this is the photo to look for!!!!!!
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!!!!
Thursday, June 12, 2014
After the basic tests and a year of classes - I took the elementary pedagogy exams - 2 sub tests - I found these tests to be mostly common sense - I did not feel the questions were confusing but instead quite easy and the answer choices gave you the idea of the correct answer as long as you read the question correctly - just read the question and know what it is asking and you will do great.
I took about 30 minutes taking this test and then went back over the whole test and still ended with 10 minutes to spare on both exams.
If you have spent time in a classroom this test will not be an issue for you.