Better under pressure
cm_ackerman
It's funny but I realize that at the beginning of this class I was so lost and trying so hard to do my best and now that I understand everything more, I don't try as hard.  I wish I didn't do that.  I must work better under pressure.  I started this class not knowing if I was passing or failing, now that I know my grades I seem to slack.  I guess I am learning something about myself.  Not that it's a good thing.  I know I could do better if I tried harder.  I guess I am settling for an ok grade.  It makes me mad at myself.  I know I can do so much more.  Maybe this is a good lesson for me to learn more about the students that I teach everyday.  It is very interesting. 

i want to say good bye to the class and I hope you achieve everything that you are striving for.  Maybe I will see you in another class someday. 

Respect
cm_ackerman
I am starting to realize that I am a pretty good mother even though I have done many mistakes.  My chidren are grown now and have their own lives.  I can see how their lives are affected by the way they were raised.  When my children were young my husband and I had very low incomes.  It has always been hard living from paycheck to paycheck.  Both my kids had busy productive lives growing up.  (band, sports, 4-H, etc.)  When they both turned 14 they both had jobs (either babysitting, washing dishes at a restaurant, etc.) so they could afford their own clothes, car, etc.  They have both been very responsible and not afraid to work.  They both have major respect for their elders.  They are polite and treat older people with respect and love.  They are both very compassionate people and I am proud of them.  After working at BOCES a few years I have noticed that many teenagers in high school  lack job ambition and work ethics.  They also have no respect for authority.  The thing that really bothers me is they have no clue.  I try to explain to them that they need to respect people more and they do not understand.  It boggles my mind.  I love these kids and want to help them in their lives but I can't seem to get through to them.  The worst part is that the kids with the worst attitudes are the ones that think they are doing everything right.  I am hoping that I will continue to get enlightened about how to get through to them.  I only want to seem them truly happy in their lives. 

Thanks!
cm_ackerman
I just want to thank the fellow students that are taking time to help us that need it.  It is a wonderful thing.

confused
cm_ackerman
When I printed out the directions for this unit there was no page three so I wrote my own essay and worked on it till now and I discovered that I didnt follow directions on page three.  So all of the work I did is wrong.  I guess it's not getting done today because I just ran out of time.  This class is not getting any easier.  Oh well.  This is the second time that has happened to me that when I print out the directions, all of it is not there and I dont realize it till its too late.  No wonder it doesnt make sense to me.  Ugh! 

re:interaction
cm_ackerman
I want to thank everyone who commented on my post.  I really appreciate it.  I don't feel alone anymore.  Thanks.

interaction
cm_ackerman
I think I could really like this class if there was more interaction between the students and also the teacher.  There are only a few people who actually seem to be participating and it makes the class very uneventful.  We are suppose to be communicating with each other but only a couple do.  I know one person that has been such a help to me through this class.  I know I probably could do more for other people.  No class is really easy , especially when it's only five weeks long.  But we should have known that when we started.   I know I would enjoy this so much more if I didn't feel so alone. 

Writer's Block: Call Me
cm_ackerman
Do you still use a landline at home, or do you rely completely on your cell phone?
Sometimes I think I live in the stone age.  I use a landline at home.  I do have a cell phone but it's only for emergencies.  But then when there is an emergency, I find that my cell phone is dead.  I don't use it enough and then I forget to charge it.  So what's the use in having it.  I once had a cell phone with a family plan and my family drove me crazy.  My kids were calling me constantly.  I got rid of the family plan and I am more peaceful.  Phones can drive me crazy.  We have dial up internet also which is pretty annoying at times.  We have no cable either.  We are very simple people.  It's nice to have the luxuries but it might not be the best thing for you.  To me cell phones are luxuries. 

e-mails to Prof. Mink
cm_ackerman
Is anyone else having trouble sending emails to Prof. Mink?  Everything I send her is delayed and then cancel.  Nothing will go through.  I can't even tell her that there is a problem because it won't go through.  What a challenge this class is. 

on-line English
cm_ackerman
I have taken classes before on-line and I haven't had as much of a problem until now.This is a very confusing class if you are not real familiar with everything about computers.  Sometimes I feel like I am taking a computer class, not an English class.  It's the silly things like how to work the Live Journal, the Mycomplab, etc.  My classwork isn't even going through to the teacher when I send it.  I spend more time waiting for my computer, and trying to figure out how to use it, than the actual work.  And sometimes I feel like I am doing the same thing over and over again.  I don't mean to complain.  I just wish I had some clarity.  I keep hoping that the next week will be better. 

An Amusement Park Adventure
cm_ackerman
I went to Darien Lake yesterday with about 35 kids.  We all had a good time.  Everyone did their own thing, which was nice.  Some like the rollercoasters, others like the water rides.  Some didn't like to go on the rides at all.  I always liked rollercoasters but I am a little squemish about them the older I get.  My friend and I hung out together all day and went on a few rides.  It was alot of fun.  Toward the end, we decided to go on the "Viper", which is a rollercoaster.  We both were apprehensive about going on it, but we pushed our fears aside and got in line.  The ride came and we got in.  Once we were locked in, it was too late to get out now.  Oh, NO!  We both said "We can't stop now!"  The ride started bringing us up this very steep conveyer belt which made you feel like it would not grip and you might fall backwards.  We finally got to the top and oh, no, we were headed downward.  It wasn't so bad at first but the the turns and flips and drops came.  Wow!  What a ride.  It was so fast and I tried to keep my eyes open for the whole thing but I couldn't quiet do it.   The pressure from the wind was so strong that my headband was being pushed backwards off of my head.  I kept trying to push my head around against the seat to hold onto it so it wouldn't fly away and maybe hit someone.  I was glad that my headband worked it's way down to my neck and wrapped around it .  At times we were upside down, and sideways.  It was alot of fun.  At the end we saw our picture.  What a Riot!  We look so funny and terrified.  I had to buy it so we would have a memory of this experience.  I would definatlely do it again.

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