Sunday, March 11, 2018

Week in Review



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Colossians 3:8   But now rid yourselves [completely] of all these things: anger, rage, malice, slander, and obscene (abusive, filthy, vulgar) language from your mouth.

These things mentioned in Colossians are stuff that weighs a person down, hard.  Unfortunately, these are the items that live in the emotions and stay there, they come out at the worst possible times.  They also cause a situation to become worse if they are not dealt with or they just cause pain.  So take some time this week and remove them from (or at least find the cause) your life.

Online Working Tips:

I teach online about 6-9 hours a day as an independent contractor.   In addition, I write,  write curriculum, design instruction and write non-fiction which means I spend a lot of time sitting and in front of a computer.   One of the problems that developed right away was weight gain!  It doesn’t help that I have a hypothyroid that I take medication to control, plus a few other side effects courtesy of cancer treatment.  Prior to my career change, I was a brick and mortar teacher in a public school.  At least there I was walking around and not sitting all day and the refrigerator was not a few steps away.
There are five things that you need to do if you spend a lot of time at home, working online:
  1. Get up and move
  2. Drink plenty of water
  3. Meet with people in a live environment
  4. Get plenty of sleep
  5. Move away from the Computer
Source: EdNews Daily (2017) Education meet Innovation.5 Ways Online Teacher Can Manage Stress http://www.ednewsdaily.com/5-ways-online-teachers-can-manage-stress/

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March Events
(more events at The Teacher's Corner: https://www.theteacherscorner.net/calendars/march.php)

National Pi Day
National Woman History Month
St. Patrick’s Day
World International Prayer
Good Friday



Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Contract Online Teacher

I have officially started making my living online!!.  I am very excited and nervous about the situation. In the next 60 days I need to renew my teaching certification and attain my TESOL certification so that I can continue with this job!  For a very long time I have wanted to make my living online.
The whole purpose is to make a living, but as long as I have a stable Internet connection I can work out of our mountain cabin and our travel trailer.

There are so, so many people who do this . . work online, remote, virtual position where they make the same kind of money that they did when they got up, dressed etc. . and drive to work .  I don't want to do that anymore.  I do want to teach, design instruction, develop curriculum and write . . . all online. However, I have to make sure the internet connection is stable wherever I am.  This weekend i will be checking out the internet connection at the cabin.  The next step is to check out the connection on the RV.  I will have to purchase a internet enhancer!

Technology is great!  However, I am learning one thing about teaching online, the world becomes a WHOLE lot closer.  I teach and work with people who are learning English who are 14 hours ahead of me. I have applied for jobs where the time is local or 1 hour behind me or two hours ahead of me.
I knew this to be true or rather had an idea when I studied online, my study partner (assigned by our teacher) what 7 hours ahead of me.  That was interesting!  Anyway, I will continue because I am getting up at 4:30 to teach online at 5:30.

In the meantime I will could really get used to this . .  working at home.  My schedule is set . . by me. The housekeeping is done, no one listens while I talk on the phone. No students interrupt, because my classes last 45 minutes.

The situation doesn't mean I am completely on my own, I still have to plan, teach, be evaluated, and will eventually get paid, for teaching online.  Also, I do need to dress professionally and keep a clean background.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Why this . . . . is a good thing?

This blog title will become a regular title in my blog on this day.  Why this . . . . is a good thing?  The . . . . will be where I put an event, piece of technology or another related item to this blog.  I hoping that I will present a well researched item that works well in the classroom, presentation or some other kind of professional development.



The world, oh the world.  This week I have been Skyping with individuals in Asia.  This means that I am talking in real world time with individuals who live in an Asian country, a place that my daughter travelled literally 24 hours to visit.

I am in the process of turning my skills into something else.  Something that I can do over the Internet in a remote position, where I can earn an annual salary and a bit more.  Not only that but I want to some traveling, but I want to do it six months out of the year and then spend the rest of the year up in the mountains.

God is fighting my battle right now and I am planning on this life!!!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

A Little Support . . . A Lot of Hope

When I went to college I was was one of the few people, I knew,  who had not changed their major.  There was no doubt in my mind that I would always work as a teacher, an educator in some capacity. There was no question that I would use technology as I was an audio/visual worker in high school. I have dreamt about working as a preschool teacher, a special education teacher, or elementary AND I WOULD BE GOOD.

My dreams did come true, I have worked at each level of education with the exception of post high school education, but I have conducted professional developments for teacher, online and in person.  I have always been interested in technology and that is why when I renew my license this year I will add that endorsement to my license.

It is the end of the year!  It has been a tough year.    I have thought hard and long that there were ways I could manage each job, I could use technology.  However, since I was not the technology coordinator, I didn't have administrative rights, which made it difficult, if not impossible to use anything that was not school issued.  The end is near.  We have rough 3 weeks of school left this year and I will not return next year.

I subscribe to a blog written by Vicki Smith and she provides links to wonderful sites. She has a site that I would like to be part of my blog, but I also like to give my opinion of various sites.
  • Some of you, like me have many days left, prayer is a great way to get through the many days and one day can feel like many.  Join this challenge:  Linda Kardamis' 21-day prayer challenge
  • Some of you will end school tomorrow or in one of the many tomorrow, check out this link:
    • http://www.coolcatteacher.com/finding-your-beautiful-moment-the-last-week-of-school
  • check out the rest of her ideas for ending the year:  coolcatteacher.com/blog
Finally, there are individuals like myself who are sad and happy to see the end of the year.  I will miss the students, this is the first year in a long time where students outside my classroom stop and say hi to me during the day.  Students from past years have stopped me; in a lot of ways it has been ego affirming that individuals know, like and remember me.  However, I have also lost co workers and relatives this year.  It has been a year for reflection. 

This blog will still be about technology, teaching and curriculum, but I want to acknowledge where I am and I don't want to be teaching for the rest of my life in a public or charter school.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Changing Your Position in Education

I recently made the decision that after a  year of learning many lessons about working in a different school environment in four different roles I will not return next year. In 25 days, I will be changing my title to that of an online learning specialist.  I will be working online, full time.

There are so many negative things that I could say and why do negative thoughts come into a persona's mind rather than positive.  Of course there are plenty of people who think positive thoughts right away. In the meantime, I learned that the best thing I could do was to keep my mouth closed.  

Working online should be interesting, I need to learn another set of skills as I work online and earn a living.  I am very excited and grateful to see what God has in store with me.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Let's Salute the Week . . . . . have a great one!!!

  I finished my first stack of books from the Research for Reading challenge in March.  I really liked them, in fact as I read them to my students the language in them was great.  I have language challenged students so it was fun to read espcially
"Best Frints in the whole universe" by Antoinette Portis.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and the kids were able to put the right words with the "made up" words by the author.