Friday, September 28, 2007

bad news, good news

So Wednesday night a couple of teachers and I went out to dinner. Aaron met us there and we had a good time. We walked back to the car, and lo and behold, someone STOLE my license plate! It was my Indiana one. I had been talking to an insurance agent trying to get it all figured out, but I hadn't been able to get insurance yet. This is a slight problem in getting plates and everything like that. Well, miraculously, after a phone call from me and two from my dad, I managed to get insurance. Why did it only take a couple phone calls after more than 6 weeks of going back and forth with these people! At least I have insurance now and can get the title, registration, plates and my license this week. Finally I can be an official resident of Texas!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

here's Lyla!

so little!
look at the size difference!

Saturday, September 15, 2007


We adopted a kitten today! She is a 14 week old Siamese mix. We don't get to bring her home until Tuesday cuz she has to be fixed and declawed on Monday. We are so excited! We just hope that Liam won't care too much. He's not too good with big cats, but my aunt assures me that most cats will just ignore kittens and don't feel as threatened by them as they do by big cats, so we hope it goes well. Aaron has Wednesday and Thursday off to spend with them and get them used to each other before we leave them alone. I can't wait!!!! I will post pictures here and on picassa when we get her home.

Sunday, September 02, 2007


So the first week is over. I didn't have any kids this week, as it took literally until Friday at 3 to get the schedule figured out. I will start pulling kids on Wednesday, to give the teachers a chance to know that I will be pulling their kids. I am just excited to get started. I am a little concerned about ho some of the people I work with and for are taking the needs of some students. With this whole Response to Intervention mandate by the government, students must show that they are not responding to whatever interventions, modifications and accommodations are being made in the regular classroom. This means that if a student is succeeding in the room while having all of his tests read to him, he won't be referred for special ed. But this student can't read. i don't understand how we can just read everything to him and have him succeed in passing his tests and stuff, but not teach him to read while using this accommodation to test his knowledge in other areas. I know that I am a new teacher, but I don't feel like I am being idealistic in trying to get all students to at least read on a functional level. This is not the reading on grade level that NCLB is mandating, but these children won't always have someone there to read everything in the world to them. I know that it will all get worked out and that the students that need my help will get it, I'm just a little frustrated now.

I was very glad for a 3-day weekend, and a short week next week!