Saturday, February 27, 2010

Spirit of the Learner

I'm not about breaking the spirit of a child. I'd rather guide that spirit into a positive direction.

My first year of teaching taught me that. I was a high school art teacher out of my element in a country school. I had a kid who constantly talked while I was teaching and sometimes what he was saying was in opposition to what I was saying. He was quite intelligent but he knew he was wrong. I soon figured out he was about how he looked in front of his classmates. Some of the students thought he was weird so in his insecurity he was reaching out to be a part of them by being in conflict with me and whoever was teaching in his other classes.

At conference time, before his mom arrived, one of the assistant principals made is a point to tell me how weird this kid was and that his sister wanted the same attention so she was weird, too.

When the mom came, she told me that she knew her son was defiant and that he needed firmness, however, she also explained that he was classic learning disabled due to dyslexia. He'd spent his early years in school being convinced he was stupid and even after diagnosis, some of his teachers thought it was all a joke and just a way to get by without doing some of his school work. Mom explained that if he had these few accommodations made for his learning style he could do the work. The assistant principal rolled her eyes, but it all made sense to me.

This kid could sculpt like he was born with handfuls of clay. When we went over art history on Fridays he would hold and model a piece of clay rather than take notes. When it was time for a test on what he'd learned, he'd take a few minutes of his lunch period to come in and take the test orally and ace it! He started feeling comfortable about sharing with me. He kept a notebook of ideas and even wrote some poetry. His handwriting was atrocious, however, each paragraph represented a half an hour of laboring to put his words on paper. That was back in the late 1970's before we had PCs.Sometimes I just think of how awesome he'd have been with a computer back then!

Still, he was not a perfect angel in class but that class became more of a little family of advanced students and he was part of the family rather than just that weird loud-mouth kid. He was able to help his classmates with molding methods when we came to that part of the sculpture lessons and he had great ideas for the art club. He was very knowledgeable and helpful but still himself.

I am thankful for that experience because with all I'd read about dyslexia, I had a student in my first year who gave me experience in working with a child with the learning difference. Throughout my teaching career, learning differences have been my interest and a gift for understanding.

On more than one occasion I have been in a teacher's class where the differences are considered defiance and something to be fought and won over. For instance, I shared a room with another teacher. My kids were visually impaired with multiple disabilities due to premature birth and hers were "vanilla blind."

One of her babies was a very gifted three-year-old. At nap time, this child could not stay on the mat and he never took a nap during the first few months after his arrival to the class. He was moved to the other side of the toy shelves so that his wiggling would not disturbed the other children at nap time. Of course that meant that he spent nap time exploring the toys.  He wiggled all over the place! That was just one trait of a hyperactivity disorder.

I saw this, well meaning teacher try to tame this child by explaining to him that he must just be still when it was time to be still because she said he must. She gave him a task of stringing beads with a timer. In order to increase his attention span he was forced under threat of punishment with sitting and stringing an assigned number of beads in fifteen minutes. I had to ask if this method was working to any degree. As it turned out she was keeping data and he had actually strung five more beads the day before which was proof that he could do it if her chose. That day he was being punished for not increasing the number of beads he was assigned. I think I'd sarcastically made the statement that he was obviously enjoying the punishment.

The teacher's thoughts were that in order to learn, he was going to have to learn to sit still and string beads for hours on end.  She said his mother should really consider putting him on some type of drugs that would calm him down and keep him out of trouble when he left her class and went to regular kindergarten, first grade and so on and that those teachers were not going to be able to suffer his wiggling even though he was blind.

