I fell behind by a couple of days. I had the topic for each day chosen, but then never got around to writing for that day. Going to try and play catch up tonight.
Tuesday, April 4th was the day for letter C. I had decided that C stands for Courage this week and wanted to write about my daughters.
Both of them have shown courage in the past few years. Sarah left home to attend college even though she didn’t want to and was worried about being away from home. While she had a rough start, she didn’t give up, ending up finding her own way in college and is graduating in just a month and a half. Once she finishes her internship this summer she will be looking for a job and moving on to the next stage of her life. Yes, she showed courage to deal with life changes and move on to the next step. I know from conversations that we have had, that she is more than ready to move on again. Courage helped her grow into the wonderful young women that she is today.
Kristen has been demonstrating courage this week. High school life is full of drama and sadly life isn’t always full of good times and things, but sometimes the bad seems to come and at times the kids feel like the bad will never go away. Kristen has continued doing what she needs to do and has not asked to stay home, she is still struggling with a few personal situations and it breaks my heart to see her facing these problems, handling them well and knowing that sometimes you have to go through the fire to become a better more refined person. Courage is helping her grow to the fine young lady she is on her way to becoming.
Today’s word of the day is Bullying. As a high school teacher and a mother of two girls, this is something that I see the way too often. I am really tired of seeing people think it is okay to bully others. For some reason, people seem to think that they must demand their own way instead of learning to share or cooperate with others. People seem to think that it is okay to make fun of others, call people names, or otherwise make someone’s life miserable. I have seen people in power, demand that someone do something way outside of their job description just because that person in power doesn’t like the other person. I have seen college roommates lock their roommate out of the dorm room just because the other person attended church and they don’t agree with it. I have seen college roommates take up all the shelves in the refrigerator and leave the other two roommates the door and vegetable drawers just because they thought that they needed more room for their food and meals than the other two combined. I have seen boys asking girls to a school dance and then not following through with it, I have seen boys standing girls up just because someone dared them to do it. I have seen girls calling other girls names, just because the one girl said hi to a boy that the other girl liked. I have seen girls harass each other for so many stupid reasons. I have seen high school kids and some younger kill themselves because they couldn’t take the bullying anymore. When I complain about the bullying and say that something needs to be done, I have a person look at me and say, but it has been going on since my dad was a kid.
When I complain about the bullying and say that something needs to be done, I have a person look at me and say, but it has been going on since my dad was a kid. Yes, it has, but just because it has been happening since the beginning of time doesn’t mean we have to sit back and watch it happen. Since when is it okay to allow children to make other children feel bad? When did we stop carrying about others? Sadly, our kids are watching us and some of them are discovering that it is okay to bully just because they see adults doing treating others badly. We need to start standing up for people, we need to demand that people treat others the way they want to be treated.
While I realize that we will never totally eradicate bullying, we can reduce it and make sure that at least our kids do not contribute to the problem. Let’s make sure that our kids join together to find the solution. I for one will do my part, because I am tired of watching my daughters or my students struggle with the effect of someone bullying them. Will you join me in this fight?
Decided to change my theme up and go with NO theme. Instead of quotes for each letter of the alphabet, I am going to write about something from the day that has to do with the letter. Today’s theme is Ames. As in Ames, Iowa. Kristen had an interview today for State 4-H Council. We decided to all go out and enjoy a night away. So while Kristen was on the Campus interviewing, Kurt, Sarah, and I spent some time wandering around among several unique shops on Main Street. We really weren’t looking for anything in particular except for a chance to escape and have some down time with family. The best part of the trip (we were only gone for about 28 hours) was just getting away from everything, relaxing, and spending time together. We had planned on eating supper at Hickory Park so headed over there after checking into the hotel. Ended up seeing many different people from Clinton and DeWitt while we were there.
And now we are home, rested, well fed and ready for another week.
Today, I had a few different ideas of what to write about.
1. Family time
2. My eye, something is in it and it hurts. When the eye hurts, I just don’t feel right.
3. Homework and Late policy
4. Finding a way to motivate my freshman
5. Reflecting on the process this month.
I require my students to write for 10 minutes at the beginning of class. We call this time Sacred Writing Time. I even purchased some really cool slides. Many of my students look forward to the information on these slides. Participating in the SOL 17 helps me to understand and appreciate what my students struggle with often. Most days I had something to write about, but yes there were a few days when I had trouble coming up with a topic. Usually, once I started typing something would come to me. There were a few days, however, where writing truly was a chore. Hopefully, now I will be able to understand when my students are struggling with this process. I also found however that writing became a way to reduce my stress, a way to gather my thoughts and in some cases realize that what was bothering my wasn’t all that bad.
