Thursday, May 31, 2007
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
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Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Friday, May 25, 2007
I focused on that tiled ceiling and prayed. But I realized I couldn't ask for God's help while at the same time I felt hatred for the mixed-up young man who had shot me. Isn't that the meaning of the last sheep? We are all God's children & therefore equally beloved by Him. I began to pray for his soul and that he would find his way back to the fold.Till next reading.
Thursday, May 24, 2007
“I have come to a frightening conclusion. I am the decisive element in the classroom. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It’s my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power
to make a child’s life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated, and a child humanized or de-humanized.” Dr. Haim Ginett Tribes
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Monday, May 21, 2007
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Monday, May 14, 2007
This is Victor. He is a soldier. He was fighting in Iraq but had to come home because of a back injury. He came to visit me during the last Parents Conference Day. We talked about many things including where he was seated when he was my student, his family, his love life, the muslim people he'd met, etc. But what I will always remember about our conversation are his thoughts about the war and the "thrill" he gets when he is in the war zone!
Victor reminded me that he was included in my 1997 roster. His younger brother, Jonathan, was in my 2002 class (him I still remember) and the youngest, Christopher, is currently my student.
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Friday, May 11, 2007
Today has been a good day.
The traffic was smooth, the temperature in my room was perfect and the classes went on without any hitch.
Some of the students were taking their AP exams so my periods were ideal in terms of "population".
Alex in my fourth period had his birthday yesterday but the ladies in his group decided on surprising him with a cake today. They even frosted and decorated the cake before it had time to cool.
Jonathan, on the other hand, was alone in his table and didn't want to work with another group. He didn't want me to take a picture of him but consented to have his hand working the dough photographed instead. Jonathan is the only one, in a group of six, who is not in the AP program. I've noticed that he is so quiet and just do as the others would tell him to do, which is more often than not, to wash the dishes and pots. Many times I'd ask him if he wanted to join another group but he would only shrug his shoulders. I really want him to show what he could do but his has always been a 'no-care' attitude. Today, he was left with a dough that his group had prepared yesterday. He didn't want to touch it, said he'd wait till his group is complete. I told him: "Jonathan, this is your time to shine. Show us what you can do with this dough. Just by yourself. I know you can do it. Come on!" He shrugged his heavy shoulders again (he's a big lad I look like a midget beside him), smiled ever so shyly, and took the dough. And to the amazement of everyone, he finished rolling, shaping and baking his pastry and cleaning his area! (Just a few minutes more than the others.)
I also worked on convincing him to move to another group and be the lead person. To my surprise, he agreed!
I can't wait to see a new Jonathan on Monday!
Thinking back, when I tried to pat him on his arm to tell him how impressed I was with his performance, he acted startled, moved his arm away, almost with a jerk. I wonder why........
Thursday, May 10, 2007
You are The Moon
Hope, expectation, Bright promises.
The Moon is a card of magic and mystery - when prominent you know that nothing is as it seems, particularly when it concerns relationships. All logic is thrown out the window.
The Moon is all about visions and illusions, madness, genius and poetry. This is a card that has to do with sleep, and so with both dreams and nightmares. It is a scary card in that it warns that there might be hidden enemies, tricks and falsehoods. But it should also be remembered that this is a card of great creativity, of powerful magic, primal feelings and intuition. You may be going through a time of emotional and mental trial; if you have any past mental problems, you must be vigilant in taking your medication but avoid drugs or alcohol, as abuse of either will cause them irreparable damage. This time however, can also result in great creativity, psychic powers, visions and insight. You can and should trust your intuition.
What Tarot Card are You? Take the Test to Find Out.
Thought this was fun.
Oooooopppppsssss!!! Where are my pills?