Friday, August 19, 2016

Random Tid Bits

  1. We're into the 2nd week of school where I work. So far I feel like I have a pretty good group of 1st year students. They seem super driven.

    Overall the group puts a lot of stress on themselves. They have to take a survey in the beginning of the year to gage their stress level. Many of them tested high for that. I hope they do well. I have noticed that some add more into their projects, which makes them work harder, not smarter. I have them transfer their image to copy a painting (it's a value study). Many insist on drawing it freehand. This class is Color and Design Theory. It's goal is to learn about values right now. They have a separate Drawing class. Freehand drawing takes a lot longer to draw + it's less accurate. Some put on their survey that they were most stressed out about not having money to eat. That's both sad and scary. 

  2. Since Mica's birthday is at the beginning of school he takes treats the first Friday of school. Last year the school decided that they weren't going to have food treats. I spotted at Target's dollar section a lot of positive items. I loved it because so much is negative in the news. Kids need to be motivated, inspired, leaders, and so on. They had pencils, giant paper clips, and bookmarks with this same theme on them:

  3. Mica's newest thing is that he all the sudden wants to be in band. We looked at pawn shops, on Craig's List, and in music stores online. It seemed crazy to spend $45 a month to rent, or $1000 something for a new instrument. Thankfully one of my student's that graduated last year wants to sell her trumpet. It's only been used by her, and it's cheaper than the pawn shop, includes a case, and a cloth to clean it with. I told her I'd give her more money if I got it by Sunday night. 

  4. I have 3 students in my class of 24 that are registered as girls, but look like boys. I've told myself to not refer to the students as any gender, but I catch myself saying, "He" or "She" on accident. 

  5. We're having the end of the summer birthdays this weekend at my house. Another busy weekend in the works. What are you doing this weekend? Any big plans?


Theresa Mahoney said...

That is so sad that they have to worry about not eating. I was just wondering how Mariah's food plan was going to work next year when she is off to college. We need to figure out if meals will be included in tuition or if we'll need to set her up and account so she can buy her meals daily. I feel awful for those kids who don't have someone to help them out with necessities like food when they are trying to get a higher education.

mail4rosey said...

I had a boy who looked like a beatiful woman and a girl who looked like a boy in different high school classes last year. No idea if they did that on purpose or not, so I skiped the he/she titles with them too.

Congrats on finding an instrument used. Good luck to your son in band!

~ Noelle said...

Congrats on finding the instrument. I bet you guys are all happy about that. We have cub scouts to start planning here ;)

It makes me sad about them being stressed about food. I just don't get it. I also hate that the healthier food options are also the more expensive. UGH...

This weekend we did Kidz Bop Concert on Friday...
Picked up all the stuff that did not sell in the consignment sale on Saturday and lazy Sunday (well, did laundry and cleaned a little)

Kristi Maloney said...

I love the Target Dollar section. They have some cool stuff....I've noticed not everything is one it's like $3 or $5. They should rename it $5


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