Browsing Archive: November, 2011

FIRE!

Posted by Amateur Teacher on Monday, November 28, 2011,
Well, the past week has been eventful with lots o' food, fun, and family! Needless to say, it was somewhat rough rolling out of the bed this morning to head back to work. I admit, I had a bad attitude, but I prayed for strength, put a smile on my face, and slid into my most fav-o-rite socks... you know, the ones with the Abominable Snow Monster (the one from Rudolph) on the top for all to see. I sported those bad boys with pride today and every time I looked at them I couldn't help but smile ...
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Talk about thankful

Posted by Amateur Teacher on Thursday, November 17, 2011,
Folks, we had a tornado touch down today. It hit our high school, our jail, our agriculture arena, the humane society, and several houses. Not to mention it burst a gas line at the alternative school which is a hop, skip, and a jump away from our little school. We were in the wing closest to the action. So, we spent the last half of our day huddled in a little heap in the hallway with threats of a tornado above us and flammable gas around us. Exciting, huh?
At times like that I look at my bab...
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It just isn't Thanksgiving unless...

Posted by Amateur Teacher on Tuesday, November 15, 2011,




THAT'S RIGHT! Thanksgiving just wouldn't be complete unless you let your kids make a hand turkey! Our latest math standard and unit we're working on is measurement. Well, my new(ish) teacher neighbor had her kids trace their hands and measure their fingers. "Hmmm..." I thought. "That's really cute!" And then I thought, "HOLD THE PHONE! IT'S THANKSGIVING! DUH, WE HAVE TO MAKE HAND TURKEYS!" So, hand turkeys we made and the kids loved it. Not to mention they got great practice measuring with in...


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Mama Bear

Posted by Amateur Teacher on Friday, November 11, 2011,
I have been in my classroom for one and a half days this week. Yep. I had high hopes for my substitute, too. I was told it would be Mrs. K. Mrs. K is funny, friendly, and takes no crap. Well, Tuesday I got back to school after an all day workshop to find that my sub had been Mrs. H. EVEN BETTER! She followed my plans beautifully and handled the kids perfectly. This one good day made me think that the next half day I had to be out for yet another workshop would be just as good. Again, I though...
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Foldables!

Posted by Amateur Teacher on Friday, November 4, 2011,
I hate a worksheet. Though some serve as awesome review and summarizing lessons, I pretty much only do them when I am desperate for a grade. I inherited an awesome book called Alternatives to Worksheets when I was a first year teacher and, boy, have I dog-eared those pages! Well, when you get a class whose number one question is, "Can I draw now?" and your number one answer is usually, "N.O." then it's time to break out the boredom busting foldables book.
Most of my Book Clubs (what we call o...
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Out of the mouths of babes...

Posted by Amateur Teacher on Thursday, November 3, 2011,
We hear a lot of things from our students. Fart noises, curse words, what their mamas and daddies did last night, you name it, there is absolutely nothing that can't be said... until they get in trouble and realize that they shouldn't have said it in the first place. Then, there's the funnies: "What do you call those brown tomatoes that grow in the ground?" "You mean potatoes?" "OH! Is that what you call them?!" Or "Why do zombies eat brains?" "Oh, I know! It's 'cause they're DUMMIES!" Sheesh...
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No way!

Posted by Amateur Teacher on Wednesday, November 2, 2011,
Remember the other day when I said I still feel like a new teacher? Well, today I feel like a blessed new teacher. My wonderful school family decided that measly little ol' me should be Teacher of the Year. *insert squeal here* I am beyond honored. I could barely eat my congratulatory cake for shaking and crying. (I am quite a blubber-er) I still don't quite know how to feel or act or what to say. I am just so very thankful and so very proud. Being a teacher is the hardest thing anyone can do...
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Confession

Posted by Amateur Teacher on Tuesday, November 1, 2011,
I have a confession to make. I h... I ha... I HATE grading. I hate grading anything. Not that I don't believe in grading because I do. I just absolutely despise the task of spending my evenings, weekends, lunchtime, you name any other free time, grading papers. However, I have lately been on a checklist frenzy. I love checklists. When ever you've done a bunch of cutesy projects in class and realize you have no Social Studies or Science grades for all those projects you've done. You then reali...
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About Me


Amateur Extraordinaire I was born to a farmer and a farmer's daughter. I, however, was just a tiny little thing when my parents had to move from their farm. All my life I heard stories of "the farm" and the life they had there. From a young age, I knew I would have my own one day. While it is far from the farm my daddy had, my Mister and I bought our first place in August of 2011. Sitting on six acres is a homestead we're making into our own slice of heaven on earth. Follow along as we stake our claim on this piece of earth the LORD has entrusted to us.
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