Thursday, March 26, 2015

3rd Quarter

Today was the last day of the 3rd quarter of the school year. I feel like this quarter went by faster than the first two. I can't believe I'm 3/4ths of the way done with my first year of teaching. I think it went by so quickly because of the snow days we had. It's strange that it ended on a Thursday and not a Friday. The scary part is that I only have about 30 more school days to prepare my kids for the end of year math test. I'm getting more nervous about that as the days go by!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Motivation Breakthrough

A teacher in my school sent me a link to a selection of YouTube clips called Motivation Breakthrough. I didn't plan on watching all of the videos that lasted over an hour total in one sitting, but I did. It talked about the many unique types of motivation for kids. Kids aren't lazy. They are motivated to do what they do. Everyone does whatever they do for a specific reason. They are motivated to make that decision. The guy also talked about how there are kids who need power and are argumentative. He gave us little tips for how to give them a little bit of power and to avoid confrontations with them. He talked about how if a kid is hungry, he/she will not be motivated. If they have to go to the bathroom or they are thirsty, they won't be motivated. It made me look at what I'm doing differently. As a teacher, it's so hard to give kids those freedoms of using the bathroom when they have to, letting them get water when they are thirsty, etc. He recommended buying snacks and bringing them in for hungry students. However, if I feed one, I have to feed all. That would get extremely pricey to buy snacks for 21 kids every single day. Every single person in the world has different motivations. As teachers, we try to motivate kids based on what motivates us. It doesn't work that way. I'm glad I watched those videos.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

North Carolina Zoo

We took the 4th graders to the zoo yesterday. We didn't have a ton of time. The zoo is about 5 miles of walking. Let me tell you, it is not easy to walk through a large zoo with 10 young kids with you. It was fun, but we needed more time. It was so quick that we were like, "Hey kids, look, an elephant, okay, let's go see the next animal." We literally had to move that quickly. Then at about 1:45, we got horribly lost when we had to be back at the bus at 2. We went in a circle. We didn't get back to the bus until 2:30 and therefore got back to school 30 minutes later than we were supposed to. I want to go back to the zoo on my own time when I can take time to read about each animal and have time to really see them.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Change of Seats

As I said yesterday, there was another reason yesterday was so memorable. After getting pulled over, the rest of the trip went smoothly, even though the cop followed me for about 10 miles. We get to the arena at about 10:45. The first game didn't start until 12:10. We decide to just go into the arena to walk around and stuff. We hand our tickets to the person scanning. She scans mine and I hear a buzzer sound that means no entrance. I also see an X on her scanner. I nearly have a panic attack because I had just bought the tickets the day before from a reliable website. She said the message on her scanner said that our seats were moved. We had to go to the box office and get new tickets. Those new tickets worked. We go to our new seats and see that we are one section over to the left from where we were, but we are row C instead of G, so closer. Not only that, we have the seats that they put behind the rail for handicapped fans. They are comfortable chairs, spaced out, and lots of walking room behind us. I have never had that before! Normally you are put in so tightly that you have no choice but to rub up against the person next to you. These new seats were so much better! The games themselves were a little boring. In the first game, there were too many fouls. In game two, Duke blew out San Diego State. However, it was still an amazing experience and one I won't forget anytime soon.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Memorable Day

There are two reasons this has been a day I won't forget. I'll tell you one reason today and one tomorrow. My friend and I bought tickets to the NCAA tournament in Charlotte since today's games were at 12:10 and 2:40. I got home at about 8:30. If the games were any later, we would not have gone. I was nice and drove us both the 2 and a half hours each way. We were probably about 20 miles into the trip when I see flashing lights behind me. I pull to the side assuming the cop wants to pass me. Nope. He pulls behind me. Oh no. I have never been pulled over in my 11 years of driving until today. He asks me why he pulled me over and then he said it was because I was going 70 in a 55. He asks me if there is anything on my license that would cause me to go out in cuffs. I tell him no. He says that he would check and if it's clean then I'd go on my way with a warning. He comes back about 5 minutes later and says, "Do you want the bad news or the good news first? The bad news is that you have two warrants out for your arrest. The good news is that I'm just kidding. Drive slower out there and have a good day." Phew! I got lucky. He then followed me for about 10 miles where I went no faster than one mile over the speed limit. I'll tell you the second part of why it was such a memorable day tomorrow.

Saturday, March 21, 2015


I am so forgetful sometimes. Earlier today, I thought about what I wanted to blog about tonight. I was pretty sure it was something I haven't written in my previous 970 posts. Unfortunately, like most things, it just went out of my head. It could have been something really insightful and useful to you. My old age must be catching up to me. Maybe I'll remember it tomorrow.


I reached the points I needed to reach! I purchased a Southwest credit card shortly after I moved in January. I should have done it before I moved since I used my credit card a lot for the move. The promotion they were having was if you spend $2,000 in 3 months on that credit card, they will give you 50,000 points. That's almost enough for 2 free round trip flights! I was told by my apartment management that I could use my credit card to pay for rent without an insane fee. They were wrong. They wanted to charge an extra $21 on top of my rent to use my credit card. That wasn't happening. I thought that there would be no way I would spend $2,000 in three months. Then I bought new golf clubs, paid property tax on my car, got it inspected and an oil change, and paid for a condo in the Outer Banks. I easily spent that $2,000 in three months. I now have that 50,000 point bonus, which means I can have at least one round trip flight somewhere for free. It was worth it!