Sunday, October 30, 2011

Halloween adventuresHalloween Adventures

October 30, 2011
I came home this weekend, because everyone else was doing something (Sara and Mike were going to Columbus to the OSU game), and I didn't want to stay in BG. My cousin picked me up on her way home, and all of us went to the football game to watch Walker play. Finally! They won!
Saturday, mom and I went to Marian to the Verison store so she could get her phone connesg, since she washed her new one four days after she got it and had a loner until now. While we were there, I wanted to look at the IPhone 4S. Mom said she had doubts about whether or not I could use it, but she would get me one, (I'm still on her plan), if I could. I can't really use the data plan I have now, because my phone doesn't work well with the internet, so its kind of a waste of money. The IPhone also has color identifiers you can get, GPS aps, OCR aps, bar code readers and more that would make life sooo much simpler for me. I wouldn't have to ask my roommates to read the direction to not a box anymore if the bar code reader does what I think it will.
Mom and I got Chipotle on the way home. Yum! When we got home I read my Bible for awhile and ended up reading the rest of 1 Samuel instead of studying for Weather and Climate like I'd planned. Oops! O well, maybe God . help me remember that information, because I did read my Bible instead of study. I have until Thursday so hopefully I'll understand it all by then. I also looked at IPhone demos and info about Voice Over.
Around 5, mom took oe and Bilko over to Grandma's, because all the little kids were getting dressed to go trick-or-treating. All but my cousin's youngest, who's only a year on Friday. One was Spider man, one a Vampire, and one a rupunsel (without the long haq because she didn't have a wig.) They were all so cute! I passed out candy and it was fun. At first not many kids came by, but we figured that that they couldn't tell the porch light was on, so I ended up having to sit outside. I brought Bilko to sit beside me and he loved all the attention. One little boy just wanted to sit and pet him.

We did have an insident when my uncle set one of my little cousins out beside me and didn't tell me. I couldn't figure out why he was still there when the kids had left. Keep in mind I don't see this kid much at all. Maybe a couple times a year since I'm never home, so I don't know his voice at all. I told him to hurry or he'd lose his friends, so he ran after them, and then my uncle came out and asked where he was. I felt so stupid and horrible, but at the same time angry when I found out that my uncle was the one who sent him and but didn't tell me he was there. Stupid, stupid, stupid idea. If I'd known he was there that wouldn't have happened! Arg! O well. The wasn't anything I could have done differently really. It was a combination of so many kids and not knowing his voice and my uncle not telling me. I'm sure it'll be funny in a few years when I'm not still so mad about it happening. I think it affected me the most because I'm going to be a teacher, so I felt respensible.
The same kid though can be a little pistil. He apparently doesn't know how to share. He even took toys from the one-year-old! I was playing with him with a race track thing, and then he ran away, and my other little cousin came up and she and I were playing. Then he came back and took one of the cars. "I want to play!" he said. I scolded him and told him he had to ask nicely, and then he did. His mom is much better than she used to be about disciplining him though. He obviously wasn't that mad at me though, because he joined the other kids in, "shooting," me while I gave the older girl, (3-years-old), a "piggy-back" and a "horsey" ride. I love little kids! :)

P-Burg day 5

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

I who am slow of speech and tongue...

So my friend posted a status about how she was being made fun of or told she couldn't do something because of her speech impediment. I thought this was a good reminder for her, and everybody with a disability, so I'm posting my comment to her status here to remind me, and anyone else who reads this:
So, I had to look this up, but it says in Exodus 4:10 When God is talking to Moses about leading the Israelites out of egypt: Moses said to the LORD, "O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech
and tongue." God says in verse 11: The Lord said to him, “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the Lord?
My point? Moses had a speech impediment, and he lead the Israelites out of slavery! So people are dumb and need to stop judging others because of stupid things. Who cares what people say/think. God made all of us the way we are for a reason. :)

Hope this helps somebody through tough times.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Fall Getaway 2011! :D

