Helping Parents Transition to Middle School

Another question I was asked in my interview was, “What would you do if a parent of a 6th grader wouldn’t let go and insisted on dropping their child off at the door of the classroom day after day?”

My first reaction is to tell the parent that we want the best for their child. That means he or she needs to grow socially as well as academically. Therefore, they need to let go and drop their child off at the parking lot.

After a few seconds to think, I decided that there may be another answer.

There is probably an underlying reason that the parent feels that they need to walk their child to class still. Is there bullying going on? Did something happen to that child that would cause the parent to be a little more protective? Did something happen to the parent at that age that would cause him or her to be more protective? Is there someone in the family who has threatened or hurt others in the family?

So, my answer would be to sit down with that parent and listen.

In a sentence or two state that our goal is to grow the children into mature women and men and to do that, we need to let them explore that first bit of independance…walking to class by themselves. And then ask if there is anything that prevents them from allowing their child to walk from the parking lot to class by themselves.

If the parent opens up, we can decide what to do from there. I’m sure every case is a little different.

If the parent doesn’t open up, or they still insist on walking their child to the classroom, then I would have the office step in.

 

(I scored points for this answer! =) The principal never thought to ask about a possible underlying issue!)

 

*** Sorry, no Finger Painting Friday…my days are all mixed up!!! I better get them all straightened out quickly!!! =)

 

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Classroom Management

Classroom management is my favorite subject to talk about as a teacher.

In an interview, I was asked, “What is the difference between a teacher who is constantly sending students to the office and a teacher who has very little problems with students?”

Easy. Consistency in their classroom management.

The more consistent you are with upholding the rules and consequences and rewards, the better your students will be.

When the students realize that you can be played, you are in trouble! The students loose respect for you. They want boundaries and a safe classroom.

Find a system that works for you and BE CONSISTENT. If you realize that a system doesn’t work for you, be consistent with that system until there is a nice break where you can change it up and try something new.

Choosing a Cupcake Flavor

I’m trying to decide what flavor I want my next batch of cupcakes.

There are Ginger and Apple Cupcakes…

and Indian Chai Tea Cupcakes…

from Cupcake Recipes.

There is also Maple Bacon Cupcakes with Maple Frosting from Vanilla Garlic.

I still haven’t done a basic chocolate cupcake either.

Hmmmmmmmm…maybe all three this week? Well, we’ll see…depends on how hot it is in the house to turn on the oven! =)

 

God’s Plans 2

Yesterday, I did not know why God had me at the courthouse again…for the fifth day!

I now know.

How foolish am I to think that my plans were better than God’s plans!

God has a purpose for my life…just like He said in Psalm 138:8.

So, let me tell you what happened!

During this whole process, I’ve tried very hard not to complain, but rather, be positive and smile. There was enough complaining, negativity, and frowns going around. Not only that, I wanted others to see Jesus.

I was about 30 minutes early and another potential juror was early too. We got to talking and he asked me if I was a Christian. I said that I was and he was excited and said, “I knew it! You have just something about you.” He was a Christian too. We talked about church and what we were learning. A good talk.

It was finally time to line up to be counted. One potential juror was not there and we couldn’t go into the courtroom until she arrived. While we waited, we scattered in the hallway again.

Because of the shuffle, I ended up standing next to a woman who asked me if I was a Christian or something because there was something different about me. I said that I was a Christian and asked her if she was a Christian too. She wasn’t. She said she thought that there was something different about me. I asked her if she would like to know what it was that was different and I ended up explaining the Gospel to her.

So, God’s plan was for me to share what I was learning and for another to hear the Gospel!

Praise the Lord!!!

So now, let me tell you what happened in the courtroom.

The past two days I was approached by a handful of potential jurors saying that I “would probably be on the case as a juror,” I was the “perfect juror,” I “didn’t have any past with [the drug in question]” so I would “be a great juror,” etc..

I was pretty discouraged.

On Monday, the judge had asked me all the questions. There were the standard: city I live in, occupation, marital status, and how many times have I served on a case.

Then, there were 22 questions about drug and alcohol use, if anyone I or anyone close to me has suffered from drug or alcohol use (abuse, car accidents caused by them, car accidents caused by someone else under the influence, etc.), and questions regarding our knowledge of laws and the legal system, medical background, and law enforcement.

I think I’ve seen someone drunk and that’s the extent of my experience of drugs and alcohol. So, these questions were fairly quick for me.

However, there was a question that did stand out: What is your view of the police and law enforcement?

The 10 jurors before me either said that they didn’t have a view or had a negative view saying that police are biased.

I said that they were to be highly respected because they are trying to keep the peace. The easiest person to blame when you are caught doing something wrong is the person who caught you. The police have a difficult job to begin with and then have to battle that. This is not to say that some law enforcement does not abuse the power they have, but I have great respect for them.

I guess the defense did not like that answer and let me go today.

What I found interesting was as soon as my number was called by the lawyer saying I was excused, the whole courtroom gasped and everyone started whispering among themselves. They were in shock! Here they thought I was the “perfect juror” and I was being let go.

Again, our thoughts are not God’s thoughts! I needed to be in that jury selection pool for that long for His purposes, and come to camp for His purposes!

I serve an amazing God!!!

God’s Plans

I’ve been looking forward to go to camp with our church’s 4th, 5th, and 6th graders for several months. Cabin decorations have been purchased, the girls in my cabin have been called, bags are being packed.

Last week I was on call for jury duty and on Thursday, my group was required to show up.

I’ve always wanted to serve on a case. I’m fascinated by the whole process and would want someone like me as a juror if I was charged with a crime I didn’t commit.

Thursday, we found out it was a criminal case.

Five business days later, we are still sitting in court going through jury selection.

I know that God will place me where I’m needed most.

Right now, I’m just hoping that it’s at church camp.

Last night, I was looking something up on BibleGateway and the “Verse of the Day” was “The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.” Psalm 138:8 ESV

If God keeps me on this case, it will be His purpose. I don’t understand it; there is no need for me to understand it.

God will put me wherever He wants because He loves me and He loves His people.

Terrarium

I couldn’t publish this earlier, but because I this for my older brother’s birthday. I wanted to post it SOOOOOO bad! I LOVED how this turned out!

Picked up this “manly” container and put the rocks into it…

Then came the charcoal…

Then came the Spanish moss and soil…

I picked this little guy up at the local nursery…

Added that and some moss from the yard to the container…

Watered it, put a cute little red cardinal, and tied a bow around it…

And here is the final product!

Finger Painting Friday

I was finger painting last week! Well…at least trying to figure out the color I want to use for my Christmas gifts this year.

Christmas gifts, you ask?!?!

Yup!

I usually get Christmas presents done during the summer! =)

I chose the light green, or Avocado, for the gifts I’m giving my older brother and his wife and my younger brother and his wife. I can’t say what I’m making yet because I think at least one of them reads my blog! =)