Teaching to Learn and Learning to Teach

March 23, 2012, 10:02 pm
Filed under: Good Advice, Teaching

I saw this somewhere and the student and teacher in me appreciated it even if I don’t follow the advice to proofread enough.

Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.

Author Unknown

Friends, Friends, and more Friends

  • Friday afternoon: lunch with friends who greatly impacted my life and had definite roles and investments in God leading me to be an RD
  • Late Friday afternoon: coffee with a friend who has my old job
  • Friday evening chat with one of my old roommies. I never see them any more :(.
  • Saturday morning coffee with my dear friend , Jen Holmes.
  • Saturday late afternoon headed down to Disney Day with Summer for the best Disney trip ever! I only rode one ride, but it was sooooo good to hang with Sum and to see so many other friends who were there for Disney Day.
  • Saturday evening: briefly saw Laura and Adam for a minute. Thanks for the Torani syrup and the avocados :).
  • Sunday afternoon: Porto’s Cuban Bakery after church with all of my old roommates. Guess I can’t say I never see them anymore.
  • Sunday late afternoon: Talked with my dear former student, Anuja. So encouraging to hear her plans, dreams, and desires for college next year and for beyond college.
  • Sunday evening: Time with my ARAs. I love them :).

Does it come as a surprise to anyone right now that I despirately need to do homework?

Funny Analogies for the English Teachers Out There
November 9, 2011, 7:11 am
Filed under: humor, Student Comments, Teaching

I hope you enjoy these funny analogies.


Hello Friends,

If I’ve been absent, that is because the office is busy and I am about to transition from one job/lifestyle/ministry/residence to another. I’ve also been busy seeing and spending time with friends.

Here’s what I did this weekend:

  • Saturday: Ate with/Prepped for a Catering Event/ Hung with the Fam of one of my best friends from high school, Laura
  • Saturday Evening/ Sunday Morning: Went to visit my dear friends Rick and Esther (aka RED) who just broke my heart and moved over an hour away. Their home is going to be my new get-away. Shhhh. Don’t tell anyone who would want to track me down. I also got to see their new church which was especially fun since many of my former IBEX peeps are on staff there or go there.
  • Sunday Afternoon: Shwarma and TV with my brother Jeremy

Still to come:

  • Wednesday: Casual Hangout/Cooking with my intern
  • Thursday: Taking Dinner to the Jones Family who I have been blessed to know over the last two years and who recently have blessed me by reminding me that God has not given me more than I can handle. I was stressing about my move and the job and all that needed to be done before the transition and then I remembered them. He just finished seminar, she a woman’s certificate program, had their third baby under the age of 3 last Friday, and are moving across country within a month to a new job, church, and life away from family to serve God in the inner city. I think I will be okay :).
  • Friday: Celebrating a friend’s birthday with my dear peeps from work. Sushi? Yes, please!
  • Saturday: Celebrating my wonderful housemate’s birthday. I love celebrating her birthday because A.) I’m glad she was born B.) That means she is older than me for a little over a month, making me the baby of the house, and you know how we youngest children like to play the baby card C.) I get to hang out, do fun things, and eat good food with people I like D.) All of the above.

Also very random – Over the year’s I’ve had two gray/white hairs appear each time I taught Jr. High. My first year teaching, I named one Archie and one Michael. My second year teaching, I named one Timothy and one Shane. To protect the innocent and the guilty, I have not included last names. Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed these students, but they are still to blame for my premature aging. If I always had gray hairs with 13-16 students, I wonder how many I will have when I am responsible for 80-100 students.

Anyway, For the first time, I have a white hair when not teaching. Here are the proper names I am contemplating naming it:

Jam-Packed Student Housing
Boss’s Dissertation Woes
Wading Through Applicants
Boss’s Quadrupled Responsibilities

What do you vote I name it?

On a more serious note, the speaker at TMC’s commencement this year was excellent. Here is something from his sermon that I’ve been contemplating. We will all die, but will our life and our death be to God’s glory? Could it be said of us as it was of David, “For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep, and was laid among his fathers and underwent decay;” (Acts 13:36)? I can’t imagine a better Eulogy.

Happy Tuesday to you!

Teaching Abroad

I’ve recently been reminiscing about my trip to Peru the summer I graduated from college, and I thought I would share a few pics here.




There is no down time for the leader!
October 18, 2010, 7:00 pm
Filed under: Christian Living, Community, Discipleship, Lessons Learned, Teaching, work

More good notes from SLS class:

As a leader, whether in the classroom, in the church, or in the home there is never a moment to let down your guard. People are looking to see if you act the way you should or do you live what you claim you believe. All of us fail, but it is about consistency in repentance and truthfulness. What you do when you sin is what matters? Consistency is not about being perfect, but is the rhythm and tempo of your life moving in the upward call of Christ?

Back on Topic: Learning and Teaching
August 30, 2010, 8:00 am
Filed under: current issues, Questions, school days, Teaching, tmc

Happy first day of classes! If you are interested in the four kinds of students described in the Talmud, click here. What kind are you?