Archive for May, 2011

May 29, 2011

Grading Papers

Last Thursday evening found a teacher working after hours at a coffee shop. His dedication to the job keeps him grading papers and preparing for the following work day. Marc was working hard to provide feedback to high school students. I was also drafting IEP goals despite the fact that my day ends at 3pm.  The work day never ends for teachers and our devotion keeps us fully committed to providing children with the best learning experiences.

May 21, 2011


So I am on day 3 of a 9-day cleansing system. No, it is not a colon cleanse. The past two days I replaced a few meals with shakes, supplements and snacks. Today I feel hungry, but more energetic. How? I’m not sure. By the ninth day I should feel rejuvenated…………’s hoping. The question is why did I start this cleansing system? Well, it isn’t for weight loss, although dropping a couple of pounds isn’t bad, but rather I’m looking for greater energy.

We live in a polluted environment. We breathe, eat and drink from our environment and thus we are consuming toxins. A pileup of toxins in our bodies has direct consequences on our energy levels. Having this knowledge led me to this 9-day detox. Teaching calls for a lot of energy and I want to be available to my students as much as possible. This can’t happen if I feel groggy in the mornings. What do you do to increase your energy levels?

May 20, 2011

An Ivy League education won’t guarantee you a job.

My public education from a state university got me a teaching job right out of college. It was a great time. However, 11 years later I worry for my former students and the availability of jobs for them. I always encourage my students to apply themselves in school and choose a field of study that they are passionate about. Unfortunately, today’s recession makes me think that perhaps the best advice is to choose a field that is ‘practical’, meaning it will get you a job. featured an article on how people age 24 and under are having a difficult time finding jobs.   A young woman with a French/English degree in teaching from Princeton hasn’t found a job in over 2 years. Despite the recession and lack of jobs, I still find myself leaning toward my past advice and that is for college kids to choose a field they love. Is this advice outdated in today’s economy? I invite you to comment on this post and give your two cents to college students.

May 19, 2011

Strength in numbers

There is always strength in numbers. The more individuals or organizations that you can rally to your cause, the better.

                                                                                                                                                                                 ~Mark Shields  

A few hours ago I held a meeting with fellow teachers regarding Illinois Senate Bill 7. I expressed how important it is that we work as a community to overcome this bill. More importantly, I communicated to my colleagues that they have the power to make a difference. Senate Bill 7 is on the governor’s table and a sense of urgency needs to register in the minds of all teachers, not just teachers in Illinois that this bill needs to be stopped. Fellow teachers are being encouraged to contact their representatives and say no to the bill. I invite you to support us by posting a comment to this post. Don’t know about Senate Bill 7? Check out this link,

May 12, 2011

A Healthier You

I can’t stress enough how important it is that teachers eat healthy. The healthier you are the more available you will be to your family and students. I, for example, try to eat the recommended daily servings of vegetables. Salads make a great lunch during warm seasons. I like to add tomatoes and spinach to my chicken salad. Sometimes I substitute fresh spinach leaves for lettuce. Tomatoes are packed with lycopene an antioxidant. Spinach also has antioxidants, vitamin A and zinc for acne and fighting free radicals. The better you feel about yourself the more your family and students will benefit from your confidence. Make it a priority to eat right.

May 4, 2011

Save smart, but it may cost you……

I  would love to learn how to save for my retirement, but also for more vacations. The link I’m providing is an interview of a young man, Anshey Bhatia who cut corners in order to save $14, 000 in one year. What sacrifices are you willing to make to save money like Bhatia?

May 2, 2011

Spring Break

For my spring break I spent a wonderful week in Italy. I took many pictures, ate great food and enjoyed the warm sun. I’m quite the traveler and I’m aware that the recycled air on planes robs my skin of natural fresh air and nutrition. (I taught a middle school science lesson about the effects of ultraviolet rays on planes.) To combat dull skin caused by flying I use Grab and Glow Skin Care Essentials by Air Repair. This is a skincare kit that is specifically designed to combat the effects of flying and the environmental changes your skin experiences high in the sky. I believe in maintaining healthy skin and I highly recommend this product. There’s a facial mist, a lip balm, a cleanser and eye cream. The eye cream is amazing so check it out. You can find this product on