"Remember that the evil one attacks you continually with burning arrows of accusation. If you use your shield of faith skillfully, you can stop those missiles and extinguish their flames. Even if some of the arrows find their mark and wound you, do not despair."- Tammy Smith speaker at the H2O Fall getaway this past weekend
Here's the notes I took Friday and yesterday from the getaway, which is just a retreat of H2O churches from Bg, Kent State, Ohio State University, and University of Cincinati. Let me know if you want/need any of the notes clarified :) O and excuse the even worse than usual spelling. I was writing faOctober 22, 2011
I'm sitting in the dorm/cabain type thing I share with a bunch of other H2O BG people for the weekend. Well, I guess it was just last night and today, but whatever. This weekend has been tons of fun so far. Starting out with Katie B, Christine, Bridget and I getting lost on the way to the camp. We drove 15 minutes to far because they were looking for the wrong road number, and then the rods we had to go on were really creepy country roads and it was dark. We kept saying a guy with a chainsaw was going to jump out in front of us. Haha!
We got there late, but we didn't miss much except worship songs. Here's some of the notes I took from last night's teaching. They had a packet, but it wasn't in accessible format so I wrote my own:

theme: Truth matters.
Is there truth? Does it matter? Christians have a bounded set of truths from the Bible. The bible isn't a set of moral standards, but God didn't give us it as a moral code. There is one in it, but that's not what it is. The bible is about "breaking down the divide." God is reconciling ALL men and women to himself. Like the banquet in Matthew where God invites anybody to come. Salvation (Vista Church in Columbus), sin, (massage parlor), sit side to side, but the line of sin doesn't go between the two buildings. Line of sin goes down the center of the hearts of everyone.
Everyone has a deep longing, a deep hunger for something more. "There is a secret set within all of our hearts..." (John eldrich) We can't make it, (hunger) go away. Nothing can satisfy our crucial longings but God. We get so caught up in being caught up that we don't know why we are here. The spiritual longing can drive us to God or drive us to inside world. We look to the world for so many things.
second cor 4-4: The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

If we heed the messages of the world and go where they lead, we are in danger. If you look and act like everyone around you, or on TV, you are lost and in danger.
2 cor 5-2: Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling,
Where will you allow or have you allowed your hunger to take you? Philipians 3 19-20: Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
Our hunger can be on earthly things. A mind on earthly things will destroy you, and it is not always easy to tell it is happening. No amount of people-pleasing will bring you the happiness and contentment you crave.
As Christians our primary identity is not here, it will not be found horrizontally, but vertically. God's love is just determined by our acttions.
1 Peter 2-9: But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
I belong to God. I AM a child of God. When you act your own doing what you want to do you will be alone. You were crafted with intentional design for a specific purpose. There's a list of works that only you can do. God has a plan for you. He has a "list" for you. Proverbs 16-9: In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.
Everything about your life is to be a holy endeavor.
First John 1: That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched -- this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.
God does not want to be like anybody else. Be yourself, because God made you this way! You are incredibly inportant to Gods kingdom Matthew 4 (5?)-13. You are the salt of the earth. Isaiah 42-6: I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, 7 to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.
Your meant to be conformed to christ. Romans 8-29: For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
Our you trying to conform yourself to be like someone else, not Christ? You are loved to a degree unimaginable and that love will not waiver. Jeremiah 31:3: The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.
Romans 8-1: Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,
The love of God is everlasting. NOTHING can separate you from his intense love for you. Psalm 139.
Hebrews 13-5: Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.
James 4-8: He's ALWAYS with you!
You have everything you need to live a beautiful impactful life. Prov 14-12: There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.
This is not your true home. If you act like it is you will be discontent. The world says "do this --- and will be comforted, happy etc."
Gal 2-20: I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
If you walk in alinement with your feelings about yourself, you will not walk in alignment with God. Not "am I loved?" but "I AM loved." Not "am I awesome?" but "I AM awesome." You are more spirit than flesh. We are a masterpiece. Our spirit matters more than our physical appearance
1 Peter 5-8: Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
Jon 10 9-10: I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
2 cor 10-5: Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
Rev 12 9:10: The great dragon was hurled down -- that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him. 10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.
Lies/acusations are pummeling us all the time. Evil lies about 3 things: God, ourselves, and others. Everyone is being attacked by accusations.
god: he doesn't care, he isn't listening etc.
Ourselves: You're ugly, you don't matter, etc.
others: they are better than you, people can't be trusted, nobody really cares etc. We can't listen to these lies! God loves us for who we are. He made us for a purpose, exactly the way we are!
I really enjoyed that teaching, because I often feel and listen to the lies, at least sometimes. Everyone does. I needed to be reminded that God always loves me.
No matter how badly I screw up, his love never waivers.

