“Giftedness is not what you do or how hard you work. It is who you are. You think differently. You experience life intensely. You care about injustice. You seek meaning. You appreciate and strive for the exquisite. You are painfully sensitive. You are extremely complex. You cherish integrity. Your truth-telling has gotten you in trouble. Should 98% of the population find you odd, seek the company of those who love you just the way you are. You are not broken. You do not need to be fixed. You are utterly fascinating. Trust yourself!”

Linda Silverman~Gifted Development Center Denver

Friday, 8 March 2013

Late to the party...CURRENTLY and a FREEBIE

Farley at Oh Boy 4th Grade posts this great LINKY each month.  I try to get mine posted but sometimes it takes me longer than I intend.  CLICK on the IMAGE to check out all the great postings on Farley's blog.

Listening:  Have you all heard the "goat editions" of popular songs that are being posted on Youtube?  A teacher on staff showed me a compilation of some the other day and the Taylor Swift song Trouble (with the goats included) made me laugh so hard I cried. You have to check them out...too funny to be believed!

Loving:  My daughter spent the day at an event honouring International Women's Day. She learned about the good, the bad and the ugly of being a girl in today's world. She had the chance to Skype with girls in Taiwan, Thailand, Virginia Beach and Yemen.  She was very touched by the young woman from Yemen who said that she would be killed if the government found out what she was doing, but she was willing to die for her cause.  My daughter is the future.  She asked me what things had changed my life as a woman...and I told her the biggest change was having HER.  There is nothing better than being a mother to a bright, beautiful, talented child.  I am very proud of her.

Thinking:  The political situation in the schools in Ontario is not getting any better.  As teachers we have to stand united and continue to protest the attacks on our profession, our dignity and our rights.  I am finding this difficult when some members of the profession don't feel that our cause is worth fighting for.  Without solidarity, we all lose.

Wanting:  Some boards in Ontario start March break tomorrow.  Not my board, we have a full day of school tomorrow.  I would love an extra day off:)

Needing:  My trusty Dell computer has given us notice...it is about to die.  It's like an old TV...it takes forever to "warm up" and even when it does work, it has a lot of problems.  My hubby says it's the motherboard..so we need a new tower.  I also need new tires.  I didn't realize how bald mine were until I could not get out the school parking lot one day a few weeks ago.  That can't be safe.  I wonder how much money I will get with my tax refund this year?  I hope it's enough for both tires and a new CPU.

Like:  My new Swarovski pen.  It's not only gorgeous, it writes so smoothly! I think I actually might LOVE it:)
LOVE:  Listening to a great song puts me in a good mood for the rest of the day:)  I just love old Marvin Gaye and the Commodores.
Hate:  People who are not authentic.  Being superficial puts my teeth on edge.

Now for a FREEBIE...if you read my blog regularly you will know I am blessed to have a fantastic volunteer.  This angel is a certified teacher who cannot get a full time teaching job in Toronto.  The boards in the GTA just are not hiring.  This wonderful young woman has spent the past year working each day in my classroom assisting me in every way you can imagine.   I don't know what I will do when she DOES get a job.  I was musing about wanting to learn how to make my own poster for PI Day which is coming up on March 14th.   (Although it will be March Break holidays here in Ontario, I will be celebrating PI Day on March 18th in my classroom.)  My volunteer, Cindy Lam, created a poster for my students to use as part of our classroom celebration of PI Day.  

Cindy has generously posted this for FREE on her TPT store.  Just click on the image to get your own copy and enjoy celebrating with your own class!  Be sure to become a follower of Cindy's store while you are there...I am sure she'll have lots more great products soon!

Freebie Fridays


  1. Found you at the Farley! We were both fashionably late to the party : ) I love my music, too!

    Hokie Teach

  2. Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope you found something you could use and you will come back and visit again...or become a follower:)

  3. thanks for your feedback on my foldable. Thanks also for the link to that great Pi Day poster!!!!

    Hodges Herald

  4. My pleasure! I love the foldable and I think that Cindy's poster is adorable! Hope you can use it with your class:) Happy Saturday!

  5. I love a good song, too. I need music playing when I clean... it just makes it more fun! :)

    Mrs. D's Firsties

  6. You have a wonderful blog! As the mother of a gifted child, I truly appreciate your blog heading on giftedness. Life isn't always easy for the gifted; sometimes it is a heavy load for a child to bear. As a teacher, I feel it is my job to differentiate instruction and provide opportunities for discovery.
    Enjoy your break!

  7. How very kind of you to take the time to comment. I too parent a gifted child as well as teach them. I often tell my daughter and my students that the paradox of being gifted is that "to those who much is given, much is expected" and often the gifted child is not differentiated for in the regular program. I am blessed to teach an ISP (intensive support program) and my daughter is in one too. This allows the students to be with peers who are also like them and they get the support and guidance they need. I also agree with you that as teachers it is our job to differentiate instruction for ALL students.
    Have a wonderful week:)