Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Le Sigh: How Life Gets in the Way


This is going to be a bit more of a personal post as it's been forever since I wrote anything.

To start off I swear I will not promise I'm going to post more, say how bad I've been and give plans. Nope this is just a post no clue when the next will be. 
Brainstorming Puzzle Pieces
using Isometric Drawings

I believe the last time I wrote I said about how I had gotten a full-time teaching job and my time had become very limited. Yep that's true. I've been working at a local high school since the start of the school year teaching the the Freshman level Engineering Magnet Classes along with Drafting. I love it! Though freshman can be a bit tiresome at times, mostly because they're impatient and seem to lack in common sense, I love the material and they are amusing.

I have my part time Online Math teaching job going also so wow am I busy. I miss this blog and everyone so much though.

Here's some examples of things we've done in class.

2 Point Perspective Drawing

We do a lot of sketches and drawings. In Engineering we go through the design process where in Drafting we talk about and complete technical drawings.

These are hand examples but we do a lot on the computer also. The amount of technology I use on a given day is crazy. Without my phone I feel like I've lost a hand because I use it for all sorts of things on a day to day basis.
The Tardis- 3D Printed - Not done as a class project
but by 2 students in their spare time.

My students are also huge geeks. Mostly boys and that I have had to stop numerous arguments on who is the stronger super hereo, Marvel vs. DC, Xbox One vs PS4, Star Wars vs Star Trek, PC vs Mac, Apple vs Android. The list goes on and on.

It does make my day more interesting that many of my students like the same things as me but I do have to be careful because they are not all geeks.

A story from a few weeks ago. I'm describing the different between the Center of Gravity of an Object and it's Centroid. I used the example of a broad sword where the center of gravity is right at the hilt but the centroid would be down the blade. Yeah most of them got it right away.

I worry about running into them at Comic Conventions though, some even cosplay. I was spared any run it at Ren Fair but I don't think I'll be so lucky with the Cons.

Besides a general update I have an idea for a post about technology I use in the classroom. Some of it may come in handy for Homeschool parents or others who teach online.

Writing this post I hadn't realized how much I miss writing the blog. I'll attempt to find some time and with summer just around the corner maybe I'll succeed. I hope everyone is doing okay. :)

In Frith,

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Monday, July 1, 2013

2 Years of Searching but I finally have a Full Time Job!


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Me Just a little bit after I was offered the position.
It was in September of 2011 that I was laid off of my full time job and since then I have been unemployed, a student, or under-employed working multiple part-time jobs. 2 weeks ago I was finally offered full time employment.

It isn’t just a job I found either but I think I may have found the perfect job.

Though craftiness is often seen as a more Right brained creative thinking person skill set, my passion actually lies in math and science combined with design. I hold 2 degrees in Engineering and worked in the field for almost 5 years. After I was laid off of my Engineering job I start thinking seriously about going into teaching because being a professional engineer at times was very “soul-less”. I went back to school and took the classes necessary to take my Non-Teaching Degrees and qualify for a Professional Teaching Certificate. I originally certified in Math grades 6-12 because I’m comfortable with math and if not for money I would have probably added on a few science certificates.

Well last September I got my certificate but I couldn’t find a full-time work to about everyone’s shock including my own. I spent the school year as a substitute teacher. I learned a lot, I made some great contacts and used all of that to land myself what could be my dream teaching position!

I’ve spent the past year beating myself up because I couldn’t get a real teaching position wondering if I wasn’t a good candidate. Anyone who has been unemployed for a significant amount of time I’m sure knows exactly where I’m coming from.

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This picture is really of my classroom!
Our Public School district (sorry I won’t share the specifics because well this is a public internet post) has a teacher job fair every year in early June right after cross school transfers occur etc. The school I have been substituting teaching at unfortunately did not have an open position for me. I went to the job fair with high hopes but not too much expectations of getting an offer on the spot. One thing though is I was definitely over prepared. I printed out 20 copies of my resume because 12 wasn't enough last year. It wasn't needed though, I was offered a Math position at a High School I highly desired to work at by 10 am. (Interviews started at 8 am and it was my 3rd).

It gets a bit weirder though as I will not be a high school math teacher this fall.

While being processed the Assistant Principle of the engineering Magnet program at the high school learned of my engineering background. When I returned 4 hours later being fully processed by HR to my new administrators I was then given an option. Either I could continue to be the Math teacher I was hired for OR I could instead teaching Introduction to Engineering and Drafting. I was told to take a few days to think about it.

