Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
- Today is the first day of fall term. Normally, that would be no big deal, but I am participating in fall term at Portland State University from Germany! (For my new bloggy friends who don't know the background, I am working on my doctorate, which I began in OR before we moved. My advisor is allowing me to continue from abroad via WEB courses and Independent study.)
- My first assignment for Global Literature is to select a children's book that is set outside of the U.S. and preferably not written my an American author. Any suggestions? I have to rely on the library at the international school, which is limited, but I would love to hear suggestions from my fellow teachers! I have to write a book report on the book and read a few chapters from my text.
- I have a skype date tomorrow night with my advisor to go over some more logistics about the courses I will be taking this term. I am so glad to finally have the chance to talk with him because emailing has proven difficult. Let's just say it takes him longer than I would like to get back to me with answers to my questions.
- I realized today how much I miss the daily hugs I used to receive from my first graders! (sigh!) I don't know if it's just the age difference/level of "grown-up-ness" between first graders and third graders, or the difference in SES status between my old school and my new school, or maybe it's the cultural difference of being outside the U.S., or maybe even the fact that I am not there at the end of the day when goodbyes are said, but the hugs are gone. When I used to take my first graders to the bus at the end of the day, I could count on lots of hugs and as much as being a teacher is about making the kids feel special, they sure made me feel special by showing me that I was important to them. I hope I did the same in return. The third graders are very sweet and polite, but less demonstrative with their affections. Writing this is making me miss one sweet little girl named Karla very much. If you remember the picture I posted from the last day of school, she was one of the girls that embraced me in a ginormous hug from the classroom all the way out to the bus. Aw, what the hay, it's a great picture, so I will post it again.
- Hopefully tomorrow I will get word about my interview for the SPED job. I asked one of the teachers today and she said she didn't know of anyone else who applied, but I think they want to interview anyway, since they did not interview me at all for the other opening I had applied for. I would LOVE to know for sure whether or not I can transition to a new position! P.S. I saw a flyer on the wall for a teaching workshop that is taking place in Switzerland about teaching students with different needs. I have this fantasy in which they will offer me the SPED job and then tell me they are sending me to Switzerland to attend the workshop....seriously, they actually sent one of the new teachers to a professional development course in Prague recently! Can you imagine???!!! Wouldn't that just be the craziest most awesome thing ever!
- I helped the third graders prepare for their presentation of healthy food choices during an assembly which took place this morning. Even though I was supposed to be working in the work room, when I heard them begin, I crept out into the hallway to watch over the balcony. They were so cute talking about their healthy choices and why each food/drink is good for their bodies.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Okay, let's forget the majority of liquid pleasures that are out there and concentrate for a minute on water. How much water do you drink in a given day? The typical rule is that you should drink eight 8 oz. glasses a day, which is 64 ounces. I have also read in various fitness magazines that you should drink the equivalent of half of your body weight in ounces of water daily. So, a 150 pound person, should then drink about 75 ounces of water, which would be more than those 8 glasses. Also, if you drink other beverages with caffeine or alcohol, should drink even more water to compensate. If you are not convinced about needing to drink a lot of water, check out this list of reasons why it is important for your body:
1. Weight loss. Water is one of the best tools for weight loss, first of all because it often replaces high-calorie drinks like soda and juice and alcohol with a drink that doesn't have any calories. But it's also a great appetite suppressant, and often when we think we're hungry, we're actually just thirsty. Water has no fat, no calories, no carbs, no sugar. Drink plenty to help your weight-loss regimen.
2. Heart healthy. Drinking a good amount of water could lower your risks of a heart attack. A six-year study published in the May 1, 2002 American Journal of Epidemiology found that those who drink more than 5 glasses of water a day were 41% less likely to die from a heart attack during the study period than those who drank less than two glasses.
3. Energy. Being dehydrated can sap your energy and make you feel tired -- even mild dehydration of as little as 1 or 2 percent of your body weight. If you're thirsty, you're already dehydrated -- and this can lead to fatigue, muscle weakness, dizziness and other symptoms.
4. Headache cure. Another symptom of dehydration is headaches. In fact, often when we have headaches it's simply a matter of not drinking enough water. There are lots of other causes of headaches of course, but dehydration is a common one.
5. Healthy skin. Drinking water can clear up your skin and people often report a healthy glow after drinking water. It won't happen overnight, of course, but just a week of drinking a healthy amount of water can have good effects on your skin.
6. Digestive problems. Our digestive systems need a good amount of water to digest food properly. Often water can help cure stomach acid problems, and water along with fiber can cure constipation (often a result of dehydration).
