Monday, June 26, 2017

Back of the Book Blurb #64 Challenge

From Sioux's PageSioux offers this challenge.

She posts a picture and you need to imagine it as a graphic for a book. You choose the genre and book title, and then write a blurb that might appear on the back of the book.

The blurb should be 150 words or less (not including the title). The genre is wide-open.
Each blogger should include their blurb on their own blog, and link back to this post. Have fun with it. Go to the other posts and comment on the other blurbs.  You can do fancy techy things with the photo.

(Join in if you dare...! It sounds like fun! I think this would be a lot of fun to do with students especially since they would be expected to write 150 words or less!)

The Cat Castle

Catherine Cathouser left five hundred million dollars for the construction of a Cat Castle and surrounding landscaping. People could bring their cats here for a vacation away from their owners! This castle was for cats only and dogs better not be seen anywhere around it! There were luxury rooms for cats to sleep in. Even a cat spa was included in the package. No dogs were allowed on the property! Selene the Siamese cat couldn’t wait to go on vacation! She had big plans! After strolling around the campus, she came to an anti-dog pooping sign and was relieved to see this. Then, she looked up and saw a DOG on the premises!! What horror! And it was pooping right in the middle of the Cat-scratching Pole Playground! Read more to see how her vacation at the Cat Castle goes. (140 words)

Friday, June 23, 2017

Useful Information In and Out of the Classroom 6/23/17

Here are some interesting sites that I’ve found this week, thanks to my PLN. As a teacher, I feel we have to keep up to date concerning research in our field and current issues in the education system. I hope some of these inspire you, inform you, and even have you asking questions. Thank you for coming by and visiting!
Note: Each resource is labeled with a level and subject area to make it easier to use.

Levels:  E: Elementary; M: Middle; H: High; G: General, all levels; SN: Special Needs; T: Teachers

Subject Areas: LA: Language Arts, English, Reading, Writing; M: Math; S: Science; Health; SS: Social Studies, Current Events; FA: Fine Arts; Music, Art, Drama; FL: Foreign Language; PE: Physical Ed; C: Career; A: All

An Age of Disillusion: Wayland During the Vietnam Era – “As a nation at war, what lessons can we learn from our past?  What wisdom can we glean from young Americans who were consumed with Vietnam some forty years later?  These are two of the questions that the Wayland High School History Project team endeavored to answer in An Age of Disillusion: Wayland During the Vietnam Era, the third volume in a multi-year effort to trace national trends and developments in our small suburban Boston town of 13,000. Thirty one men and women responded to our call for interviewees in the springs of 2006 and 2007, full transcripts of which are included on our interviews page, where you can read their memories of life during troubled times.  Each of their life pathways have an intersection called Wayland at some juncture, so this collection reflects the community of the past and of the present.” (L:H; SA:SS)

ParaPara – free animation creator; requires no registration. (L:G; SA: A)

Be Internet Awesome – “To make the most of the Internet, kids need to be prepared to make smart decisions. Be Internet Awesome teaches kids the fundamentals of digital citizenship and safety so they can explore the online world with confidence.” (L:E; SA: A)

Online Model United Nations – “Welcome to THIMUN Online Model United Nations, the world’s first fully online MUN program. Our community of globally connected and engaged youth are working together to develop a unique online debating platform, open to any high school student with internet connection and a desire to collaborate and discuss our world’s most pressing issues.” (L:H; SA:SS)

Government Games – interesting educational games focusing on the government (L:H; SA:SS)

Original photo by Pat Hensley

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Travel Etiquette

Maybe we travel so much that we take it for granted that many people know certain etiquette when traveling but we shouldn’t. So, I decided to make a list of things we should remember when traveling. These are not in order of importance; just in the order that they came to mind.

1. In hotel corridors, speak softly because someone might be resting/sleeping.
2. Make sure you park in a designated space and don’t take up 2 spaces. There might not be enough parking for everyone if you do.
3. Don’t turn your TV up so loud that the people next door can hear it.
4. Don’t yell in your room over the loud TV that it bothers people in other rooms.
5. Don’t let your hotel door slam.
6. When you see something exciting along the road, don’t stop and block traffic. Pull over to the side of the road.
7. Just because you are awake early in a campground, doesn’t mean that everyone wants to get up the same time you do.
8. Just because you like to stay up and party in a campground, doesn’t mean that everyone else likes this also.
9. If you see someone struggling to put up a tent, offer to help. They might be grateful that you did.
10. When in a crowded tourist area, step to the side if you are going to stop and look for something in your bag or look at a map. Don’t block the aisles.
11. Call and let the hotel know if you will be arriving late.
12. If a special ceremony is going on somewhere, talk softly as not to disrupt the ceremony

What other advice would you offer? Please share.

Original photo by Pat Hensley

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Make Your Dreams Come True

“If you have a dream, don't put it off. If you feel a push to do something, make it happen.”

When I was little, my mother used to say, “Where there is a will, there is a way.”

I’ve learned that if I want something bad enough, I will be persistent and keep trying until I achieve my goal. Some goals take longer to achieve than others.

I try not to use “stinkin’ thinkin” and find ways to discourage myself. That is too easy to do and I realize that is one way of trying to avoid failure. Then I realize that if I don’t try, I won’t fail, but I won’t ever achieve anything without trying.

I also want to set a good example for my students. Many of them have failed so many times that they stop trying. I need to help them realize that each “failure” is not bad. In fact, these may just be stepping stones towards achieving their goal. Each failure shows them what they should not do next time and that they need to find a new angle.

Each failure is actually an opportunity to find another way.

Finding another way may involve asking others for help. This is hard to do because I’m afraid that others may only see my failure but I must realize that others will also see my determination. Others may be able to look at the problem from a different perspective and see a new possibility that I might not have thought about doing. Getting other opinions doesn’t mean that I should agree with all of them or do all of them. It just helps to see the bigger picture. When I have a failure, I tend to have tunnel vision and seem to focus on the problem as having only one solution. By opening up to others, it opens up my mind and helps me see that there may be other ways to achieve my goal.

Sometimes I might need to adjust my goal. Maybe my dream is too narrow focused or maybe my dream is too broad. By trying different things, I might want to direct my efforts into a different direction. It is okay to change my dream. This is not a failure as long as I’m not giving up what I want to do because I’m afraid to try.

I remember growing up and wanting to be different things. Each year, I wanted to be something different depending on what books I was reading at the time. I wanted to be a rancher, a farmer, a model, an archaeologist, and many other things. But my real dream was to be a teacher.

This was a hard dream to achieve and definitely involved others. Without asking for help, I never would have achieved my dreams. I hope to be there for my students and help them be successful in achieving their dreams.

How did you reach your dream? Please share.