The Serger of Doom ( or Inconvenience)

The Serger of Doom ( or Inconvenience)

This Brother Homelock is on loan from a friend. I have installed new needles, threaded, rethreaded, re-rethreaded and it still is not operating correctly. I am going to to try again, but I think it needs to see an expert.


Finished Friday

Finished Friday

I finished the Mackinac Tank. It is a bit too short, but since I knit it out of cotton I measured my knitting while hanging with a bit of stretch as suggested by Sally Melville. The cotton will grow with time and I didn’t want to start out with it too large. I think it will be a great layering piece for most of the year.

Work in Progress Wednesday

Work in Progress Wednesday

This is going to be a birthday present for my sister. It is the Ice Storm Cowl by Louise Zass-Bangham. The yarn is Selku, a 50% merino wool and 50% silk sport weight from String Theory Hand Dyed Yarn, Inc. There is a subtle chevron pattern made of purl bumps going across the cowl. The yarn is lovely to work with and I should be done in time for my sister’s birthday.

Musing Monday

As I prepare for the 2013-2014 school year, I am taking courses to attain my certification to teach Academically Gifted students. I will have an inclusion classroom next year with learners who have very diverse needs. I have had much training on how to support those learners who struggle with grade level material, but none on how to challenge and enrich those students who are working above grade level. I am really enjoying my gifted education classes because I am learning so much about how to differentiate for those students in my classroom.

According to Susan Prior in her article “Student Voice: What do students who are Intellectually Gifted Say they Experience and Need in the Inclusive Classroom?” as publishes in Gifted and Talented International, 26(1), August 2011 acceleration, enrichment, and homogeneous grouping lead to more successful learning than just one approach to differentiation.

The research also shows that a moderately gifted student learns eight times faster than an average student. This has me musing about planning for instruction for these gifted learners. I want to do more than enrich them, I want to challenge and accelerate their curriculum. We will be reading about five books this year in our class, but I am thinking that my gifted students may need more.  As I plan my weekly and daily lessons, I will have to plan additionally  for those students so that I am not holding them back. The above book may help, (image courtesy of watch this space for more on how I will plan for my academically gifted students next year.  I welcome your comments about the latest research, what works in your classroom, or resources.

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Sewing Saturday

Days like this don’t come very often, but when they do I sure appreciate them.  I started off with a 4 mile run with 2 good friends. Then I helped make a caterpillar costume for the children’s play. I didn’t do any of the actual sewing, but I did some ripping, stuffing, laughing, and talking. So, my son got to play with his friends all day and I got to play with my friends all day. Now, if I can get the overlock machine threaded and ready to go on some future projects, the day will be perfect. 

Begin in the middle…

See, I am planning a lesson on heat while I leap this fire.
See, I am planning a lesson on heat while I leap this fire.

Have you ever wondered, “Is there anyone else who knits while thinking about running, runs while thinking about sewing, sews while thinking about teaching, and teaches while thinking about knitting?” If you have, then you know that while you teach, it is impossible to think about anything else except what is happening in the classroom. You wish you could think about knitting, but with 10 decisions to make every second, you just can’t. If that makes sense to you, then you are in the right place. This blog will be my online journal of my teaching life, creative life, athletic life, and a little of my family life.