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Posts Made By: vespergirl
Board: The VENT 10-04-2016, 06:45 PM
Replies: 9
Posted By vespergirl

Thank you for your comment; that made my day! Best of luck in your doctoral program! :)
Board: The VENT 10-04-2016, 06:15 PM
Replies: 9
Posted By vespergirl
The Carnegie ratio that most institutions use to...

The Carnegie ratio that most institutions use to calculate the amount of work that you should do to earn 1 semester credit hour is about 45 hours of work. So for a 3-credit course, you should expect...
Board: The VENT 10-04-2016, 06:00 PM
Replies: 13
Posted By vespergirl
Could you ...

Look for jobs in addition to your teaching career? With little kids, it's hard, but there are things you could do at home that might supplement your career. One item that immediately comes to mind...
Board: Teachers' Lounge 09-29-2016, 07:38 PM
Replies: 7
Posted By vespergirl

I adore my Silhouette. I chose it over the Cricut for the reasons others mentioned -- it does not use cartridges. I cut vinyl, paper, fabric, make stencils for etching glass ... The list is...
Board: Teachers' Lounge 09-02-2016, 02:36 PM
Replies: 8
Posted By vespergirl
I think the best tile cleaner depends upon the...

I think the best tile cleaner depends upon the tile.

When I've had tile with a smooth surface, a Swiffer or similar device was all I needed.

Now I live in a house with light-colored tile that...
Board: Teachers' Lounge 09-02-2016, 02:31 PM
Replies: 7
Posted By vespergirl
Corporate wear

We order our school corporate wear (embroidered logo items, etc) from Lands End.

Quality seems okay -- I've got a cardigan, a fleece jacket, and a polo. Customer service was fantastic, at least...
Board: Teachers' Lounge 09-02-2016, 02:29 PM
Replies: 6
Posted By vespergirl
Planner movement

That is one of the things I LOVE about the current craze over Happy Planners and bullet journals. It makes paper and pencil lists cool again.

I use my phone's calendar for recording appointments...
Board: Teachers' Lounge 10-04-2015, 02:48 PM
Replies: 12
Posted By vespergirl
Salsa Steak

2-4 cube steaks
1 jar of your favorite salsa
1 can of corn, drained, or 1 c. frozen corn kernels
Optional additions: chopped green bell pepper, sliced black olives, chopped green chiles

Board: Teachers' Lounge 03-15-2015, 12:12 PM
Replies: 4
Posted By vespergirl
BBQ Version

I make a version that is not traditional and thus isn't really a shepherd's or cottage pie, but my kids gobble it up.

Bottom layer: Brown ground beef with onion and add in diced green peppers...
Board: The VENT 03-06-2015, 06:58 PM
Replies: 1
Posted By vespergirl
No advice

but as another librarian colleague, and knowing what's going on in our field, I have to wonder. Is he thinking he wants to eliminate a credentialed librarian position and replace it with a parapro?...
Board: Private Schools 02-25-2015, 07:09 PM
Replies: 2
Posted By vespergirl


My P has decided that students at my school will take the ITBS this year. Traditionally we have always opted in for state-sponsored testing, but with this being the first "official" year of...
Board: BusyBoard 01-27-2015, 06:48 PM
Replies: 2
Posted By vespergirl
Agree with PP

If you look at Lucy Calkins' new Units of Study in writing, she starts each unit with a literary selection that not only serves as a mentor text but is often impetus for writing later (i.e. short...
Board: Teachers' Lounge 01-13-2015, 05:19 PM
Replies: 26
Posted By vespergirl
I love the idea, but ...

... what if we're worried WE might be on some other teacher's list from the days we were students? :D Can we be exempt from being sued ourselves in exchange for "time served" in the profession...
Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 01-08-2015, 06:52 PM
Replies: 5
Posted By vespergirl
Do you have access to

An Ebscohost database? Masterfile, Middle search, etc? Your local public or state library probably provides access for free in its electronic resources.

If you can get access to an Ebsco...
Board: Sixth Grade 01-03-2015, 08:39 AM
Replies: 7
Posted By vespergirl

I'm coming to this late, but I have been called for jury duty several times here in our fair state.

Getting called is the operative word. I've been called four times in the past ten years. ...
Board: Teachers' Lounge 11-17-2014, 05:16 PM
Replies: 4
Posted By vespergirl
I found that if I wore

the braces at night, I usually got enough relief to get me through the day. I wore a pretty intense night brace, much like this one...
Board: Teachers' Lounge 11-17-2014, 05:11 PM
Replies: 6
Posted By vespergirl
You're on to something

This sounds like an excellent subject for someone's doctoral dissertation ;)
Board: The VENT 11-16-2014, 05:21 PM
Replies: 8
Posted By vespergirl
Right there with ya

I marked a date on my calendar the other day. November 12. That is the day I officially decided that this is my last year.

I've thought about it for about four years now but never really got...
Board: The VENT 11-05-2014, 04:15 PM
Replies: 9
Posted By vespergirl
Code of conduct

Things have reached the point at my school where we had to include pages in the student handbook that governed the parents' conduct. I'm at a private school that has always prided itself on its...
Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 10-28-2014, 04:18 PM
Replies: 5
Posted By vespergirl
We've done it

... but not during the school day. We treated it as a special evening event that parents had to give permission for. It was precisely because of the profanity; we wanted parents to be able to opt...
Board: The VENT 09-24-2014, 05:00 PM
Replies: 32
Posted By vespergirl
I'm thinking that ...

... if the P offered up your name, you should return the favor. Respond to the email asking the kind minister to pray for your P, 'cause he probably needs the help more than you do ;)
Board: Library / Media Specialist 09-22-2014, 05:10 PM
Replies: 3
Posted By vespergirl

If you are planning to check them out to the students, then yes, they should definitely be barcoded. You don't need an asset manager to do this; you can simply make an equipment category in your...
Board: BusyBoard 09-22-2014, 04:52 PM
Replies: 7
Posted By vespergirl
All great ideas ...

... especially the deduction of one point per improper use!

Sometimes kids just need a definitive rule. When all else fails -- after you've taught them proper use and they sill can't help...
Board: BusyBoard 09-22-2014, 04:44 PM
Replies: 3
Posted By vespergirl
We're 1:1 iPad

and have been so now for three years. I have shepherded three groups of middle-schoolers and their teachers through device adoption.

How it is working and what our experiences have been is a...
Board: Teachers' Lounge 09-21-2014, 12:36 PM
Replies: 5
Posted By vespergirl
Literary bracelets

I love this girl's bracelets. I have several. They are sturdy but not too heavy. I constantly get compliments on them.

I've also got my eye on some...

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