Sunday, September 28, 2014

Live a Passionate Life

This is a wonderful TED Talk that talks about the importance of living a passionate life!  She says to say yes to life!  You only get one life!  Make this LIFE GREAT!
This talk also talks about one thing we all have to deal with.  Aging!  Don't be afraid to age!  Accept it!  Enjoy it!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Oklahoma State Meal

Tuesday Oklahoma History ate the Oklahoma State Meal.  I have done this for the last 9 years after the first unit - Geography of Oklahoma.  Instead of memorizing the State Meal, I think we should eat it together instead.  I bet anything they will remember the State Meal!  Every student brought an item off the State Meal.  We had a feast on Tuesday!  The Meal includes:
  • Strawberries
  • Squash
  • Biscuits
  • Gravy
  • Corn
  • Barbeque Pork
  • Cornbread
  • Grits

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Hive Gets A Special Guest!

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor
Current Supreme Court
BTW got an amazing opportunity to host a Supreme  Court Justice.  Justice Sonia Sotomayor was talking at Tulsa University, and she chose to come speak at BTW.  The BTW Teen Advisory Board organized it.  A few weeks before they made a power point explaining who she was, and went to every English class telling the students about her.  That was wonderful because the students needed to know who she was.  I spent a day telling my students about her.
I wonder if the students get what a big deal she is!  Once someone becomes a member of this prestigious court - they have a job for life!  The have the awesome power to decide if laws are constitutional or unconstitutional!  Think about that for a minute.  That is incredible, and then America has to accept their decision whether we agree or disagree.  That is powerful!  And one of their members came and talked to us!  Boy we are lucky!
Role of the Supreme Court
President Obama nominated her to the court, and the Senate confirmed her.
I was so excited to hear what she was going to say to the students, and she did not disappoint.  One thing I loved was how down to earth she was.  She was so real, and you could tell that she care about people.  One impressive thing was she took a picture with every section.  Even the Freshman at the very top!  Here are the big ideas I got from her talk:
1.  Build Bridges
She talked about this a lot.  In every moment ask questions and get to know people.  She said she does not like selective groups because that is segregation.  Even if you do not understand a social situation.  Ask questions, and clarify.
2. Suck It Up and Do It!
She talked about not understanding everything.  She gave the example of Physics, but she did not let that stop her.  She sought out alternative texts that helped her understand better.  But ultimately you have to suck it up and do it!  That got a big applause from the teachers.  She also mentioned if you have never been overwhelmed by school - you are not challenging yourself.  Be a Life Long Learner!
3. Give Back!
She said when you go to bed you should ask yourself two questions: what new thing did I learn today, and what did I do today to help someone?  I loved that!
Justice Sotomayor was fantastic, and I did not want it to end!  I hope the students got a lot out of it!  She talked about her memoir a lot.  It is inspirational!



Everyone Should Have Their Rights!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Why I Became A Teacher?

My Mom and I at the education rally at the Capitol in March 2014
I come from a family of teachers!  My grandfather was a History Professor at OSU.  I truly believe that influenced me to be a History teacher.  Since I was a little girl I have always talked to my grandpa about historical events.  And we still do!  I love talking politics with him!
My Mom is an early childhood teacher, and my Sister is an Art Elementary teacher.  Teaching runs in the family!  I decided to be a high school history teacher when I was in 9th grade.  I wanted history to come alive for students.  I hope I am doing that!  Plus I had some teachers in high school, and would say to myself, "if they can be a teacher - so can I!"
So I made that my goal to work towards.  I decided to go to Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma because they are known for being a good teaching school.  I loved college, and when I graduated I was so excited to start teaching!
My first hour October 2013 - Outrageous Orange and Black Day Homecoming
Two days before school started August 2005 I got hired at BTW!  It has changed my life!  I have my dream job, and I am so thankful everyday!  I pinch myself!  I never dread coming to work!  I cannot believe it has been 10 years!  I look forward to 10 more!
What I want my students to do is respect History.  They do not have to love it.  I don't love every subject, but history is one to respect!  I feel like most people see history as facts and dates, but history is more than that!  I will never make my students memorize a date because of that!  The only people who need to know dates are historians, and teachers.
History is a story!  It is a story of who we are, where we've been, and where we are going.  And we need to understand that story.  It has taken blood, sweat, and tears to get where we are today.  We need to respect that story!
My amazing second hour - Fall 2011!