We had H2O olympics, and my team actually won a round of tug-of-war! One of the girls was a camp staffer over the summer, and they had a staffers vs. counselor tug-of-war, and they won by turning around and walking while they tugged so that they were facing forward so the center of gravity is more balanced than if you are trying to back up and tug, so we did it and won. We had another round almost right after we won, and lost it, but at least we won something! It was a great feeling! :)
We ate lunch, and then had a small group breakout session. It wasn't as epic as last year, but it was good all-the-same. Now it's break, and I'm extremely tired, but can't fall asleep, so I think I'blind go out and try to find someone to talk too. More on today's sessions later.
October 22, 2011
Session 2:
"Today, today, I live for one thing, to give you praise in everything I do. Yeah, my praise goes out to you." (song quote)
Romans 10-19: Again I ask: Did Israel not understand? First, Moses says, I will make you envious by those who are not a nation; I will make you angry by a nation that has no understanding.
Isaiah 55-11: so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
Hebrews 4-12: For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
gal 2-20: I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!
If evil could place a trick in your mind it makes it seem like its your thought but it originate from the "pit of hell." Evil has no power over you except what you give it. 1 jon 4:4: You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
When we reject the lie we win the battle. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Resist, don't try to ignore. evil will do everything possible to thwort seeds of faith in God, it will be apposed by evil. primary scheme of hell is to get us to believe lies, comparison.
2 Cor 10:12: We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.
God always wins!!
James 4:7: Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Everyone is being pummeled all the time in conversations and everything. Think of wizard of Oz, because he acts undestructible and scary, but behind the curtain, which was torn down by something very tiny, (thanks Todo), he's weak, like the devil is weak before God.
You need to fight off the lies, (represented by coats piled on a guy in the audience), because we are so cover by them we can't be seen unless we fight them off. You are designed to run on one of 2 tracks: the life track: abundant life of piece joy purpose etc with a god that loves you. The death track:
The devil isn't very creative, (you aren't--, you can't--, you won't).
Truth does matter, love trumps moral codes. If we were loving like Jesus loved we would live moral lives, but we aren't Jesus so have to have moral codes. If live by moral grid you will be forced to judge. That is the truth that kills. Romaans 8. Jesus says don't be angry, but ask forgiveness and forgive. Your shoes are meant to live on the life track of life and joy. "We are what we repeatedly du," aeristotle. Its not about a code, its about an identity, protecting the truth. Obedience is not bad, (like society says), but it is saying, "thankyou God! That's it? Give me more to do." You have to truly believe (not naturally of course), but try to believe that what God says about you is true. You are special! As his child he has set the road before us that he knows will blindless us. We can invest ourselves in this life, or in the kingdom of God. Opporate in accordence with the flesh, or in the spirit. Get waist deep in the spiritual war, or passively sit by and get pummled. Are you going to read the bible a lot, or not? Saturating yourself in the word will help you to know and accept his word.

Session 3:
acts 17 paul is in thesalanika and they start a riot, then he went to barea and people from Thesalanika came to drive him out. separating him from Silus and Timithy. They had buildings for worshiping false gods. We do too. Library, sports stadiums, etc. All ofer campuses and all over the world we have these types of places. Their is brokenness all around us. Most of us are preoccupied with ourselves, but God stirs our hearts, because people are completely looking toward things to satisfy them that Christians know will not. Holy Discontent, a book that was quoted if you want to check it out. Epicurean: athiasts. stoics: pantheists, past/suffering must be endured. We all invest in our energy in things we think will satisfy. Are these things worthy of your life. Paul invested in connecting people to the good news of Jesus Christ and not idols.
our goal as christians is to discover people's story and bring Jesus into it. How?
Develop relationships. How many times do you sit on a bus or van or someplace and not said a word to them? Reach out! Even if they are "weird" or different from you, discover their stories and teach them about God.
discern: Think and pray about what's next. How can I help get your message to them Lord.
Do it again.
We may not make changes that will be like Peter at Pentecost, but like Paul at Athens. It is a privilege to be involved in helping people come to Christ.

Thanks to anybody that actually read this far! You rock! Comment with your thoughts (good or bad), please? :))

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Prayers Please!!!

