Sunday, January 28, 2007

Things I miss about teaching (in no particular order)

1. Having a reason to get dressed up.
2. Reading interesting historical stories and then telling my students about them.
3. Watching all the teenage drama unfold.
4. The Starbucks gift cards at Christmas.
5. Planning a knock-out observation lesson.
6. My co-workers (well, some of them).
7. When it snowed, I got the day off.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Ellery at 2 months

I really don't want to abandon the blogging world. Having a newborn at Christmastime kept me really busy but I am hoping I'll catch up in the next couple of weeks. Then I can post more often and visit your blogs. I really do miss reading them. I love my baby girl and am so glad to be able to spend so much time watching her develop. But I didn't realilze how isolating it would be. I still haven't found a good rhythm that would allow me to to get out during the day with her much. And of course the Denver weather does not allow going on walks right now.

Anyway, I hope to catch up with everyone soon. Until then, more pictures will have to suffice (sigh).

Friday, December 01, 2006

Baby it's cold outside

But I've got my baby girl to keep me warm. Here she is at one-month. I can't believe if I was working my maternity leave would end this week. There's no way I could do it. I miss my students but keeping up with them via email is just fine, thank you very much.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

A 2000 word post

No time to write, but a picture is worth 1000 words right?

I'm sure you will agree this first one needs some explanation. That is my hospital bed. And underneath it? Soil. Texas soil to be exact. Her grandmother provided it so that she could still be born on Texas soil. Get it? The funny thing is that we remebered to put it there (I was sure we wouldn't) but forgot to take it out. I can't imagine what the cleaning crew thought.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Her debut

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Did you know...

That only 5% of babies are born on their due dates?

Guess that makes our baby girl pretty darn special. But we already knew that.

I went into labor Saturday night while watching the World Series. Sunday morning at 9:04 our precious baby, Ellery, was born weighing 7 pounds and measuring 19 inches.

She's perfect.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Isn't that what kindergarten is for?

No baby yet. We're still here. Doc doesn't think it will be too much longer because the baby is very low, I'm 3 cm and 80% effaced.

Anyway, in the meantime, I DO have something important to say. Here in Denver it is election time. (I think this is why the baby is taking its time -- it doesn't want to see all the negative ads).

One of the ballot issues will raise taxes to support preschool. I'll be honest and say that I don't know all the details, but overall the point is to expand preschool programs. I've got a couple of problems with this:

1. Denver taxes are already really high, but their k-12 per pupil spending ranks very low in the nation. If k-12 education isn't really working (and as an educator I'll be the first to admit that there are LOTS of problems) then do we really want to EXPAND the system's responsibilities?

2. The tv commercial they keep running over and over to support the issue features a teacher complaining that her kindergartners come to class unprepared to learn. Um, isn't that what kindergarten is for? Well, at least it used to be. Now we have these full day programs that stress the students out. No matter how young you start, there will ALWAYS been some children who are behind others. That's because parents don't do their jobs or are too overwhelmed by the challenges of raising a child.

3. It's a slippery slope. I haven't read anything on it in a while, but I know a few years ago the Bush administration was pushing for standardized testing of the 3- and 4-year olds in Head Start. I am afraid uniform preschool will lead to testing of our youngest citizens, when they are supposed to be learning to PLAY and IMAGINE -- something standardized tests woefully lack. I don't think we should be putting so much pressure on toddlers.