Monday, April 28, 2008
I am so ready for summer. As you can see in this old picture of me skating at the beach. Today, and this past weekend were perfect beach weather. So much for that idea, but Andrew and I did go into the jacuzzi for a good hour on Saturday. Now I am sure you are thinking somewhere along the lines about how a jacuzzi is not a cool thought on a hot day. The advantage of having your own jacuzzi is that I can heat as little or as much as I want. In this case, the water was about 85 and the outside temperature was about 100 as it has been for the past 3 days. It does get that warm here on occasion, but not too often. Someone was mentioning that South Dakota had snow this weekend. I can't even imagine snow, let alone snow the last week in April. It was a cool thought though. Besides the jacuzzi, we also have central air. That is essential in a climate that can get to 100 before the month of May. Granted, it still gets down to 65 at night; unlike Pheonix. Another thing we do to stay cool is have ice cream. Andrew loves vanilla ice cream cones. Yum. I hear that we are supposed to cool of to the mid sixty's by Wedneday. It keeps life interesting and our electric bill down.
Friday, April 25, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Ok, I am a special education teacher. This time of year is so crazy, that I kind of dread it. It is time for state testing. Now, I agree that no child should be left behind. However, not all children can keep up with the tough standards the state has imposed. My poor little special ed students are in that group. They spend their lives constantly struggling. The one part of the day they like and actually get what is happening is during RSP time. Then once a year, they have to take a state test. Like we need to know that they are still behind. They look at the long passages they are forced to try to read and usually just bubble in a nice design. Even the students who excel at math, get frustrated with all the words. Then to be told that they will not go on to the next grade if they don't pass this test. I am all for No Child Left Behind, however not every child learns at the same rate or has the same intelligance. If all the special education students were at grade level, they would not need me. So here we go again with the yearly state testing.