Education in North Carolina

1 03 2014

I teach in an amazing school.

I work with fantastic teachers.

I have awesome students.

I love being a teacher.

Having said all those things, know the state of education in North Carolina is not in a good place right now.  There are THOUSANDS of teachers, students, parents, and administrators who are working their buts off and it is like moving through molasses.  We do LOTS of work and don’t really get anywhere.   The North Carolina legislature has made it dificult to be a teacher.  There are LOTS of ways they are undermining teachers: testing, tenures, 25% rule, teacher evaluation, and changing the rules for these things without any warning.

We have read lots of articles and blog posts about teachers leaving NC, teachers who need to be on public assitance in order to feed their families, and teachers who are leaving teaching all together.  I can’t write anything as eloquent as those teachers, but I do want to say to every voter in NC, think about the teachers when you vote.   While you might not feel a teacher’s  influence as quickly as you feel the influence of the people who work to collect the trash; but our influence is felt in every single person.  I remember my favorite teachers–Mrs. Smith in second grade, Mr. Kelly in tenth grade English, Miss Hodel in eleventh grade English.  I remember the teachers who later became my favorites because she made me work so hard–Mrs. Case-Reynolds in tenth grade world history and Mrs. Pasto in eleventh grade US History.  We ALL remember those teachers who inspire us, those who might have wounded us in some way, and the teachers who made us the people we are today.

I won’t be leaving, because I am working too hard to make a difference.


Dusting off the blog…

15 06 2011

Not quite sure what got into me this morning.  Most likely, just a desire to avoid going grocery shopping. 

Once again, since it has been so long, I’m reaquainting myself with all the changes to wordpress.    Hopefully, I can sustain some posting regularity.   I’m thinking summer is a good time to get back into things.  

Here are some of the things that are “new” (of course over a year’s time, pretty much everything is new, right?).

  • I’ve gone back to work!   I swore I wouldn’t go back to teaching, yet, since it is all I really know how to do, I closed my eyes and just did it!   I am a high school science teacher at an early/middle college in Guilford County, NC.  More on all that later. 
  • I’m still involved with the PTA, mainly with the school leadership team and the Reflections program at the county level.  
  • I’ve been lackluster with the WW program.  I finally canceled my membership only to re-up in January.    I wish I could say I’m doing well, but I can’t.   More on that time bomb topic later too. 
  • The Sunshine kids are growing like weeds and once again I am behind the parenting 8 ball.   Sigh.   I miss my babies.  

Of course more has happened, however, it is more of the general life stuff.   You know, groceries, cleaning, homework, and the like.   Not really great blog stuff.  

See you on the flip!

Whatever will be, will be.

27 02 2010

I love Doris Day.  Some of my favorite memories are watching Doris Day movie marathons.   Her movies are fluff, 1960’s version of chick lit on the big screen–G-rated mostly.   One of the reasons I enjoy these movies so much, is that at some point in the movie, Doris has a moment.   Rock Hudson (usually) has been a cad and she has had enough.   She stomps her foot, huffs, turns, turns back, and then decides to get things done HER WAY!  

See what I mean?  She was a feminine feminist.  My point?  

My point is I’m feeling a Doris Day moment coming on.   I’ve had enough.   Enough of the status quo, enough FEELING  and BEING useless.  I’m ready to huff, to slap something and pretend it was a dream, to throw something.   After I do, things will get done.   It might take a while for me to get to the “Que Sera Sera” moment, but through hell or high water,  Doris gets to it, and so will I.

Hold fast.

3 02 2008

Sunshine Daddy and I just finished watching “Bridge to Terebithiah” and it reminded me of a poem.    It is one in which keeps resurfacing in my life.    In honor of Silent Poetry Reading, I’d like to share it with you. 

Right now, as a mother of young children, it seems something to instill in them.   As we adults worry about money, life, and the future, the kids are living in their world of imagination.   I hope they continue to hold fast to a dream, no matter how small. 

Hold Fast Your Dreams

Louise Driscoll

Hold fast your dreams!
Within your heart
Keep one, still, secret spot
Where dreams may go,
And sheltered so,
May thrive and grow-
Where doubt and fear are not. 
O, keep a place apart,
Within your heart,
For little dreams to go!
Think still of lovely things that are not true.
Let wish and magic work at will in you.
Be sometimes blind to sorrow.  Make believe!
Forget the calm that lies
In disillusioned eyes.
Though we all know that we must die,
Yet you and I
May walk like gods and be
Even now at home in immortality!
We see so many ugly things-
Deciets and wrongs and quarrelings;
We know, alas! we know
How quickly the color in the west,
The bloom upon the flower,
The bloom upon the breast
And youth’s blind hour.
Yet, keep within your heart
A place apart
Where little dreams may go,
May thrive and grow.
Hold fast–hold fast your dreams! 

Although Driscoll’s poem isn’t the first one I think of when someone asks for a favorite poem, it is (as all “good” writing should) striking that resonance in my life right now.    May you hold fast your dreams. 

Happy St. Brigid DayOnly six more weeks of winter

Pay it Forward

9 10 2007

While avoiding hearing any more Yankee baseball rants, I checked out my ever-increasing blog list.    I learned about IVF treatments from Cara, checked out another beautiful Kauni sweater from the Rainey sisters, and read about pay it forward on cloth.paper.string.  As an aside, this is another blog that I stumbled upon and immediately fell in love with the photography and the written word.   Crafty goodness at its best!   

So here is the gist of Pay it forward:

“I will send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange. I don’t know what that gift will be yet and you may not receive it tomorrow or next week… LOL… but you will receive it within 365 days, that is my promise! The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog.”

So who’s up for sharing the craft love?

Productive? I think not.

13 08 2007

So, what did you do today?  

Sounds like you pretty productive in your part of the world today. 

Me, not so much. 

Why?   It is a recovery day for me.   The in-laws were here this weekend.   There is laundry to be washed, dried, folded, and put away (I have done a couple of those steps…).  It is Monday.  

So what did I do? 

  • Hung out on Ravelry and Knitty.  
  • Added things to my queue on Ravelry.   (Things I will most likely never knit.)  
  • Read from Knitting in the Old Way.  
  • Thought and worked a little on designing a sweater (that I most likely never knit).  
  • Read Nineteen Minutes.  This book is like watching a train wreck.   I don’t want to read it but I do anyway.   It is sad, oh, so sad.  
  • Drank WAY too much coffee.  
  • Quickly sewed a collar of a T-shirt that was coming loose.   The wearer quickly redoned it and I was back to wasting the day away.  
  • Determined the answer to that age old question of SAHMs “What are we having for dinner?”  
  • Messed around with WordPress format.   Still not happy. 

Busy?   Slightly.   Productive?   I think not.