Monday, January 19, 2015

What's best... for who?

I try not to get too worked up about hypotheticals, proposals, possibilities.

But, these days, with the Kansas legislature and governor, it's a little tough for me, being in public education and all.

Possibilities include ideas like instating a legislatively-appointed commission to write state learning standards, changing the school finance formula (instead of actually complying with court rulings and funding it to see if that works), consolidating districts, and the list goes on.

I won't get into any of the specific ideas tonight, because right now I'm just tired.

I am, frankly, so, so tired of money being the first consideration.

Teachers are trained, asked, and expected to think first, "What's best for our kids?"

I would ask, then, that every Kansan, particularly our elected officials, ask themselves the very same question when they think about public education in terms of both policy and spending. Then, they need to take a minute to listen to the teachers who spend 8 hours every day with the very kids we are keeping in mind.

Project 365, Week 2ish

{Day 11}

{Day 12: Glow}

{Day 13: Easy as Pie}

{Day 14: Art of the Selfie}

{Day 15: Date Night}

{Day 16: Got milk?}

{Day 17: Rusted}

{Day 18}

{Day 19}

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

My Baby Farmer

A friend of ours, who I get to see monthly for a PLC, recently learned her mom was getting rid of an old doll and thought of Lincoln.


Because it was a little John Deere boy!

We got it on Friday. As soon as Lincoln saw it, he knew it was for him. He held the doll on the way home, and all I heard was, "My baby. My baby. My baby." He absolutely loves it!

That night he read the baby a couple of books, and the next morning Lincoln asked for his baby almost right away.

We're so glad Ginger thought of Lincoln! I have a feeling this baby farmer is going to be very well loved.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Hymn Sing

With the Project 365, I generally end up taking a number of pictures each day. You know, since I already have my camera out.

There were a couple of days over break when Lincoln was really into playing the piano. He would flip through the hymnal, declare, "Play dat one!" and treat us to a tune for a few seconds before flipping to another song.