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Posted on: June 29, 2012

My book is available free on Amazon today and tomorrow.  Let me know what you think!

Coming back to school as a substitute after almost a year has allowed me to see things in a different light.  I have spent my time in this last year working with my husband at his businesses and at my horse ranch.  This last year, I have been a business person instead of a teacher.  The contrast between schools and a business is quite obvious and maybe even a bit disturbing.

First of all, teachers work many extra hours and take on so many extra projects.  Nevertheless the extra pay is non-existent.  Businesses are quickly entering the technology age, but lack of funding causes our schools to be major tree killers.  I applaud the schools that teach the importance of recycling!  There has to be some way to use technology to replace all the worksheets (and maybe even save the teachers some grading time).

I have watched teachers trade paper, staples, and tape in order to get the supplies they need.  Our administrators are having to put limits on the basic supplies in order to balance their shoestring yearly budget.  I imagine that our government offices are not having to barter for refills for their staplers!

Somehow our society has to help our education system.  Most of us agree that it has some major flaws.  We have to find some way to support our children.  I realize this is not a new issue, but this week has served as a wake-up call to me.  Our schools have so many needs it’s overwhelming.  Yet, I’m reminded of the story of the little boy and the starfish.  I may not be able to change the education system as a whole, but I can do something.  If more people will pitch in however we can, maybe we can help spark a change.

To all my friends at school…I love you and appreciate you so much!!!!!  It was wonderful spending time with you this week and I’m so thankful for everything you do.  Hang in there and keep up the excellent work!

This is an interesting article.  I do wish parents thought about some of these things.

What teachers really want to tell parents – CNN.com.

Today the committee that funded our grant for Ipod in our class came to visit. I enjoyed sharing the wonderful thing my students have been able to do with the iPods However, when discussing with my friend who wrote the grant with me, I realize that I am utilizing the iPods much more than she is. Why? I’m more technologically inclined and less afraid to try new things with the tools given to me. Some teachers have wonderful technology available to them, but they don’t have the time or desire to figure out how to implement them in their class. I wish I could transport myself into all those classrooms to help those teachers! I hope that through this blog and my website, I can develop some articles that will in a way bring a bit of what I have learned into the classroom. In the long run, the students are the ones who benefit and isn’t that what we all are shooting for?

Here goes the beginning of (hopefully) a beautiful friendship!  In the last few weeks I have reached the decision that I am going to leave my classroom.  I love teaching.  I love my students.  I love my administration.  I love my school.  So, why am I leaving?  First, I feel like a new chapter is opening in my life.  After much prayer and contemplation, I feel that this is what I’m supposed to do.  Second, I can financially afford to.  With all the worries about possible Reductions in Force and possible teacher layoffs, I can’t help but think of my colleagues who depend on their meager teacher’s salary to make ends meet.  Thankfully, the other business my husband and I started is booming and he supports me completely.

That brings up the question of what am I going to do?  My quick answer is for awhile NOTHING!  I am going to sleep in, read, relax, watch some movies, and do basically nothing for at least a few weeks.  After that gets old, I’m going to help my husband more with our business, work on getting our horse business off and running, and volunteer at my school.  However, a new light bulb has started shining…..

During our team meeting today, the second grade teachers were working on lesson plans for next week.  Nothing special, happens every week.  The monolingual teachers were running back and forth to their classrooms to get other materials that they thought of as we were planning.  Us bilingual teachers didn’t really have anything to get.  This has been my frustration (as I’m sure it is for many others) since I began teaching bilingual education.  There are many wonderful resources for the classroom available for English speakers, but bilingual teachers have to pull from a small reservoir of materials or translate.  I love technology, I love teaching, why don’t I start creating some high-quality resources for bilingual teachers?!

I have been toying around with this idea for quite some time.  But life seems to keep me too busy to do much about it.  In the last few weeks, I have been making strides to put this dream in motion.  In fact, I have two apps for the iPod/iPad in production right now. Without giving too much away, they will be helpful tools for both bilingual and monolingual teachers.  I have lots of ideas of things that I want to create.  Resources that I would like for my own classroom, but never have the time to make.  Hopefully, now that I have decided to take this step of faith, I will have the time to pull some of these resources together for my fellow bilingual teachers.

Thank you for being here on this first entry….I hope that soon I will have many things to share.

¡Hasta Pronto!


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