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Thursday, August 4, 2011


Two weeks ago my husband and I put in an offer on a house in California. It was an active short sale, and they usually don't go well unless the offer is close to what the seller's bank has approved for a listing price. Our offer was close. The sellers accepted it, but we haven't heard from their bank yet. 

So we wait, and wait, watching the clock, listening for the phone, anxious to make plans but needing, instead,

to wait.

Sunday, June 12, 2011


The school year has ended, so summer is here. We've already had 4 days of 90+ degrees, and then had it drop back into the 50's - so you know I'm in Wisconsin. I'm looking forward to travelling this summer, and spending time catching up on ... having time on my hands to do various things now that I'm done with my masters. Let's see what the coming months bring!

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

EMDT613 Week 4 - Free Post

It is so hard to believe that we are closing in on graduation day. I have made new friends who have become much more than classmates. They are now a part of my family, even though we have never even been in the same room. I was always an off campus student, so never had the camaraderie that comes from living and going to class with a close group of people.  That aspect, though done through SKYPE, email, and WIMBA has been very special. The support is more than I could ever have hoped for. With all of the protests going on in Wisconsin right now, it's hard to say what the state of our teaching positions will be in the near future. But I know that with my new skills and the support of my family and friends, I will prevail in some capacity. Perhaps a new one, perhaps reinventing my current position. All will be fine, of this I have no doubt. Like the baby birds that hatch each spring and summer, I too will have a chance to test my wings - and soar!

Soon, there will a new batch of baby birds in my yard, growing and getting ready to test their wings!

EMDT613 Week 3 - Publishing_Leadership Project

Screen Shot of my email

The journal I am submitting my article to is The National Association of Special Education Teachers  Here is the link to my publication article:  For publication purposes, I've removed the pictures of students.  I am hopeful to have a submission response soon! I chose this publication because of its focus on special education. My hope is that by publishing here, at a time when schools are doing more and more inclusion, I will be able to show how that can be successful, even though my research was only in math.  My ARP group consisted of 2/3 regular education students and 1/3 students with a learning disability. The success they had could also be replicated in other subject areas. If teachers are aware of this, they may be more accepting of inclusion for these students.

If I am not accepted for publication here, I will submit to Edutopia. I like the way the site is broken down by grade levels, core standards, various communities in education, blogs, etc. This seems to offer a wide range in which to find material and respond to it.

Here are the links to my Think Out Loud posts:

EMDT613 Week 4 - Comments Post #2

@ Pam

Week 4-Blog Post 2-The Art of Posibilities Ch. 9-12

This weeks reading was very good. I would have to say the whole book was very good I liked how it talks about like possibilities from every angle imaginable. I really enjoyed chapter 10 talking about our life being a game board. It seems like my students over the past couple of years have this sense of "entitlement" there is no self responsibility anywhere. I have noticed students will say "that teacher gave me an F" instead of "I earned an F in math." This generation of kids are looking to blame someone every time something goes wrong in their life. I like how the booked refers to life a board and we are going to make choices and mistakes, but we have to learn from them. Sometimes we have to put our pride to the side and say "yes this is my fault how do I fix it?" I try to teach my students you are not entitled to anything the successes you get in life are earned, but so many students think that they are going to make millions of dollars have a perfect life without hard work. I hate to say this but that is not reality.  People in general want to blame diffrent people for hardship and bad things, but the ugly truth is sometime we make mistakes and have to learn from them. I lost my brother four years ago to this "game" called the choking game. I was so heartbroken over the lose of my brother. I just wanted to blame the kids that showed him how to "play." I wanted to blame the God, but I didn't want to blame him for doing it. I guess we never want to blame the people we love for bad things that hurt us. The ugly truth was my bother made the choice to play and the consequence was that he died at 19-years-old. I guess in that first year of losing my brother I just wanted life to stop and people to just piety my situation. I got alone with God and my Bible and realized life hasn't stopped people will not continue to piety my situation. I began to think OK this has happened know what can I do to make a difference. My family and I began to give speeches to youth groups in churches in the area about the dangers of the "Choking Game." My family and I didn't want this to happen to another family so we are trying to make a difference through educating parents and teens on the deadly game. My challenge to everyone is this when God allows bad things to happen to you use it to help others. God allows bad things to happen to good people because He knows that we can handle the bad thing and use it for His Glory.
Catherine Yoho said...
Pam, Your comments on how students (and many adults) today feel a sense of entitlement rather than feeling they have to earn what they receive. I am glad Jacqueline included formal definitions of the two in her comments on your posts. I think we are all in agreement! Everyone is ENTITLED to certain rights. They may not be the same in every country, state, community, or family but are consistent within those individual entities. However, earning a grade implies effort was put forth. I am also frustrated with students who would prefer to not put forth effort but, instead, blame a teacher for "giving" them a certain grade. This holds dire consequences for society as these children grow into the adults of the future. I almost said mature, and that is what I HOPE happens. Mature would imply that their knowledge grows and they understand the effort they will need to put forth for their successes. By owning our failures, faults and mistakes, we put ourselves in a position to learn from them. Learning equates to growth. I hope that all of our children become able to embrace this philosophy. Thank you for sharing about your brother. I can't imagine how difficult it must be. With a teenage son who is struggling to find his independence from parents, I worry about "games" such as this. I hope we have taught him to not fall for such tactic, but the next few years will still be scary for us.

EMDT613 Week - Think Out Loud #2 of 2: Decison

I've decided that my presentation will  be a publication. Decision made. I've chosen one journal ...

The National Association of Special Education Teachers . This journal is devoted to special education. I chose it because my research project took place in a regular education classroom which  included students with learning disabilities. As more and more students rely less on pull-out services for students with special needs, I find it very important to highlight strategies that can improve the success these students have within the regular education classroom. The strategy I employed would be beneficial to all students, but especially those needing additional tools to assist them with learning and recalling information. If I am published, I hope I receive feedback from other teachers who have employed music. I would even welcome suggestions! The journal states that responses to requests for publication are made within 2 weeks. It's time to sit tight and wait.

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