Because of this, I plan on writing more often. I am trying to decide if I want to shot for one or two days a week at least. Maybe more, when I have something to say. At least for the next month, I will be writing 6 days a week as I plan on participating in the A-Z blogging challenge #AtoZChallenge.
Now that I am back in the habit of writing, I am going to try and participate in the A-Z blogging challenge. I did this last year with the theme of book reviews. Surprisingly I was able to come up with a book that I had read for almost every letter. This year I was having a hard time coming up with a theme, but I think I have finally figured out what I am going to write about. My theme or goal this year will be to find a quote for every letter of the alphabet that speaks to me. After sharing my quote I hope to be able to talk about why the quote speaks to me, or what it is that I like about the quote. If you want to join me as I continue this writing exercise for the next month.
Sadly, I must end the challenge without a book. There were two letters that I wasn’t able to find a book for, X and Z. Hopefully, I have introduced you to a few new books that you would like to read and maybe took you back to a favorite book from the past. I know as I completed this challenge, I was reminded of several beloved books from my childhood. My only hope is that every child has a chance to discover the joy of reading and to have books that speak to them at different points in their life. So please, turn off the TV, shut down the video games and go find a good book or three to read. Not sure what it was like weather wise for you today, but around here it was the perfect day to curl up with a book, blanket and something to drink.
I found this book this past summer. What a fun and timely read for young adults. In this book, Piddy has to move and start a different high school. Sadly she is bullied almost right from the start by a girl that she has never even met. Piddy tries to make friends at the new school but finds it difficult. A great read for teens and adult alike that shows just how serious teenage bullying is now. While I am aware of the seriousness of bullying this book really opened my eyes as it approached the situation from the victim’s viewpoint
From Amazon “One morning before school, some girl tells Piddy Sanchez that Yaqui Delgado hates her and wants to kick her ass. Piddy doesn’t even know who Yaqui is, never mind what she’s done to piss her off. Word is that Yaqui thinks Piddy is stuck-up, shakes her stuff when she walks, and isn’t Latin enough with her white skin, good grades, and no accent. And Yaqui isn’t kidding around, so Piddy better watch her back. At first Piddy is more concerned with trying to find out more about the father she’s never met and how to balance honors courses with her weekend job at the neighborhood hair salon. But as the harassment escalates, avoiding Yaqui and her gang starts to take over Piddy’s life. Is there any way for Piddy to survive without closing herself off or running away? In an all-too-realistic novel, Meg Medina portrays a sympathetic heroine who is forced to decide who she really is.”
I searched and searched for a book that began with the letter X that I could ever remember reading. It wasn’t to be found. Then I tried looking for a book who’s title began with the letter X that I would be interested in reading. Alas, that alluded me also. So to that letter X, I am going to have to say goodbye.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle has been a favorite since I was in grade school. I am not sure when I first came across this book. I am guessing it was during my science fiction phase. I so love this book with Meg and Caleb, the twins and of course Charles Wallace. In my opinion, we need more books like this for kids to read and fewer Captain Underpants books. Let’s get our kids reading right away, let’s give them good literature to read and keep them interested.
From Amazon “It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.
“Wild nights are my glory,” the unearthly stranger told them. “I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I’ll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract.”
A tesseract (in case the reader doesn’t know) is a wrinkle in time. To tell more would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Miss L’Engle’s unusual book. A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O’Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg’s father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem.”
The Vile Village by Lemony Snicket. Another book in the Series of Unfortunate Events. This is a really great series for 2nd-5th grade readers or even to get students from higher levels into reading. Easy to read but yet interesting and they won’t feel like they are reading something beneath them.
From Amazon “Dear Reader,You have undoubtedly picked up this book by mistake, so please put it down. Nobody in their right mind would read this particular book about the lives of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire on purpose, because each dismal moment of their stay in the village of V.F.D. has been faithfully and dreadfully recorded in these pages.I can think of no single reason why anyone would want to open a book containing such unpleasant matters as migrating crows, an angry mob, a newspaper headline, the arrest of innocent people, the Deluxe Cell, and some very strange hats.It is my solemn and sacred occupation to research each detail of the Baudelaire children′s lives and write them all down, but you may prefer to do some other solemn and sacred thing, such as reading another book instead.With all due respect,Lemony Snicket”