Saturday, June 27, 2009

Catching up on my Reading

Well, maybe the title should be trying to catch up on my reading LoL I have a long list of books on my Shelfari site that I'm either still trying to finish or need to start. This past Friday was the last day of summer school so I have all of July to try to read & finish the books on my shelf. I'm currently reading Mountain Wild by Stacey Kayne, which is pretty good so far. It's the last in the Wild series, but for not having read the others it doesn't seem to play a factor in whether or not the reader knows what all is going on.


I've finally made a decision on a book that I'd like to read. I've decided I'm going to simplify my stories into a collection of short stories. Anne McCaffery's A Girl who heard Dragons is a great collection of sci-fi and fantasy and that's sort of what I'm aiming for. I've started a few stories many years ago and I think I'm not ready/experienced enough to write a full novel. I think this will be a good stepping stone. I've been thinking on how much I have or have not accomplished in my life thus far and I'm behind schedule! LoL I'm going to make this project my focus for the rest of this year.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

WooHoo...Cupcakes!!!

Alright! I'm finally making cupcakes for my two tutoring students. We have 3 days left til the end of the program and we're going to take things a little easy the next few days :) Monday we watched a movie, today we didn't do too much, and I'm thinking we'll just go over capitalization and watch a movie to relate it to theme, tone, and mood. But, yeah, cupcakes...Mmmm. They're strawberry; I'm still debating whether or not to put the icing on them. What do you think?!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Weekend plans

I wasn't going into Waveland this weekend but have now changed my plans. I convinced Gary to come back to Pascagoula with me (yea!) so I'm taking him home tomorrow. I've decided we're going on a picnic at the beach. Granted I've misplaced my swimsuits, but shorts & tank will suffice. I got the idea from an acquaintance's blog and thought that would be great for us! We haven't done anything fun like that in a long time and it'd be great to change up our routine.

Update on Summer English Tutoring

Things have been going okay in tutoring. I have on average 2 students with a 3rd student who comes every now and then. Both of my students have been doing well and are pleasantly complacent. When I ask them what do they want to cover or if they have any questions, I always get a smile, shoulder shrug, and "no". I wish they'd be more vocal in what they think their needs are, but I can't complain because they do the work I give them without complain :) I've decided to (a while ago actually but haven't gotten around to it) make cup cakes for my students. While their moms may fuss at a sugary breakfast, they deserve a treat. Next Friday is our last day and while things have been going well, I need a break! Gary had a panic attack yesterday morning so I took the day off...and oh my goodness was it nice! Not the part about the panic attack, but the free time...sigh...yeah I so can't wait for my summer break to start! LoL

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Summer English Tutoring

Today is day 3 of Summer Enlish SATP tutoring. Yeah, this isn't what I was expecting. Day 1 I had 6 students, day 2 I had 3, and today I have 2. At first we all thought we were going to have students that needed to retake the English II state test. I think there are only 3 students that need help with that, the rest are either here because the basketball coach is making them come or because they just want extra help. I don't mind helping my students, but I'm a little fustrated with the amount of students in each class (mine is the smallest) and the lack of structure. I know I need to make my lessons more creative to help hold their interest, so that's my number 1 priority. I'm working on research skills with the other students that want it so they can do better on their Senior Project. I'm hoping things will improve soon.

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