November 30, 2011


days like today! We had a field trip to see a magic show. It wasn't just any magic show--we learned about atoms, molecules, solutions, and compounds! The kids loved it too :o)

Did you know if you stare at a moving object for 30 seconds then look at something stationary--it'll magically get bigger! (You have to stay still and focused on the center in order for this to work!) I'm not kidding--I tried it! Good ole Aristotle discovered this after staring at a waterfall for awhile and looking away at the trees. He saw the trees magically got larger! Why does this happen? Well, when you look at a focal point of a moving object for an extended period of time, your eye muscles move inward. So when you look away, they 'stretch' back out. The opposite can happen too, where the object can shrink. It all depends on the movement of the swirl! Who knew?!

You can look at something like this:

Now look at someone's head--it's really cool!

Good luck and let me know if it works!! And just's almost Friday!

November 10, 2011

Life is...

busy and hectic amid the report card comments, assessments, common core standards, and new curriculum maps (that we're writing and teaching at.the.same.time!!)

However, life is never to busy to stop and think about all the things we have and why we have them. I'm fortunate enough to have my own house, make my own choices,to live in a country that believes in its citizens, and have the freedom to share my thoughts and ideas.

To this we owe our service men and women--without their valor and selflessness, we may not have freedoms to live, speak, and believe what we want. My passion about this subject runs deep because it hits close to home. My dad and grandfather were in the Air Force, my sister--the Navy; as well as some that are active duty like my brother in law, who's in the Navy and is currently stationed in Italy and my brother who is a Green Beret..Special Forces, who's served two tours in Afghanistan and is now state-side teaching Special Forces.

not only to the members of my family, but to every family with service men and women. This country is what it is today because of the sacrifice and bravery these men and women have shown.