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My Mother gave me these gifts as a Congratulations!
I love the crocheted apple she did.
I thought about it and though I really really wanted to work with the Math Coach who I think could become a good friend in time in my heart I’m an Engineer. I’ll always be an engineer and to be able to continue to work in that capacity inspiring young students to pursue it is awesome!!

I’m not exactly sure what is in the future Treegold and Beegold. I love this blog, I love the Etsy Shop and everything I’m a part of but I’m unsure about how much available time I will have.

I’m going to write up a blog post in the next week or so with my future plan. I have actually been working on stuff behind the scenes for those that follow the Facebook Fan Page, on Twitter or Instagram have seen some of it. I’m big on the random photos of works in progress now.

I hope all are doing well and wish me luck as I’m potty training Wee Rose starting today!

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Squirrel Behavioral Incentive Chart


Treegold and Beegold: Squirrel Themed Behavior Tree and Reward ChartI’m still around, and I think I’m starting to get a better handle on my new schedule and commitments. Last week Hubby was at WrestleMania 29 leaving me solo with the kids for 5 days. All the work I had done to getting settled, right out the window!

I have something new for everyone though!

It’s a Squirrel Themed Behavior Tree and Reward system.

We’re having a lot of different issues with Lil ‘R about his behavior and I wanted to start mirroring systems he will see when he enters Kindergarten. I also wanted a way to incorporate the behavior tree with some type of reward system so this was my creation.
                                                       

The PDF files comes with the Behavior Tree already pieced out onto 9 pieces, 2 Squirrels, 2 Acorn Collection Charts and 24 Acorns.

Download the File for free from my TeacherspayTeachers Store.

Help your children keep track of their own behavior and reward them for following the household or classroom rules. Use the Squirrel files, write the child’s name on each and move the squirrel around to yellow as a warning and red to show that the child’s behavior needs improvement. Use this as a discussion point or place for other behavior tools you use.

If the child ends the day on the green add an acorn to the Acorn Collection Chart. Once the child fills the Acorn Collection Chart (10) have a great surprise waiting!




We’ve been doing this for a few days in our house now. Wee Rose doesn’t get the concept at much as Lil ‘R does. He completely understands what all the colors mean, she just keeps asking if her squirrel can be put on pink. As she gets older though I think she’ll better comprehend it.

What type of systems do you have in place in your house?





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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Very Overwhelmed and Trying to Cope


Today I'm going a bit more personal than I normally do. Call it the culture of how I was raised or just my shyness about sharing incredibly personal information, but normally I keep things to mysself. But as of recent I've been extremely overwhelmed with life. It's come from multiple aspects and all the while I'm trying to cope with those factors I've been fighting an internal struggle I let very few know.

I've suffered from depression to various degrees since I was a teen. At some points in my life it has been almost non existant while at others it has been crushing. The stress since losing my full time job in the fall of 2011 has been very difficult on me. As the primary breadwinner and financial support of our home I've fought with many emotions handling it. Now I'm working again and I'm working a lot but I'm still under employed. I may have 3 jobs but they don't financially equal up anywhere near my old full time job. We've had house issues, car issues, and family issues on top of that.

I finally broke down a little over a month ago and went to my doctor about it. He started me on some medication which has resulted in some adjustment difficulties. I had finally begun to adjust after 2 weeks when my refill we delayed because of my issurance for a week. Goind cold turkey off of that was not fun. I just got back on it a few nights ago so now I expect an new adjustment period. The worst side effect while adjusting is extreme tireness.

I'm sure you can image that in my case being extremely tired is probably the worst possible thing for me because my productivity has nose dived.

I don't know how much it's the medication, the stress finally catching up with me or the increased workload but doing anything beyond just enough to get by is tough. Care for my house is slipping, I struggle to make quality time with my kids, with hubby and I've been neglecting Treegold and Beegold.

I'm anxious for summer to be here. Come May I should be switching to only my online teaching job full time and no longer be substitute teaching. With the job being from home I can hopefully manage my job time with Treegold and Beegold activities. Until then things are going to be a bit tough.

So just hang in here with me. I have loads of ideas in the my head and I keep writing them down but it's just having a problem managing my time to get them done. Also I'm looking for people who would like to be active moderators on either the Facebook Pagan Parenting Group, Pagan Parenting Page or the counter parts on Google +.

Send me a message if you're interested.

