Monday, February 19, 2018

Back of the Book Blurb #97 Challenge

From Sioux's PageSioux offers this challenge.

She posts a picture and you need to imagine it as a graphic for a book. You choose the genre and book title, and then write a blurb that might appear on the back of the book.

The blurb should be 150 words or less (not including the title). The genre is wide-open.
Each blogger should include their blurb on their own blog, and link back to this post. Have fun with it. Go to the other posts and comment on the other blurbs.  You can do fancy techy things with the photo.

(Join in if you dare...! It sounds like fun! I think this would be a lot of fun to do with students especially since they would be expected to write 150 words or less!)

On Vacation

Nick insisted on going on vacation! He just finished the busiest season at work and he deserved it. But the head elf and his wife were against it. They were worried about the attention it would draw and what people would think.

He said that he would go on a secret vacation and go incognito. No bodyguards, no assistants, just himself. He was going on a Caribbean cruise! He could just picture himself sitting on the beach, sunning himself.

And when someone comes up to him and asks him if he is Santa, he is going to just tell them that he is a lookalike. No one would think that Santa would be on a cruise! They would think he was hard at work at the North Pole getting ready for the next Christmas season.

He couldn’t wait to start on this new adventure! First, he had to start packing. (150 words)

Friday, February 16, 2018

Useful Information In and Out of the Classroom 2/16/18

Here are some interesting sites that I’ve found this week, thanks to my PLN. As a teacher, I feel we have to keep up to date concerning research in our field and current issues in the education system. I hope some of these inspire you, inform you, and even have you asking questions. Thank you for coming by and visiting!

Note: Each resource is labeled with a level and subject area to make it easier to use.

Levels:  E: Elementary; M: Middle; H: High; G: General, all levels; SN: Special Needs; T: Teachers

Subject Areas: LA: Language Arts, English, Reading, Writing; M: Math; S: Science; Health; SS: Social Studies, Current Events; FA: Fine Arts; Music, Art, Drama; FL: Foreign Language; PE: Physical Ed; C: Career; A: All

Foodskey- “The science behind what you eat and drink.” (L:G; SA:S)

Making North America – “Discover how North America took its shape by visiting geological sites across the continent, searching for clues in the landscape, and viewing episodes from the broadcast series Making North America, in this interactive produced by NOVA.” (L:G; SA:S)

LinguaPracticaVR – “Whatever your English level, interest or reason for learning we have virtual reality tours to suit your needs.”  (L:G; SA:FL)

Science Snacks – “An Exploratorium Snack is a hands-on science activity. Science Snacks are tabletop exhibits or explorations of natural phenomena that teachers or students can make using common, inexpensive, readily available materials. Science Snacks are divided into easy-to-follow sections that include instructions, advice, and helpful hints. Each one begins with a photo and/or video, a short introduction, and a list of materials. Other sections include assembly instructions, how to use the activity, and explain what’s going on, science-wise. Most Science Snacks can be built by one person; we indicate if a partner or adult help is needed, this is indicated. A section called "Going Further" offers interesting bits of additional scientific and historic information.” (L:G; SA:S)

Code for Life – “Code For Life is a nonprofit initiative that delivers free, open-source games that help all students learn computing.” (L:G; SA:C)

Original photo by Pat Hensley

Thursday, February 15, 2018


“Today, as you pursue excellence, think of your most recent pain. Are you processing that pain in healthy ways? Or are you revisiting it to feed your anger, self-pity, and resentment?”

I have a hard time dealing with disappointment. I see disappointment in the same way I do failure. I try to look ahead and see if I may be disappointed. I sometimes don't even try if I feel that way.  I guess I see disappointment as equal to failure and it shouldn't be.

Whenever I get disappointed I get angry with myself. I start thinking that maybe I didn't try hard enough, or I didn't pay attention good enough, or I didn't have the best skills to do what I wanted to do. I see a failure to succeed as a personal failure that I can control.

I think I should learn to try things and not worry about being  disappointed. If they don't work out the way I had hoped, I need to think about finding other ways to succeed. I should look at disappointment as an opportunity to find other ways for success.

Disappointment makes me feel angry at myself and I wallow in self-pity. At times I look for others that I can blame but then I turn it around and blame myself more than others.

Maybe it has to do with the way I was brought up. I know I've mentioned this before, but my parents expected me to do my best next. I don't think they are different than most parents, but I think their values in addition to the pressure I put on myself made me want to be perfect. Anything less than perfect was failure to me.

As I write this, I wonder if my students feel the same way. Many times, I've been told I'm an overachiever, so I don't see others feeling the same way I do. I don't know why I think I can be the only perfectionist in the world. Trying to be perfect is a losing battle because no one is perfect.

Once I get over the anger, self-pity, and resentment, I need to reflect on the whole situation that caused my disappointment. I need to own up to being disappointed and I need to look at the reasons why I am disappointed. Is it something I did or is it something that others did or did not do? Maybe it was the situation and I didn't have the right equipment or supplies. Maybe I didn’t have enough information. I need to look at the whole picture and not just my feelings.

How do you deal with disappointment? How do you help your students deal with disappointment? Please share.