When I grow up . . . I want to be . . .in 2015

When I grow up, I want to be a:

a teacher

a writer

a book reader

Do what you love to do and give it your very best. Whether it’s business or baseball, or the theater, or any field. If you don’t love what you’re doing and you can’t give it your best, get out of it. Life is too short. You’ll be an old man before you know it.

I feel like an old woman; I work hard, but I am not doing what I want to do.  I am tired of hitting my head against a brick wall.
This year will be different more productive because I will be following Proverbs 16:9
“We plan the way we want to live, but only GOD makes us able to live it.”
Rick Warren”s Daily hope provides three things you need to reach your goals: God’s spirit; God’s word; and God’s people.
Let’s talk more in June 2015 about our goals, which we should have done tomorrow.

Oh Happy Days!!

I really like new beginnings, the first day of school, the first day of new year, the day of summer, my birthday.  All of these times represent new beginnings to me.

Proverbs 16:9  “We plan the way we want to live, but only GOD mess us able to live it.”

Rick Warrens’ Daily Hope message today was titled

 “The Three Things You Need to Reach Your Goals”
-God’s Spirit to empower you
-God’s word to guide you.
-God’s people to support you
In fact most of the books I have read about starting a new way of living suggests that you have theses three things in place before you start the journey.   
It takes strength, but only through God will this strength amount to anything; 


People say we need a manual to get through life, rules to follow and what to do when we need to do in order to resolve these problems. The Bible is a manual to help you through life.
Support System:
 Finally you need people who you trust and who will support you through this journey. These are people who you know to have the values, principles and lifestyle that you want to achieve for yourself.
Enter 2015
I know what to do, it is time to do it.  Let’s discuss this again in June 2015.

Chronicle: A Gradebook App

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The most difficult part of teaching is remembering the “ah ha” moments when the student does something memorable. Or when the teacher is trying to work with each child individually during a writing, reading or math conference AND then to remember what was actually said and trying to decipher the notes that were written.
The hardest part is describing that moment and then illustrating it so that the parents can understand how their child is performing. In addition, to using this information to show other service providers and to use for future documentation in order to design lessons.

This app, Chronicle, provides the teacher that go by with the ability to capture all of these items in one place and share the “ah ha” moments with the other service providers and parents. IMG_2425

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the chronicle app has several features that provide the teacher with the assistance to design individual lesson plans for each of their students.  These activities show the teacher each individual students picture, data and their entire educational story. The teacher has the ability to color code the data and set it up a manner   that makes sense to the teacher. In addition, the teacher has a number of tutorials via the YouTube link in order to decipher how each section can be used in the app.

The activities are documented, but the teacher can record the information by adding photos and/or videos that can be stored and/or send to various individuals. The teacher can use this portion to define educational and behavioral issues that occur in the classroom. This allows the teacher to view what happen at a later date or to verify notes that the teachers take during the course of the day. This can be viewed collectively of individually.

I have used this app for students in my classroom. The set up of the app takes some time to get used to, as well as, determining what types of information which needs to be documented and stored in the app. In addition, common core standards, data from a previous teacher and back up data can be stored in Google and Dropbox. This app is very handy and provides a lot of good information at your fingertips. My one real criticism is that the app does not work well unless it is in a landscape position. I have my iPad on a keyboard so that it is difficult to put it in a portrait position. I hope this aspect is taken care of in the future.

The bottom line is that I do support and recommend this app as a great tool for educators. The price of $20 may seem high for an app, however, the majority of other lesson planning apps do cost less (the highest I found was $12), but this is a yearly fee.

DISCLAIMER: This review was written in exchange for the app. However, the review is based on an honest opinion by the reviewer.

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