Sunday, October 26, 2014

Everybody Has A Story - Balloon

Steve Hartman believes everybody has a story, and he does that on CBS.  So every week I am going to post one of his stories.  They are beautiful  and will touch your heart!  Enjoy!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Why you need sleep!

Last night I saw a GREAT TED Talk!  This doctor tells us why sleep is important for our brains!  I found out the hard way how important our brain is.  The Central Nervous System controls everything from talking to walking.  So we need to take care of our brains.  I hope you get something out of this video!  I did!

I also included a video about MS and how it affects your brain.

Make People Happy!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

You Are Beautiful!

I just watched this TED Talk and I am shocked!  Shocked by the statistics of how teenage girls feel about themselves.   As I watched this Talk - I was hoping none of my students feel this way!  I want all my students to know they are beautiful!  And if anyone tells you different they are crazy!  So do not listen to them! 

Watch this video!  I hope it is informational, and gives you hope!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Viking Runes in Oklahoma

Today in Oklahoma History we started European Conquest in Oklahoma.  The first Europeans we know about are the Vikings in 1001 C.E.  Now this is incredible because we are not 100% on how they made it to Oklahoma, but we know they did!  We know because of the Heavener Stone in Eastern Oklahoma.  On that stone Viking Runes have been discovered and authenticated. 
So today I gave the students a sheet of Viking Runes and play dough.  They made a message in the play dough.  They had great fun!
Creating a message
Final product
This says, "BTW" in Runes!

Saturday, October 4, 2014


Every month when I go to OKC to get my infusion I drive by the Buffalo in Sapula.  I love this Buffalo.  It sits on top of a mound, and it is an eye catcher.  I want to take my photo with it, and today I can cross it off my list.

Buffalos are the State Animal for Oklahoma.  So this animal is significant to Oklahoma.  Next time your in Sapula check it out!


Declaration of Indepedence

In U.S. government we have started the foundation of American Government, and we are about to look at the document that makes the colonists break from England official.  While I was in Philadelphia at Independence Hall where the Declaration was signed, the park ranger said something interesting.  He said every group has an Origin Story.  This is America's Origin Story.  I love that!

And this document made it official.  The colonist put off declaring independence for so long.  I think the best example of that is the fact the colonists fought the war for over a year before they declared independence.  They loved being English.  They just wanted to be represented.  They wanted a say in the taxes they had to pay, or acts they had to follow.

But the Declaration was meant to be heard - not read.  Below is a fantastic reading of the Declaration from famous actors!  Listen to the words!  The main purpose of this document is to tell King George III why the colonists had the right to break away.

This is one of my favorite quotes about July 4th, and it comes from one of our Founding Fathers!  America has listened to his advice!
“The Second Day of July 1776 will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. . . . It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires, and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.” John Adams to Abigail Adams, July 3, 1776

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Work Tips and Advice

I have had two jobs in my life - AMC and BTW.  When I was 16 I needed a job to pay for a trip to Europe.  My parents told me if I want to go to Europe I have to pay for it.  So I thought where would I like to work.  I love movies, and my best friend worked at AMC.  It was an easy decision.  I ended up working at AMC for 10 years, and became a manager.  In those 10 years I learned a lot!
My first tip is when you are deciding where to work pick a place you'll love.  You will spend  a lot of time in that place, and there will be moments where it will be hard and stressful.  There were times at AMC I had to stop and tell myself "I am being paid to be here."  Also think of a place where you'll get good perks.  I loved AMC because I got free movies, and I would always see a lot of people.
Once I became a manager I got the opportunity to choose the applicants who AMC would call to hire.  It was shocking how many people would fill out there application with sloppy handwriting.  It would be so bad I could not even read the numbers to call them.  If I could not read the application it would get put into the do not call pile.  How you fill out your application is your first impression to the employer.  Always use good penmanship!
Once you get the job - you want to stand out!  You want to stand out in a positive way.  There are many ways to stand out.  One way is to be on time!  When you get a job, and you have to be at work at 6 p.m.  They mean you are clocked in, dressed, and on the job at 6.  It is always amazing how many people would walk in late, and not dressed.  That gets you noticed, and not in a good way.  When you are late for a job it is not like school.  You do not get a warning - you get a write up.  After 3 you are fired!  That puts you in bad standing.  When you apply for another job you cannot put your previous job on the application because if the new employer calls the old one they will not say good things.
You want to build a good reputation for yourself!
My last piece of advice would be to have a good attitude.  Be fun to be around!  This will take you far!  I was always upbeat and positive!  Even now as a teacher I try to leave my problems at the door.  Why should my bad day ruin someone else's day?  Be positive!  It will take you far!