I was getting frustrated for the child for getting in trouble at nap time so I talked to him about it and told him he had to stay in one area and stay quiet as possible even though he didn't feel like going to sleep. It dawned on me that if I have something to look at with my eyes at nap time I'm going to look. He was searching the toy shelves with his little fingers which were his eyes. Who could blame him? The teacher had taken his nap mat saying that i he couldn't be still then he didn't deserve a mat so actually he was laying on the floor next to the toy shelf and expected to go fast asleep. I took a bed spread that I kept on my side of the room for when my kids got too cold under the air conditioner that blew directly on to our side of the room. I wrapped that little wiggle worm like a he was a caterpillar in a cocoon, except his little face stuck out. In five minutes he was snoring like a grandfather.

The summer between his kindergarten and first grade year, he was assigned to my class. He was to complete some chapters in the Sally Mangold reader for blind children. Inside the cover of this book was the name of a former student who was now an adult possibly with children of his own. The teacher who had him for braille in kindergarten wanted him to sit and read and braille for hours on end and since he couldn't do it, he was with me for summer school. Well, Sally Mangold is a fine method for teaching braille, however, some of the references are antiquated like "a plug for a tub" and a "door-to-door salesman." Expect to see more old school references when a former student who is now grown was assigned the same edition.

At any rate, just as with sighted children, a NOT lazy teacher is going to have different resources for her/his kids based on how the child learns. Dr. Wormsley even says that it's not a text to be used in isolation just as sighted children have supplemental reading materials so should the blind, unless your child has a "Lazy A" teacher. I had a wonderful short course/workshop under Dr. Wormsley when she was invited here. What she was saying made so much sense although I know "Lazy A" who needed to be there would have blown it off because that's the nature of being lazy. Anything different means work.

My thing with this child was that asking him to focus and pay attention the way the teaher wanted was like having a child with one leg and punishing him for not behaving like he has two. It was crazy making, and I could see him giving up. So I took the same signs and contractions he needed to learn that were in those same chapters he was to complete and made shorter, humorous and more up-to-date stories based on his interests. I didn't have him sit behind the braille writer all day. Depending on the story and the new words we did activities with them. For example, sine it was summer we had each child nring fruit and we made fruit smoothies to go with the story. We kept swimming clothes and I had a couple of wading pools so we he and the other children did their best, every week on the last day, right before getting on the bus we had a splash time. That was incentive for him to get as much done as he could. I never had him just sit for 30 minutes but I had enough activities for him to have him work for 15 minutes at a time.

Although he did not complete the summer he learned more signs than he was supposed to know to enter first grade and we did it using Sally Mangold as a guide and NOT as a bible. That kid actually hated Pam and Sam, two recurring characters in the Sally Mangold series. I was getting a bit weary of them too for watching him suffer through another of their adventures.Trying to force him to learn the way that teacher wanted--according to her "style" was not working. Taking his style of learning and working with it did work.
When you have children in a special setting, there is no excuse for not tea hing the way they learn. The classes are smaller for that reason. Any other way is just being a "Lazy A" teacher. I was told "Oh nobody has time for that!" No she just doesn't want to take the time. It's not about finishing a book, it's about learning the concept through any means necessary and not forcing the child to make your lazy life easier.

That summer, when we had visitor on campus, the lead teacher would bring them to my room where there was a kindergarten braille reader doing awesome things. He was writing paragraphs on second grade level! Of course his regular school year teacher was upset with me and rather than come to me she reported to the head of the special education summer program that I had not taught straight from the book she liked. It didn't matter. The child had a summer of successful learning and I sent her a prayer. Didn't stop her from being upset with me but there is no concern in my eye!

Personally, I find it thrilling to figure out the little puzzles my kids are and how they learn. Some people like to figure out cross word puzzles. I like to figure out specifics of learning differences. That is SO exciting to me! What's even better is when I step into the classroom of a teacher and we work together to figure out what works for a child! YAY! Yeah, that works for me. I love stepping into the rooms of excited teachers!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

What's A Prayer Chain Look Like? (Thanks for the Participation)

Thanks to everyone who participated in the prayer vigil for Angola Kairos #48. 

