Friday, February 23, 2007

This Is Your Brain on The Wiggles

Since going back to work one month ago I started praying that God will show me what he wanted me to do with this opportunity. In the past, as a teacher, I generally arrived at school, went to my portable (ESL teachers are almost always in portables) taught, and then went home. I didn't do anything "above and beyond" what employment required, so to speak. No extra duties, no committees--it was just the students and me. Then I went home.

So, when I started back, I was surprised that I suddenly had this yearning to do more and be more as a teacher. And the opportunities just opened themselves up. An email was sent regarding a Master Teacher Book Club of sorts wherein they will be reading The Learning Leader: How to Focus School For Better Results.

At first I ignored the opportunity. After all, I'm in the Bloggity Book Club and reading Beth Moore's new book, and this other book did not sound fun. AT ALL. But, the email came out again and after thinking about it, I figured if Mini-Me and Mini-T are going to be in public school, at least for a while, I better be part of the solution in making schools better. I agreed to join. (I laughed when I had to explain in the email who in the world I was. Most of the teachers don't even know me yet!)

Anyway, I started reading this book last night and realized very quickly my brain cells have been slowly and methodically annihilated after watching more hours of The Wiggles, Hi-5, and Barney than I care to admit. I had to look up at least four words (just in the preface and introduction) and then convince myself that I was not a complete idiot and could handle this. Thank goodness only the first three chapters are due by Tuesday. And unlike high school, I actually plan on reading them.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Beep, I mean Green, Means Go

I am quite possibly the worst driver I know. That's a horrible thing to have to admit, but I do. My biggest problem is that I am the most impatient person on the road, (ask anyone who has had the fortune to talk to me on the phone while I drive) and I like to look around at things other than, oh I don't know, the ROAD.

So last night I was stopped at a red light calling a friend. When her outgoing message stopped and I heard the beep, something in my mind clicked and I started to drive through the red light as if it had turned green along with the beep.

People of Edmond---consider yourself warned. It's just better if you stay out of the way.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Hospitality is Commanded Y'all

And since I do my best to obey The Word, I'm inviting you over to my place. After Boomama asked for a list of suitable books to peruse (and you gave her, I don't know, a gazillion or so to choose from)I commented that she should do an online book club of sorts. After all, I love book clubs, but rarely actually get to go.

Blah, blah, blah; e-mails back and forth; I'm hosting the first book club! And just so we all know, I am quite sure I will completely destroy Mr. Linky or the oh so adorable Book Club Button. So, bear with me--K? Below you will indeed see, very prayerfully as I hit "publish", the button.

(I'm the svelte short haired blond in the middle in case you were wondering. Well, except that I have red hair now. I don't care. I'm still her.)

The plan is to meet back here on March 9th to discuss in any manner you see fit, our first book, Get Out of That Pit by Beth Moore. I'm in a bit of Beth withdrawal after having finished the Breaking Free Bible Study about the time we moved to Oklahoma.

There you have it! It could very well just be Boomama and myself discussing the book. At which point I guess I will just call her and talk about it over the phone rather than just commenting back and forth on each other's blogs. Because that would just seem silly, right?

Everyone can bring their own snacks if that's okay. I would normally provide, but can't afford that FedEx bill. See ya next month. And for a more substantial post on the matter head to Boo's.