Thursday, May 30, 2013

Paris in the Springtime

I finally can upload pictures from my Paris trip in March.  I had the BEST time.  The way I'm describing it is MAGICAL.  I really can't believe I went to Paris again!  This was my 11th time, but I seriously thought I would never go back after getting sick.

I will be honest there were some concerns about going.  Could I do it?  Could I keep up?  You walk everywhere!  Those were just some of the thoughts going through my head!  I'm happy to report I could do it!  And I kept up with everyone!  One of the things that I was most proud of was walking all the way to the top of Notre Dame de Paris.  There are no elevators - it was just a winding staircase that went on forever.  But when I got to the top it was such a great feeling!  A feeling of true accomplishment!

I have to tell you why I got the amazing opportunity to go.  It is not a good reason.  When I was in the hospital I was so sick!  I almost died twice in the hospital.  My mom says she was desperate.  I cannot imagine what my family was going through!  So in a moment of desperation she said to me in the hospital that if I survive this she will take me to Paris!  Well that promise became a reality!  Just so you can get an idea of how sick I was here is a picture of me when I was at my worst!

Summer of 2011 - I was unable to stand, walk, or move my body!
 
That picture always freaks me out!  But I want you guys to see the stark difference of then and now!  I took over 800 pictures, but here are some of my favorite that I took!

My favorite picture taken - moment of triumph!
 
This is what I ate for dessert every time!  Sorbet!  I'm eating very healthy for my MS!
 
This was the view from the street where we stayed!  It was perfect!  That is Notre Dame in the background!  I can't believe I walked to the top!
 
When we arrived it was snowing!  I've never seen Paris in the snow!  We were walking down the street, and turned the corner and this is what we saw!  I had to stop and take a photo of people ice skating in Paris!
 
This is so Paris - had to take a photo!
 
This stopped us in our track!  They were selling this!  And apparently this is very chic in Paris - American University sweatshirts!
 
The history teacher in me never leaves!  One morning we went to the French Revolution Prison Museum!  This was actually a blade they used during the revolution!
 
Saint-Chapelle.  All the french kings worshipped here!
 
Musee D'Orsay.  The impressionist museum in an old train station.
 
In this beautiful restaurant in the Musee D'Orsay with our waiter!
 
 
Me and my Mom.  I love this woman!
 
The second week we went to Nice, and this was the apartment we stayed in!  I looked at my Mom and said I don't have to go anywhere - the apartment was enough!  I loved it!
 
This was the sign above the door of my favorite restaurant in Nice!
 
I had scallops for almost every meal in Nice - they were so good!
 
I'm most proud of this photo! 
 
Best sorbet - lemon sorbet served in a frozen hollowed out lemon!
 
The Mediterranean - spent a lot of time at the beach
 
Cutest little girl making a crepe in Nice!
 
At the top of Notre Dame!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, May 27, 2013

TED Talk

 
I love TED.com!  They provide great lectures on every topic.  When you go to the site you can search a topic you would like to see.  They are so fascinating, and they always leave me wondering and thinking.  That is the best part they make you think and reanalyze things!  So every week I am going to post a TED Talk! 
 
The first one is on the topic of education.  Now this is right down my alley.  A couple of months ago every teacher was talking about this TED Talk - so I finally said I have to watch it!  And it was brilliant!  I also heard it is one of the most poplar TED Talks with the most views. I won't say anything about the Talk.  I'll let it speak for itself.  The only thing I will say is the speaker is so funny!
 
 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Graduation

 
Tonight is BTW;s Graduation.  This is one of my favorite events of the year because this is what we work for all year.  As a teacher it is so exciting because you get to see the students you have worked with for four years walk across the stage and graduate!
 
This is the reason why students work so hard.  This moment makes it all worth it!  When you write that 5 page paper or pull an all nighter studying for a test.  This is the moment you need to imagine when things get tough.  It is worth it!  Making GOOD grades and putting in the hard work get you to this moment.
 
If you can make it tonight you should!  This will be you before you know it!  High School goes by so fast!  Enjoy every moment!  It's at ORU Maybee Center at 8.
 
I love this tradition at BTW!  When the ceremony is over the teachers line the way and the students walk through us, and we get to cheer them on and hug them!  I love it!
 

Monday, May 20, 2013

The talent of BTW!