7. Cleansing. Water is used by the body to help flush out toxins and waste products from the body.
8. Cancer risk. Related to the digestive system item above, drinking a healthy amount of water has also been found to reduce the risk of colon cancer by 45%. Drinking lots of water can also reduce the risk of bladder cancer by 50% and potentially reduce the risk of breast cancer.
9. Better exercise. Being dehydrated can severely hamper your athletic activities, slowing you down and making it harder to lift weights. Exercise requires additional water, so be sure to hydrate before, during and after exercise.
Are you convinced?
The difficulty with drinking all that water is that it's hard to keep track. I can easily go through a whole day and not have any water at all. What helps me is to buy bottled water in the biggest bottle I can find. I came across some at my local grocery store that are 2 liters which is equivalent to about 68 ounces. I refill the bottle daily and try to make sure it's empty by the end of the day. That way I can keep track of how much water I am drinking and make sure that I am getting enough.
There is one major snag I have encountered with this great water drinking plan....I am peeing like a pregnant woman! I have to use the bathroom all the time. Yesterday my husband and I ran errands for a large part of the day and I think I used the bathroom in almost every store we visited! Coming from someone who is not a particular fan of using public restrooms and who went an entire 10 hour international flight without going once because I refuse to pee on a plane....it is ridiculous to have to pee that much!
I know that drinking that much water is good for my body, but it's definitely challenging and annoying to manage all the restroom pit stops in between periods at school and while out in the world taking care of errands.
Do you drink enough water? Any tips to make sure you stay hydrated?
Friday, September 25, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
- Teaching- I am currently teaching at an international school in Germany. I like to share about the kids that I work with, funny stories, special moments, and creative ideas
- Our new life in Germany which has been pretty interesting so far!
- The road to getting my doctorate (I am continuing a program I started in Portland from Germany, which makes all aspects of taking classes a bit more interesting)
- Books! Whether it is texts for my courses, novels, or professional development books, I like to share what I am reading especially if I think it would be helpful to other teachers
- Fitness is a smaller part of my blog, but I like to share workout ideas and some tidbits about eating
- Craftiness-occasionally I will showcase a baking experiment or some other creation
- Whatever else is on my mind!
Special thanks to Grace Jacobsen for sponsoring this blog hop.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
I just have to say that I am SO sick of celebrities who behave poorly with no regard for the consequences and then issue an apology written by their publicist and think that all is good. Did Kayne apolpogize? Yes, he did. Does that change the fact that he ruined Taylor's big moment and she can never ever get it back? No, it does not. What he did was rude, uncalled for, unacceptable. Why he was not stopped, excorted off stage, and removed from the event, I have no idea!
I read that perhaps this was staged in order to give a little bit of wow factor to the VMA's this year. What do you think? I would not put it past MTV, however I don't really see the point in staging something like that. Britney Spears tearing off her tuxedo suit to reveal a nude sparkly outfit....sure, but playing an egptistical man against a young, innocent country singer seems like a lame way to add some sizzle to the event. Sure, Taylor ended up getting a lot of attention for it, but most people were thinking "poor Taylor" rather than "yea her video was great."
Based on what I read, Taylor was spotted sobbing back stage, which she probably would not have done had she known Kayne was going to do that. If they planned it without letting her know, that still would have been really cruel. I think what happened is that Kanye is an a@s with a self centered approach to life that makes him feel like he can do whatever he wants because of his fame and money. It makes me sad that often celebrity status brings with it such a propensity for self indulgence and self centeredness. I do not think that his apology is enough. Yes, it is important to say you are sorry and acknowledge poor behavior, but when behavior is as rude and deplorable as Kanye's, the apology does nothing to make up for what actually took place.
There are many ways that people can respectfully express themselves and their opinions such as blogs, interviews, talk shows etc. The way he chose to share his opinion was just wrong.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
- Global Literature (completely online course). I will need access to lots of children's books in addition to the class "text," but I got an advanced copy of the reading list from the teacher and fortunately, the library at my school has many of the options, so I don't have to buy them all. Woo hoo! I am also thinking of posting the weekly book lists like I did below with my textbooks so you all can see some of these great "global" options.
- Multicultural & Urban Education
- Issues in Education
- Leadership Seminar (which is a requirement for the doctoral program and I may be Skyping into parts of this on the weekends)
- Multiple Ways of Knowing Your Learners (also an online course). This course is part of a 5 course certification series for differentiated instruction. I am still debating if I should take this course now or wait until next year to begin this series. Only one class is offered per term, so I have to take them across a whole school year.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009