Monday, November 24, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Pictures of this weekend
B was involved with UIL events this weekend. Her event was Art Memory. B has been saying for weeks that L would get 1st place and she would get 2nd. I knew there'd be a lot of competition, and she said there were about 20 fourth grade kids in the room. We were surprised she got 1st place in district! Her BFF L was second place. Those are two smart girls.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Saturday Photo Scavenger Hunt, November 15th
Labels: Saturday Photo Scavenger Hunt
Sunday, November 09, 2008
next to last essay
Submit a one paragraph paper to your instructor explaining which Bilingual instructional methods you would prefer to see in your school district and why.
In the school district in which I live, Bryan ISD, I would like to see a Dual Language or two-way bilingual program instituted for the majority of the Spanish-speaking students requiring bilingual instruction. The studies have shown that learning two languages is beneficial to all children, and the Dual Language model would teach more students to be bilingual than would a program for only limited English proficient children. I believe that any child who is capable should learn a second language while they are young, when their brains are still setting up language connections and are more easily absorbing language knowledge than when they are older. In the Dual Language classroom, the Spanish speakers are models and teachers for the English speaking students, as are English speakers for the Spanish speakers. Value is given to both languages, which helps students coming from Spanish speaking homes to see that their home and culture are as important as any other student's. While this method is beneficial for all students without a language learning disability and for those who start school in the district, this still leaves some students who will enter the school district after the early grades who need the beginning stages of instruction in acquiring English. I see that there would be a need for more traditional bilingual classrooms throughout the school grades in addition to the Dual Language classrooms. Also, according to the TEA website, 14.4 % of the students in Bryan are limited English proficient. With a goal of 50/50 Spanish to English speakers in each classroom, there will not be enough Spanish speakers to pair with every English speaker. The program would not be possible for every English speaking student, but many could be educated in two languages. As we raise up these students to be workers in our state, it will become increasingly important to produce bilingual citizens who are able to communicate in Spanish and English. The Dual Language model would not only continue to teach the Spanish speakers their native language, but also teach English speaking children to be bilingual, biliterate and bicultural, which will benefit the students as well as the whole state.
Saturday, November 08, 2008
Saturday Photo Scavenger Hunt, November 8th
This first one I took last Saturday of B and her BFFs. They'll be together forever, you know, just like my BFFs from 4th grade. Oh, wait, I have no idea where those friends are now! (I'm a bit too negative, of course.) They'll probably always stay connected because of technology. I connected up with fellow Band friends this week via Facebook. These girls had been at a Girl Scout event about American Girls dolls.
The next one is my hubby and me, circa 1991. We don't look near this cute now! Look how we love to be together at a picnic---so romantic. ;-) We will, of course, be together forever. As of this month, we've been "together" for 18 years and 9 months, and married for 17 years 4 months. I'd still like to eat a lunch just like that---Frito's, Dr. Pepper, sandwich. This was on our honeymoon, at the Chucalissa Indian Village in Memphis, TN.
If you want to see more "together" pictures today, check out TNChick's website. Home of the Photohunt!
Leave me a comment! I'll visit you when I get done with some more online schoolwork. I've done one test and one assignment this morning already. I spent two hours looking for one little statistic---how many low SES students we have in our local school district. Bryan---65.2 %, just so you know. College Station, which borders our town---30.3%. Three more assignments to go this weekend. I CAN DO IT!
Next week's theme is ruin(ed). Could be pretty interesting!
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
A Change will do you good???
A Change? Yes, I always believe we need a change. The change I want is a more transparent government (both sides I feel are horrible at saying one thing and doing something else in a closed-door session). I still want to see some compassionate conservatism!
But these changes coming (maybe?) may be at just the right time for me and the family!
- college tuition? We have J starting college in less than 5 years! Yea!
- more affordable health care? yahoo!
- tax break? Well, we're nowhere near that top 5% of the socio-economic ladder, so this can only help me out.
I heard D.L. Hugley talking to Rev. Al Sharpton saying that if we have a Black president, it's time to show the world how all these civil rights battles are coming to a head, and it's time to show the world it was not for nothing.
Now if all these promises can be fulfilled without breaking the country's bank---that will remain to be seen. Time to put up or shut up! But the democrats have these first two years of "total control," don't they, to do everything they want to do.
Sunday, November 02, 2008
They went to a TROUPE lock-in, and Larry and I went out. We sat on the patio at Wings N More for a dinner for 2 (just like old times---but in a new location than when we were in college), and then we went ot the movies--Eagle Eye. Good Halloween!
Saturday, November 01, 2008
Saturday Photo Scavenger Hunt, November 1st
The sky is usually completely cloudless in July, but the clouds are from a hurricane that came up the Rio Grande that week. I love to take pictures of clouds, and I really love to take pictures of the Texas courthouses. I know, you can get that poster from the state that has all the courthouse pictures, but that's not the point. The point is for me to see them all and take pictures of them myself.
I realize today that when I'm feeling blue, I don't take pictures much. I don't need a record of my sadness!
Check out TNChick for more blue photohunters! Next week's theme will be together.