Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Road Trip 2009

You are about to be out on your own. How many places have you been outside Childress, Texas? Some of you have traveled a lot; others probably have not been more than 100 miles from Childress. Either way, I am sure there are places that you would like to visit.

For this post, you are going to put together a road trip. Money is NOT an issue. The only rule is that the places you go have to be accessible by car (no planes or ships). That doesn’t mean you cannot go outside the US, just that you are able to get there by driving (i.e., Mexico, Canada).

Find five cities, landmarks, amusement parks, ballparks, museums, colleges, etc. that you would like to visit. Take your time…surf the web and do some real searching—don’t just pick the first five places that pop into your head. Then use mapquest to help you plan your trip (you may use another website if you know of one that is better). If you use mapquest, use the "Directions" box on the main page of the site to find the distances between places and then use that info to find the total distance of your trip. If you use another website the information boxes may be different, but you still need to find distances between places and then a total distance from start to finish. NOTICE: your stop and start place will be Childress--but you do not come home between destinations...hence, ROAD TRIP!!
For each of your Road Trip destinations, you need to include pictures (limit 3 per destination) and some information on places of interest you would visit—don’t copy and paste an entire website of information. All information needs to include a link to the website on which you found it—ASK if you do not know how to do this!!!

This is supposed to be fun! It is an opportunity to maybe plan a trip that you will someday actually take…so no griping!! ☺

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Here and There...

Go here and see what Trey has going on...very touching story!

Now go here and see what is going on with a coach many of you will remember!

Feel free to leave comments either place!! I think you will be moved by both blogs!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Story Spinner

Story Spinner

Story Spinner is a handheld creative writing wheel that generates millions of writing ideas, topics, and exercises so you never get stuck. It’s a low-tech item that produces high-caliber results, time after time, no matter where you are. It was invented in 1998 by Bonnie Neubauer.

I found an online version of this game...but just couldn't seem to find what I was looking for in the way of topics, etc. I decided to use this idea and come up with my own "story spinners." I have come up with three options from which you can choose. I will give you a setting, starting phrase and four words that must be used in your story. I want the four words to be a different color than the rest of your story, so that I can find them easily! You will use my exact phrase for the opening of your story, but please notice it is just a phrase--not a complete sentence--so you must complete the thought and then begin your story from there!

These stories need to be AT LEAST three paragraphs with no less than five sentences per paragraph.

I also want you to find a picture for your story and place it at the beginning of your post. You may choose to use several pictures throughout your story, as well.

I KNOW you will have fun with this!! :)

Option 1

Setting: Your childhood neighborhood

Starting Phrase: As she approached my friends and me...

Four words that must be included in the story: barefoot, cartoon, chandelier, gibberish

Option 2

Setting: An airport

Starting Phrase: The long scar just below his left eye...

Four words that must be included in the story: immature, credentials, squint, onions

Option 3

Setting: A dark alley

Starting Phrase: I remember asking...

Four words that must be included in the story: blame, headlights, stubborn, vestibule

Now...here's is an extra "spin" on this assignment! You may get with two others in your class and do this as a group assignment. You will still have your own story on your own blog, but only the first paragraph will be yours. Your friends will write the second and third one for you. You still have to follow the format above and use the required words! This means that you are still writing three paragraphs...just on three different stories! For those of you with ADHD, this should be perfect!! ;)


Friday, May 1, 2009

Swine Flu

What do you think about the Swine Flu issue? You know I want details...not just one sentence! :) Google it before you blog if you don't feel like you know much about it!

Just so you know...this is NOT a good idea with all that is going on in the world right now!! ;)

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

A Teacher's Story

There is a story many years ago of an elementary teacher. Her name was Mrs. Thompson. And as she stood in front of her 5th grade
class on the very first day of school, she told
the children a lie. Like most teachers, she looked at her
students and said that she loved them all the same. But that
was impossible, because there in the front row, slumped in his seat, was a little boy named Teddy.

Mrs. Thompson had watched Teddy the year before and noticed
that he didn't play well with the other children, that his
clothes were messy and that he constantly needed a bath.
And Teddy could be unpleasant. It got to the point where
Mrs. Thompson would actually take delight in marking his
papers with a broad red pen, making bold X's and then putting
a big "F" at the top of his papers.

At the school where Mrs. Thompson taught,
she was required to review each child's past records and she put Teddy's off until last. However, when she reviewed his file,
she was in for a surprise.

Teddy's first grade teacher wrote,
"Teddy is a bright child with a ready laugh.
He does his work neatly and has good
manners...he is a joy to be around."

His second grade teacher wrote,
"Teddy is an excellent student,
well-liked by his classmates, but he is troubled
because his mother has a terminal illness and life
at home must be a struggle."

His third grade teacher wrote,
"His mother's death has been hard on him.
He tries to do his best but his father doesn't
show much interest and his home life will soon affect
him if some steps aren't taken."

Teddy's fourth grade teacher wrote,
"Teddy is withdrawn and doesn't show much interest in school.
He doesn't have many friends and sometimes sleeps in class."

