Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Slice of Life - My Dress

My dress was picked out two nights ago.  Something black, white polka dots, and little strips of the same fabric sewn near the bottom in the shape of flowers.  A new dress I thought would scream fun summer event, seemed very appropriate for my dear friend's funeral.  

Funerals are a celebration of life and my grandmother's words guided me today, "Funerals are beautiful, I like funerals now."  She went on to further explain, "I get to see people I haven't seen in a very long time and people are willing to visit and tell stories."  Her words kept me grounded quite often throughout the mass because it was beautiful.  

I took time today to sit.  I took time today to listen.  I took time today to reflect.  Sometimes the beautiful is hard but my little new dress with a little spunk reminded me to carry on, life is fun, and it made me smile.  Sometimes wearing the right thing can get you through the hard stuff and today it was my black and white polka dotted dress.  Now I need to find that fun summer event to wear it to.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Math Monday - Elapsed Time Saved Me

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I can't wait to see my students today and hear all about their time away as we return from spring break.  I have my own story to share and it's all about elapsed time...

It's only 4.5 minutes of my life!  It will have moments where it stops.  If you are NOT a fan of roller coasters you can get through this ride.  This was all the important information I gathered from my guide book for Universal Studios.  In particular the ride - Escape from Gringotts.  The experience leading up to the actual ride was a must to see - so I decided to be brave.

The scenes Leading up the actual ride was worth every minute of the ride.  What actually happened when I was on the ride - white knuckles, closed eyes, opened eyes at pauses to see images from Harry Potter, shaking legs, shaking arms, and I'd like to think of it as meditation but I kept repeating it's only 4.5 minutes of my life!

Later on the next day - my trusty guide book called Flight of Hippogriff a junior roller coaster and it was only to be 1 minute of my life.  It didn't look too bad.  There weren't any major dips and 1 minute is a quarter-ish of the ride Escape from Gringotts Bank, I can do this.  Let's just say, I gripped the lap/lock you in bar tightly and closed my eyes the whole way!  There's a reason I hadn't been on a roller coaster for 29 years.

I found myself very thankful for having to teach students how to tell time, especially elapsed time.  I think it's very important to share and show how we use math in our own lives.  I'd love to know if you have any interesting stories to share about math as a part of your life.

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