Archive | January, 2010

I told my students

30 Jan

When I mentioned to my students that my birthday was coming up (Sunday, by the way), I told them that I like Starbucks and Target.  (wink).

They are so sweet.  This week I got a Starbucks card, a christian music CD, a stuffed frog, a coffee mug, and some chocolates. 

Teaching perk. =)

A little help, please

27 Jan

Could you tell me…..

what the heck is the difference between “transparent tape” and “invisible tape?”

And why can you buy 4 rolls of transparent tape for the same price as 3 rolls of invisible tape at Target?

What is the big dang difference?

I don’t think I have ever give present to someone and had them ask “did you use transparent tape?  Because you know that is not as good as invisible tape.”

Why pay more?

Excuse me, I think I ordered the LARGE pancake. Hello!

26 Jan

This is a cell phone shot so please excuse the blurriness.

Saturday morning we tried a new adventure with some friends.  Guasti’s Homestyle restaurant in Chino.  Home of the Giant Pancake.

Giant…. yes. 

We ordered the short stack (2 pancakes), shared with amongst the 6 of us (including Aiden Christopher) and still had some leftover to take home.  Even with Andrew eating it we couldn’t finish. 

The Boganwrights like our food.

Missed my workout

24 Jan

Still doing my P90x.  Just not everyday.  Today I chose a nap over working out.  It was a good nap. 

Tomorrow.  There’s always tomorrow.

Procrastinating tendencies?  Me?

I went to the doctor

20 Jan

I went to the doctor last week.  I really like my primary physician at Kaiser.  As unpleasant as those ‘girly’ doctor appointments can be, she made me feel very comfortable.

I talked to her about Andrew and I trying to get pregnant for a year and a half (well, techincally, we took a 5 month break when we went to Africa) and she affirmed that Kaiser defines infertility as ‘trying’ for at least a year.  She did a few minor and normal check-up tests (waiting to hear about results), gave me a few tips, and then gave me the number to the Kaiser infertility clinic.

I still have yet to call.  Andrew and I continue to have the discussion about what having faith in God’s miracles looks like in light of pursuing our own agenda.  Not that I think seeing a doctor means we don’t have faith, its just a balance. 

I think I will call when I get my test results back.

My Marketing Pet Peeves

19 Jan

Some of you may know this about me, but I have two marketing pet peeves.  Commercial ploys created by companies to sell their stuff.

The first marketing pet peeve I have is when companies use words  like “…tastic,” “…rrific,” or “…tacular,” at the end of their product name.  For example, when marketing SPAM, the logo might read “Its SPAMtastic!”  Or for a detergent, “Its TIDEtacular!”

Really, with all the money you are paying for marketing, you can’t come up with something better than that?

The other one is when they share letters or words.  I have seen a yogurt shop called “YOGURTREATS.”  See how they share the T?  Or a convenience store called “FASTOP.”  My mind wants to seperate the words and it frustrated me.  The worst is a sign on the 99 freeway we pass every time we go to Fresno:  It is advertising a restaurant that has burgers and burritos.  The BUR is really big, then it says “GERS” and “RRITOS” on top of each other.

It just bugs me.

The last movie I saw

18 Jan

Andrew and I get Netflix (the best present ever given to us by our last roommate).  Sometimes the movies we get are not-so-good (i.e. “27 Dresses”), and sometimes a movie will surprise us. 

I didn’t think it would be good since I never heard that much about it, but “The Changeling” with Angelina Jolie was actually a really captivating movie.

Premise:  Angelina is a mom whose son goes missing.  When the police bring back the wrong boy, they try to cover up their mistake. 

Apparently, its based on a true story.

I don’t usually blog about movies I see, but I thought it was good enough to share. 

What is the last good movie you have seen?

Big Sunday for me

15 Jan

Few words, but pretty excited about this news:

I get to play my guitar in main service this Sunday!  

Lots to think about.  Chords, transitions, speaking, offering, prayer, lyrics, pitch, rhythm.

A little nervous, mostly just excited.

My Teacher Soapbox (is that 2 words or 1?)

11 Jan

Teachers, unite.  Get a public education teacher talking about this and you will get them fired up. 

Last post I mentioned that my school is under something called “Program Improvement.”  For all you non-education peeps, I feel I must explain, especially since many of your kids are in the system.

Its pretty complex (more so than you want to read here) so I will make it as simple as possible:  Years ago President Bush passed something called “No Child Left Behind” (NCLB).  A noble gesture, yes.  Who wants to vote against this and say “yes, I would like to leave some children behind”?  This states that by the year 2010, ALL students will be proficient in reading and math.  If schools do not meet these requirements, there are consequences.  How do they measure this?  Test scores.

ALL students. Really?  Anyway, although our student proficiency is continually growing, 4 years ago we were labeled a “Program Improvement” school for not meeting all our test score requirements.  We made it in every subgroup of kids except two:  our special education kids and our English Learners.  Go figure.  This meant that letters were sent home to all the parents saying that we are basically bad because we do not meet the reqirements set by government. 

Its like if your kid brings home a report card with all A’s and B’s but one D in a subject they particularly struggle with (but are working really hard in) and you tell your kid, the teacher, and all their friends, that your kid is a bad student. 

Being labeled Program Improvement (PI) means a whole mess of things come with it, almost none of which will actually practically help make things better. 

Oh, there is so much more and I could type for days.

The system sucks right now.  It looks good on paper but bad in reality.  Especially in the midst of California’s budget crisis and we are losing hundreds of teachers anyway (which also means more kids in one classroom). 

Things are tense right now.  Staying focused is key.  Despite everything that is going on, I will still have 175 adolescent teens come to my room in need of direction on Monday morning. 

I have to keep reminding myself that I didn’t become a teacher for the politics, I became a teacher for the kids. 

THEY are my job.

I dressed up on Friday

10 Jan

Usually at school, Friday is the day when I dress casual.  I look forward to wearing jeans and not feeling bad about it. 

But this Friday I dressed up.  Jack O’Connell, the superintendent of California, came to my classroom.  Yes.  California.

He actually came to visit because one of the amazing teachers at my school was recognized as the State Teacher of the Year for California.  Not only has it been a great opportunity for her, but our school is also getting some notoriety because of it.  (Which, looks good, especially because schools who have been in Program Improvement for 4 years tend to get a bad rap).

Anyway, since the State Superintendent was visiting our school, my principal said he wanted to bring him into my class.  I gladly said yes.  God really has given me favor at my job and I am so thankful.  The simple fact that when my boss wanted to show off our school, he thought to bring the Superintendent to my classroom (and a few others) was pretty cool. 

I usually don’t get nervous when people come into my classroom, but I was shaking inside a bit for this one.  There were cameras!  I could tell my students got a little nervous too but were excited. 

When they left, one of my students said “those guys were scary.”  In a way, I think I agreed with him a little bit. 

Good scary.