Someone asked me how we use them in a prayer chain. You see, we used to have several pages printed and each volunteer on the team would take the printed pages and ask folks to sign their name to the times represented on the slips of prayer sheets. Each volunteer had a two-hour block of time to look for folks to pray. Then they would have to cut them into strips and staple them together. After that they were to return them to me in numbered bags and while we are at the hotel in St. Francisville, I would link each segment of the chain together, making one long prayer chain. 

Then one of the guys who serves as our runner over the 3 1/2-day Kairos Weekend  would take the prayer chain into the prison in a huge garbage bag. The chain is then hung up inside the prison where the workshop is being held. It is draped around and around and up and down the room. As you can see in the hotel photos below, thic chain was pretty long. 

During the weekend, it is explained to the prison residents that someone is praying for them 24/7 during the 3 1/2-day weekend and that each link represents someone praying for them in a 10-minute block.  They can actually walk up to the physical representation and they are awed by the prayers!

This time I made sure to take pictures of the chain before it was sent it into the prison so that those of you who signed up and prayed will have some idea of how the physical chain looked.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

A article from Ms. Kathy

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Beneath the 'vegetative state,' scientists find some alert minds

By Rob Stein
Many of the patients were labeled with the same grim diagnosis: "vegetative state." Their head injuries, teams of specialists had concluded, condemned them to a netherworld -- alive yet utterly devoid of any awareness of the world around them.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

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Enrollment disparities seen for New Orleans students with special needs
Some New Orleans public schools -- particularly some independently run charter schools -- are showing wide enrollment differences in students with special needs, a report by state officials shows. Charter schools in the Recovery School District have both high and low numbers of students in special education, prompting criticism from some who accused some schools of engaging in discrimination by encouraging students with special needs to enroll elsewhere. Education officials defended the schools, saying that the district's school-choice policy makes some variation inevitable.  Times-Picayune (New Orleans), The (2/1)

Re: No arms, no legs, no worries...

I remember this guy! KNowing that I work with disabled children, someone sent a video of him to me a few years ago. Thanks for the reminder, Jeanne! Sharing with others in this reply.

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 The Interview With God Newsletter
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, January 28, 2010 10:49 PM
Subject: No arms, no legs, no worries...

The Interview With God Newsletter

We have another awesome video for you. Today we have another inspiring video for you to watch from a motivational speaker who has no arms or legs - you must see this video.

New Video Titled "No Arms No Legs No Worries"

Listen to this man who has no arms and no legs. He will inspire you and uplift you in this video. Please take your time to watch this and learn from the message and forward it to your friends.

After you get done viewing the video, please share you thoughts about it in our guestbook here.

Thank you
Greg Writer,
Angel Network

PS I know this might be "off topic", but in today's tough economic times I just had to share this incredible opportunity.

So please forgive me if this is no interest to you!

Anyway, I recently had the opportunity to interview Bill Bartmann (made famous as the "Billionaire Nobody Knows") on a special invitation-only tele-seminar.

Bill made over $3.5 Billion dollars in 10 years, and he has agreed to do an interview with me sharing how he did it and how you to can use his strategies to make some serious money in this market.

He will sharing with us "how to" profit from the current financial recession.

USA Today even called him
"One of the USA's Richest Men"

If you want to hear advice from Bill and listen to my interview I have uploaded the interview to the following page:

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The interview was incredible and definitely worth the time to listen!

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--- On Mon, 1/25/10, ann molix  wrote:

From: ann

The Sack Lunches

I put my carry-on in the luggage compartment and sat down in my assigned seat. It was going to be a long flight.. 'I'm glad I have a good book to read.. Perhaps I will get a short nap,' I thought.

Just before take-off, a line of soldiers came down the aisle and filled all the vacant seats, totally surrounding me. I decided to start a conversation.

'Where are you headed?' I asked the soldier seated nearest to me.
'Petawawa. We'll be there for two weeks for special training, and then we're being deployed to Afghanistan

After flying for about an hour, an announcement was made that sack lunches were available for five dollars. It would be several hours before we reached the east, and I quickly decided a lunch would help pass the time...