By now, Mrs. Thompson realized the problem and she was
ashamed of herself. She felt even worse when her students
brought her Christmas presents, wrapped in beautiful ribbons and bright paper, except for Teddy's. His present was clumsily wrapped in the heavy, brown paper that he got from a grocery bag.

Mrs. Thompson took pains to open it in the middle
of the other presents. Some of the children started to
laugh when she found a rhinestone bracelet with some of the
stones missing and a bottle that was one quarter full of perfume.

She stifled the children's laughter when she exclaimed
how pretty the bracelet was, putting it on, and dabbing some
of the perfume on her wrist.

Teddy stayed after school that day just long enough to say, "Mrs. Thompson, today you smelled just like my Mom used to."

After the children left she cried for at least an hour.

On that very day, she quit teaching reading, and writing, and arithmetic. Instead, she began to teach children.

Mrs. Thompson paid particular attention to Teddy.
As she worked with him, his mind seemed to come alive.
The more she encouraged him, the faster he responded.
By the end of the year, Teddy had become one of the smartest
children in the the class and, despite her lie that she would love
all the children the same, Teddy became one of her "teacher's pets."

A year later, she found a note under her door, from Teddy,
telling her that she was still the best teacher he
ever had in his whole life.

Six years went by before she got another note from Teddy.
He then wrote that he had finished high school,
second in his class, and she was still the best teacher
he ever had in his whole life.

Four years after that, she got another letter, saying that while
things had been tough at times, he'd stayed in school,
had stuck with it, and would soon graduate from college
with the highest of honors. He assured Mrs. Thompson that she was
still the best and favorite teacher he ever had in his whole life.

Then four more years passed and yet another letter came.
This time he explained that after he got his bachelor's degree,
he decided to go a little further. The letter explained that she
was still the best and favorite teacher he ever had. But now
his name was a little longer. The letter was signed,
Theodore F. Stollard, M.D.

The story doesn't end there.
You see, there was yet another letter that spring.
Teddy said he'd met this girl and was going to be married.
He explained that his father had died a couple
of years ago and he was wondering if Mrs. Thompson might
agree to sit in the place at the wedding that was usually
reserved for the mother of the groom.

Of course, Mrs. Thompson, did. And guess what?
She wore that bracelet, the one with several rhinestones missing.
And she made sure she was wearing the perfume
that Teddy remembered his mother wearing on their last
Christmas together.

They hugged each other,
and Teddy whispered in Mrs. Thompson's ear,
"Thank you, Mrs. Thompson, for believing in me.
Thank you so much for making me feel important
and showing me that I could make
a difference."

Mrs. Thompson, with tears in her eyes, whispered back.
She said, "Teddy, you have it all wrong.
You were the one who taught me that I could make a difference.
I didn't know how to teach until I met you."

Wow!! What a great story!! I found it here and wanted to share it with y'all. I thought today would be the perfect day to do this because we have retired teachers from our school district in our building! These individuals have touched so many lives and influenced so many students through the years! I know some of them have touched my life...and maybe the lives of you or your parents! They gave so much of themselves and for that reason we are honored to have them visiting us today!

I want you to go to your blog and tell me a story about a teacher who truly made a difference in your life--someone who loved you for you and encouraged you to be the best you could be. Don't even think about saying no teacher has ever made a difference for you!! You have been in school for at least 13 years, so I know you can think of one!! ;)

You know me...I want details! I know some of you already have the post started in your head...that's great!! You can include as much information about the teacher as you want, but I am really looking for actual stories about how they affected you personally. Details...details...details!!!

Have fun!!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Comic Strip

I thought it would be fun to do something the day before Spring Break that we haven't done to this point on our blogs!! I found this website where you can create your own comic strip--fun!!

You need to go here and follow directions to create it. The only way I have found to get it to your blog is to do an 'apple+shift+4' and highlight the comic strip itself (after you have finished it and chosen the 'print/email icon). It will then be on your desktop and you can insert just like any picture we have put on our blogs in the past.

Of course, you must keep them school appropriate!! Have y'all heard that request at all from me this year??!!?? ;)

Have fun!!

Also, hope you have an AWESOME Spring Break!! Be safe--and SMART!!!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

It's a Contest!!

I know, I know...some of you think you were robbed in the past when we have had contests on our blogs! Well, here is your chance for some revenge!!!

You are going to write a poem about being a senior, your senior year, graduation, senioritis...you get the picture! Something about this year! :) They should be a reflection of you and your personality...they do NOT have to rhyme.

There are, of course, some rules:
1. They must be school-appropriate (not even any innuendos)!!!
2. They must be AT LEAST 12 lines long.
3. They must be your original work--no copy and paste from other websites or using someone else to write them!!!
4. They must be school-appropriate!!!
5. They cannot make fun of our school, faculty or anyone in our student body!
6. They must be posted on your blog by the end of your class period on Thursday (the 12th)--or they will not be eligible to win the contest.
7. Oh, and...they must be school-appropriate!!!

For those of you who tend to "forget" to post your blogs, please note that this particular blog will count as a TEST grade!! Do it!! ;)

Now, get to your blogs...and HAVE FUN!!!