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National Day of Service

Serving others should not be a hard task.

We should want to do what we can for other people.

Today is MLK NATIONAL DAY OF SERVICE.

From http://www.nationalservice.gov/mlkday:

On this Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service, we reflect on the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. through a national day of service across the country. Share your story of service throughout the day on social media using #MLKDay and follow the impact on all of our official accounts.

…He who is greatest among you, shall be your servant. -MLK, Jr

Check out this video:

 

This is a holiday, yes, but I hope you were part of something more than just sleeping in late or watching Netflix all day.

As student council advisor at the school I work, I’m so proud of the students who came out and were part of a group that went to visit a local nursing home today for MLK National Day of Service.  Those kiddos get it–they get that we should serve others.  They gave their day off to go make others feel like they are important.  I’m so proud of them!

I hope you were part of something today.  I hope you were part of a service to others.

#MLKday

HE ALWAYS DOES IT.

Let me begin with a week ago…

On Saturday night, I realized that the student I had understood to be doing our lesson in Youth was not going to be at church.  I was discouraged some.  I immediately started talking to God about what he wanted me to teach.  We had church breakfast the next morning which meant I would be at church early and would be able to study some then as well.  He gave me ALL OF IT.  He showed me the verse, gave me the words, the stories and everything I needed for the lesson. GOD DID THAT!  HE ALWAYS DOES IT.

On Monday, I had a meeting with my student leaders which ended up being a totally non-productive meeting.  That meeting discouraged me so!  I knew I had to meet with the student board and tell them exactly what I felt, discuss with them what leaders truly do and that they needed to step up and make the rest of this year more about unity and service.  I prayed and prayed about that meeting.  It went perfect.  GOD DID THAT!  HE ALWAYS DOES IT.

We started a project in my art classes where the kids hand make Valentine cards for children in the hospital and/or people in the nursing home.  When discussing it with one of my classes, one of my students acted like it was not a good project.  He actually griped about it having to look “good.”  Wow, that discouraged me.  I don’t understand how young people can be so unfeeling and self-centered.  That is something I combat a lot.  I’ve prayed for that certain student as well as all of them as they create these cards.  Those students made close to 200 cards this week.  GOD DID THAT!  HE ALWAYS DOES IT.

I found out yesterday that I was to sing at a funeral today.  The funeral was of the wonderful lady I blogged about a couple of days ago.  Mrs. Pearson was a true blessing.  I remember a story she told about a lady in her church when she was growing up.  This lady she talked about was a Sunday School teacher and GA leader.  She was a Godly woman.  Mrs. Pearson prayed to God to make her like this woman and she gave Him all the credit in doing exactly that.  That is the way I feel about Mrs. P… I pray God allows me to be as awesome as she was.  I loved her so… So, I was very concerned that I wouldn’t be able to sing at her funeral without crying.  When I cry, my throat closes up and the only sound that comes out of my throat sounds like the squeal of a mouse.  I prayed that they put my song early in the service.  I also enlisted some very dependable prayer warriors.  They prayed for me, I know they did.  I arrived at the church and  found I was early in the service–THANK GOD!   The entire funeral was a true celebration of Mrs. Pearson’s life.  I sang THE LIGHTHOUSE like I did for her when she sat in HER pew.  She always thanked me for that song when I sung it.  It was her song.  I didn’t sound anything like a mouse.  God gave me the strength to do that song one last time for our sweet friend.  GOD DID THAT!  HE ALWAYS DOES IT.

I’ve been trying to write these blessings down all week and I’m so glad I waited until today so I could add the last one.

God blesses us all the time!  You just have to believe that HE ALWAYS DOES IT.

I’m so proud to be a REBEL.

MY SATURDAY MORNING FB POST:

So proud of THE REBELS–all of them–not just one kid…not just one team…all of them. So honored and blessed to work at OCHS. If you look back, my posts, WIN OR LOSE, say good things about our students. I’m always a fan, always a REBEL. #RebelPride #SchoolSpirit #Forever

I’ve been a Rebel since about 1976 when I first stepped into Mrs. Lynn’s class.  She was so intimidating and scary.  She taught me though.  I learned.  I eventually realized even though she was very strict, she loved us.  That is what a teacher does.  They love.

Here I am many, many, many years later teaching at the same school I graduated from.  Through those years, I was a rebel in so many different ways, but always a loyal Rebel even when I taught at a different school with a much different mascot.

