1. Did you know there is a National Day of pretty much everything in the universe? February 23 happens to be National Inconvenience Yourself Day...when was the last time you were inconvenienced?
Gosh, I have no idea. I'm sure if I sat and thought about it long enough, I could come up with something, but I just can't be inconvenienced like that at this time. : )
2. When a room in your house needs painting who does the job?
I do. After we painted the house before we moved in, I told CH that I was done painting...forever. But, it looks like painting may be in my future with the remodeled bathrooms, plus some trim that needs to be repainted.
3. Are you friends with your cousins?
Unfortunately, I didn't grow up around my cousins. We were in Tn., they were in Tx. We had a lot of fun every year or two when we got together, though.
4. Do you use an alarm clock? If yes-is it an actual alarm, music, or something else?
I use my cell phone as an alarm clock. It's set to a nice, soothing tune that won't put me in a bad mood right off of the bat!
5. What do you put ketchup on?
If I get a hamburger out and they put ketchup on it, I'll eat it. I don't put ketchup on anything. I'll put it on my plate and dip my french fries in it, but I prefer honey mustard.
6. What smells make you nostalgic?
Oh, there are so many! This is weird, but the smell of plastic reminds me of Christmas. I must've gotten something plastic one year that I really liked!
7. Have you heard about the high school English teacher recently suspended as a result of some things she wrote in her personal blog? You can read the story here but in a nutshell she vented a lot of frustration onto her blog. She didn't mention individual students by name but she did make some harsh comments about kids in general and their parents.
What are your thoughts-If you're a parent is your child's teacher online and are you 'friend' or 'follower' there? If you're a teacher are you on facebook and do you accept or friend students on fb? How about their parents? If you're a student are you friends with your current or former teachers online? Do any of them have blogs you read? If you're a teacher or a parent do you ever use your blog as a place to vent your frustrations with our educational system? So much to discuss...
I don't accept parents of students as friends on facebook. I suppose if someone wanted to find my blog, they could, but I don't advertise my blog address. I'm also very, very careful about what I say in both places. I would never use my blog as a place to voice my frustrations; I like my job too much!
I do have a professional blog that is linked to my mountain school, but I've made sure the 2 blogs aren't connected. I think that, as a school employee, you have to be extremely careful about what you say. Children look up to us, and, especially those of us who are in an elementary school, are molding these kids' lives. A lot of these kids experience daily disappointment with the adults in their lives; they don't need it from the teachers, too.
I understand the woman's frustrations, but you've got to be smart about the internet. Once it's out there, it's out there.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
Since the last question was about school, I've got to tell you what happened yesterday. I have "speech procedures" , or a routine that we follow. The students come in, we work on what they need to work on, they get their sticker on their sticker chart, then they line up at the door. Yesterday, I had just finished working with one of my students (a second grader), and he got up (before he got his sticker). He said, "Is that it?" and I said, "I guess so." (I was hoping that he would remember the procedure and sit back down so that he would get his sticker.) He said okay, then started out the door. (My door will lock on its own after it's been shut a few times.) As the door was closing, I mentioned that he must not have wanted his sticker today, and the door closed. And locked. Then, this child frantically tried to get the door back open. The handle just kept going up and down extremely fast as I was trying to get to it to open it up! I got the door open and reminded him he needed to follow the procedures, and he would get a sticker next time. (Yes, I'm the mean one!) This kid is so incredibly cute, so it was really funny to me! But, I bet he won't forget the procedure again!