As I reached for my wallet, I overheard a soldier ask his buddy if he planned to buy lunch.  'No, that seems like a lot of money for just a sack lunch. Probably wouldn't be worth five bucks.  I'll wait till we get to base.'

His friend agreed.

I looked around at the other soldiers. None were buying lunch. I walked to the back of the plane and handed the flight attendant a fifty  dollar bill.  'Take a lunch to all those soldiers.' She grabbed my arms and squeezed tightly. Her eyes wet with tears, she thanked me. 'My son was a soldier in Iraq ; it's almost like you are doing it for him.'

Picking up ten sacks, she headed up the aisle to where the soldiers were seated. She stopped at my seat and asked, 'Which do you like best - beef or chicken?'
'Chicken,' I replied, wondering why she asked. She turned and went to the front of plane, returning a minute later with a dinner plate from first class..

'This is your thanks..'

After we finished eating, I went again to the back of the plane, heading for the rest room.

A man stopped me. 'I saw what you did. I want to be part of it. Here, take this.' He handed me twenty-five dollars.

Soon after I returned to my seat, I saw the Flight Captain coming down the aisle, looking at the aisle numbers as he walked, I hoped he was not looking for me, but noticed he was looking at the numbers only on my side of the plane. When he got to my row he stopped, smiled, held out his hand and said, 'I want to shake your hand.' Quickly unfastening my seatbelt I stood and took the Captain's hand. With a booming voice he said, 'I was a soldier and I was a military pilot. Once, someone bought me a lunch. It was an act of kindness I never forgot.' I was embarrassed when applause was heard from all of the passengers.

Later I walked to the front of the plane so I could stretch my legs. A man who was seated about six rows in front of me reached out his hand, wanting to shake mine. He left another twenty-five dollars in my palm.

When we landed I gathered my belongings and started to deplane. Waiting just inside the airplane door was a man who stopped me, put something in my shirt pocket, turned, and walked away without saying a word. Another twenty-five dollars!

Upon entering the terminal, I saw the soldiers gathering for their trip to the base.

I walked over to them and handed them seventy-five dollars. 'It will take you some time to reach the base.. It will be about time for a sandwich.
God Bless You.'

Ten young men left that flight feeling the love and respect of their fellow travelers.

As I walked briskly to my car, I whispered a prayer for their safe return. These soldiers were giving their all for our country. I could only give them a couple of meals. It seemed so little...

A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to 'The United States of America   ' for an amount of 'up to and including my life.'

That is Honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it.'

May God give you the strength and courage to pass this along to everyone on your email buddy list....


Let us pray...

Prayer chain for our Military... Don't break it!

Please send this on after a short prayer.. Prayer for our soldiers Don't break it!


'Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. Amen.'

Prayer Request: When you receive this, please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our troops around the world.

There is nothing attached. Just send this to people in your address book. Do not let it stop with you. Of all the gifts you could give a Marine, Soldier, Sailor, Airman, & others deployed in harm's way, prayer is the very best one.
** Just as a footnote, we always offer military personel complimentary whatever we have on board the plane.

Braille Challenge in Baton Rouge

Greetings Everyone,
The Louisiana Center for the Blind is excited to announce that we are
partnering with the Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired (LSVI)
who will be hosting a Braille Challenge regional event on Wednesday,
February 24, 2010 on the LSVI/LSD campus located at 2888 Brightside
Drive in Baton Rouge. The event is slated to begin at 9:00 a.m. and
conclude at approximately 3:00 p.m. The Braille Challenge consists of a
series of tests designed to evaluate one's proficiency in interpreting
and utilizing the literary Braille code.
Students in grades 1-12 are eligible to participate in the event. Please
visit for more comprehensive information about
the contest (i.e., sample tests etc).
Though the thought of taking Braille exams may seem less than enjoyable
to students, it should be noted that they are eligible to receive some
nice prizes, and that for students who do extremely well, there is a
chance to go to Los Angeles to take part in the Braille Challenge finals
in the summer. Louisiana has sent students to L.A. in the recent past,
and we hope to do so again this year.
For questions, or to sign your student up for the Challenge, please
contact Phil Templet at LSVI via email at We hope to
see you and your student in Baton Rouge for a day of fun and
Cordially yours,
Eric Guillory, Director of Youth Services
Louisiana Center for the Blind
101 South Trenton Street
Ruston, LA 71270
Phone: 800-234-4166
Fax: 318-251-0109

