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Daily Prompt: Fifteen Credits

Another school semester will soon begin. If you’re in school, are you looking forward to starting classes? If you’re out of school, what do you miss about it — or are you glad those days are over?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us LEARNING.

It has been 3 years since I retired… Time has flown by quickly… minutes to hours… hours to days… and now days to years…

Yes… I miss school… I spent 12 years of just attending school like any other kid…

loving every minute of it…

School was fun to me…

cursive writingk13341811  I loved making those beautiful curved letters…

readingk0764029 not easy for me that first year… had no pre-school or kindergarten at that time… but, by the next year… I was learning quickly and asked to help other kids…

mathk0866279my torment… but, when learned… felt so proud… Hated reading problems as they were called… but, loved geometry… drawing all of those angles and shapes… using a compass… protractor and ruler… (the art in me I guess)

geographyk13435154learning of different countries… people… places… I would never see… a world opened to me through books and films…

history…x28646849 learning of past presidents and who formed our land… laws… the constitution… discoveries made by people… found it to be quite interesting…

englishk0273001 Loved words… never liked learning all of those names for different parts of speech… nouns… pronouns… adverbs… I did love adjectives… descriptive words… how wonderful!… letter writing was neat… punctuation could give me fits…

literatureu19066330 stories … books… heroes… characters… authors…  fun!

sciencek9050519 planets… rocks… experiments… equations (yuck!)… earth… formulas (another yuck!)… bugs…animals…birds… people… VERY interesting…

artu16211303favorite subject for me… the smell of crayons… paints… the pencils for drawing… colored chalk dust… colored paper…clean white paper to put that first bit of color on… Loved it!

musicu13121621 singing… sometimes dance… instruments… piano playing… harmonizing… chorus… A happy feeling …

play timek12697727inside and out… jump rope… kick ball… games… What’s not to like???

friendshipsk9128274special girlfriends… some to this day!… cute boys…

teachers… sfo0159some good… so memorable… some bad… (Very few)… what each taught and their techniques…

classrooms004v0102dc I dreamed of my own…and how I would fix it… teacher‘s desk… seating charts… colorful pictures…bright sun coming through windows… watching first snowflakes and wondering if we would get out early…

field tripsx11279754visiting places I would never have gone to… seeing things I would never had seen… Hearing things I would never have heard… AWESOME!

lunch time… x21738989sack lunch kids… cafeteria food… cafeteria ladies… sitting talking with friends… always rushing to eat fast in 20 minutes…

bus ride… x11574526I was a safety patrol on the bus… badge and all… noisy kids… but, really liked our bus driver… Mr. G… and the trips on that big yellow bus… so fun sitting with friends…

snack timeMilkcookies and milk… Oreos from a boy who liked me…

This was a description of “my school years“… and then I got a job in the school system… a dream come true… working with special children

30 years later… retired… but, the descriptions of school memories are pretty much the same… work was just like a repeat of my school years… just looking on from a different perspective…

To spend my whole life in school… leaves lots of memories… and yes, k6860167I will always miss those days…

Middle School!… Here I Come!

My youngest Granddaughter is moving on up to Middle School

Where has the time gone…bwo0021

She is such a joy!…

I always say, “She makes me smile!”… yun0006

full of energy…

loves sports… u13441388

has many friends… 130517_015

smart… k7018160

and that smile and mischievous grin gets us all… 130517_010

Talking so fast… I have to slow her down at times…

So, yesterday she had “Her Day”…

Mom, Dad, “Paps” (her other grandfather), Uncle Doug and Bobby (Poppy) and I … came to sit in those unbearable bleachers just for her!… k8170836

The gym was crowded with parents, grandparents, brothers/sisters and friends to wish them well in their next stepMiddle School

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Kennedy accepting her certificate…

Being that I worked in a Middle School for such a long time… I know these will be stressful years at times… happy years at times… and personalities will appear that you never knew existed…

The program consisted of a talk from one of the Principals of a Middle Schoolsongs were sung about moving on to new adventures

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and the receiving of an Award of Completion of Elementary Years…

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A video on a big screen depicting all of the graduates… pretty neat!

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Long enough… and with a DJ and a party being planned k7554116 … We took photos and expressed our congratulations! k10548896

and waved good-bye…

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Her smile lets us know she was glad we came…

Red Rosesu15353311 , an Autograph Dog 130517_002 , cards with money… k13956203

and many hugs…

“Good Luck Kennedy… Enjoy these wonderful years!”

Love, Grandma 

Daily Prompt: Mentor Me

Have you ever had a mentor? What was the greatest lesson you learned from him or her?

