Well, that, and, isn't it gorgeous hanging?! I'm going to get a better photo tomorrow, but I had to snap one once B had it hung this evening. :o) It's so solid and sturdy and I just adore it! :o) My next task for him is bookshelves. See what he's gotten himself into?? ;o)
Now, onto the crux of this post--I'm in a tizzy of organizing, deep cleaning and throwing out/donating. I couldn't handle the clutter one moment longer, flipped my lid and went to the 'jay and picked up a ton of tubs and bins and the like.
And, because I love a good before and after, I'm sharing with you. ;o)
It's not awful, but it's sure not uncluttered either.
I got rid of nothing, I simply organized what I had.
Unfortunately, I could no longer go on pretending...
Overall, I'm really pleased with how everything is coming together. I still have a massive job to do in the offudio. Ruthlessness is called for. Culling must be done. I'm not looking forward to it. Oh, and my closet. :sigh: My closet...
But for now, this is progress, no? :o)
1. Did you see how organized everything is? Did you?? It makes me so happy to make order from chaos. Ahhhh.
2. I received an email from Erin Condren--my planner shipped FRIDAY!!! It wasn't suppose to ship until Wednesday this week. I'm so excited I can hardly stand it!!!! It's scheduled to arrive Tuesday and I simply can't wait! :o) Delayed gratification is so fun! Sure, it's so hard to wait, and yet, there's something fun in the waiting. :o)
3. My swing. My beautiful, glorious, wonderful swing is up!
4. I got a new student in RE today--another boy. That makes 15 boys and no girls, lol!
5. Seeing Lil so excited with her new space. Now if she can only keep it straightened up and clean...
6. The Ransom Box has worked this first week. Let's see what week two brings.
Friday I learned of the passing of my wonderful, incredible, amazing, inspiring Algebra II and Calculus teacher. Terry Maddy (as she was known when I had her) was, without a doubt one of the best teachers I have ever had. I adored her--both times I had her. She was one of those teachers who made a difference and obviously loved her students and her job. She would go out of her way to make sure you understood a concept before moving on. I can't think of a single student who had her who didn't love her. My Calculus classes in college were a breeze because of her.
In no particular order, here are things that stand out in my memory of classes with her:
- pee-CAN pie (a great method of teaching fractions, btw)
- "That's adultery! You can't break up a happily married couple!"
- "That's a VERY good problem!" which was then marked with no fewer than five stars to denote you would see a problem similar to it on the test.
- Hank, the mother of all parabolas--y=x squared. Thereafter, anytime a parabola was graphed it was just Hank moved around, fat or skinny, or flipped upside down.
- +C!! Don't forget it!
- The "Function Machine" used to teach, what else, functions
- She actually made word problems make sense. I know, I know, crazy! I still struggled with mixture problems, but boy could she make them understandable.
- "You learned this in Algebra II. I KNOW you did! You had an awesome teacher!" ;o)
- Lazy Twerps who didn't do their homework.
- Chastisement of students who still didn't have their multiplication tables memorized by the time they were in Algebra II (let alone Calculus--always done in a tone of playfulness, but still a rebuke nonetheless).
- Any problem Terry Maddy (Helms) deemed "awesome" and "amazing", and "This is a very good problem!" my college Calc teacher would inevitably proclaim to be "too hard". Funny that. Terry held us to such a high standard of expectations and made it a point to make sure we all got there. There was definitely rigor in her classes! (Oh, and yes, I used the same Calc book in high school AND college. As soon as I realized that, I raced home and picked up all my Calc notebooks from high school and brought them back with me because Terry Maddy was 10 times the teacher my college prof was. Because of my strong background, I was able to understand what was being taught and then wound up tutoring my classmates who didn't "get it".
- I loved Calculus so much I used to do derivatives and integrations just for the fun of it. Yes, that's right, Terry Maddy made it fun!
She had a lasting impact on my life and on that of many students and she will be greatly missed by many.