Thursday, August 17, 2017

Blot Out the Sun

We had a good day today in getting used to our daily schedule--what a relief it was to actually have one, for one thing.

In Science today, we did a study on how the moon is able to block out the sun (and of course I forgot to take pictures of it). As your kids why the tiny moon is able to block out something that is so much bigger than it.

That is the very short version of what happened today, so I will try to post more later. In the meantime, let's make sure we get those permission slips in pronto for the eclipse viewing!

More to come.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017


Happy Birthday to Mr. Carson!

I really wish I had had more time to get to know Carson before doing his birthday post (after all, my last birthday post of last year was less than two weeks ago), but I am happy that I get to do one this soon in the school year. Also, I am happy that at least I got to see his Bio Bag today so that I can say a few words about him.

Here are a couple things about him that I learned today (and realized that we are kindred spirits in many ways)...
  • He loves horror. I don't enjoy horror movies at all (in fact, I avoid them at all costs). But I do love scary stories and horror books and especially comic books. I get why he finds this so enjoyable. This makes him very cool in my eyes. 
  • He is a martial artist! Little did I know that he would know so much about martial arts. He brought his foam nunchucks today (or should I say nunchaku) to share this fact with the class. I love that we have this in common. I told the kids today that they are in the safest room in the building in case of an intruder alert. 
  • He also loves riddles. So do I. 
Carson is brand new to Woodbrook this year, having come to us from nearby Forest Dale. He has come in with a smile and seems to be getting along really well with everyone else in the class. He's only had two days with us! I can't wait to see where you go from here, Carson.

Happy birthday, man! You deserve it!

Don't Be Left In the Dark

The biggest news for tonight is to make sure you turn in--either electronically or on paper--your child's permission slip for next Monday's eclipse viewing. They are due back tomorrow, so if you did not receive an email from Carmel Clay Schools, check your junk folder. If it's still not in there, call the school tomorrow.

Follow this link to see how the eclipse will look next Monday! Pretty neat. We looked at this as well as a power point from Carmel Clay Schools. They (and we) are really drilling into the kids' heads about eye safety during the eclipse!

Today we discussed expectations on the playground, our class expectations for becoming organized and independent throughout the school year, and the activities and field trips we will be taking throughout the school year.

Homework tonight is to bring in a book tomorrow for reading time, as well as reading 20 minutes at home.

More to come, but I hope your kids all had a great second day of school today. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Ready Steady Go

What a great first day we had today! I did a whole lot of talking, and I told them that tomorrow it's their turn. I want them to bring in their Bio Bags--a bag of any kind with three objects that they can share with the class that tell us more about who they are.

We are off to a good start. I'm tired!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Chomping At the Bit

Okay, everyone!

This afternoon/evening is the Ice Cream Social. We will be in our pod areas for this. I have spent the morning doing copious amounts of labeling, putting name stickers in their proper places, having meetings, doing last minute check-ins and trying to work out my technology.

I'm just about ready to get this year under way. In fact, it was in late July that I really got the itch to start teaching again, so you could say I've been mentally prepared for a long time.

I hope to see everyone this evening. If not, I'll see you all tomorrow.

Let's do this!

The Purdue Mortar Board quote of the week is, "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."  --Mahatma Gandhi

Sunday, August 13, 2017


I never thought this image would ever be considered controversial. The fact that it would now be considered questionable in any way in the United States is horrifying; I'm sorry. 

Will teachers ever be asked to teach World War II from "all sides"? It makes me shudder to think about. 

Let me say this: Nope. No, no, no, no, no, not in Area 51.

Yes, everyone deserves the right to free speech. Not everyone deserves the right to be thought of as the victim or the good guy.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

From the Lion's Mouth

Well, here's some progress! I've got quite a bit more work to do, but this made me feel accomplished today.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Our Neighborhood

As a teacher who, only within the past year--has taught students who are Korean, African-American, Italian, Jewish, Christian, Caucasian, Puerto Rican, Chinese, Indian, Irish, German, Muslim, Russian, Serbian, from single-parent families, from gay married families, and from traditionally-married families*--teaches all kinds of kids from all kinds of backgrounds, I loved seeing this sign tonight. This also includes students who were adopted, are step-kids, and who have both biological parents in their lives still. We had all kinds, and we will continue to do so in Area 51.

It was right across the street from the library in downtown Indy where I took my last-minute CPR class so that I could teach for the next five years. After it was over, I was taken by the urge to just walk around the neighborhood for awhile.

I found myself hoping that this "neighbor" thing extended all the way up into the north side of Hamilton County, because I felt pretty great about the possibility of being a part of this little community.

*This is from the 2016-2017 year alone...I could go on and on given all my years...