I guess you could say I was a mentor

I was a Teacher Assistant… later called a Paraprofessionalsps0427for 30 + years…

We were to instruct (teach) our Special Needs Students… under the guidance of the Teacher in charge…

I stayed in that profession as I said… for many yearsk0675493

People asked me…”Why don’t you go back to school and become a teacher?”…

“You already know how to do most everything there is to teach”…

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and my answer was, “I like my position!”…

I like implementing the assigned work prepared by the Teacher…

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I like being able to give one on one instruction to our students

I liked following them to classes where they were mainstreamed into classes with the “regular” students…

I liked taking care of their needs… either physical or mental

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I liked the freedom I found with the wonderful teachers I worked with…

I liked the repertoire I had with the kids parents…x10724768

I liked that I was doing a service that all would not like… and even heard others say, “I could never do that!”…”That requires such patience!” vmo0891

I mentored by teaching these special childrenmath, grammar, spelling, reading, science, phys ed, art, geography, writing and training them in situations that they being… “special” … would encounter in their lives…

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The teachers became friends… not just co-workers

My mentors were the fantastic teachers I had the pleasure of working with… They taught me… as I taught the students in their class…

I learned so much!…

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Things I would never had been in touch with if I hadn’t been placed in my position…

I thank the Lord every day for my experiences I was taught at the hands of some very good teachers

and the smaller mentors (the kids I had the pleasure of working with)…

I tell everyone… THEY… these special kids

Taught me… as I was teaching them!…k0662770

They taught me…

self-reliance…

strength…

determination…

caring…

fortitude…

and love…k5113531

and I thank them in my heart every day for the lessons learned!

Taking Part In “The Old and New”

It’s been 7 months since I started my BLOG … I think I will start a new one for the year 2012 … I started writing about working with my kids at school … almost a never-ending story…but, since I have found my interest going in a different direction … I’ve learned that’s OK… I will finish what I have started… I’m like that… need to complete tasks I start… and then I can go on to other ideas … I find that maybe it’s because I am finally starting into another part of my life … When you have done something for over 30 years …it’s hard to stop thinking about it…In my case the schools , the teachers , the kids, the adventures and friends I made… I was so drawn to what I had left… but, now I’m looking in other areas… of things to do, to see  and feel…It’s kind of encouraging that I can go on to new beginnings … and I do intend to try new things, meet many more people, learn new things every day and maybe even change my thoughts and patterns that are so instilled in my being…The world is so glorious with all that it has to offer Why not take part in it! 

“My Kids!”…

In the Fall , a team at school called “The Shooting Stars, held Muster Day in October… It was like a pioneer day apple cider making , square dancing , corn husk doll making , quaint games from years past, cake walks , making beaded necklaces, cooking corn in the husk , roasting a pig  and serving BBQ to all who wanted to try it, frying jowl bacon on an open fire and our contribution would be beef stew , corn bread and pumpkin pie … We had such a good time! … It took months for the students and our kids who were included to learn the steps to the square dancing… laughing and getting to know each other as they found out who had two left feet or who wasFred Astaire in disguise  of a gangly teenager … Studying about their particular subject that was assigned to them… from making moccasins to apple butter … The kids came up with their own costumes… dressed in the clothing of the period they were learning about… very original… Many posters were made and many stories were told to all the spectators and parents who had come to view all of their hard work… Such a good memory to hold within me and brought to surface when the calendar turns to October, the air starts to cool and the smell of pumpkin pie and apple cider entices you to enjoy those times again…I think I’ll take part in the past as well as the present…  

Last “Special” Graduation…

I went to my last Graduation at TJ Middle  …This is where I worked for many years…30 in all …I love the smell of a school…the atmosphere of school…the people who work there… the kids voices echoing in the hallways …the school atmosphere…the talk of what the day was like…the events coming up…The kids are always on the minds of the people in this profession…I’m so glad to have been a part of that! …The teachers and assistants had worked hard to have a special event …”8th Grade Graduation Luncheon and Awards Ceremony” for their Special students and parents…and as always, everything went very well…The kids were dressed up and feeling it! …”Independence Hall” where the luncheon was held was decorated in the traditional RED, WHITE and BLUE colors that represent the TJ Patriots Balloons , centerpieces, pretty tablecloths and napkins …The menu of chicken, mashed potatoes/gravy, slaw, biscuits ordered for the last 6 years…from Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken  …was as good as usual! …The homemade baked beans made in the Bake Shop had everyone smelling “something good”…And the Graduation Cake made by our own Patriot Bake Shop students themselves… I heard several say, “WE made the Cake!”…It was decorated with the 7 Graduate’s pictures made of edible frosting sheets made on a computer …It was awesome!…Sherbet punch finished off the wonderful dessert…The students are given small gifts that represent them in some way…The gifts were right on target!…Many a parent said, “That fits perfect! That is just like my child!”…Academics were talked about…the progression of reading skills  improving 75% in 9 months…Pretty great! … and math the same way…I say this will be my last Graduation…because this is the group of kids I had worked with before I retired…They asked me today, “Will you be back?”…”Were just visiting?”…I received hugs , kisses and I would look down as I felt little hands  holding onto mine…The love of these kids cannot be explained in words…It is given so freely …so honestly…I hope our Graduates will feel the love and care in High School as they did at TJ…We’ll miss you!