We recently just had an Art Show and Hi Jinks showcasing the talent of BTW!  Every year I am so impressed and amazed!  Probably because I cannot do what they are doing!  I was not blessed with artistic talent - so when I see people dance and sing I wish I could do that!  I was blessed other ways!   But I'm so happy the students at BTW show theirs off so we all can enjoy! 

It is nothing like seeing it in person, but I hope this will do it justice.  Here are some pics and videos of the art show and Hi Jinks:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Videos to come soon - too long to upload
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, May 10, 2013

Our Mr. Hornet!

Booker T. student named 2013 Presidential Scholar

Published 5/8/2013

Date/Time

5/7/2013

Location

Washington (BTW)

1514 E. Zion St.
918-925-1000

Contact

James Furch

918-925-1000
furchja@tulsaschools.org
Stephen Slater
Booker T. Washington High School student Stephen Slater was named a 2013 U.S. Presidential Scholar this week by the U.S. Department of Education.
Stephen joins 141 other American high school seniors that have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, artistic excellence, leadership, citizenship, service and contribution to school and community.
"Presidential Scholars demonstrate the accomplishments that can be made when students challenge themselves, set the highest standards and commit themselves to excellence," Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in a press release. "I'm honored to celebrate their creativity, hard work and community service, and I encourage them -- and all students -- to continue to showcase the capacity for greatness in our nation's young people."
Stephen is a two-year captain of both varsity track and cross-country teams who has been to state four times in each sport. He is a five-time national champion in both sports. Stephen received the Academic Athlete of the Year award from Booker T., as well as departmental awards in math, science and athletics. Among his many honors, Stephen also recieved the Outstanding Senior Academic Award.
After receiving his International Baccalaureate diploma this year, Stephen plans to attend Harvard University.
The U.S. Presidential Scholars will be honored for their accomplishments in Washington D.C., from June 15-18.
Scholars are selected annually by a White House commission. Created in 1964, the program has honored more than 6,000 students. This year one male and one female were honored in each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and among U.S. families living abroad. Fifteen at-large scholars were also chosen, as well as 20 Presidential Scholars in the Arts, which have been recognized since 1979.
Scholars may also choose to name their most influential teacher, who will receive personal letters from the secretary of Education. Stephen chose to recognize Lindsey Manduano, a Spanish and Italian at Booker T.
Oklahoma's female Presidential Scholar is Sarah A. Keglovits, who attends Holland Hall School in Tulsa.
For more information about the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program and a complete list of this year's scholars, visit www2.ed.gov/programs/psp/index.html.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

MLK Poem

I had a student read this poem to me, and I had goose bumps!  It was so good, and then she told me she wrote it!!!  I love this girl and poem - Enjoy!


Our world was destroyed by the acts of segregation, All we needed was one demonstration, One consisting of a black man and a white man together, Even though our country may tether.
I can see a day when my dream becomes real, Where we could show them that we can heal.
The color of your skin does not define who you are, Black, white, red, or blue, you can go far.
Once they finally see that color doesn't matter, Maybe we can climb that ladder, Separating the future from the past, Together we can make this change last, And learn to love one another, Showing respect and dignity to each other, The change will be hard, But together we can remove our guard.
To see the beauty of all.



Sunday, May 5, 2013

See the World!

 
I saw this quote, and knew it had to be a post!  I am very blessed to have left the country 11 times, and visited 8 countries!  I first went to Europe when I was 16, and I got the travel bug!  I am always looking for a way to Travel - to see the world!  And what is amazing opportunities present themselves! 
 
I think the best part of travel is you get to see how other people live, and you realize how BIG the world truly is.  For me I realized the world is bigger than Tulsa, Oklahoma!  Even to this day I find myself wondering what people are doing in England, France, and China!
 
So if you ever get the chance to see the world - Go!  Run!  It will change your life and you will want to go back, and see new places! 
 
 
You get to try new foods!
 
 
 
 
 
 

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Experience is the Best Teacher!

This week in my US Government class - I asked why don't people vote?  Or care?  Their responses were fascinating!

 
One student said it is experience.  I was intrigued by that so I asked her to elaborate.  She said basically if you have experience with an issue you are going to care more.  I totally got that because I care about the Health Care Issue after what happened to me in the summer of 2011.  I spent 4 months in the hospital, and couldn't stand or walk.  I have a whole different perception of health care now after that experience.  Then two days later I found a great YouTube series.
 
The Professors interview people  who have dealt directly with human oppression, and from their experience we can all learn from them.  This was such a GREAT idea!  Here are a few of those videos!
 
 
 


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