I then entered another challenge for April and wrote faithfully during that month also.  I figured how can I expect my students to write daily (or at least when we have class) if I can’t write also.  Then summer came and at first I wrote faithfully, but as the summer wanned on and the school year began, my writing has dwindled down to almost nothing.

I wish I could say that I have been busy going here and there, or making memories with one of my daughters, but sadly that isn’t the truth.  Yes, during the school day I feel like there is never enough minutes to accomplish all that I need to get done, but then I get home from school and for the most part I am home alone for the most part until around 6:00 or later.  My youngest is involved in her school and I am glad that she is, band, volleyball, basketball, choir, NHS, Student Senate, speech, drama, wrestling, pep band, marching band, student ambassador and the list goes on.  She is also involved in many community activities, because of this and my husband’s work schedule I spend much of my after school time by myself.  Now this would be a wonderful time for many activities, I could work out, read, craft, sew, write my blog posts, but sadly nothing happens. I come home, sit down to read the mail and check my email/facebook accounts and then I crash.  Nothing gets accomplished unless I have to get it done.  I have plans every day and I say that I will get this done, or that done, but sadly it doesn’t happen.  Looks like I might need someone to check in with every couple of days, hey did you get (blank) done?  What did you accomplish last night?  I know that I am definitely a morning person and can get lots done when I first get up.  Now I need to find a way to make me an evening person also, because I refuse to get up any earlier than 5:30.

So what do you do to keep going in the evening?  How do you stay motivated? Any advice to get me moving?