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February 20, 2018: Challenges & Pathways

Today It’s back to managing work with the extra tasks that accompanies it. At our professional developmemt meeting yesterday, we were given the tools needed to create accredidation binders according to age group. At first glance it appears very daunting, and both my partner and myself hold reservations on being paired together. We both have a job to do, however, so hopefully this project can be completed as soon as possible.

One positive outcome out of this situation is that my crocheting creativity is ignited again. I need a new ‘cozy corner’ for my classroom, and while I have some materials for this area (blanket, basket for books), I need some pillows. So I’m making them. A productive use of my yarn stash! 😊

Our roads in life sometimes have new challenges appear in our journey. We just need to figure out how to navigate through them in order to keep moving.

January 31, 2018: Favorable Choices

I didn’t care to watch the State of the Union address last night. I usually make the effort, watch part of it every year, but this time around I wanted no part of it. There’s no point to watch someone repeat the same restrictive policies and false promises that we’ve heard him say all year in office. His social media use gets more media attention anyway. It’s so odd that a person in government uses social media so much!

So I watched wrestling last night. Much more entertaining! Really loved the mixed match challenge match online also, especially the end. Would love to see how far Alexa and Braun go.

We’ll see how today will go…my classroom book order came in, so I’m excited about that. I can add more books to my Literacy wall at work. Just a trip to the library and I’ll be all done with that part.

January 2, 2018: Take It On

‘Just take it on’, was what ran through my mind as I entered my classroom this morning. ‘Just walk in and take back what’s yours’. So I did just that…I began to fill my classroom with cheerful additions and projects. If that’s what my superiors want, they will get it. Mine (and my students’) creations, and no one else’s.

Reaching for your own personal achievement comes with its criticisms, and that’s okay. It’s a challenge, but it’s not my first time handling tension. I just need to follow my threaded path. Just take it on, and keep moving.

East Coast Rainfall, Gulf Coast Disaster: August 29

“You must never despair of human nature’.
–Mahatma Ghandi

 

Outside my window, I watch the steady rainfall coating my central NJ neighborhood. All is quiet as I do routine tasks: closing a P.O. Box, paying bills, etc. The TV is off, yet earlier I watched News 12 and the Weather Channel, viewing the tragic stories that Hurricane Harvey unleashed in Houston and Southeast Texas. Watching the anguish in families’ faces as they’re rescued, the extreme sadness. Years of memories It makes me think of my region’s ordeal when Sandy struck five years ago. I lived near Washington Heights at the time, and neighborhood didn’t suffer serious damage. For many people, however, the damage was widespread, as they spent days in shelters, while others who stayed in their homes endured power outages lasting for days.

As I watch the coverage of Harvey’s wrath, I think about the sadness these evacuees are going through. How many of them were never told to leave their homes, only to watch water quickly take over their neighborhoods. While all of this is so devastating, many people are coming together to provide much needed supplies to those in need. People are doing their part to rescue the animals sadly left behind in Texas. In these distressing times, all we can do is come together and provide support to those in need.

 

–Cathleen
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