Dr. Seuss Quote- Be Who You Are-Write Who You Are

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind." -Dr. Seuss

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Weird Al-Word Crimes

I don't know if you have seen this funny grammar video by Weird Al or not, but if you haven't it is worth watching!  Karen Justl shared that with me today.  I saw it back in July when Kelly Gallagher shared in one of his tweets.  Without further adieu, Weird Al:


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Hip Hop Abs

Just wanted to post before it was too late in the evening.  I just finished my 50 minutes with Shaun T and Hip Hop Abs!  I haven't completed this exercise regimen in quite some time.  Glad I sweated through it!  Feeling great.  Day one of my exercise regimen.  It takes two weeks to make it a habit?  I will write about it tomorrow.  Hip Hop Abs Cardio Groove!  Love it!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Where did the time go?

Wow!  What a day it was today and it is not over.  It is 9:00ish at night and here I am reflecting on my day.  My daughter marched off to her last year in High School.  Now she is officially a senior.  She drove off without a hitch.  I guess I didn't take in that moment.  I didn't slow her down and ask to take a pic and post it on Face Book.  This was the first August in 17 years that I didn't cart her off to the babysitters or to school.  I guess I didn't get all emotional and think about it too much until tonight.  I thought back and reflected on the years gone by, as I drove my daughter and I through Chickfila.  I asked her, "Where has the time gone?  It seems like yesterday we were coming home from the YMCA volleyball practices."  I have the plaques on my wall.  They are too numerous to count, the plaques for volleyball and basketball.  Elizabeth placed them on my wall. She neatly displayed one side of the wall with volleyball and reserved the other wall for basketball.  Sometimes I stop and look at those photos on the plaques and wonder, "Where has time gone?"  To the right of the plaques are the lined marks in different colors that measured her height through the years.  Red, black, green, blue and purple lines decorate the entrance to my bathroom.  Then I look at the hallway and there it is, the round circle made with black crayon.  Elizabeth's wall art of a three year old just stares me in the face. I ask, "How does time go by so stinkin' fast?"  It just isn't fair for any parent.  It wasn't fair for my mom and it is certainly not kind to me.  Yes, I know I must let her fly and I do, but not so stinkin' soon!  Where did the time go?

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Face Book Post

I woke up this morning and grabbed my phone.  I noticed that I forgot to charge it last night.  There was still some battery left, so I took a gander.  Drawn to Alana Morris' post today, I read on and on.  What she posted today is so TRUE!  I couldn't have said it any better...but I could try some time.  Alana shares my views and passion for writing!  I copied and pasted this for you to have something to ponder on the early Sunday morning.  My coffee is brewing and so the ideas are stewing!  Ready?  One, two, three....go!
Writing is thinking made tangible, thinking that can be examined because it is on the page and not in the head, invisible floating around. Writing is thinking that can be stopped and tinkered with. It is a way of holding thought still long enough to examine its structures, its possibilities, its flaws. The road to a clearer understanding of one's thoughts is traveled on paper. It is through an attempt to find words for ourselves in which to express related ideas that we often discover what we think."
---J.Gage Why Write?

It absolutely drives me crazy when I hear people talk about balanced literacy and only, only, only, only mention Reading.  That tells me tons about what that person believes to be important.  If they thought writing was a part of the equation, then they would have said Reading and Writing.  

I believe you have to have both and writing is such a great tool to enhance and understand reading.  Writing is a tool for thought, generative in nature, great for processing, creating, evaluating and understanding yourself and genre.  I mentioned only a few reasons, but I could go on and on and on.  

I am an apostle for bringing writing to its rightful place. For some, it is that red headed step child left on the stoop by accident.  It is the umbrella placed in the closet in Death Valley. It is...discarded completely.  If we only understood the power of writing!  If only, if only...Stanley Yelnats would have written about it in his letters home from Camp Greenlake!  My wish is that more people will become enlightened about writing and actually try it out for themselves.  You really cannot get into writing, without doing it for yourself.  If you would like to know more about writing, there is much you can do.  Start writing yourself, share it in a blog, and if you get a chance attend the National Writing Project and Abydos Literacy Project.  More on my thoughts later.  

Friday, August 22, 2014

Johnny Football Overload

Is anyone out there on total Johnny Football overload?  I thought it was bad last year, but this year's coverage of a back up quarterback from the Cleveland Browns takes the cake.  Johnny Manzeil won a Heisman trophy two years ago and didn't win a national championship.  He didn't even come close. He wasn't on the best team.  He played pretty great for a red shirt freshman.  Ever since that time, all you ever hear, when it is football season or not, is Johnny Football.

Last year he had a decent, but no spectacular year as well. Not well enough, however, to deserve all this hype.  I am way passed tired of it, in fact I get quite nauseous hearing about this quarterback competition.  Please!  Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and more do not get even 1/4 the press that this unproven quarterback does.  If he was all that and a bag of Baked Lays, then why hasn't he surpassed a no name quarterback from the Cleveland Browns?  He is Johnny Football after all, and he should be flying around with his brown cape. Instead Johnny Football is notorious for taking photos and uploading them to Instagram. Drake, The Beevs, Gronk and other are his boys.  He is notorious for making stupid decisions such as showing his money signs when drafted and with those same fingers flipping the bird to the Washington Redskin's bench.  To tell you the truth, I can't wait until he gets popped by some crazed linebacker or layed out by someone like JJ Watt or Jadeveon Clowney.  He needs to get his clock rung a time or two so that he can come down to earth and actually play a quarterback instead of Paris Hilton.  What has he done in the NFL?  Nothing. Nothing! Nothing! He has a lot to prove in a league that is serious with the hits. He better be good to his O Line and eat with them or he will be eating his lunch of grass and dirt.  Johnny Football Overload indeed!


2014 STAAR Released Tests Are Here!

I haven't had time to really look at them yet, but plan to do so soon.  The 2014 STAAR Released Tests are here for you to download.  I uploaded them to my Box account.  You can download the PDFs or go to the TEA Website and download all the tests from there.  Here they are for your convenience.  Just go to the Link 2014 STAAR Released Tests and click.  Then download them to your computer.

2014 STAAR Released Tests

Thursday, August 21, 2014

New Post New Day

What have I got to say today?  Words won't come.  Sleepiness overtakes me.  What have I got to say today?  Words won't come.  Sleepiness now forsakes me.  What have I got to say today?  Cannot really say it, as I would like.  What have I got to say today?  Wish I could say it, but it is not advisable.  What have I got to say today?  Really, not much of anything...anything at all.  But...I wrote them and they are mine.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014

Late Post Better Than No Post

I loved working with Dyslexia teachers and librarians today.  It was a great morning for writing and reading. It is always a great day to present with Gabby Cruz as well.  I really enjoyed it, but we ran out of time.  Wish we had all day!  On to tomorrow and more sessions.  I have two sessions with Maggie Zhou and one big session about OWDL with Gabby Cruz.  I think Gabby and I will be working together a lot this year.  So far, this year has started out fast and furious.  Every year seems to go this way.

I know this is off the topic, I am sitting her scared to death because I just heard the horrible news that Braxton Miller, the Ohio State Quarterback may have reinjured his right should.  He may be out the whole season. NOOOOOO!  More later.