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Back In the Saddle

I woke up reflecting on my first day back in the classroom since May 2015.  Let me clarify, I am assisting a math/science teacher for the reminder of the year for only 2 days a week.

My first instinct is to run. My second instinct, how can I schedule more hours with this teacher and students before the state assessment. If you knew me you would know my thoughts on testing and wondering why  a change of mind. The students will test. Someone will look at the results. And decisions will be made.

There is more at stake. The students were a bit rowdy during a lesson using a Kindle to record their explanation. But they were loud working in a their small groups. And they talked while the teacher explained the activity. And someone asked the teacher if I was his grandmother before he could introduce me. And another laughed at my name.

And about an hour later I redirected the students  They silently completed their DOL, daily observation of learning, for the day’s math lesson. And all was right in the world again.

Until…all was right until I spoke privately with the teacher after class. He stated he was embarrassed for his students behavior. And I was sad. This young man with so much knowledge to share has a few students disrupting the learning process so often he is reconsidering his decision to teach.

How did his achool district fail him? Why hasn’t he received more support? Oh, I was called in but there only 9 weeks of school remains and there is only 6 school days until the state test in math. And the state science test is in May.

Reflecting, praying, and changing my schedule to make a difference. The difference I hope to make by June is to hear the teacher say, “I am returning, I am taking it one year at a time, one day at a time.”


Do You Believe in Them?

Laura Randazzo – Solutions for the Secondary Classroom

In this back-to-school season, let the wise words of 9-year-old Dalton Sherman put some wind in your sails. After winning a local Martin Luther King Jr. oratory competition, young Sherman was tapped to be the keynote speaker at the Dallas Independent School District’s annual employee rally back in 2008. The rest is, well, internet gold.

Special thanks to my buddy Carlota Lim, who introduced me to young Mr. Sherman.

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New Look at New Orleans

New Orleans. New Orleans! Just saying the words conjures up memories of past visits. In my younger days the visits there centered around having a great time in the French Quarter or dancing the night away at a disco. Not too long ago a business trip might include dining out and a visit to Harrah’s for a night out on the town. But now I have discovered another gem of New Orleans.

Karma’s a B*tch, Right?

I believe we should strive to be kind to others. I think when a person goes out of their way to others and causes undo hardship an stress, the universe will return the gesture.

Suzie Speaks

ImageSomething that wasn’t particularly nice happened to someone I know at the end of last week. They didn’t come to any physical harm – they weren’t hurt in any way – but their life has now been turned upside down because of this event. And you know what? I was secretly really pleased.

I am a bad person.

At one point in my life I really needed their support – I was experiencing an extremely traumatic time and this person had the ability to stop it. They didn’t. To make matters even worse, they added fuel to the fire and took great delight in doing so. Consequently, when I heard about what had happened, my insides did a little happy dance and my first thought was ‘Karma’s a b*tch.’

I am a really bad person.

The concept of Karma originated in ancient India and features in Hindu, Jain, Buddhist and…

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