Thursday, July 31, 2014

Flashback -- Interactive Notes from 2014 National WBT Conference

Summer has been rolling along and I have been working on preparing for the start of school and my WBT internship.  This morning I found an INVALUABLE resource! I was instantly thrown back to my whirlwind days at the 2014 WBT National Conference in Louisiana!  Linked below, for you to peruse and learn, are notes from WBT Intern Kelly Avery.  There are 35 links that have been added to cross-reference videos and free e-books from the WBT website.

Warning:  within the link there is a LOT of information! Use caution when consuming this much mind-blowing data!

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B6l-kdIIXh5PQWgyTFIyMzlmZ1U/preview

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Ripe? Funky? Malodorous?


So the two ladies I worked with in a group went to lunch together today. Time was short. The Yelp app was wrong. Sonic was our solution. I inhaled my #1 with mustard and extra pickles and back to the conference we went. Soon after I modeled WBT techniques (see previous entry "PROGRESS"), I realized I was feeling sticky. (It was about 2?) I kept catching a malodorous whiff and assumed it was a need to reapply deodorant. 
--Now, fast forward to some time around 5pm.--
At a gas/pit stop, I realized I was still wearing my "Keep your dear teacher happy" button. Upon removing it, something fell to the floor. 
😳 Yes, folks, that is a Sonic diced onion with mustard. Odor solved.

Word Crimes

Hey there, ELA teachers!  Have you seen this video?


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P-R-O-G-E-S-S. Oh, Yeah!!

     So day two has ended. I, once again, was asked to model the WBT lesson techniques using fractions. Coach B restarted me only once. 👍 Oh yeah! Plus, he asked me to add an explanation of the Q-T process and Q-T questions. Oh, sweet mama, what a difference a day makes! Things went so much better. 
     After Coah B closed the session, he allowed me to shamelessly plug my blog, twitter account, and class FB page. 😉  Should you be reading this and were at the West Memphis conference, please leave a comment to let me know. I have attempted to add a "follow me" widget, but it may or may not be working. If it isn't working, I will consult with my Technical Advisor (😏 aka my 15 year old son who knows a bit about html) and will correct the issue by Friday. (Give a mom a bit to do laundry, lol!)

Pictured below: Sue Scott, Coach B (aka Chris Biffle), and me!
Thank you, Coach B, for your help and guidance!  I look forward to the next time our paths cross. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

WBT Conference #2--I'm still cool!

Day one of the Arkansas WBT Conference and Coach B called me up to model the first three steps of a five step WBT lesson on fractions. The chairs represented each step: Class-Yes, Mirror-Words (with 2 sentences of instruction using big gestures), and Teach-Okay. Coach introduced me as one of the newest WBT interns...and after much redirection, I asked if he wanted to resind my internship. 😳 Boy! I think the chairs had it out for me. LOL. I'm just kidding!  I had spoken the lesson in "teach-okay" to my partner, but it was such an adreneline rush teaching the group...gulp!  What a fabulous learning experience!! Thanks, Coach B, for guiding me and being so kind!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Elbow Grease



A bit of paint, 1/2 price scrapbook paper, and modge-podge and this drafting table is like new. I want to drill holes in the legs so I can put in casters -- mobile! 😎👍 I'm going to say goodbye to the traditional teachers desk and be all updated and swank!


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Can any working parent "have it all?"

Today's blog post is in response to an article I read about the CEO of Pepsi Co. (link to follow) I appreciate Indra Nooyi's candor...as one who has worked full time before children, worked FT with one child, been a SAHM with all three, worked PT with all three, and am preparing to return to working FT with three children, I always felt guilty/inadequate because I was always missing out on something.  This article made sense to me. It's not the lesson of the 70's and 80's my generation heard growing up...but I'm no longer sold on that being possible.  I believe any of us can choose to do anything, but no one can have it all.

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/07/why-pepsico-ceo-indra-k-nooyi-cant-have-it-all/373750/

Power to the teachers!
Cathy
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