I'm sending this post because I just heard some horrible news. My friend has been having a lot of problems with her health the past couple of years, and lost 4 family members in the past 10 months, oone of them a ten-month-old baby boy today. He died of heart failure. He had been on oxygen and more for months since he was born, and he was doing much better and off the oxygen and they thought he was going to be ok. He was lifelighted this morning and died. To make matters worse, his parents were only 17 and 18 years old! Why? Why does God let this happen? What are his reasons for taking such a young and helpless child? We most likely will never know, but God has a plan. He always does. Meanwhile, I'm keeping my friend and this entire family in my prayers. Will you all please do the same?

Also, my friend is going in for surgery (I can't think of the name right now but it's really, really risky), on November 15th. If you could pray for her then it would be greatly appreciated. She seems to think two more people are going to die this year, since apparently they die in sixes in her family. I told her she's being rediculous (in different, nicer words) and I'll be praying for her all-the-same, but she isn't at all convinced.
Prayers, or good thoughts if you don't pray, please? Thankyou

Cold, rainy, but not a bad day

Hey all,
So I was going to get up at 7 today just to make sure I had time to talk to the roommies before I went to class, and didn't have to rush around, but, of course, I didn't get up then. Usually I would, but yesterday was a long day, and this weekend is gong to be even longer, so I slept till 8 ish. I got up, got everything ready including giving Bilko his breakfast with the half pill in it, and was out the door at 9:05 and off to the stop to wait for the van for the complex I live in to take me (and like 14 other people at that point in the morning) to school. It was REALLY REALLY cold and rainy today! Bilko, being the weird water-hating lab he is, didn't want to walk through any water, but I made him, getting my shoes soaked in the process. After Standing in the rain and cold for about 15 minutes, I checked my email on my phone, and behold! An email from my professor of my 9:30 class saying class for today was canceled! "Sweet! I'm going home!" I said to nobody inparticular, "my class was canceled!" I then rushed off back to my apartment.

Sara and I decided that, since I didn't have class until 11:30 and she didn't until 2, we would go grocery shopping. Well, we couldn't find the money bag with the combined money we put in every month so we are contributing evenly to the fund. We ended up paying with our own money, flipping out because we couldn't find it, and going to McDonalds for breakfast. I just had a hash brown. We baught a ton of groceries though, and so I was excited to have good food again!
I got my content lit exam back and got an 86%! I was excited, but at first, the way my professor was talking, I was afraid I failed it.I couldn't read the chart for one of the questions, and I completely forgot to ask her about it since I was so afraid of getting everything else answered. I made it though because she let me answer it with her in her office today. I love my teacher!

I got pinkberry (it's a frozen Yogurt place I'd never heard of util we got one on campus this year), with my friend Alisa. She had meal plan, otherwise I wouldn't have gotten it. I got chocolate and peanut butter swirl with strawberries and and roasted almonds. It was good,,but expensive. like $5 for a small.

When I came home, Mike was making Lasagna. Yum, yum! I took a break from writing this to eat it, and had two big pieces.

Now off to do do my reading folder for next week.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

P-Burg Day 4

from Wednesday, October 19, 2011 (Unedited and written between students and on breaks)
Ok, so today hasn't started out so hot. I came into the school only to be told what I gave her for my fingerprints wasn't what she needed. I gave her a copy that I scanned, but she wouldn't accept it at the main office. Do they need the actual fingerprints? I'm confused. I hope they don't, because all I have is the copy. What the heck? I'm not even sure I have the regular one anymore since I made a copy. God, please let me find it to get it in or them be ok with what I have! I'm honestly praying that is what will happens. Luke came in today and his aid had given him stickers for something, so Mr. P had him read some of them aloud. Luke said, "We're not reading aloud." Then we tried to get him to say, "good morning Miss Karg," which he did after some prompting. He won't say "Bilko," he just calls him, "dog." Grace (the new girl), came in after awhile and it's really interesting to see how the Para's work with them. They had them do calendar with this fun little song and a pointer. Luke sang it, (he repeated words, but he got through it and knew what he was doing.) Grace is so cute! She kept saying "good job."

