July 17th, 2003

animated lone

ZZZZZZ

I didn't sleep well last night, so I am quite drowsy today. I found a place to put my pictures: village_photos. Now i need to put up more pictures. Downloaded a trial copy of Animation Shop which is how I made my nifty new logo.

I would really love to do a website giving parents general information about Speech and Language. We have the space, but do I have the internal motivation?

My plan for July was to begin working on my new language curriculum for fall. It's based on some great books from Thinking Publications--The Language Strategies series. Ah, hopefully next week. This week I am being a total bum. Last week I worked really hard. I took a class sponsored by Intel called Teach to the Future. It's about using technology in your classroom. **Note to future teachers: You are now graded on how you use technology (at least in Texas).**

I originally took the class to score free software (I got Office XP, Publisher 2000, and Encarta 2003). However, the planning tools in the class are very good. They force you to think about the overall themes of what you are teaching and how they tie into the curriculum standards (TEKS in Texas). I created a student presentation, a brochure, and a website. I hope I can actually use them with my students.

Ok...back to sleep....zzzzzz
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Mommy and Daddy Wars

Wow, I am always so disappointed when I meet someone (online or off) and they seem like a very kool person. Then they turn out to be a an "I'm Better than You" parent. I was looking at a user (who shall remain nameless) who seemed very interesting. Then she started bragging about what a great parent she was and how she kept her kids away from the "undesirables." Now we all know families we don't really want our kids hanging out with, but boasting about it is just over the top.

Maybe it's because of the job I've taken on, but I want to see the good in each kid. (Although, I admit, finding the good in some of their parents is a personal challenge). However, I have been a working full-time mom, a stay-at-home full time mom, a part-time working mom, and a graduate student mom. All of the situations can work. What kind of example are you showing your kids as you walk past the (fill in the blank) moms with your nose in the air? Actually, I'm not sure I want YOUR kids to play with my kids.

If you don't want to have anything to do with me because I'm not exactly like you, then have a nice life.