Garland Robinette's Letter

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Garland 's letter to the Who Dat Nation – a cool BREES a comin'!

WWL/Garland Robinette Reporting

I feel a COOL BREES a comin'!   And, it doesn't  look like pigskin.  When mother nature burns a forest she seems the devil.  Animals are killed, treasures are destroyed and what was, is no more.  But, she understands that in order to evolve to new and better, often times all present must become the past.

 We celebrate today like never before.  We have worked and sacrificed in nightmare visions in order to see this joy.  But one day, this too will be a wonderful but distant memory.  What we don't celebrate today is something of which we are not aware.

There has been a change in our DNA..  Our tremors, our tears, our fears have been replaced with steel.  While the rest of the country runs from mudslides, urban flash fires and a world stopped by snow.  While the world reels from sunamis, earthquakes and fear of war, we celebrate.  We have little fear.

Why would we?  What is mother nature going to do?  Flood us?  Destroy our homes?  Kill large numbers of us?  So what?  We'll just rebuild, cook better food, make our educational system the country's best!   We will always finish strong.  We know, unlike the rest of the world, that we can replace horror with joy.  We have proof that we can move from world sympathy to WORLD CHAMPIONS!  We can make pigs fly and ice skate in hell!

 And, a word for those who will still insist on holding us to the past.  Without whites' help, President Obama would not be in office.  Without blacks' help, Mitch Landrieu would not be in office.  Our Vietnamese congressman watched the Who-Dats in the oval office with a black President…and our Indian Governor celebrated in Miami .  For those who talk of shadow governments in order to tear us apart…you lose.  You cannot tear steel!

 For years we have been different for many of the wrong reasons.  But now look for the rest of the world to hope to be different, just like us.  We have been to war.  They have not.  We have not only survived but thrived.  Whatever lies ahead, we know from experience that we will finish strong.  There is a cool Brees a comin'....and WE DAT!


The purpose of a dog

Oh! I love this. Gotta put it on my blog

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From: Jeanne
Read to the end

        A  Dog's Purpose ?     (from  a 6-year-old).
        Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.
        I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the  family we couldn't do anything for Belker, and  offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for  the old dog in their home.
        As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane

        might learn something from the experience.
        The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker's family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting  the old dog for the last time, that I wondered  if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.
        The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after  Belker's Death, wondering aloud about the sad  fact that animal lives are shorter than human  lives.
        Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ''I know why.''
        Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me.  I'd never heard a more comforting explanation.  It has changed the way I try and live.
        He said , ''People are born so that they can learn  how to live a good life -- like loving everybody  all the time and being nice, right?''
        The  Six-year-old continued,''Well, dogs already know  how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long.''
        Live simply..
        Love generously.
        Care deeply.
        Speak kindly.
        Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:
        When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
        Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
        Allow  the experience of fresh air and the wind in your  face to be pure Ecstasy.
        Take  naps.
        Stretch  before rising.
        Run,  romp, and play daily.
        Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
        Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
        On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
        On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
        When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
        Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
        Be loyal.
        Never pretend to be something you're not.
        If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
        When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.




Monday, February 8, 2010

Godd Morning!

I have a club of ladies with the same first and last name on Face Book. This is a message I sent to them this morning:

Good morning beautiful Kathys!

