Monthly Archives: February 2011

This Post Is About Teaching

Teaching can be overwhelming. (But not when you have an angel on your shoulder!)

But I’ve done something this year that I dreamed about doing when I was still in college.  Make a notebook full of lessons and the materials I’d need to teach those lessons for an entire year, thus making all of the following years much easier to manage.  Of course, if you’re a teacher you know that you will never do the exact same thing each year — but these notebooks should give me a pretty good outline.

ACK! Tons of disorganized papers!  Don’t get upset, there’s a plan.

Get a notebook and label it “yearly plans”.  OR you might want to label it something else to ward off people stealing your precious notebooks.  “Photos Of My Knee Surgery” should work.

Copy your plans for that week and put it in the sleeve.  Label it “Week ___”.

Behind your plans put all the materials you will need for that week.  Including any team plans you might have (these will be very handy when you look back next year and see “Leprechaun writing” in bold print written across three days.  Simply look up your more detailed team plans and see what, in fact your are writing about).

All the materials you have gathered for the week need to be put in a bin.  I like to put mine in the order in which I will use them.  So that when I finish the last thing on Wednesday, Thursday’s morning work is on the top of my pile.

I used to think it was good enough simply to have my things copied and in a big pile.  I would grab them when the time came.  Having them done is not good enough — having them in order saves me tons of hassle.  I can’t believe it took me 5 years to learn that.

Your bin is done.  Put it somewhere out of the way, but close to where you sit.  You want to be able to grab things as you need them.

Now you are totally finished for next week AND have copies made for half of the week after next. Try to control your guilt as you walk away from school before the sun sets.

You’re welcomo!



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Get Your Green On

I’m on the green monster train (read more about it at!  If you have time in the morning, a juicer and/or blender, and a desire to have 89 oz of liquid in your tummy by 6:30 in the morning then give this a go.

These photos were all taken with my iPhone.  You’re going to hate the quality.

I’ve started making juice each morning.  Kellen drinks his and I mix mine with handfuls of spinach and frozen berries in the blender.  Here is how it goes down:

I pick and choose from a massive fruit/veg stash the things that strike my fancy for that day.  It’s fun to announce to Kellen each morning what this morning’s juice is made from.

This morning’s juice had:

  • 1 kiwi
  • 3 stalks of celery
  • 3 apples
  • 3 oranges
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 pear

I make juice for two so if you’re mate doesn’t dig mounds of fruit that early you can just halve the amount.

Put the whole lot through your juicer.

This week I found a tropical frozen mix of mango, strawberry and banana at Whole Foods.  I mix about 5 pieces of whatever frozen fruit/berry mix I have on hand with 2-3 cups (2 heavy handfuls) of spinach and half the juice.

What’s green, red, and goes 70 mph — I frog in a blender! Har Har.  I know. That was in poor taste.

Put the whole thing in a glass and drink up.

I sometimes get hungry if I only drink a green monster for breakfast so I also ate a blueberry waffle with almond butter and a coffee with soy milk.

If you are still skeptical about this juice QUIT!  It is a miracle.  I have literally had half of my class out sick in the past two weeks with all sorts of illnesses and I have dodged every one.


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Try at Blogging # 562

And here comes the first post of the new year.  Guess what. It’s nearly spring! Which means my boycott of outdoor running has come to a close.  So today I went running as per my 1/2 mary training plan.

Here’s the sweat to prove it:

My run for today was 5 miles with 3 by [2:00, 2:30].  I went one mile out then started the workout. I had a little more than one mile for my cool down.  I was happy with my average pace of 10:09.


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