Monday, February 22, 2010

Zoo Atlanta Teacher Day

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Educator Appreciation Day - If appropriate, share with your staff!

Zoo Atlanta welcomes educators and their families at Educator Appreciation Day on Saturday, March 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Educators enjoy FREE admission (educator identification required) and $3 OFF general admission for up to two guests. Pre-register and be entered to win a Teacher Workshop!

·         Attend a Wildlife Theater presentation at 10:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00 or 3:00 to learn more about Zoo programs <> .

·         Each includes a private animal encounter and raffle for exciting prizes, such as a Family Membership and admission tickets!

·         Handle some cool biofacts (skulls, bones, etc.)

·         chat with our talented Education Team to find out about other hands-on tools we use to enhance learning.

·         Round out your day with your own self-guided Zoo field trip

·         10 percent off in our gift shops and food outlets!

Rebecca Amerson, NBCT

Teacher on Special Assignment: Online Learning

Cherokee County Schools

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Hip Hip Hooray!!!

Brooklyn's momma just posted to Facebook that the doctors took Brooklyn off the the ventilator today!!!!!

Please keep praying for continued improvement so that this precious little girl can come back home to Georgia where she belongs!!!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Please keep praying and sending positive thoughts to Brooklyn!

Because they are WORKING!!!!

DJ's teacher and a friend of mine has talked to Brooklyn's mom, who had the best news!

Brooklyn has started to respond to her family and doctors when they talk to her!

Plus the doctors are saying that they are planning on to take her off the ventilator in the next 24-48 hours!!!

I have to say that when I read this news, all three times today, I got tears in my eyes. This is the best news, now to get her all the way better so we can get her back home to Georgia, and just back home to her house!

I really think DJ might have a crush on Brooklyn. The other weekend he prayed directly to her. Then today he asked me to send her mom a message on "the puter" (facebook) to tell Brooklyn to feel better and come home and back to school soon!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Please keep praying for Little Brooklyn

Please my friends pray for DJ's friend Brooklyn. As I posted a couple of days ago, Brooklyn had a bad asthma attack about 2 weeks ago and is still in the hospital. The doctors put her in a medically induced coma and have her on a ventilator. This whole time she has been on the ventilator.
The other night Brooklyn took a turn for the worse, so the doctors have had her lifeflighted to a hospital in Alabama.

This is very expensive and very exhausting for her family. They have been with her every step of the way. Her older brother is a 4th grader at our school, and he is very protective of her, so this is hurting him to have her in the hospital, and I can only imagine what he is going through with the doctors moving her to Alabama. I am not sure if he will have stayed here with family and friends or if his parents will have taken him with them.

Please please pray for healing for Brooklyn, knowledge for her doctors to find the best way to help her, and strength for her family.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

The man who occupies the first place seldom plays the principal part.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

My thoughts on teaching

After having a rough couple of days, I decided that I needed to remind myself as to why I do what I do, what I have been doing since 1998.

I do not teach for the money, goodness knows I barely make a living wage considering the number of hours I work, and the education I have.

I do not teach for the glory, goodness knows that I am rarely appreciated by my students, or their parents. There are exceptions to this, as I know very well, but they are the exceptions, not the rule.

I do not teach for the fun of it, goodness knows there are days when I am definitely not having fun. I always try to have fun, but some days it just is impossible.

I do not teach for the summers off, goodness knows there is rarely a summer that I have not taken at least one class/workshop, or have not worked at all. As a matter of fact, I can think of two in 13 years, the year we moved from England to Florida, when my summer was all of one month, and the year before we moved from Florida to Georgia, because I resigned my teaching position knowing we were moving over the Christmas holiday.

I do not teach for the "breaks", you know, winter, fall, President's Day, etc. Because goodness knows on those "breaks", I am still making lesson plans, grading papers, or something similar.

I do not teach because it's "easy", goodness knows there are days when I do not feel like I reached any of the students, and wonder not what is wrong with them, but what is wrong with me.

I teach, because I care.

I teach, because I want to make a difference.

I teach, because I want to make the world a better place.

I teach, because I can see the future in these student's eyes, if only they are given the opportunity to reach their potential.

I teach, because I know that this group of students has the ability to become future veterinarians, doctors, lawyers, musicians, actors, directors, statisticians, pilots, military members, and politicians, just as much as my former students are now doing, even the ones that we worried and lost sleep over 5 to 10 years ago (I love you guys! I know I didn't say it enough back then!)

I teach, because one day, perhaps tomorrow, perhaps 10 years from now I just might get that Facebook/Myspace message that says, you made a difference in my life, you always believed in me, thank you. And in that one message it makes all of the bad go away.

If you are reading this, thank a teacher, really, it's not just a saying, its the truth! I promise they will appreciate the gesture!

Partnership Quotes

Partnership Quotes: "If we are together nothing is impossible. If we are divided all will fail.
Winston Churchill"

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Please keep DJ's classmate in your thoughts and prayers

Last week one of DJ's classmates had an asthma attack that landed her in the hospital.

She is now in a medically induced coma and on a ventilator.

Please keep Brooklyn and her family in your thoughts and prayers.