I hope everyone had a great Equinox. I'm aiming to post up some pictures of my munchkins Egg Hunt this weekend.

Blessings,

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Adventures with 1st Graders


Mobile blogging today as I mismanaged my time this weekend.

I've been substitute teaching for over 5 months now. I will say it's been quite an adventure. In that time I've twice covered classes for multiple weeks were I was the teacher doing full lessons ever day. In one of those classes I was even in charge of lesson planning.

Last week I had a first though. I began substituting at a K-8 charter school. Wow are the little ones different than Middle or High Schoolers.

I get my first call the afternoon after I finish up my paperwork. A teacher needed to leave suddenly. She taught first grade. I think my eyes bugged out of my head.

I started my time with the students taking them to recess. They saw that play ground and went wild. I was in shock at first. I have small kids but having 15 or so was slightly over whelming.

What I really wasn't prepared for was the amount of referring I had to do. There were multiple cases of so and so pushed me. The craziest was a girl in years because one of the other girls was ignoring her and wouldn't talk to her. I had to just stand them in front of each other and force the start of a conversation. After that every thing seemed fine. I even had two clinic trips for minor boo boos.

I've covered elementary specials since that day. I've realized I'm not cut out for the little ones. 3rd grade and up maybe but a room of the littlest is more then I can mentally handle.

If I end up with a kindergarten class for a full day I let you all know how it goes.

Does anyone else have any experience with teaching groups of anal children? Any pointers?

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Favorite Free Magical Fonts 1


Recently I’ve become quite the collector of fonts. I’m always searching out fonts to use in my graphics here on Treegold and Beegold, in the Educational Printables, and just for personal uses.

Today I’m going to share with you all my first collection of fonts I love. It consists of 10 Magical Fonts. The links are below the image and if you like this please Pin it to Pinterest or share it with your social networking groups.


Treegold and Beegold: Free Magical Fonts 1

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Are any of you also Font Addicts? If so what is your favorite artistic font style? Do you love scripts or are you a sucker for handwritten styles? Let me know in the comments section.


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Monday, February 11, 2013

Meet Floppy Snoopy




It’s Monday again and time for my more personal weekly update. If you all haven’t noticed I’ve been keeping busy. Make Sure to vote on the poll at the end of this post please.

Last week I did my first Video Clip that I posted to my YouTube Channel that showed off a bit of a Friday’s Tutorial on creating a Secret Book for a Cell Phone, while I was working on it. I thought it’d be nice to start letting you all see me a bit, including my face. I know my fingers make it into a lot of photo shots but this is a bit more real. My adventures into using Instagram to do mini photo updates has been working really well. I thought that YouTube could be another nice quick addition to provide you all with interesting information.
If you’re active on either YouTube or Instagram subscribe or follow me and I’ll be sure to do likewise.

I Think A Few People are Finally Noticing Me


Other news I’ve passed 1000 Twitter followers. Now I’m honestly not sure how many of those followers are bots who want to sell me the newest diet fad and how many are real people. I still think it’s a bit of an accomplishment. My Facebook Fan Page isn’t doing too shabby either with over 800 fans now.

On the Job Front


I have part time teaching job lined up. It’s for a Virtual School so the job is entirely remote which is awesome and it’s under 20 hours a week of work. I don’t know when I’ll start because it will be based upon enrollment numbers but hopefully before April I’ll get the call to start training. No matter what this is good news because well we need more income around here.

On Lil’ R and School


I had a realization this weekend about Lil’ R and worries of his future schooling. I’ve been paying attention to Lil’ R pretty carefully and how he learns for a few months now. I’ve noticed he’s having a hard time remember letter sounds and phonics seems to make no sense to him at all. I think there is a good reason for this. I think Lil’ R is a Visual – Spatial learner. For these types of learners Auditory stuff just doesn’t click. I’m a strong Visual learner myself and I remember initially having difficulty with reading but once it clicked I ran with it.

I’ve realized we need to make sure Lil’ R has a basis for Reading before he enters Kindergarten in the fall or he may struggle badly. So now I’m doing a lot of research on methods to help him learn to read now but if anyone has any tips of what they've done please share.


Help Me Out with this Poll


A few weeks ago I posted on a Monday Update post a poll asking at what types of items I should think of doing next. Overwhelming the response was for more Geek Items. Now I need your help in exactly what type of Geek items I should do. Remember just because I decide to go one route first doesn’t mean I won’t be revisiting any of the other ideas in the future.



Geek Items it is so now What Type?






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