Archive for December, 2016

Ending 2016

Posted: December 31, 2016 in Uncategorized

20 years ago . . . .

Ok, so I should stop there. I don’t want to confess what happened that long ago.

Happy New Year!



Oh, you’re still reading. Ok then.

20 years ago I was walking down the hallway of my high school with a friend. School hadn’t started yet, but we enjoyed just walking the halls and talking in the mornings. Well, it was 1997 and I turned to her and said, “It’s so weird that it’s 1997 and I graduate in high school in 1999. I don’t know what’s going to happen.” She then looked at me and replied, “You think that’s weird? I graduate in 1997!”

So now you’re wondering where this is going . . . me too. I had a though, but I’m sitting here with Anderson Copper giggling on the television and I kinda forgot my thought process.

It’s the end of a year. A time for reflection. It’s interesting because here in the states (and many other countries) it’s the middle of the school year. I am lucky enough to be in a school district which ends the first semester before break (yes, there are some who come back for two weeks of 1st semester). So really, it’s new start when we return to school next week.

I’ve seen many people posting about their “one word” for 2017. Well, last year I made my word ‘flexibility’. Well, in 2016 I was very flexible in many aspects of my teaching career, however, I know I wasn’t really focused on the word.

So my word for 2017?

I don’t have one. I don’t want one.

You see, if I only focus on one word, I might be missing out on different opportunities. You see, 2016 was a year of many firsts for me!

I was a part of a group who had to stand in front of other educators and present an idea of our own. One that is near and dear to my heart, yet I was so scared to present my idea. I loved it though!

I also went to Florida with some coworkers in which we shared our fears and I’m glad I shared with them to help us build a bond. In the same trip I was given the opportunity to visit with the director of a conference and was asked to present at the conference in 2017.

This past fall I also had an observer in my classroom who will be student teaching this spring in my class. She will be my first student teacher I have had. I am excited for this experience and know that I will learn just as much from her as she will from me.

So what’s my word this year?

I can’t choose one. I don’t know what 2017 is going to bring me. All I hope is that it will bring me happiness and another successful year in my life.

Happy New Year, everyone!


Sunday Post

Posted: December 11, 2016 in Uncategorized

I’m sitting here at school making copies for the rest of the semester. It’s hard to believe that another semester as gone by. Where does the time go each year as I’m teaching?

This year has been a bit of a struggle with a couple of classes. I hear (and say) all the time that we all have that one class who pushes the limits. Is it them though?

I mean, do I approach that class differently for good or bad?

Just some thoughts as I prepare to end the first semester.

Scmamily Reunion

Posted: December 4, 2016 in Uncategorized

First, I can’t believe that it’s been over two months since I last wrote something. I need to change that. . . .

This weekend has been great! Last year I was a part of OKMath/OKSci Leadership. You can find out a little more about the program in the video below.

This weekend the Alumni of the program were together again. This group always gets my mind growing and they get me thinking about being a leader. However, this post isn’t really about that.

We stayed at the Noble Foundation Convention Center. This place is amazing! They are working very hard to change agriculture around the world as well as educate children. As teachers in Oklahoma, we can have trunks of supplies sent to us for a week to do labs with students. It’s a great way to allow students hands-on experiments at no cost (Yes, FREE) to the teachers and schools.

I encourage you to find out more about the Noble Foundation and what they are doing for education. I have included photos before from the tour of the facilities.