I never learned to type correctly. My mother warned me when I was in high school but I was an ardent art student and wanted to take all the art courses I cold possibly take. Who knew with the advent of computers that I'd be typing for a living and advocating that my kids with visual impairments learn the keyboard!!!??

As I use two to four fingers I sometimes reverse letters in words or double the wrong pair of letters. I refer to it as my "finger dyslexia." For example, as I started writing to you this morning, as is a common mistake of mine, I typed "godd" rather than "good."

Thinking about it, beautiful Kathys, it is possibly another "God-incidence" for I not only wish you a good morning, I pray a "God Morning" for you today...and that is so GOOD!

Stay Blessed!
Kathy from Baton Rouge

Thursday, February 4, 2010

ExCePt FoR tHeSe

I have people contact me and ask for prayer in sickness and in bad times. I am grateful for the opportunity. I'm grateful they see something of God in me that they find me worthy to share in their prayers for their family and friends. Sometimes it's those requests that remind me to talk to God each day, so for that I am grateful.

The Bible admonishes us Christians to "pray without ceasing." However, some of us want to put restrictions and conditions on God. We only pray when we want something to go our way and we want God to bless what we want. "Oh, God! Let this scratch-off ticket bring me one million bucks! Just ONE million is all I ask!" Dude, God knows you're a jerk with $100 and that you'll just be a bigger jerk with a million bucks!

More seriously, though, folks put limits on their prayers as if they really belong to themselves and are to be doled out only for certain causes and for certain people. I actually saw someone who didn't know better, thinking it was fine to pray for something bad to happen to someone they didn't like. Can you say "Way off base!" Boys and girls?

Prayer is simply talking to God. It's not always about asking for what you want. It's also about praise, worship and thanks. In the model prayer, which some folks call The Lord's Prayer, Christ is teaching how to pray using praise, request, thanks.

I am mentioning it here because as we do Kairos Prison Ministry, we always have a prayer chain for the 42 prison residents who will participate in the 3 1/2-day spiritually uplifting workshop and for the team of gentlemen and ladies who will serve on the team. There are actually babes in Christ who feel such ownership of their prayers that, though they consider themselves to be devout, they will limit how they dole out their prayers and say, "No, I will not pray for those people."

With that said, I have combined a TOP TEN list of reasons that Christians do not pray--which are not really reasons at all!

1. They don't like us and they are not praying for us! (Heard a lot after 911)
2. I don't have a "podium"/ don't know how to make the words sound right in the group.
3. They are not in our church.
4. They don't look like us.
5. They don't deserve my/our prayers.
6. It's useless/ fruitless. What's the point?.
7. I don't have someone to pray with me.
8. I just don't like her/him/them.
9. They're too young/old/insignificant
10. I have not forgiven her/him or someone they bring to mind.

Now with my fussing done, prayerfully consider joining our prayer vigil for February 18-21. We know that everyone is not called to go inside the prison with us so we give you an opportunity for your blessings from the outside. Click the link in the title or copy and paste this link into your browser area:
The system will ask for your email but it will only be used to remind you of the 10minutes you chose to pray. It will not print out on the physical prayer chain.

What will happen is that during the workshop a physical prayer chain will made from colored paper and strung across the classroom during the weekend. It is a physical reminder and encouragement for the 42 particiapnats that people who don't even know them are praying 24/7. It really amazes them to see a representation of people from all over the world in prayer for them throughout the workshop.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Intellitools Classroom Suites Activity for Black History Month

Of course Black history should be taught as part of American history so that some day we will not have to have a special month. But until then, I have created two Intellitools lessons on the activities exchange for Intellitools Classroom Suites entitled Famous Black Americans and Famous Black Americans 2.

To download them you will need to open a free account and have the Classroom suites program already installed on your computer. There is a free trial CD/download for Classroom Suites 4 ( will run the activities although they were authored with CRS3.

I hope you and your students enjoy them!