Sunday, November 28, 2010

I just wanna SCREAM!

I kinda just feel like I want to scream.
Be left alone, 
but not for too long.
I feel like going somewhere,
but not sure where.
I feel like I want to give them a piece of my mind,
but then again they're not worth it.
It's just a time I am feeling like I want to scream. 

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thankful for....

So I was thinking I'd take a moment to think about what and who I am thankful for in my life. Well, since it is Thanksgiving week and all. . .
 Jenn, my mentor... she's done so much for my learning as well as helping me learn the art of teaching. She has played a huge part in my journey in becoming the teacher I am today.
My job. I could spend hours in my classroom with out pay because I get so wrapped up in my ideas to help the kids learn the best they can. It's a good thing I don't know the alarm code because then I'd be there till dark!
 My dad. For showing me my artistic side is a gift.
 Dan and Court for always being my support system and just a phone call away. KK has started a new chapter in my life. I get to be an Auntie. I cherish that role very much!
 Dwight, for stepping and being part of my life and doing it all over again.
 My doggie Sophie, for being a best friend and giving endless love.
 My team- "friends are family you choose". Brent, Ka'ai, and Pomai are true gems that I am grateful to have in  my life.
 June, for being a long distance friend. We always pick up from where we last saw each other. Bonnie, for always being great with words and full of laughs. We laugh so hard my stomach will hurt. Good times and memories with both these ladies!
 Where do I begin, this woman has made me who I am today. She's the person I turn to when all hell breaks loose and she pulls me back down to Earth. I'd be lost without my Mom.
 My Tay Tay, she's an old soul with a carefree attitude. You don't find true friends like this very often. I hold our friendship close to my heart.
Jordan, my husband, my man, my rock. He knows me so well. I thank God everyday for Jordan. I am always thinking how exciting our future will turn out to be! He keeps me from loosing my cool, he reads the fine print, and rubs my back every night in bed to put me to sleep. I love my husband.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Friends and Family Lend a Hand :)

 This coming new year, my dear friend Pomai will be teaching a unit in my class about sustainable aloha. It will be great, I KNOW IT!
Notice the bean counters... my Mom made these for my class. They are simple and great for the kids to use for hands on learning. All it is are dry lima beans sprayed red on one side and green on the other side. Thanks Mom!

Monday, November 15, 2010

I got a second job...

So, I got a second job to save up some extra money for paying off debt and other things. I found a tutoring job at a school just up the road from mine but the sad news is that is suffering and under restructuring.  The school is paying teachers to tutor after school from 2pm-4pm with money they got from a grant. So, I got hired to tutor the kinders. 

I sat down with the lady in charge of the hiring and the grant money and she told me she was happy to have teachers like me on staff for this because we know how to teach arts integration! She said "these kids sit so much all day doing paper pencil work- I want this time with you to be really fun and not just home work help". I thought it would be simple since I do it daily in my class. The only difference is I have started teaching with the arts from day one of school starting. It takes a lot of time to get the young kinders to a level of working together and getting "less silly". Not only that but I feel it takes a certain amount of technology (just the basics like a cd player, musical instruments, etc.) 

On day one of the tutoring job, the lady in charge comes by the classroom I was in and hands me over white lined paper, pencils, and index cards. I looked at her and was not understanding what this was for? I thought to myself "I thought she wanted arts integration?" And she gave me paper and pencils?????... I knew from that point we had a lot to learn. 

Well, it's only been day 2 of tutoring and I already have taught the students about "bubble space". That's a spot in the room they can find where they can move and make their bodies into shapes without moving out of their personal bubble space. It's great go get the kids to move without getting wild. Like I said before, we have a long ways to go, but this batch of kids really liked the drama work they did today. They made their bodies into the letters of the alphabet!  And I had fun teaching it to them for the first time! 

I am excited to see where this goes... I'll keep you posted!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

This is all I want to do on Sunday. This week has been so busy and I've feel like I've just been going-going-going! A little rest will be nice.

Monday, November 1, 2010

KK at the classroom!

 Kait was mixing colors and painting just like the rest of my kinders, she fit right in!