With the first group of third graders, we read there story (Goldilocks andThe Three Bears), and Mr. Pevoar had them read it like a play. One was the narrator, one was mama bear (me), one baby bear, one papa bear, and one Goldilocks. Since Still was there we had enough people to have one person per part. We did some spelling, and most of them his trouble sounding things out. They are working on 3-letter consonant blends, like the s-p-r in spread or s-t-r in string. They have trouble with them.

I worked with the first graders and decided that they would be a good group to do a lesson with on short vowel sounds. Here's my idea: Do short vowel sounds. Try to get shower curtain (literally a curtain with pockets for letters), from Patti, (my phonics teacher), and get short vowel cards. Put them on the board and pick words with short vowel sounds and have the students jump to the letter of the short vowel sound they hear. They'd love it, since they are so hyper and active. I worked with them alone today after reading through the story for a couple times. We read through it, but they were really squirmy and I kept having to stop them and make them focus.

Lukas R said today when I asked him from he was on page 10, "yes." He also said, when he first came in and I asked him how he was, "good." I've never heard him do that before, (I don't think.) I love listening to Mrs. K work with Luke S. Its really interesting. They worked on time, and he's only in first grade, but he can tell you the time when asked. You can pick different books that are read-aloud (jaws type voice), you can put any topic you want. You have to be careful though, because anybody can upload books on to it.

Mason's schedule was changed, so I worked with Jacob on his spelling worksheet, and reading his story. I haven't really worked with him before, but he's really quiet and sweet.

Mr. Pevoar ordered us a pizza today! He left to go pick it up, which I was confused about because I thought he was having it delivered. I forgot to tell him I don't like mushrooms, but I mentioned not liking peppers, and he got cheese. I had 4 pieces, (In my defense, they were thin-crust and I hadn't eaten breakfast!)

It was freezing in that classroom today, because the furnace won't kick on yet or something. I'm not sure when it will, but I'm wearing a long-sleeved sweater and jacket for awhile. Mr. P worked with Grace for awhile on math. For some reason she has this thing with saying random stoff like, "pickle face." I randomly heard Mr. Pevoar call her "pickle toes," and I couldn't help quietly laughing. She's soooo cute! They (Mr. P and Grace's aid), were "arguing" over wether or not she knows she's cute. "Either way she's cute," I called from across the room. We were the only ones in the room at the time.

Mason worked on patterns in math. There were blanks such as --- --- 53 59 --- 71. answer: 41 47 53 59 63 71. add 6.

I read the third grade story and had them alternate reading ever coupbbe pages, then we got out the cards and did cause and effect and fact/oppinion questions. I should have gotten some wrong. I didn't though, because they always had me chose before they did for the most part. We all kept tyeing.
I love my students!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

P-Burg Day 3

From Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Today Dena, (the girl I carpull with), and I got to school and were told that we had to go to her teachers room and wait, because the teachers were having a meeting in Mr. P's room. We went in and there were "benderoos," I knew them as "wikki sticks" when I was younger, out. We started making our names with them, and mine looked better than hers lol. I'd been using them for years and she'd never seen them before this year so...
A couple of her students came in and they were facinated with Bilko. The one little girl wouldn't stop staring in his eyes. It was funny, yet annoying. Technically we wern't supposed to be alone with students, but whatever. I got to Mr. P's room just as my first group of third graders came in, so we talked until Mr. P was ready. He had to put the story on the flash drive for me, and he has a new student with a para today, so it was all crazy. He ended up having the boys do a word search on the computer while he did other stuff. I just sat and monitored them to make sure they didn't fight. Then I read a story with the first graders. I then worked with a boy named Lukas, who has autism, on reading, and then he did this matching game with his sight words from the story. It was cool, because Mr. P asked him if he was done, and he said, (for the first time ever), "still playing." We were both really excited that he said that, since it had never happened before. I worked with Mason on reading a book on a park in Africa and all the animals these people saw there. It was very difficult for him, because every one word is a struggle. He has to sound out each word, and so he doesn't remember what he read at the beginning of the sentence, let alone the story. Mr. P then showed him this game from that is a multiplication game. It was a dungeon, and you had to answer problems to get through it. It was really cool.

