Archive for March, 2006

Continuing Education at Bellingham Technical College

Friday, March 31st, 2006

The final class in the paraeducator certification series begins next Tuesday evening. The class is entitled Effective Instruction. Some topics which will be covered include:

  • Assessment and educational standards
  • The teaching/learning cycle
  • Library/technology skills
  • The writing process
  • The reading process
  • Team teaching

The first two paraeducator classes were packed full of helpful information, and involved observation of experienced paraeducators at work, much reading, and lots of writing on educational topics. These classes would be valuable for home educators, as well as for parents of a child with learning challenges.

I will also need to earn Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3) before being certified as a paraeducator. I purchased the Computer Literacy Basics textbook, and plan to work my way through it on my own, since another night class would be just too much.

After completing this certification, I hope to either volunteer at the high school where our daughter is a student, or work part-time as a paraeducator, if a position is available.

I’ll be sorry when these classes are done. I feel as if I’ve been privileged to participate in a fine book discussion group.

What Kind of Coffee Are You?

Friday, March 31st, 2006
You Are a Soy Latte

At your best, you are: free spirited, down to earth, and relaxed.
At your worst, you are: dogmatic and picky.You drink coffee when: you need a pick me up, and green tea isn’t cutting it.Your caffeine addiction level: medium
What Kind of Coffee Are You?
Isn’t that funny, Laura? I got the same answer as you. I don’t think either of us really drink *soy lattes*! Oh, well. Thanks for the link to this site. BTW, Dad is the following:
***You are a Black Coffee***

At your best, you are: low maintenance, friendly, and adaptable

At your worst, you are: cheap and angsty

You drink coffee when: you can get your hands on it

Your caffeine addiction level: high

What Kind of Coffee Are You?

Looking to the Lord for Wisdom

Sunday, March 12th, 2006
Jam 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all [men] liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

The Lord may give a person a strong mind, a good intellect, and the opportunity to learn many things. Even with these gifts, it is still so necessary to receive insight from the Lord, especially if one is to rightly understand complicated issues. A person may study an issue thoroughly, and puzzle the ins and outs of it. Unless the Lord bless the effort, it will prove futile.

It seems to me that an initial step towards attaining wisdom is recognizing that one does not possess wisdom in and of oneself. One must see that she lacks wisdom. Next, one must apply to the Lord, in faith, for this wisdom.

1Jo 2:27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

The Lord will teach us what we need to know, as we go to Him in faith, seeking wisdom of Him. The issues before us may be daunting, but the Lord will give us the wisdom to honor Him in our decisions, as we depend upon Him.