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So much for my 21st Century Classroom

23 Apr

I really try to make my class enjoyable.  I lecture with as much vim and vigor as I can muster.  I am a bit loud at times.  I try and teach like a story teller.  I am also a geek, which I have mentioned here a time or twenty.  It is just the nature of the beast I guess.  I love toys. I love computers.  I love technology.  Being in a 1:1 laptop school makes it SOOOO much easier for my inner geek to come out and play.  I have so many cool ideas and I am trying very hard to move away from relying solely on traditional assessments and including more projects that can be included in their e-portfolios as we move on in journey as a 21st Century School.  

So, I have been toying with a Social Media project for a bit.  I settled on Twitter, because it is the least threatening format of mainstream social media.  I got all the kids set up, had them lock their accounts, stressed that they should only included the kids in that class, not even in my other sections.  Everything seemed to be going so smoothly when I left work on Friday.

Sill rabbit, you know there is always as SNAFU.

The panicked emails started coming in on Saturday.  Twitter was suspending their accounts.  

WHAT???  It is a THEOLOGY class!  What could they be posting to get their accounts suspended?!?  The emails just kept coming in.

I spent the weekend trying to figure it out.  It hit me this morning, 6:45, as I looked around my empty (well, aside from the 4 stooges) classroom.  They didn’t do their homework.  UGH!  See, this is what happens when you don’t do your homework.

I asked the kids to have their accounts set up when they came in to class on Friday.  About half did not.  So, we set them up in class. Because they were all set up from my class, I am certain that I multiple accounts being created from this IP address, sent up a BRIGHT RED FLAG for the Twitter Geeks and they suspended half of my kids’ accounts.  UGH!!!

And the thing is, the project relies on the social part of social media to be successful. <sigh>

So, we are posting on the hum drum boring old Moodle forum until we can get this straightened out.  Hopefully Twitter will hear our pleas and reactivate the kids’ accounts – FAST!  Wish us luck.

Happy Monday! 


American Hero Clothing

13 Apr

When J decided to be a firefighter, we  – as a family – totally supported him.  We put life on hold, embraced the career change, the kids surprised daddy on his first shift – Halloween – dressed as mini firefighters, rearranged holidays – you name it, we probably did it.  All for this crazy fire life.

I caught some heat from some feminists on my Facebook, you can read about it here – .  I do identify myself as a Fire Wife.  The Fire Life rules our life – when we can celebrate holidays and birthdays, when someone can get to conferences, what to do if there is a sick kiddo, how many activities can be scheduled for the kids on any given day – all determined by the Red, Green, Blue schedule.  it is nice to find fire clothes that are not made for a small man.  T-shirts that are not smaller versions of my husband’s – always a plus.

A fellow fire wife posted a site that will probably get me in trouble –! .  On her blog she bragged about the shoulder tote she was reviewing – very cute and practical, but I am just not a tote or purse kinda gal.  Might be good for traveling with all by geek gadgets, but not really a day to day item for me.  BUT, what jumped out at me were the tank tops.  In the summer, I live in tank tops.  And the racerback tank tops are perfect for my summer runs!  I am SO excited!

Now, truth and accuracy, I am writing this post as part of a giveaway that Val is doing on her blog . But, none-the-less, I am ordering a few of those tank tops.  Anything catch your eye??

Home Again

13 Apr

Time to Move On!

11 Apr

I have been fighting with my blog since I upgraded it.  I know better than to be in the first round of upgrades, but I wanted to see what Google was going to make bigger, better and brighter.  So, I upgraded and started fussin’ like everyone on FaceBook after one of their upgrades.  I HATE IT!!

I couldn’t make it work or find help.  So, I took my business elsewhere.  I will post in both places until I figure out how to have traffic forwarded to the new site.  I found some links, but I have not yet had the time to look at them.  So, please be patient with me while I work my way around the format.  I also have to decide on free vs. premium and all that jazz.

Here is the new link if you are interested.  I have imported everything, but not all posts transferred. Again, be patient with me.

1 Apr

Everyone can help at Christmas time

22 Dec

Tinker the mini horse is an inspiration

This May Have Been My Nightmare Come True.

12 Oct

My kids have cooties!  LICE. Ewwww!  Nearly 12 years and no cooties.  All this time in the public schools, kids and parents both, and NO LICE.  Everyone is finally in private school and now both girls have cooties. To make things worse, O was puking while I was combing out her hair.  While I started working on her, I get a call from work.  N was in the office puking.

So, puke buckets and bugs crawling around in my kids’ heads.  The two things I just can’t stand!  Mind you, upon inspection this morning, both were clear.  Everything is in bags and heat.

Can’t hurt, let me try…circle, circle, dot, dot now you have a cootie shot.

Guess what, it was a blue shift!  Even though my FF is in his med classes, the curse continues…