There was a new girl today. She has autism, and is in third grade. She liked Bilko, but when he was on his back, she kept trying to pet the wrong part of him if you get my drift. LOL It made us all laugh.
I hope you all are enjoying my teaching experiences. I know I am! :)

Random Ramblings

This is just random thoughts from the day. Interesting, but random.
Anarchy: no rules.
Wouldn't that suck? No rules? It'd be very scary to have a classroom without rules. Semalia, (I can't spell, I know), is the only country with Anarchy. Scary! That's why we need rules in classrooms. Although there is one guy, (Alphy Cone), who believes that there should not be rules, because it gives kids a reason to find loopholes. I think he's nuts. We learned about him in Classroom Management. Conformity is subjective to perspective. Seriously. Everyone who says, "I refuse to conform..." ends up conforming to the group of nonconformists. My teacher told us a story about going to Mt. Rushmore and seeing all these bikers around. It turned out there was a Harly Davidson festival. They were nonconformists because they were bikers, but at that point and time, they were conformists. Funny, right? Weather and climate is a horrible class. My teacher doesn't read the answers to the questions he shows out loud so I can follow along and understand what's going on. When I asked him to read them he walked up from the front of the room to the back (mind you this is a huuuge lecture hall), and told me he would tell me later when we meet. Why can't he just read the answers aloud? It isn't that hard! Science sucks when teachers can't teach. It would help if I actually wanted to know about how weather happends. I'm not really interested in the technical jargon, but I need to learn it for the class.
I had a phonics midterm today, and it wasn't that bad. I think I did well on it, but I don't want to get my hopes up just in case. My weather and climate professor wants me to meet with him tomorrow to go over materials. I don't really see how this is going to help, because I still can't read his lectures, but whatever. I'll go talk to him tomorrow. Maybe it'll do me some good. I need to catch up on the readings though. He doesn't have all of the lecture powerpoints up either. Ug. I'm just praying I get a B. Not very high aspirations for this class, I know, but with this guy teaching... He's a nice guy, but I don't learn well with his teaching style. I need discussion and interaction. Ok, that's enough rambling for now. More field placement later.

Bilko's bloggings-- itchy itchy!

Hi all, mom finally gave me the computer again!
So she wrote earlier about my alergies--I think that's what they're called-- that make me all itchy and I hate it. I have white spots where my fur is thin from my scratching. I hate it! Mom's been giving me these pill-things that she sneaks in to my food, but since I can't taste them since I'm so focused on the food I don't care, and they help, but they make me really thirsty and have to do my business a lot. I really don't like that, because I know it's making things harder for mom since she has to take me out a lot more often. She called the Vet here in the town where we go to school, and they said the only thing they can do is give me the pills or a shot that would do the same thing. Mom's not sure she believes them, but she doesn't know what else to do. She's been giving me half the pill though, so it's not near as bad as it could be.

Any ideas anybody? I hate being itchy and hate being a burden to my mom! She says I'm not and she doesn't mind doing it because she loves me, but I can't help feeling bad! I love you mommy! You let me off harness between classes after you typed on the computer and everybody else scratched with the stick-things and nobody talked for a long time, and I had fun!
Well, mom needs the computer back, so talk to yall later!
Sargent Bilko

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Bilko update

Ok, so I still have another week to post of placement at P-Burg, but I wanted to get this in first.
Bilko has been guiding well and having fun, but he's been having trouble with alergies. I really first noticed it freshman year of college, when he was scratching a lot, and my Aunt noticed he had bumps on his stomach and private area.
I took him to the vet, and the gave him meds, but I am not sure if they were steroids or not. He was on them for awhile (don't remember how long), and then it went away. I didn't have any trouble last summer, but this year he started scratching again. I took him to the vet in BG, and he gave me steroids to try and stop the itching. I put him on two pills a day for a week, then one a day, then one every other day, but (instead of putting him on half a pill every other day for a week like he suggested( I stopped giving them to him to see how he'd do. It was ok for awhile, but he's been scratching a lot again lately, and there's bumps on his legs and missing patches of fur. I didn't want to take him back to the vet, so I started him on half a pill again once a day. It's helped, but I hate the steroids, because he gets really lathargic and has to "do his business" a lot. I don't have time to take him out every twenty minutes, but the half pill has been doing pretty good, and he does have to Pea more, but that's not near as bad as it was over the summer. Today he's been extremely lazy--like not wanting to get up to go to church lazy-- but I can't decide if he's just really tired from yesterday working around the wedding shops for Sarah's wedding dress (more on that later I hope), or if something's really wrong. I'm calling the vet tomorrow to see what they can do about the scratching other than the steroids, and hopefully they can get me in. I'll be taking BG Transit, since all of my roommates that can drive are in classes all day tomorrow.
God, please let Bilko just be tired from the shopping and staying up while we played rock band until 1 in the morning and not him really sick.

