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When people talk about paying teachers based on student performance this is what they need to remember. In no other industry are people paid based on the performance of a child's family or on circumstances outside of their control. Unless the education system changes entirely pay for performance just does not make sense.

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Jonah's auction


So, y'all may remember a while back when I posted a link about Jonah--a baby boy born with EB. Well, the little peanut is almost 1 and in honor of that there is going to be a silent auction starting on Feb 23rd right here http://jonahsebauction.blogspot.com/. There are like 100 items that'll be up for bids and all of the proceeds go to DebRA--the leading research and support organization for families and patients with epidermolysis bullosa. EB is a mean, cruel disorder that no one deserves to have so help me help these kids and families by checking out the items starting on the 23rd :)

Prayer


I am feeling a true burden to pray for children in this world...those who I know with great families and those who are struggling and hurting.

Last week was one of the most difficult weeks I've ever had. I saw a little boy's face bruised and beaten to the point of almost unrecognizable. I saw his brother with several cigarette burns on his little 3 year old body. And what did I have to do...I had to put them on a bus and send them back to that hellish home. But my God prevails even when I've given up hope and tonight those boys are safe and together in a foster home. Unfortunately, that home is in such a place that the boys can't come to my school anymore. All I can do is pray for the best outcome for them.

At church this weekend we were challenged to pray for those around us who are doing well, and not just those who aren't. So I've been praying for the children who have great families, homes, etc...May God continue to bless them and keep them safe.

Then I find this on another blog I follow and am called to pray for children I do not know.


This family has been through the hell of delivering a baby who died in the womb and now their precious new life has been diagnosed with EB (Epidermolysis Bullosa) This genetic disease causes the bodies skin to slough off at the slightest injury or bump. Little Jonah is in the NICU fighting for his life. Please join me in praying for this family. You can click on the Praying for Jonah link picture above to read more of their story.

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What kind of sweater are you?




You Are an Argyle Sweater



You are contemplative, brainy, and serious.

You don't take much lightly - life is too important for that.



You are a very determined person. You don't let anything stand in your way.

You think out your actions and act deliberately. You don't waste time, money, or resources.



I promise a real post tomorrow after I finish processing my early childhood conference from this weekend :)

2009 is already a mixed bag


2009 has started out with many ups and many downs...

I have had many friends go through heart breaking losses in regards to children. Whether it be children stuck in a foreign country and unable to come home due to corrupt governments or friends losing babies still in the womb or friends whose teenagers are stuck in a cycle of destructive behavior it has been a tough pill to swallow. So much hurt and attack on people who have nothing but God's heart and will in mind. I've spent many an hour praying because that's all I can do.

My new assistant started January 5th and she is fantastic! She is a Christian woman who has experience with special needs kiddos. She settled in in the first hour of class and hasn't looked back. She's so great and I'm so thankful that this was a seamless transition for my students and myself.

My dog had 2 seizures right before New Year's Eve and that was horrible. I was scared and didn't really know what to do with the first one. I spent 2 hours and $250 at MedVet for them to tell me "We're not sure but it could be epilepsy starting or it could be a reaction to something he ate." Oy! Now I'm watching him like a hawk when I'm home and hoping that it was just something he ate. Like the poor guy hasn't had a rough enough life as it is.

And, lastly, my family and I leave today for my twin cousins' bat mitzvahs in New Jersey. While I love being with my family the Jewish side lives a different lifestyle than my immediate family and it can be quite stressful so please pray for our weekend. I'm excited for the parties and going into NYC on Sunday! However, it is colder than cold outside (-10 with windchills at -25) and I have to wear a dress tomorrow morning! YIKES!

Everyone have a fantastic weekend! I'll try to write on Monday or Tuesday and recap the bat mitzvah festivities.

The Great Ornament Exchange


Hi Friends,
I LOVE Christmas. I love giving gifts and taking the time to think about what to get people. I started making Christmas gifts over a month ago--everyone in my family gets something handmade :) Anyway, I follow a blog and found this there today


I've already signed up for it. It's an ornament exchange where you will get an ornament from someone, somewhere if you agree to buy an ornament too. The names will be drawn next Friday (the 14th) and ornaments should be sent by the end of Nov. so people can enjoy them. If you want to join just follow the above link. It promises to be fun :)

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Oh the Places I need to Go...






The places in the dark purple are where I've been. I have a lot of traveling to do.

4x4 meme


Well, I've been tagged by David so here goes...

4 jobs i've had:
1.) Wal-Mart as the fitting room attendant/phone operator
2.) Red Roof Inns Reservation Phone line associate
3.) Care After School in Worthington as an assistant
4.) Education director at FCI, Too! Child Care Center--little bit of a culture shock

4 tv shows i'm watching:
1.) Lost which is now on a short hiatus--see me going through withdrawl
2.) Kyle XY which is over for the season--but is a great show anyway.
3.) Big Love when it's on--I find polygamy fascinating and creepy
4.) American Idol although I've been a bit bored thus far this season

4 places i've been:
1.) The Poconos--my grandparents used to have a house there.
2.) Paris, France on Spring Break
3.) London, England for 5 months as a study abroad experience. I miss it a lot.
4.) Most recently, Princeton New Jersey for a family reunion. Awesome architecture!

4 musical artists i'm listening to right now:
1.) The Swell Season
2.) Ronan Keating--gotta love those Irish singers
3.) Sugarland
4.) Arctic Monkeys

Now I'm off to enjoy some more of my spring break. I hope to post about the last few months in the next few days. Lets just say that life is better since we hired another teacher at work...Praise God!

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what time of day are you?


Well, there's a lot going on right now but I haven't processed any of it enough to write it down. I spent last weekend sick and didn't feel 100% until Thursday. I had meetings all day Tuesday, an IEP after school on Thursday and interviews for a new assistant yesterday. It's been crazy and this upcoming week promises to be to. I have an IEP meeting after school Monday, a staff meeting Tuesday, a meeting after school Thursday, and a literacy workshop all day Friday. Oy vey! So, anyway, here 's the quiz I took. Apparently, I am 10:02 a.m.

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boredom on a Thursday evening


Great pj party. Lots of fun to be had. Kids who NEVER eat at school pigged out on pizza (5 pieces in one 3 year old). This is from after my ww meeting.

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and I only missed 3 questions! Oh well...I'm still in a pretty high range!