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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Books I Haven't Read

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I've never really gotten in to reading classic literature. Once in a while I'll give it a go, but usually end up getting annoyed with the language or pace. I buy them from time to time because I feel like I SHOULD read them, but they often end up back on the shelf.

I've done this with Great Expectations, The Great Gatsby, A Tale of Two Cities, among others.

I was at the dollar store today, and they had a bunch of classics for $1.25. So, I did it again, and picked up a copy of Little Women.

I can hear all the gasps of horror through the computer - "how can you call yourself a reader and have never read LITTLE WOMEN???"

Funny enough, when I got home, I checked our shelves, and sure enough there is a copy of this book already there. Clearly, I've tried this before.

The one I bought is really short though, so maybe it's a kids version or something? Maybe that will help ;)

What books haven't you read that people would be surprised about?

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Last Day of Classes!

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Today is my last day of classes of my BEd program! It's hard to believe how far I've come and how much things have changed since the first anxiety-inducing days back at the end of August.
I really didn't think I was going to pull through, but with the support of friends, family, and awesome colleagues at school, it turned into an amazing experience. I've learned more about myself through this process - like that I hold my morals deeply, I am willing to stand up for myself, that my confidence in myself has grown, and I truly do love teaching AND the students too.
Though classes are done, the program is not! I have my second practicum starting next week, and I'll be in three math classes (two grade 9 and one grade 12) - you can read more about that on my other blog! After that, we do a two-week volunteer stint, and I'll be working at the school board office developing much needed inquiry-based astronomy resources for the board!
Super excited for these next steps, to finish, and to (hopefully) get out into the classroom!!! Stay tuned!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Home Wants/Needs

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My theme for my goals this year is re-evaluation, and one thing that led to my choosing this theme was a constant battle in our minds: whether to stay in this house or move.

Our house is old, like 1910's old. That means we a) have a tiny kitchen, b) very little storage, c) a creepy basement we'll never use for more than laundry/workshop/dumping grounds, and d) have tiny bathrooms (we're lucky we had space to put a 1/2-bath  on the main floor - a hot commodity around this neighbourhood).

When I get in one of those "GOD, I HATE THIS HOUSE!!!" moods, the things I dream about are:

- a more open floor plan on the first floor
- a kitchen with more cupboard space and an island between it and the dining room
- a large mudroom/laundry combo off the front (MORE SPACE for all our clothes/bags/gear/etc)
- a MUCH bigger upstairs bathroom
- a finished attic, so we can have a second living area (and a place to move all the kids toys so they're not the first thing we see coming in) --- which could house a THIRD bathroom!
- being on a much quieter street (I know I can't change this, but I'm DREAMING here!)

During and after these moments, we often start perusing through the MLS listings, searching for houses. We talk for hours  about whether it's worth it to stay here and do the renovations, or would it be better to try and find a house that hits all our "must-have's". It's our own personal "Love It or List It", without any help from professionals.

Sure, we can easily find homes that have everything we want...for a much heftier price tag than what we paid for this house. 

And, just like Cloud wrote about recently, these things are much more WANTS than NEEDS. When I really thing about it, we're pretty darn lucky with our life (and house) as it is now. Why do we feel like we NEED more room, or NEED a bigger bathroom, or NEED to have main floor laundry?

We look at bigger, newer, more "fancy" houses - with their huge kitchens, giant walls of windows, massive master suites, and living room/family room/game rooms - as though that is what we NEED.

Yes, we could afford to go with either of these options, but then it hits us: what are our priorities in life? Do we want to spend money for years on making or getting a bigger/"better" house, or could we spend that in a way that could really make a difference in our lives in other ways. Like,  being able to do more of the things we enjoy like golfing, going to baseball games, going on family vacations, or taking art or music classes.

We get so tied up in what we WANT in a house, as though having an island in our kitchen or a walk-in closet would make us happy.

So, we are trying to keep these things in mind and we move forward with these types of decisions. We will constantly be re-evaluating our goals and aligning them with what our priorities really are.

How do you reconcile between what you WANT and what you NEED.



Monday, February 16, 2015

Joyous Understanding

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I've mentioned a few times that I started a new blog to write about my experiences in teaching and education. Now that I have a few posts, I'm ready to start sharing it!

My teaching/education blog is called Joyous Understanding. The title is derived from a Carl Sagan quote:


The brain is like a muscle. When it is in use we feel very good. Understanding is joyous.
Yes, that's right - two blogs with two titles from two Carl Sagan quotes. What can I say? He's been a big influence on my career.

In the blog, I'll write about my experiences as a teacher in the classroom and about my own learning, and I'll also share resources that can be used at multiple levels of education.

I'm very excited to write about my experiences more fully, and to connect with other math and science educators and bloggers.

Come on over, check it out, and let me know what you think: joyousunderstanding.wordpress.com

Friday, February 13, 2015

Our Little Linus

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C has never really been a big cuddle baby, and isn't too fond of stuffed animals or cuddly things,

But in the past few of months he has become VERY attached to his blanket.

He needs it first thing in the morning, for naps, first things when he gets home, and for bedtime of course. He needs it anytime he's upset, and gets really made if it's out of reach even if he doesn't need it at that point.

A couple months ago he was sick and got some vomit on his blanket. So, given this attachment and the fact he was sick (and therefore exceptionally needy), you can imagine how big of an issue it was that it had to be in the washer AND dryer for practically two hours!

We tried distracting him with toys, games, going for a walk. Everything. We tried every other blanket in the house (we've amassed quite a collection since E was born). Nothing would work. He was like a crazy, possessed, Chucky Doll. I'm pretty sure his head floated up and turned 360 degrees.

So, in order to make sure that never happens again, I bought a back-up blanket for the house, and we have another at daycare. Now he carries it slung over his shoulder.




He's our literal little Linus...