Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Monday, August 11, 2014
This is Allen Foster who was a missionary in our ward for months a few years ago - he shares a birthday with Cenneidigh and she likes to call him her twin!!! We attended his wedding reception in Crystal, near the cities, on Saturday. It was a beautiful reception but the invitation said 4-7 and we arrived after 5 and nothing had started the bride did not show up until after 6:30 but it was a nice evening - most of it was in Spanish so I am glad the Soto's were there and Elsa whispered in my ear everything that was not in English - they had a fabulous drink that I need to get it is called Jamaica so good - like sweet cherries and plums YUMMY!!!!!
We tried to stay and see them cut the cake, but it was getting late for the 2 plus hour drive home so we missed the cake cutting.
Congratulations Allen and TY!!!
Friday, July 11, 2014
Schools out for the summer!!!! At last for me too!!! I finished up with a 4.0 again and now 64 credits - 25 of those as Master's semester credits so that is 37.5 quarter credits so I can be employed at BA plus 30 to begin with until I start the end of my Master's Degree - 3-4 more classes - about a year - I will get a job first and then finish up.
I student teach in the fall at Ellis in the 8th grade and BOOM - after the 12 weeks I will apply for my license- I have passed the 7 exams and only the TPA stands in my way - I am not worried I had a teacher have us do a mini- TPA for a grade and it was not that hard.
I liked my last class but driving to the cities every week was not fun. Megan drove with me, David also and a few times alone - I hated those drives alone because at 10 PM I was barely away from Minneapolis and yawning up a storm already. Working the next day was always a treat as I yawned and stuck my eye lids up with my fingers.
If someone told me all the things that would happen in the last 2 years I never would have gone back to school- so I am glad I didn't have a clue.
I love teaching and especially sped - I am passionate about it and so pleased to have this chance to do what I love, I only wished I had figured this out year ago.
Kudos to David and the kids for putting up with me and my crazy schedule the last 2 years - they have all been troopers.
I have almost made it!!!!!! I am excited to get a full-time teaching job in special education, hopefully sooner than later- kind of broke currently.
Sunday, June 22, 2014
We are cancelling our annual 4th of July picnic this year - We have been doing it every year since Cenneidigh was born -13 years so far....I have to say that it is a lot of work and the day starts at 4:30AM and goes to about 1AM - I love the 4th and with our own firecracker it was a good fit for our family - but with Cenneidigh turning 14 we have decided it is time for a change....change is good and it happens anyway....We are going to do something different this year and help out with the city festivals as volunteers and I am looking forward to the change of pace.
Happy 4th of July to everyone and I hope you do what makes you happy to be an American this year!!!
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Qatar left today for AZ to work for Doug for the summer - so excited to go as are we since he had been a teenager for many years now and fighting for independence from the oppression that he calls parents. Well he is gone and I am reflecting on the cuddles and his little voice telling me he would never leave because he would miss me too much.....oh how time flies and is gone before we get a chance to catch our breath.
I am excited to see what he does and who he becomes as he matures. I will miss him, but life goes on and change is the only things we can truly count on.
See you in September sweetheart!!! Then off on the new adventure as a missionary speaking Spanish for 2 years.
Saturday, June 14, 2014
I ordered the study guide from the Pearson site and at first I was not happy about what I got since most of it was free on their website, but it had one 50 question practice test and I found that to be very helpful and after taking the test to be almost identical to the types of questions that the test had. I would not suggest the practice tests that are also available for purchase as everyone that I have talked to who bought those said that the test was nothing like the practice tests.
I took the test and really paid attention to the reason why the answer was correct and what objectives from the test I understood and which I did not so I could study those things. I googled the objectives and looked at pages and pages of information about special education - I made note cards and went over them quite a bit - but I have to say that the practice test was the most helpful.
Questions will ask what should be done 1st in a certain situation - I can tell you that students in transition those above 8th grade need that wants and needs taken into consideration 1st always.
Know IDEA or at least quite a bit about the 2004 part. A few early childhood questions and I was not sure about those since I am a k-12 license.
Good luck and take a deep breath you can do it!!!!