Sunday, August 30, 2015

My Week

I haven't posted about my week for the last 2 weeks because they have been rough! Subbing as a high school American Sign Language teacher was tougher than I ever imagined! There was so much work to do, especially since I worked all 6 periods and didn't have a prep period, that I had to bring a lot home to do. I worked late into the night every night and all weekend. I also didn't have any training on the computer system, so I had to figure out how to do attendance and enter grades on the computer. I had about 240 students, so that is a lot of paperwork to keep up with.

Besides all the paperwork, the kids were much harder to deal with than I thought. My 2 older kids tried to warn me, but I thought it wouldn't be so bad and they would all be as excited to learn about Sign Language as I was to teach it. Boy, was I wrong! Most of the high schoolers had zero respect for me. When the second bell rang, signalling it was time for class to start, I expected them to quiet down, but they didn't. When I stood up to take roll, they didn't quiet down; when I started taking roll they didn't quiet down; and when I gave instructions, they didn't quiet down. I tried all kinds of things, ringing bells, knocking on the white board, talking louder, flicking the lights on and off, approaching individual tables, asking individual table numbers or students to quiet down, but nothing worked. I even took away participation points, but they didn't care and said their parents didn't care either. Once in awhile, when we were all signing something together, I could get them to all quiet down, but not often. They also picked on each other and accused each other's table of talking and claimed their table was innocent. The kids swore, and I made them go outside so I could talk to them. I think some of them were passing drugs to each other and then going to the bathroom to do the drugs. Some kids folded their arms and just looked at me, and refused to do anything. Many of the kids tried to argue with me, but I always kept my calm and didn't argue back. It was just a horrible 2 weeks.

I asked the admin. if there was anyone else that knew American Sign Language and could sub in the class for the rest of the time until the teacher returns. They told me they found someone who would work with me on Friday and then they would take over on Monday. That was great! Well, Thursday at lunch, the baseball coach comes in and says he's going to take over for me on Monday, but he can't come on Friday. I was so disappointed and upset because he doesn't know Sign Language! So, I left him tons of notes, and my daughter can help him first period, and I trained the T.A.'s how to help him the other periods.

I am just so sad and disappointed. I was really looking forward to teaching these kids American Sign Language. I prepped all summer and found tons of resources. I was so excited to teach at the high school, and it's so disappointing how it turned out. I lost 7 pounds over these past 2 weeks, and can barely eat and sleep. As much as I wanted it to work out, it just wasn't working. I am obviously not meant to teach high school. The people that do teach high school, must be super strong inside to be able to handle what the high schoolers can dish out.

So, I'm going back to elementary, where I belong. I already have 3 jobs lined up for next week, and hope to have lots more.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Vitamin C Facial Cleanser from Amara Organics Review #amaraorganicscleanser





I was excited to be able to review Vitamin C Facial Cleanser from Amara Organics because I like to make sure my face is clean before I lay down my head on my pillow at night. Here's the info. from the company: This natural face wash gently lifts away dirt, excess oil, and makeup leaving your skin feeling clean and fresh while maintaining a healthy moisture balance. It won’t strip your skin, which can make it feel tight or dry. It contains natural and organic ingredients with no harsh chemicals, sulfates, parabens, or artificial fragrances, colors, or dyes. You can feel good about reaching for this cleanser every single day. It’s gentle enough for daily use and works well for all skin types. It is formulated with 15% Vitamin C, Aloe, Rosehip Oil & Tea Tree Oil for the best results. This cleanser deep cleans & unclogs pores, refines skin texture & tone, smooths out fine lines & wrinkles, fades sun spots & discoloration, and brightens for a more radiant complexion.



The Vitamin C Facial Cleanser from Amara Organics is really convenient to use. You just apply to moistened skin with fingers, sponge or cloth and wash. Then rinse with warm water. It can be used for face and body, and can be used in the morning and night. I decided to put some on a washcloth to clean my face. All it takes is one pump. The cleanser doesn't have a scent and doesn't bother my sensitive skin. It spreads on my skin easily and when I rinse it off, I can see all my makeup on the washcloth. So, I can see that it's effective, and my face feels fresh and clean. I like that the cleanser is 97% natural and 72% organic. The first ingredient is deionized water. My skin texture and tone is much smoother and you can't see as many fine lines and wrinkles anymore. I have sun spots on my cheeks, and this cleanser has helped them fade. My skin is brighter and I just look and feel refreshed after using the cleanser. It feels nice to just clean off the "dirt" from the day, and have a clean feeling face before bedtime. This is definitely a product I look forward to using every night.

If you would like to check out this cleanser for yourself, you can visit the Amara Organics website.

I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post, however all opinions expressed are my own.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

National Breastfeeding Awareness Month Giveaway Ends 9/10 #NBAMG @las930

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National Breastfeeding Awareness Month Giveaway

Giveaway Dates: 8/26 – 9/10


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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Snug Plug n Play Kids Headphones #KidsHeadphones





I was excited to be able to review the Snug Plug n Play Kids Headphones because my son enjoys spending time on the computer. He often plays games that have sound and he also has some homework reading assignments that have sound. If anyone else is watching tv, it is hard for my son to hear the sound from the computer and it's hard for the person watching tv to hear the tv. So, these headphones seemed like a good solution.