Well, he hasn't thrown up (except for last week when he ate tampons) so I'm taking that as a good sign. I'm going to feed him now, so if he eats ok that's another good sign.
If anyone's actually reading this, please pray or send good thoughts/vibes or whatever that I'm just paranoid.
Thanks :)

Saturday, October 15, 2011

P-Burg Day 2

October 5, 2011
P-Burg day 2
I woke up this morning and Shelby was making french toast. It was pretty good. I made coffee, and promptly left it sitting on the table since I was rushing around getting reading for the day. I'm sitting in Mr. P's room, writing because I don't have any students until 1:00, and Mr. Pevoar is out turning an evaluation in. I was fine until like 11, and then I started yawning. I really wish I'd had coffee. Mike and I had a competition going to see which one of us would forget to put something away first, (just started yesterday lol), and I think I just lost. O well. I really don't care.

I had my first graders today, but one was sick so not there, and Mr. P didn't have time to email me the stories so he's been reading them to me before I work with the kids. I asked him about making a phonics book for the kids, so I can use the cricket machine and laminator and such that I need to use for third year field experience. We have to choose 5 pieces of technology and learn how to use them so we know how for later in our careers, so I want to use it for that project as well as phonics. I'm having trouble coming up with ideas though. I don't have any really funny quotes this time, but here's what I do have:
random kid: Mrs. B (bus said full name), I'm your favorite teacher.
Mrs. B: Your manyy favorite teacher?
Kid: Yeah. (I'm not sure the kid even realized what she said haha!)
Mr. P: What do you think a digraph is?
Luke D: Um, a kind of animal?
(FYI, a digraph is two consonants put together that make a different sound than either consonant. Example: ph, this, shall etc.)
1:00 pm I'm bored. Luckily, my final student will be coming back in pretty soon, although I don't know what I'm supposed to be doing with him at this point since I have no materials... 2:30 pm I ended up working on math with Mason, and then, (since Mr. P was trying to help the Para with the little boy who has autism), listening to justin, (J-Monkey), and Ben S. Then Mr. P started using comprehention cards with them. They have different topics dealing with reading/vocabulary/-prehention and questions with them. It was cool. Not much else to tell. but i'm posting "Kid quotes," as well so that is fun.

P-Burg Day 1

From September 28, 2011Field placement!
I got to the school and signed in, then Mr. P came down and walked with me to his room since I didn't know where it was. There was a new Para Professional for a student with Autism that was starting today too.
Dayly Schedule:
9:10-9:40: 3 third graders Cody, Jordan, Chad, come to work on spelling and reading. 2 with IEP's one struggling reader (Cody.)
9:40-10:10: 4 students LLI, first graders, Luke D, Ryan, Michael, Dylan, reading (high energy.)
10:10-10:40: (typically) Lukas R, semi-verbal autism, reading.
10:40-11:10: Break.
11:15-12-10: Mason, 4th grader, significantly below grade level (1st grade), working on reading, spelling, science social studies (when needed.) Also Jacob, third grade, reading and writing.
1:15-1:45: Mason again, math.
1:45-2:15: 3rd grade reading group: Ben, Ben K, Justin, (J-Monkey.)
Rest of day no real schedule.
I worked with Jacob and Mason, one on spelling and one Jacob read to me from a book. It was really fun. Jacob is really pretty fluent at reading, but Mason has trouble. He's at a first grade reading level in 4th grade.
I really enjoyed working of the Bens and Justin. They have comprehention problems, and Mr. P thinks they'd be a good group to work with for my lessons for Phonics and/or Content Literacy.
(P.S. I am finally giving up on not using first names. They can't be traced by that so it works)

question for anyone!

Ok, so yes, I haven't updated in forever! I have been busy with classes and field placement and frankly, while I've written quite a bit, I haven't had the innclination to post it. Here's a question, anybody know how to back-date my posts? I want to post things from placement, but don't know how to back-date it so it actually is in the right time frame. I'm going to post them now, but would like to change it if possible. lol Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks! :D