Sunday, June 12, 2011

Desert Dew

The title was attractive because I love the desert and desert dew can take on many meanings physically and spiritually. It has been over many years that I have blogged in Desert Dew primarily for my sake and for my sanity in this new profession.

I was told that after five years as a teacher I would really know if  I wanted to stay in the profession... Well, I am completing my fifth year and yes, I know now that I want to keep on teaching - I have had many doubts and occasionally still wonder - but nothing compares to a thank you note from an autistic student and parents that says, "Thank you - you are a great teacher"

It turns out like most jobs in life if you put your heart into the job and do professional work - the rewards will follow. In teaching however, most teachers hang on to the lives transformed and the very few "thank you!" you get - they sustain you in some cases for decades!

Another five years if the Lord wills is sufficient for me! :)  Thank you to my teachers, my mentors, my peers, and most importantly, my students. I finally feel like a teacher.

I will muse in a new school Blog called Rancho's Bell.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

1 Year Old!

Celebrating the completion of our first year - Encuentros!  Congratulations to all my students...

Also, never forgetting important dates - today is Koda's birthday! One year old!

Sunday, May 01, 2011

One of the saddest thing I have heard this semester...

From the minutes of the Department chair's meeting:

"Letters to all our veterans have been sent regarding the fact that RBV will not be staging the USO show in the future."

How very sad... :(   Here a picture from the the NC Times story from last year...(photograph by Don Boomer) - Check the LINK

This is the end of an era at Rancho...I have been here five years and it was the best school event every year. Having said that, Veterans - thank you for your service!

In contrast, one of the best news this year was heard worldwide over the week-end. Special thanks to the NAVY SEAL UNIT SIX and to all our servicemen and women.  A job well done.

We will never forget...

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Google Apps at the Ranch

Presented to the VUSD Technology Council the possibilities of technology in our school setting using Google Apps. The presentation in posted at:

Ear full...

I was nicely surprised by some of my student's suggestions...

Ubiquitous teen attachment :)

Florence and the Machine
  • Cosmic Love
  • Drumming Song
  • Howl
  • My boy Builds Coffins
Dashboard Confessional
  • Hands Down
Johnny Cash
  • Personal Jesus
Imogen Heap
  • Speeding Cab
  • Headlock
Munford & Sons
  • White Blank Page
  • Roll Away Your Stone
Iron and Wine
  • Jezebell
Peter Murphy
  • Cuts You Up
Sarah McLachlan
  • Icecream
  • Fallen
Silversun Pickups
  • Lazy Eye
Squirrel Nut Zippers
  • Put a Lid on it
  • Ghost of Stephen Foster
  • Afterlife
  • Desert Rose
  • Amber
The new Anazon Cloud is getting a workout plus some investment on my part on music I really like. Not all, mind you, but some nice nice surprises... Thank you Luna!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Moving right along...

  1. Invest and expand technological infrastructure to meet evolving instructional, learning and professional needs.
  1. Improve technology system support to be transparent, efficient, and productive.
  1. Implement training systems that ensure the successful technical proficiency of all stakeholders.
  1. Blend pedagogy, subject knowledge, and technology in the development and delivery of effective and powerful curricular lessons.
  1. Support and enhance effective differentiation, using technology to engage all students so they will master standards and make meaning of content.
  1. Develop a structured selection process that will guide technological decision making.
  1. Articulate, deploy, and maintain technology standards for every classroom.
  1. Plan and implement accurate, timely, and secure data collection methods that will inform stakeholders, direct curricular design, and support policy decisions.