“My Kids”

As you can see this is a double “my kids” version today…We have had many Graduations with so many students in the past years…Every group was so special in its own way…All of those unique personalities is what has been my inspiration to write my blog…If all people could encounter a “Special Child”  in their life …they would have such a different outlook on their own life…These children have motivated me …have given me strength to endure rough times…have given me determination to reach out to people and things I want to accomplish hope to live life to its fullest …and most of all  “LOVE” to share with others …

“Graduation Day”…

My grandson, Carson  is graduating…I can’t wait to see him march down the aisle with his friends …Wearing his cap and gown …He is so handsome…the prettiest eyes  ever…and his smirky cute grin wins my heart over and over…He’s grown up so fast…I was just holding him on my lap in the swing …he was just a baby…I snuggled him , fed him his bottle , changed him, gave him a bath and got up with him if he fussed or cried when he spent the night…All of a sudden he was turning over on the blanket on the floor…then crawling …and finally those first steps …Busy! …I remember him following his “Poppy” around outside …I was second fiddle to his Poppy  soon after those first steps were taken…He liked all that stuff that men do…lawn mowers, trimming the grass, working on cars , washing cars , being in the shed with all those tools… He loved riding in his Poppy’s truck …especially in the little seats in the back…just his size…and opening up the sliding window …He felt so big !…Away to the convenient store they would go to buy a drink or a piece of candy…If he got tired he would crawl up into his lap and go to sleep…I was somewhat jealous… but, I just kept looking on …and enjoying the sight … My husband and his little “Bob the Builder…I loved it for my husband…I had the girls that came before Carson…that would be Taylor and Kennedy  …and they were pretty much “mine!”…Girly stuff …and Grandma was fun in pretending, dress up , drawing and painting shopping!…Then all of a sudden “Grandma” became fun to Carson too…She was great at coming up with neat things to do…It was a toss-up  then …to go to with Grandma and look for crafty stuff… his favorite $1.00 store or stay and watch Poppy and Dad put brakes on the car  and change the oil … What a decision??? I won that day with some persuasion that the men would still be there working when he got back…I’ve been to Carson’s other graduation …It was so neat watching him and his friends marching down the aisle in their blue and white gowns …Oh, did I tell you??? Carson is graduating from Kindergarten …and his other graduation Day was from Pre-school …Just think I’ve got Elementary School , Middle School , High School and College graduations to attend…”I can’t wait!”

“My Kids!”…

It’s time for my special kids graduation  from T.J. Middle School …It’s the first year that I wasn’t with them …I missed all of the things they learned…all of the places they went to…all of the talking during class time…all of the mischief they got into…all of the things that happened to them…all of the stories they told…all of the events they attended …and now it’s time for some of these great kids to move on to High School …I have been wondering why I’ve been so blue this week…and I finally I know why…it’s this time of year…This was probably the busiest time we had at school…end of year testing …end of year parties …end of year evaluations…end of year cleaning …last-minute field trips…finding out what classes you needed to take during the summer …Yes, I believe I’m sad! …I think the end of my first year of retirement  has gotten me homesick for what I had done for so long…I will visit “my kids” next week at their Graduation luncheonat school…talk to parents and teachers I haven’t seen since last May…get some hugs …maybe take a few pictures…Watch the students glow as they are honored for their achievements …No, I wasn’t the one to make out their certificates this year…I didn’t decorate their Graduation Cake …I didn’t shop for their little gifts …I am now a “bystander”…standing and watching as they move on in new directions …I will not come again to see “my kids”…They are “Graduatingand so am I!

“A Long Day…Why?”

