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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

My new assignment at a different school is very tiring. However, it is also very rewarding as we see progress made in our special needs kids.
Today the teacher put up a numbers game on the SMART board.

The kids love the little hoopla it gives when they touch the correct answer. Well, our little autistic boy had a turn, and because his family's first language is Spanish, the teacher asked me to call out the numbers in Spanish. He got them right EVERY TIME. emoticon emoticon emoticon

THEN...she suggested - since he was enjoying himself so much - that we let him try in ENGLISH. Again - every time!

Since his mother is coming to pick him up today, we're going to let him show his paces to her. I'm sure she'll be delighted! emoticon emoticon

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INFLATED 10/24/2014 4:48PM

    He is doing very well. I'm rooting for him as you teach him.

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NILLAPEPSI 10/22/2014 3:24PM

    What a clever idea. I hope he continues to show progress.

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Thursday, October 09, 2014

I was working with my autistic student today. He had finished his coloring assignment, so to keep him calm and happy, we let him hold his Diego (as in "Go, Diego, Go!") number cards, which he loves. I interjected now and then by pointing at the different pictures and counting. At the monkey card he paused and said, "one, two". I affirmed, and when he brought up another card I counted THOSE pictures. He pulled up another card and handed it to me - and another, and another, inviting me to count. He's GETTING it!


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INFLATED 10/18/2014 8:26PM

    My kids learned to rote count by getting to jump on the bed. They could continue to jump as long as they didn't get the next number wrong. For colors they got to eat M&Ms if the guessed the right color.

Vowels-Old MacDonald had a vowel, A, E, I, O, U. Lol!

It is wonderful that he has you to help and guide him!!!

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NILLAPEPSI 10/9/2014 1:52PM

    That is so awesome!!

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February Is So Far Away

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Yesterday I had my appointment with the orthopaedic doctor. They'll do a test for nickel sensitivity, which may mean I'll get the ceramic joint. Fine, just - bring this grinding pain to an end. But they're my surgery isn't scheduled until February 3rd. SIGH. Well...that gives me more time to work at getting the weight down. I was given a handbook for hip surgery, so I'll look through that. There are no doubt some exercises that can be done to strengthen the muscles ahead of time.
My knee is pretty bad too, but they say they start from the top down. So, I'll take things one step at a time.
The good news is, I can still help with Thanksgiving and Christmas preparations!

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INFLATED 10/18/2014 8:23PM

    Thanks for this reminder to work at losing. I have a bad back. My sister said she couldn't walk for three days after she got home from Mom's memorial service. She is getting a puppy and now wonders if that was such a good idea. I think it will be good for her. She needs something to motivate her to do what she is able to. I just hope that some mobility will ease some of her pain.

I look at her and wonder if that is what will happen to me in 9 years and I want to do what I can while I can. I was born on her 9th birthday.

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SAGE150 10/13/2014 6:40PM

    I'm glad that you are going to get the medical care that you need. Glass half full: at least you have time to strengthen some of those muscles you'll need in recovery. Glass even fuller: you'll get to enjoy the holidays!


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Thursday, October 02, 2014

I loved that silly show produced by Mel Brooks...

The movie was also good. But I'm not talking about those...I'm talking about the SMART technology that is replacing many a chalkboard in classrooms in my district. Specifically, it's called a SMART board.

As a Teacher Assistant (TA) I have to take 75 hours of Professional Development courses over a period of 5 years to maintain my certification. Well, the district was offering these courses ONLINE, strictly during my non-working hours, for 2 credits each. So far I've completed 2 of them. I had to download the SMART Notebook program to my home computer, but it's been worth it. Now I am less confused, and I think it will help me to be a better assistant, especially when the teacher may be absent.

I even learned to make a couple of interactive lessons! Cool, huh? I'm so...SMART!

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INFLATED 10/2/2014 2:37PM

    That is nice!

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Cooking Carp

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Our family had a recipe for carp, handed down for generations.

Dig a deep hole in the ground, pour in red-hot coals, and cover with a bucket of river mud.

Lay carp on top of that, followed by another layer of mud and another layer of coals.

Cover and let simmer in the ground for 8 hours.

Dig it all up and eat the mud.

It tastes like carp, but you don't have to remove all those bones.

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INFLATED 10/2/2014 2:32PM

    LOL! We had a carp given to us from a local creek here in Hagerstown, My husband didn't want it, but we had little money so I took it and baked it. There is a dark line through the meat and the same line is in blue fish from the ocean. I never knew that it was supposed to be removed when cooking the carp or blue fish,

Yes, the mud taste is about right because that is what that dark line does to the taste. I think my husband named the carp while it was in the fridge waiting to be prepared.

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GIRLINBRAZIL 10/2/2014 8:14AM

    Silly, fun post! Take care, dear lady!

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