Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Flat Stanley update

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Lori from A-Z

Join the meme. What can we find out about you?

Lori Feldman

Accent: Midwest twang

Breakfast or no breakfast: If a can of Diet Pepsi counts, then yes!

Chore I don’t care for: Cleaning toilets

Dog or cat: Dogs. I am allergic to cats

Essential electronics: Laptop stuck to side like Velcro

Favorite cologne: Don't wear it normally...too many others with major scents conflicting. Especially boys with Axe on!

Gold or silver: Silver

Handbag I carry most often: Disney bag which looks like a doctor's bag

Insomnia: Did I mention I am a teacher?

Job Title: Resource teacher

Kids: 2 daughters, 19 and 16

Living arrangements: Married to Howard. He travels upwards of 3 weeks per month

Most admirable trait: Cup is always half full or more...haven't lost my cup yet!

Naughtiest childhood behavior: Had an appetite for raw hamburger. Ewwww!

Overnight hospital stay: When I became a "Hyster Sister"

Phobias: Dark hallways

Quote: "It is what it is"

Reason to smile: Waking up

Siblings: 4 older sisters...yes, I AM the baby and proud of it!

Time I wake up: 6:30 Monday-Friday, whenever my body feels like it on the weekends

Unusual skill or talent: Knew how to ride a unicycle (not sure I still can, or want to!)

Vegetable I refuse to eat: Mushrooms

Worst habit: Too much time on the computer

X-rays: Ankle after missing a step in the garage

Yummy stuff: Nachos

Zoo animal I like most: Definitely penguins

I tag the following:

Teryl Magee, Selena Ward, Kevin Honeycutt and Michele Honeycutt

YOSHITOMO NARA + graf "A to Z"
July 29 - October 22, 2006
@Yoshii Brick Brew House, Hirosaki, Aomori, Japan

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Go Big Red!

One of the things I was thinking about today was what makes me, me.
There are so many things that mold people into who they are.
Of course, your family members, spirituality, and education are the main influences. But, in my family a very big influence is Husker sports. You may think this is odd, but let me explain.
Both of my parents attended UNL in the late 40s to early 50s. During that time my father purchased season tickets for many sports. These were in the lean years of sports. At one time legend tells that he even brought a portable grill into the stands to cook during football games!
I started attending sporting events around the age of 5. I probably went to more than most of my 4 other sisters because of being the baby of the family and a major "tom-boy"!
I have so many memories of my father's tailgate parties on the loading dock of the welding supply firm he worked for.
I can still find the seats we sat in for basketball games in the old coliseum (now venue for volleyball).
In our family all events are planned around the Husker schedule. No Bar/Bat Mitzvah, wedding, or anything should be remotely near the date of a Husker game!
I truly think I am who I am is a result of the Huskers.
Now, I ask you...can you pinpoint something that made you who you are? Something that would not be the run of the mill story? Go for it. You may find you may find out something new about yourself!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Hunt for laser locks!

I am feverishly hunting to replace broken laser locks. My students who use these locks range from physically disabled to severe/profound.
Looks like the KidPower company which originally manufactured them has gone out of business. The back of the laser has the initials KPI 2001.
Any help you can send my way would be great!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

If students took after ants...

Watch this video and then consider what work was accomplished by an ant colony. The colony moved 80 tons of soil and in human terms carried the dirt a kilometer.
What if our students worked to their potential...even near, what they could accomplish.
I am planning on showing this at school to see student reactions.
I thank Clif Mims for his blogpost. He is the person who led me in this direction.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Backing up Time Machine on MacBook

Saturday, January 3, 2009

7 Things You Don't Know About Me...

It seems that in the last week there has been a trend (meme) on many social networking sites of tagging people to share "7 Things You Don't Need To Know About Me". I am now tagged and feel the need to keep it going. Kind of like a non-chain letter...

So...here are 7 things your really don't need to know about me, but now you will

1. I am a self-taught unicycle rider

2. I can juggle (only 3 items)

3. My father things he is Tevye (Fiddler On The Roof) because he has 5 daughters. I am the 5th...the movie never says what happens to the last daughter!

4. My husband and father are both Shrine Clowns

5. I am on the board for the State of Nebraska Holocaust Commemoration

6. I have lost 50 pounds in the last year

7. I have a serious addiction to Diet Pepsi

Okay. That's just a bit of T.M.I. for you. Now I throw down the challenge to a few others:

Beth Still
Jennifer Kraft
Nedra Isenberg
Amy Cordova
Meg Griffin
Teri Rossman

Friday, January 2, 2009

2nd Semester is coming!

How has this happened so fast? Seems like just a few weeks ago we had shortened days due to heat...Now, we shiver with the north wind!

I have high hopes for the new semester. These hopes include change. During the winter break I have had time to look back at the school year and see that I could do some things better. Some related to students, some with teachers.

On the student side I would like to take more time to individually conference and chart/graph progress. This is something my SPED team is using for goals and objective tracking; but, I would like to expand that for areas not covered by IEPs. This could be assignment completion, blurting out, etc. This requires extra work on my part but the benefit is worth it.

As far as the teacher side, I can not communicate enough. The students I serve have multiple needs which require many accommodations and modifications. My downfall is with non-core class teachers. We call them academic connections. I am not in any of these classes as a co-teacher and therefore may not be as quick to pick up on needs of both teacher and student. Since we do not have common plan time I need to find other times such as before/after school to check in. Maybe weekly email? Not sure, just know I need to make it work!

So there you have it...I am a work in progress. I am most certainly NOT perfect.