Sunday, October 26, 2008

Semi-Recent Random Happenings

As promised here is a new blog post that will have NOTHING to do with school/work. (I do have a life outside of work!)
Megan's Wedding
Rita, Megan, me, Jenna

Family Park Day

Last weekend my fam and I went to Spring Mountain Ranch for a day of of food, family and fun. The kiddos loved running around, playing with their cousins, and the weather was perfect.

Prego, me, Stacey and Holly

It is not a family BBQ without a game of baseball!!

Dinner with friends

Shelly was in town for a few days so some of my girlfriends from high school and I went out to eat at Metro pizza and catch up on each others' lives.
Jessica, Shelly, Amy, me and Daja


Ryan and I went to the Bellagio the other night to see the gardens and watch the water show. I felt like at total tourist taking pictures. I have probably been to the show at least a dozen times, but it never gets old -especially the gardens. I am always amazed at what they can do.
Ryan and I just outside the gardens int he Bellagio -the random lady I asked to take the picture must have turned the camera that's why the picture isn't straight.

This is the best picture I could get...not sure how to use the settings on my camera so the picture doesn't come out so dark! Any suggestions...??

Friday, October 17, 2008

When Life Gives You Lemons...

As I have said in a previous blog I have a class that I struggle with. They aren’t bad people, there is just too many students in one class that make bad decisions and end up feeding off of each other. I have been implementing some strategies to help the students behave better as well as keep my sanity. Some are working but for the most part I haven’t seen a change. Yesterday I sent two students out of the classroom to another teacher’s class. Later on in the day a student informed me that another student wrote “F*** you Ms. Belingheri” in one of our magazines that we are reading right now. My first thought was it was probably one of the students I sent out of the classroom. As a teacher it is very disheartening to find out students disrespect me. I don’t care if they like me but I do expect them to respect me. Rather than wallow in misery and let this one student affect me I have decided to turn my lemons into lemonade and compile a list of the top 10 reasons why I love 6th graders”

The Top 10 Reasons Why Ms. Belingheri Loves 6th Graders

10. They still give their teachers notes that say things like, “You rock”

9. When I ask for a volunteer to help me 36 hands go up every time.

8. When reading a story and they come upon a semi-“bad” word, like damn, they ask permission to say it. The whole class ends up laughing because they got to say a swear word at school.

7. I can spend 10 minutes explaining and modeling, in detail, an assignment and still count on at least two kids raising their hand and saying, “What are we supposed to be doing right now?” (Can you hear?)

6. They want to share every detail of their health history with me AND keep me updated on the progress. (TMI...)

5. They can’t find mistakes in their own writing but will find every mistake I make in my writing.

4. They forgive me every time I forget their name, even if it is the 8th week of school.

3. They get excited when they run into me at the store.

2. When passing me in the hall they stop to give me a hug (Unfortunately, the kid that does this the most is the one that smells like cat pee.)

And the number one reason why I love 6th graders…

1. They send me notes telling me the top 10 reasons why I they love me.

**I realize my last few blog entries have been entirely related to school. I promise next time I blog I won’t mention my job :)**