Explorations of the Academic Kind

December 8, 2014

Besides annoying my husband with my low sodium diet. I’ve got ideas. Lots of ideas. Plan A has always been teaching-speech therapy. This plan has been disrupted for quite a while now, and it is annoying me. Since finally taking the GRE again and seeing the scores I’ve had quite the Epiphany. I’d never done so well on test sections before because of not getting extra time. Looking back on my high school transcript was enlightening, because my focus has been on the struggle I had to get good grades. I forgot what kind of grades I did get. Most were B+’s and A-‘s.

I’ve been exploring a few of wake tech’s science programs (they have women in STEM/ women only science and math classes) and NCSU’s Bioprocessing Science web page. Now, I’ve convinced myself I can do enough math to do the program. I passed with a A- to B+!!!! High school Algebra, trigonometry, Chemistry, and Biology  (and no accommodations for my LD/ADHD). I’ve rationalized it by saying to myself -if Kiddo doesn’t see women in Science how will she be successful. I love chemistry—aka for food and soap/ body products. So, I’ve put this under Plan B to C.

 

DH doesn’t really like parts of Plan B. *Gulp*, I’ve thought now that I have a kid, I want to *save* myself or at least my  “kid” wits for her, because the kids I usually teach aren’t the most well behaved. They kept me sweating and on my toes constantly and, I’d rather do Math than have to tame those gremlins all day.

Says, the girl who supposedly hates math.

I really need to play coopoly–any takers?

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Social Justice For All

November 11, 2010

From the Autobiography of Mother Jones Clarence Darrow:”This <the labor movement> contest is one of the important contests that have marked the progress of human liberty since the world began.Every advantage that the human race has won has been at fearful cost. Some men must die that others may live. It has come to these poor miners to bear this cross not for themselves alone but that the human race may be lifted up to a higher and broader plane.”

<Italics are mine>

While I was surfing some mom-bloggers I found the following heartbreaking entry The Kid with Superpowers of Invisibility. It got me thinking…. are we ‘the masses’ invisible to corporations, media, and government? We spend so much time passively sitting in classrooms or consuming media or other forms of ‘consumer culture’. I feel lulled into in-activisim <or click-activisim>. And helpless when I think of organizing something on my own or blazing a trail…(like this quote from a Florida teacher’s letter)

The message comes in loud and clear that a group of people in business suits can more effectively determine how to provide exemplary instruction than I can. My expertise is waved away, disregarded, and overlooked. I am treated like a day-laborer, required to follow the steps mapped out for me, rather than blaze a trail that I deem more appropriate

At one time disabled kids were not treated as kindly as they are now. Parents still fight to have their kids included into regular classrooms. Some progress has been made. Certainly not enough to make Redneck Mommies son visible during Halloween.

We US’ians are fearful of “entitlements” like social security, disability, truly supporting our veterans and dare I say inclusion. Why? Because we think we/and others don’t deserve them? And we want to hide from what scares us?

Sometimes I feel stuck in a Wayne’s World skit….

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ADHD in action while surfing mom blogs
These moms inspire me because they are honest  Most confessional Mom Bloggers —–>Also I surfed the funniest and of course the most controversial

Eventually I get to Free Range kids– gee they both have sons- <free range girls? Bueller!> which leads me to remember

mind in the making<—-gotta read this book

which also reminds me of that new book on gender that just came out—mr google what is the name of that book? Delusions of Gender

I read Dr. Sax’sWhy Gender Matters and he almost had me convinced until I started reading about Delusions of Gender.


Reflection on Teaching and Inequality

November 9, 2010

I’ve been working with kids in some capacity since I was a senior in high school. I don’t want to count the years. In that time I’ve discovered I like working with parents and kids to develop language and literacy. Books hooked me a long time ago and I’ve never been the same. I would like more kids to have this experience.

Mr. Proust here has got some good advice. How do I see what I have done in the past or might do in the future ‘with new eyes’? <Huh Marcel?> I can’t let ADHD and the second shift cloud this new vision. I’m getting better at negotiating things at home but there is still a long way to go.  I can’t be waiting for the perfect time.

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. ~Marcel Proust

Wisbit for the day

Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.

So, what makes me come alive? Sometimes I feel like the canned beauty queen answer….<insert high pitched voice here> I like children and animals.
<Ewww…> I’d like to be given the respect that any professional who has been their field for 10+ years would be given.
I’m going to end with this great quote from a friend of a friend and now my friend on facebook.
Men and women were created differently, with different traits, strengths and weaknesses- both are guilty of using their strengths against the other’s weaknesses. When people seek equality, they are not looking for sameness- they are merely asking for respect and to be treated fairly in any given circumstance.

by Jode Kechego


Needy Wee Ones

December 3, 2007

Bianca has another good post up called Relief– hopefully my trackback works. I felt a rant coming on so I thought I’d better just post here.
Caring for the wee ones can be just as stressful if not more than a “high powered job” especially when peeps think you have it SO EASY.

Bianca is so NOT pathetic AT ALL. Who wouldn’t need a Break after being with a baby for a year straight? Her post doesn’t seem like whining, but more like self blaming. ACOA’s have got the market cornered on this. This whole parenting gig takes five villages.

Incredibly I have done well demanding and getting the help I need around the house and with the kiddo. Mostly with the kiddo. Dada feeds babe when hes home (even on days he works), puts her to bed at night most of the time, and gives baths. And he just got a raise. If I don’t ask him to spend time with her he usually does anyway. Yes the house help is slow generally but eventually I get it.

Crymea River

I started reading a book about tantrums and crying recently and I am growing more and more fond of letting my little one cry “if daddy doesn’t do it right” because wouldn’t she be crying even more in daycare with an 5:1 infant-teacher ratio. I want Moshie to learn crying is ok—it actually helps sometimes. What I have been reading is letting them cry and being there for comfort is the important thing,

When people start crying “Your not using your degrees” it seems silly to me because isn’t being a parent educating your own? I am an Educator. Theres lots of people not using their degrees working in different fields…

Process not product

I am constantly using what I learned in the process of getting those degrees. We put so much stock into those papers, when by themselves they mean shit. It’s real world experiences that count and me being with my kid opens a jolly can o’ real for me. In the long run this time will help me when I go back to work teaching because I am learning new “parenting/ tea ching skills” all the time. And I get a break from big governement screwing things up.


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