It’s been a long day …I feel it and my husband said the same thing…I don’t really know why it seems that way??? …Nothing unusual to make it long…just draggy   is the best way to describe it…Oh, you know what??? …It was probably because we were waiting on someone to come over and give us an estimate to redo our front porch …It’s the waiting…has to be it!…The “Concrete Man” …I’ll call him …said, “I’ll call you and tell you what time I’m coming over “…well, never heard from him, duh!…so by Noon  today…MONDAY…I told my husband to call him…”The Concrete Man “ was very pleasant…and said he would be out when his brother  finished a job…OK…so we wait again…time is going by slower and slower…It’s the anxiousness, I guess …waitingWe finally received a call saying, “I’ll be over in 40 minutes”…and he was …but, it wasn’t “The Concrete Man” I had talked to…it was his brother …you see, they do the same work…in other words …they work together…I guess it’s those small things that people just take for granite…that we know he works with his brother…or we know he’s coming…just didn’t call to tell us when like he said he would…I think this is what makes us get anxious…wondering if they are coming at all…and then who is this showing up at my door…I didn’t talk to you…I think this makes for a long day!…I try not to anticipate what,  when  or where  something is going to happen…but, when I’m told something…I usually go with that information to plan my day…Well, we finally met “The Concrete Man”  that we had talked to…he showed up about 20 minutes after his brother…so he did come over…His brother had already looked at what we wanted done…made suggestions…listened to ours…and now we will wait for him to call with the estimate…I’m glad he didn’t say when …because I would have been waiting and it would make for another long day !

“MY KIDS!”…

As I worked in classrooms most of my adult life…I observed and took away all the best things I would have brought into “My”classroom… I would always have a bright, colorful  environment for the kids to come into…in other words…”Let’s start the day off on a visually good day”…Next I would greet each student with a smile  and verbally let them know “How glad I am that you are here today” voice…I would try to leave all my worries, pain and thoughts that were on my mind at home …They had nothing to do with those children…they didn’t need to carry my burdens  too…Not that I wouldn’t be honest with them…They needed to know I was human…that I did feel sad  sometimes…but, not to the extent that it carried over onto them…We would definitely have a routine…The students would  know what was expected of them as they entered the room…this would be learned as it was repeated ...maybe for a week or more…and a reminder every now and then…There would be some activity…a simple/fun worksheet  to do immediately…and this took planning…and that was the most important part of teaching to me…repertoire with the kids and planning, planning, planning…to have something for these children to do almost all of the time…and planning could be a “Free Time”so kids could choose for themselves a few minutes each day…Keeping a schedule…keeping updated on things going on in the school, being able to designate jobs, keeping records updated , keeping an ongoing conversation with all parents if possible, making the work beneficial as well as interesting I hope you are seeing a picture here!…A teacher’s job is never-ending!… A teacher’s job is having so many skills!…A teacher’s job is definitely not easy!…Yes, a teacher should be praised and rewarded far above what is given!…A simple  is so appreciated…So if I was the teacher…I wouldn’t want to make the students or parents feel “anxious”I wouldn’t want to make them “wait “I would like them to be “informed”I wouldn’t take the “small things” for granite…I would make some “suggestions” sometimes…I would “listen”  to others…sometimes they have great ideas!…and hopefully this would make for a “short” day …not a “long” day!

“Let’s Play School!”

My Grandkids spent the night last night…Momma had to work and so was Dad…I love having them!…but, I am of course their entertainment…isn’t that great that you can be someone’s entertainment??? By this I mean that I hear ******over and over and over…”look at this , watch me, can you come here?, let’s play store, let’s cook something, let’s play a game“…One of their favorite things to do is “play school …of course Carson is the teacher or Kennedy is the teacher…They both make me tests to take…adding, subtraction, spelling , writing stories, drawing…I love to see what they come up with…I’m so impressed! and I think it’s funny how they want to do this, after going to school all week…I think that they like changing roles…being the instructor instead of the student…and it also shows me that kids really do like school…After I finish the tests, they love grading my work…my school work is now on the refrigerator like theirs is at home…”Don’t you love it!

 

“MY KIDS!”…

I always wanted to be a teacher  …I loved school …and as close as I got was being an Assistant …but, I loved it!…maybe better…I liked my position…I never really wanted to trade roles  as the kids do…my spot was just fine…I could have fun , didn’t have to prepare the lessons…just implement them…I didn’t have to go to college but, then I didn’t make the money either!…but, I did OK…I really didn’t have to be the hard disciplinarian…I had to reprimand…but, when it got down to really dealing with parents, administration, kids with really bad behaviors …that wasn’t my position! I was just there to assist …not a bad spot as I said…I took my position serious  though…Iwanted the kids to learn all that was possible, to grow and show advancement every year, to change bad habits into good ones but, I really wanted them to love school! …and from what I have seen most of them did… All of our kids couldn’t wait to get to school…they hardly ever missed a day…They would come through rain, sleet, snow or hail”  If you as an instructor will try your hardest to show them all the good things about learning…keep them interested by making them wonder what’s coming next  …then I bet they’ll love school and won’t be able to wait to get home and put their work on the refrigeratorJust like me!