5.04.2010

THIS DAY IS BANANAS, B-A-N-A-N-A-S

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1. I woke up on May 1st, pouting, and Andrew asked me what was the matter. When I explained I was sad that my birthday was over, he only laughed at me. No compassion.What-ever. Here's to making it last a little longer.
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My dad sent me an e-mail, listing other notable events occurring on April 30th. Some really important things occurred on this day in history. To name just a few of the coolest:
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This Day in History, April 3oth


* On April 30th, 1492, Christopher Columbus was granted a commission for exploration by Spain.
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* On April 30th, 1789, George Washington was inaugurated as the first president of the United States.
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* On April 30th, 1803, the United States more than doubled its land area with the Louisiana Purchase. It obtained all French territory west of the Mississippi River for $15 million.
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* On April 30th, 1945, the burned body of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler was found in a bunker in the ruins of Berlin. Also that day, Soviet troops captured the Reichstag building in Berlin.
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2. My mom sent me this key chain for my birthday. Key chains don't normally fall into the category of: totally awesome birthday presents...but this does. It is a see-through locket with personalized charms inside. Love it! I couldn't have picked better charms myself to personify myself with.

  • Camera (I am slightly obsessed with capturing everything)
  • Teacher's Apple (Duh)
  • Stack of Books (I have quite the collection)
  • Paint Palette (My Associates Degree is in art)
  • The Letter "R" (My First Initial lined with my birthstone)
  • "My Man" in a Heart ( I really do love Andrew)
  • Faith (See HERE)

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The key chain was only made cooler by the way it was wrapped. What a cute box!

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3. Have you played this game before? It is like Scrabble, but leaps and bounds better. Think fast-paced versus waiting-30-minutes-for-it-to-finally-be-your-turn-again.
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Andrew, Lane, and I are addicted. We've played a lot. The moment someone finally beats Lane though, it may lose much of its appeal (no pun intended). One more win out of him, and he may be living on the streets.
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4. On a totally unrelated topic, I NEED ADVICE:

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How do you teach the concept of honesty and trust to children, so that they reeeally, truly internalize it? I have a student who is on a daily basis caught cheating and lying. She doesn't seem to care about anything but getting caught. I have tried:

  • time outs
  • lectures and explanations
  • expressing deep disappointment
  • expressing anger
  • prayer
  • notes home (her mom isn't one to care much)
  • a visit with the principal
  • parables (boy who cried wolf)
  • losing privileges
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And I have run out of ideas. Today, I had her stay in from recess, so that I could handle it, yet again. But I couldn't think of another way to address it. So, we just stared at each other...I guess I was hoping for inspiration to strike, but it didn't. So the bell rang, and I excused her. I know there are several teachers who read this blog...not to mention parents. Help me!
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4 comments:

Shari said...

You have much cooler events on your birthday- mine are depressing- Hitler's birthday and Columbine.

Jeff and Andrea Ashmore Family said...

Glad you had a good birthday! It's sad to me that as the teacher you are having to deal with how to "teach" that little girl integrity. I don't have any advice for you (sounds like you've tried everything I would think to)....but I'd love to talk to the mom!

Eric and Aimee said...

I'm happy your birthday was so nice :) As far as advice the only thing I can think of is to show this girl how it feels to not have you trust her. Maybe she can deal with your anger or disappointment, but she might have a harder time knowing you don't trust her. This could be expressed in ways such as not trusting her to a classroom job if you have them, or not trusting her to sit by the other students, etc. It would probably be a good idea to send a note home explaining what you are going to be doing and why. And I'd probably let the principal know too. Just so you can have back up if the mom freaks out about it. If you decide to try that and if it is effective and the girl doesn't like the feeling of being untrustworthy then you could help her think of ways that she could earn back your trust over time. Of course I don't know how much could change in just one month. Good Luck.

Craison said...

Having worked in the schools with students that have had behavior problems, it sounds like she is craving the attention. Although the way she is going about getting the attention is not necessarily appropriate, she is still getting it. If the mother doesn't care, she probably doesn't get the attention she needs at home and will do whatever she can. Although it will be difficult, you may want to try rewarding her and giving extra kudos for things she is doing well. Giving her attention for the positive things will show that the negative things will not give her what she wants. I had a student who was similar and I had to overlook things that were not hurting himself or others (the wrong things) to focus on the things that were right. It is a thought and I wish I could be in the classroom to help you. :D

Love you!

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