There have been several students come through my classroom here at OCHS.  They come in all different shapes, sizes, learning abilities, strengths, weaknesses, talents, attitudes, character, and so on.  Some, actually most, have insecurities I recall having when I was their age.  Others have strong opinions about events, other students and classes they take–and they don’t mind voicing them.  I remember being that exact same way as well.  ((I know yesterday’s post was a little negative about the strong talkers, but I know I was once right there–“wasting my time.”))

However they come, I love them.  I support them.  I hope to teach them more than what the class is called.   I hope to show them things about life that if not understood now, perhaps, one day they will remember.

Our football team is on a major winning streak right now.  If you know anything about Texas football, you know that is a big deal.  Win or lose, though…I’m proud of all of our students who are involved at our school –from the player to the fan, the athlete to the scholar.  They are all important.  Period.

…and no matter what…

I’m so proud to be a REBEL. 

Sleep?

Not sure I’ll sleep much tonight!  I get so excited the night before THE BIG FIRST DAY BACK WITH THE STUDENTS!

I’m like…

Snoopy-dancing

 

Sleep?

Maybe.

I **GET** to…

I get to go to work today!  Yes, we have been back all this week, but it just hit me…

I don’t HAVE to go, or dread going…or HATE TO GO (how horrible that would be!)…

I GET TO GO!  I’m so blessed!  I love my job, love the people I work with and oh boy, oh boy, oh boy…I LOVE MY STUDENTS!  I can’t wait to see the former ones coming back into my room and meet the new faces that waltz in too.  I know, they might be “waltzing,” but the first day of school is always exciting even if some are a little reluctant.  (ok, a lot reluctant)

Today, I GET to see my friends….I GET TO work on bettering myself as a teacher.  I GET to get things done.  I even GET to present a little info to the staff on my campus today.  HOW EXCITING! 

My Pinterest board shows a little of what we are going to do today: CLICK HERE TO SEE IT!

I GET TO DO THIS AWESOME THING THEY CALL TEACHING….I’m so blessed that GOD chose me for this adventure! 

SO BLESSED!  —“I **GET** to!”

LESSONS LEARNED

Today…

I learned that some people are mean and rude no matter how you treat them.  I had students be disrespectful to me today who have NEVER even looked at me in a rude manner.  There is something about the end of school that makes a teenager crazy.  They will talk words of sarcasm under their breath, try to leave the room without asking or blatantly speak mean words directly to your face.  IT IS CRAZY.   Of course, TO THEM, the reason I get on to them after they do such things is because I– AM– IN– A– BAD– MOOD.  Wow. I’ve expected respect the entire year SO, all of a sudden, I am just “in a bad mood” instead of the fact that I’m still expecting them to show respect to me?  I do not get it.

I learned that students love to make messes on purpose and leave messes just so you can clean them up.  (ON THE FLOOR!)

I learned that students will do the very least they can on their assignment, but still act like they are working as hard as they can.  This is one of the craziest things I observe.  To me, it would be harder to do that than to actually work.

I learned that students will TELL YOU they are “finished working for the day,” because they painted two spots and since they have all week to work on the project, they can spend the other 25 minutes of class doing what they please.  What!?!

I learned that students will try their very best to get out of OTHER classes in order to come in your class and work on the project they didn’t work on when they were in your class.  Does that sentence I just wrote even make sense???

These lessons, I’ve learned before, but I’m usually not reminded of them daily until it gets to the last few weeks of the school year.  Some years are worse than others.  This year, it’s pretty bad, but I’m going to KEEP on KEEPIN on.  We are still going to WORK in my classes.  I’m going to teach and continue to demand respect.  Most of all, I’m going to pray for my babies.  I’m going to pray for their sanity and their peace and their safety.

I know you aren’t supposed to pray for time to pass quickly, because EVERY MINUTE is a gift from GOD, but God knows I am going to pray that summer comes quick!

You learning any lessons these days?

 

Because We’re Happy!

My leadership class created this video to let everyone know ORE CITY HIGH SCHOOL is HAPPY!

We truly do have a great happy awesome campus full of students who are great, faculty and staff who genuinely enjoy doing their job and a great administration who supports us and is out to help students!  YAY FOR OC!

Please share this video AND comment on it if you will.  My students will so appreciate it.

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