Monthly Archives: December 2013

Global Warming…Or Is It Cooling?

Last May 2013, I was tutoring a student in 6th grade earth science.  His text book spoke with concrete facts about the problems caused by global warming.  As a science teacher, I had a real problem with those statements.  I … Continue reading

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England: A Trip of a Lifetime!

We spent 10 days visiting southern England.  Our first 5 days were spent in London, enjoying the Westminster Abbey-seeing Queen Elizabeth’s I tomb, the House of Parliament with the statue of Oliver Cromwell on his great horse, the British Museum … Continue reading

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100 Years Ago the Federal Reserve Act was Signed by President Wilson

December 23, 1913, the United States’ monetary system changed in a huge way.  Congress gave its Constitutional power to “coin money, regulate the value thereof, and of foreign coin, and fix the standards of weights and measures” to the Federal … Continue reading

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A Conversation at Trader Joe’s Check Out About Global Warming

Since I am a regular shopper at T.J.’s, I know most of the employees very well.  One evening, a checker expressed to me her concern for global warming.  She asked me if I am concerned.  My response was, “No.”  She … Continue reading

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My First Experience With Common Core

Over the past 3 months, I have been tutoring a student on a large Social Studies research project.  The project’s theme is Rights and Responsibilities.  My 7th grade student has been extensively researching Lewis W. Hine’s photography and child labor.  … Continue reading

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Everyone Has Gifts and Talents to Do Good

Just out of college, I was at a turning point in my life, making some big career changes.  A wealthy woman, who befriended me, looked me right in the eyes and said, “I believe in you.”  Those words were powerful.  … Continue reading

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Cheated by Maytag

We purchased a wonderful refrigerator from Maytag seven years ago.  It was the best we had ever owned.  The model was the french door style.  We enjoyed the large double doors on top and the pull out freezer on the … Continue reading

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“Isn’t There Anyone Who Knows What Christmas is All About?” Charlie Brown

While driving through town, I noticed elaborately decorated Christmas trees, twinkling lights everywhere, a Menorah, a Santa, and an empty corner where a manger scene once lay.  Cars were driving quickly and aggressively.  “Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas … Continue reading

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Give Them Real Money in Their Stocking

“I can buy a gallon of gas with a quarter.”  My students would look at me like I didn’t know what I was talking about.  Then I would begin explaining to them that quarters minted from 1932-1964 were about 90 … Continue reading

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Discovering Wood for Kindergarteners

Kindergarten Wood Discovery Lab Objective:  The student will be able to differentiate between 3 kinds of wood.        Materials:  small tub of water, sandpaper, poster of trees/tree books from library, tree literature:  Johnny Appleseed by Lindbergh; Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by … Continue reading

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