These kid's headphones are the ideal companion to your kids' multimedia entertainment or learning experience. They allow your kids to safely engage in music, movies, video games and learning software with fun and ease. Just Plug n Play! They are perfect for kids aged 3+ and were designed exclusively with children in mind. The adjustable headband guarantees a perfect fit while soft, comfortable ear cushions protect the ears at all times. The cable is thick and ready for heavy use, and is only attached to one side of the headphones. Left and right are clearly marked on each ear. They offer Universal Compatibility with a 3.5mm jack, so they work with virtually all smart phones and tablets, including the iPhone, iPad, and Samsung Galaxy S. You can also use them with mp3 players, car entertainment systems, laptops, desktop computers, and handheld video game systems. The headphones provide high quality sound for them, and peace and quiet for you! If you're tired of the constant stream of noises coming from your kids' collection of electronic devices, these over ear kids headphones provide an excellent listening experience for your child, while also keeping the surrounding house or car peaceful and quiet. You can enjoy the sweet sound of silence as your child enjoys their entertainment or educational media.



As soon as I opened the package, and my son saw the headphones, he kept begging me to take a picture of them(for my blog post), so he could try them out. I picked the color green for the headphones because he loves the Ninja Turtles. You can also choose other colors like pink or purple. He is able to plug them in the computer himself and can unplug them if needed. He likes that you can adjust the size to fit your head, that they're green, that they're comfortable, and that he can hear the sound better when they're on.



As you can see, he is very happy with the Snug Plug n Play Kids Headphones. He wears them all the time! If you would like to check them out for yourself, here's the link to them on Amazon.

I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post, however all opinions expressed are my own.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Dropprice $100 Target Giveaway

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Dropprice is an innovative startup that rewards moms for being social. Essentially, they empower moms to drop prices of kids & baby products with a click. The price continues dropping as more moms click “Drop the price”. Every week new promotions are launched and moms drop prices by sharing them on social media. See the chart below to understand the power moms have and how important it is to share with other moms.

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In today’s promotion for the Rainstick Rattle, it started out at $18.00 and for each mom that clicks, the price drops a bit. The price will continue to drop for each mom that participates until it reaches $5.00 (72% off).

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You can choose to share on social media to get more moms to click “Drop the price”, or you can “Buy Now” at the current price. Keep in mind that when the price gets low, they usually sell out and you will no longer have the chance to buy that item. As an added bonus every item on Dropprice ships for free!

 

Do you want to give it a try? This is such a fun and exciting way for moms to save lots of money by collaborating with each other. If you would like to have a chance to win a $100 Target gift card, you can experience dropping the price by following the instructions below.

 

Giveaway: Win one of five $100 Target Gift Cards

All you have to do is help moms drop the price of this Rainstick Rattle and you will be entered to win one of five $100 Target gift cards. Just click “Drop the price” on the entry form below for a chance to win. For even more entries, share it on your social media networks via the entry form — every time one of your friends also clicks to drop the price, you’ll automatically receive additional giveaway entries!

This Giveaway is valid in the United States Only and Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway event will end at 11:59 PM (EST) 9/8/15. The sponsors are each responsible for shipping of the above prizes and will contact the winners. No blog associated with this contests are responsible for prize fulfillment. This giveaway is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site.

 


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Sunday, August 16, 2015

My Week!

What an overwhelming week I had!

On Sunday, I had to bake lots of things and do tons of dishes. I filled the dishwasher, dish drainer, and 4 dish towels!

On Monday, I had more baking to do!

On Tuesday, the teachers started back to school, so as a long-term sub., I went back too. The morning started with a meeting for the entire district. It went longer than it was supposed to and we had a new teacher meeting back at school, so I had to leave early. When I got the keys to my classroom and opened the door, I expected it to be just about ready to go. Well, it was a huge mess! The teacher had been working on it, but she had the baby early, so it was left in a huge mess!

On Wednesday, my daughter and son came to help me try to create some order out of the giant mess. We were able to get some things done, but there was still so much more to do.

On Thursday, it was my lowest day. We had a staff meeting in the morning, and that just brought my spirit's down. The principal is not a very good leader, in fact it's like he thinks he's on vacation all the time(and dresses like it too), and everything is fun and games. There were a lot of arguments and bad language during the meeting and it just made me sad that my daughter has to go to public school, and it was sad for me too. The teacher came to answer my questions and a little bit more got done, but not enough. The internet has been down all week, so I wasn't able to learn how to do the attendance or grades.

On Friday, I decided to not keep getting sick over this, and was determined to get stuff done. The department head told me it was going to be my class for at least 3 months, so I just needed to think of myself as the teacher and just go ahead and do things. The other teacher came in for a little while and gave me some packets for ASL I and II. I still don't have anything for ASL III. We finally got our class rosters at 2:30 in the afternoon! However, this day was a little bit better. The classroom finally looks like a classroom(with some help from my new friends, the custodians), and the syllabus was copied.

On Saturday, I went grocery shopping and cleaned because my parents were coming over for dinner. My husband, daughter and I went to the classroom for a couple of hours. He's a software engineer, so he was going to see if he could fix my internet, but it's something on the school's end that's wrong, and I don't have access to that room. My daughter and I were able to get everything else ready in the room and amazingly, my first week packets were copied(one of the copiers broke down, so the copy guy was struggling to get it all done)! Unfortunately, the top page wasn't stapled on and my daughter and I had 10 minutes to staple them before the alarm would go on. At home, I was able to get all my papers organized and I'm ready for the first 2 weeks of school.

How was your week?