Monday, June 30, 2014

Be Grateful!

One of the GREAT secrets of life is to be grateful!  You must be thankful everyday for the things and people you do have in your life!  I know most of us want more, but that is hard to happen if we are not thankful for what we already have!  This image says it all:
After I left the hospital, and relearned to walk, I occasionally find myself just saying thank you!  I am so grateful for the ability to stand and walk!  I cannot even describe how scary it is to be not able to stand or walk.  Last summer I also got the ability to drive again.  I could not drive for 2 1/2 years!  I am thankful for that everyday!
One of the best ways to show your gratitude is to keep a gratitude journal.  Every day write 5 things you are grateful for.  You might be surprised!  Also don't wait to lose something then realize how much you miss it.  I used to have perfect vision before MS.  I now have optic nerve damage, and when it is hard to see I wonder if I ever appreciated my perfect vision?  I don't think I ever did!
So in a nutshell be grateful for the people and things in your life!  Good things will come from it!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Flash Cards

I always tell my students learn how you learn.  When you figure out how you study, your school life will be so much easier!  There are so many different ways to study, and we all use different strategies.  What works for you might not work for another.  So I am going to highlight different methods.  I am going to start with the method that works for me - Flash Cards!
Anytime I would use Flash Cards I would pass the test - even in college.  I excelled with Flash Cards.  I will admit, making them would be time consuming.  So you do have to make them in enough time, and not the day before the test.  I would buy Flash Cards, or make them with sheets of paper.  I would do that a lot in college because I was a poor college student.  I would have no money for note cards!  Lol  Now they do have awesome notecards out there.  You can buy different colors, or get some that are on a ring.  So you can keep them organized!
What I do is take all my notes, and the chapter for that particular test, and create flash cards.  I would turn every piece of information into a flash card.  I always had a lot because of this, but I was thorough. Flash cards are great because you turn the information into questions, and that is what teachers do!  They look at the information and turn it into questions.
Then I would study them!  The best part of Flash Cards is you can take them anywhere!  I would study them till I had them memorized!  You can also have someone test you!  They are versatile, and user friendly.  There are also online websites where you can make online Flash Cards.  Here is one of the best ones out there!  Check it out!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

President Lincoln's First Inaugural Address

My favorite speech in American History is President Lincoln's First Inaugural Address. The country was divided, citizens could feel war, and the South had already left the Union.  After John Brown's failed attempt at a slave revolt in Harper's Ferry, the South said if the country elects a Republican in the Election of 1860 they were leaving the Union.  The South truly thought a Republican president would get rid of slavery.  On the eve of the Civil War slavery was worth $1.2 Billion.  The South had to protect their investment.
From 1800 to this moment the South threatened this anytime they were upset, but there was always a compromise to cool them down.  Usually Henry Clay wrote the compromises, and got the nickname "The Great Compromiser." 
South Carolina was true to their word.  The next day after Lincoln won the election, South Carolina held a state convention to vote on leaving the Union.  Now Lincoln was not President yet.  Buchanan was President, and when they came to tell him that Southern States began leaving the union.  His response was, "It is not my problem - it is Lincoln's problem."   It was December 1860, and Lincoln was not coming till March 1861.  Buchanan just sat back, and let it happen.  That would not happen today!  I truly believe the United States government would fight tooth and nail to keep a state!
So on March 4, 1861 Lincoln was sworn in as President.  I cannot imagine walking into that.  Lincoln is my favorite President in a big part due to how he handled the Civil War.  He was the right man for the job.  So for his address to the nation he talked directly to the South, and it was brilliant.  When I teach in US History class, I have that class read the whole speech.  What he says to the South is so good!  President Lincoln's argument is very convincing.  Here are a few highlights:
1.  He consistently refers to them as countryman.  Throughout the war he never changes his perception of them.  They were not treasonous, but disgruntled countryman.
2. He directly mentions war, but assures them that if war happens - it will be because of their actions.  He tells them that the North has no intention to invade the South.
3. My favorite analogy he gives is he compares the Southern states that left to divorce.  He said when two people get divorced they can move far away from each other.  But if the North and South separate they cannot move away from each other.  They would always be next to each other.
4. President Lincoln addresses the South's defense to leave.  They used the Social Contract theory as a reason why they had the right to break away.  President Lincoln said he agreed, but for it to work every one has to break away and start over.
I have read this at least 7 times, and I love it!  Here is the text to the speech.  Please Read!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Be A Good Person

I believe in Karma!  What you put out into the world, comes back to you!  So BE A GOOD PERSON!  That is one of the biggest pieces of advice I can give to anyone.  When you are a good person opportunities open up!  I try very hard to be a good person, and my life has proven to me it is the way to go!  I have built good Karma! 
When I got very sick, and spent four months in the hospitals miracles happened all the time!  In this dark storm there were rays of light!  I say all the time I have a charmed life.  Things tend to go my way.  I can't explain why, but I know the way I live my life helps!
I know I'm nice, and maybe too nice.  But it's better than the option of what I could be called.  I like that I am known as a sweet, kind, and good person.  I think the other part of this reputation.  What do you want to be known for?  I like having a good reputation, and I plan on keeping that forever! 
The clip below sums it all up!  Listen to what Will Smith says to Jimmy Fallon:

Sunday, June 22, 2014

The Power of Doodling

Have you ever doodled?  When I was in college my geography professor told my class something interesting.  He told us about the power of doodling, and encouraged us to doodle.  He told us this story about when one semester a girl was always doodling, and it really bothered him.  So much that he confronted her.  She told him that it clears her mind and keeps her attentive.  I have always remembered that, and would tell people that.  They would look at me crazy, but then I saw this!
In a nutshell it explains that doodling is not mindless.  In fact it has mental benefit.  What everyone says and even the studies show that doodling opens the doors to better concentration.  It keeps people from daydreaming, and focused on the task ahead.  So next time you can't focus - try doodling!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Johnstown Flood

One historical moment that always gets me is the Johnstown Flood.  I did not hear about it till college.  My college professor did such a GREAT job telling the story it made me cry.  It is such a sad moment in U.S. History, and it could have been prevented.  I now like to include this moment in AP US History.  It shows how powerful the wealthy businessmen of the Gilded Age were.
This flood happened in less than 20 minutes, and caused huge devastation of life an property.  It all started at the South Fork Dam.  On top of the Dam was a community of the wealthiest Americans who had summer homes there.  People like Carnegie and Fisk.  They wanted a bigger walking path around the Dam.  But the engineers kept telling them that would not work.  It would mess up the structure.  The wealthy residents did not care.  They wanted a bigger walking path no matter the cost, and construction began.
One engineer saw the danger, and tried to warn people.  Sadly no one took him seriously, and ignored the warning.  There was always warnings that the Dam was going to break.  But this time it was real.  The Dam broke and destroyed everything in it's path!  The water was too strong!  This was the moment in class I began to cry.  My college professor described it in such a way I felt I was there.  That flood was so real! 
The South Fork Dam was on top of a hill, and when it broke it went down to a valley.  Along the way it took out a railroad, towns, and a factory that made barb wire!  The destruction was so bad - here is a neighborhood afterwards:
The worst part was when people got sucked into the flood - they would get mangled in the debris.  To hear the stories was heartbreaking!  They say at the end the water was red with blood.  In the end no one was held responsible for the flood.  The wealthy were so powerful - no one could touch them.  That is how I use it in APUSH.  A great example of how powerful the wealthy were during the gilded age!

One of the best documentaries on this event!


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Life Lesson - Don't Vent on Social Media

One thing that always surprises me is when people vent on social media!  They tell the world what is wrong!  One thing that I have learned in my life is that that is the one thing you don't want to do!  It will turn people off, and people will get a negative perspective of you! 
You want people to have a positive view of you!  One way you can help ensure that is to be positive on social media. Our world is changing, and you will be judged by what you put online.  And once you put it out there - it is out there forever!
So what do you want to be remembered for?  Think about that before you hit "post."  But now you're thinking what do I do when I'm having a bad day?  We will all have a bad day, or there will always be people we do not like.  Instead of venting online where anyone can see - find a trusted friend or family member that you can vent to.  That is what I do. 
Most of the world sees a very positive Ms. Haughey who seems to have no problems.  I have about three people that I vent to.  They are a safe place, and I know they will not repeat any of my life frustrations to others!  That is so comforting!
Also colleges and jobs will look at your social media!  Do you want them to see your Facebook?  Or is there anything that you would be embarrassed about?  I don't want you to be embarrassed!  So think before you post anything, and find a venting buddy. 

Monday, June 16, 2014

My Sister's Students

I am so proud of my sister!  She was a Fulbright this year living and teaching in Taiwan.  She comes home in two weeks, and I cannot wait!  So to say goodbye to her students she made a music video for each school she teaches at.   The videos are below, and fantastic!  I think they show how creative she is!  I know she is sad to leave her students, but boy her family is excited to see her!  See her in person, and not on Skype!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day!

I am so thankful for my Dad!  I don't know what I did to be so lucky to get him as my dad!  So today tell him how thankful you are for him!

Saturday, June 7, 2014


Last Weekend I got to go to the famous POPS in Arcadia, Oklahoma.  I use to do this assignment, Oklahoma Road Trip.  Every student said they wanted to go to POPS.  I always heard how cool it was.  The only thing I knew was they had 100s of soda to choose from.  So when I had the opportunity to go I had to go!
It was not as big as I thought, and it was a gas station.  The inside however did live up to the expectation!  You walk in and all you see is Pop!  There were so many choices, and it was so much FUN to browse the selection!  If you ever get the chance to go - GO!  It is a fun thing to say you've been!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Enjoy Your Summer!

Sorry I have been gone for a while!  The end of school was crazy, and trying to get in the swing of things!  Now I am in a groove - so I will be posting daily! 
I hope your summer is FANTASTIC and RELAXING!