Wednesday, December 24, 2014

#ExpressYourself: A Very Merry Lord of the Thrones #Christmas

This week I was asked to highlight ONE fo my favorite characters in the Lord of the Rings franchise. I loved the movies and can't wait to see the new one. My favorite race in the Lord of the Rings has always been the elves. I have always been attracted to elves and fairies.

My favorite character in the Lord of the Rings has always been Galadriel. I love her wisdom, strength and compassion. She's an excellent leader who loves her people. Here's a great page to visit for her bio.

#ExpressYourself: Allison's #Christmas Favorites

Welcome back to my blog. This week I am catching up on my Express Yourself submissions so there will be two different postings. I will cover the first and second weeks of December on this posting The next one will have this week's posting. Be sure to come back and see what I have written. You just never know what you might find out about me. 

So the first week of December I was asked to identify my favorite Holiday themed show/movie/book that I most looking forward to. Hmm, that's a hard question. I use to have time to watch movies but not anymore. As a kid I loved to watch Rudolph and Frosty the Snow Man. You just can't go wrong with those classics. 

The second week of December I was asked what do I like to drink? Coffee? Tea? Hot Chocolate? 

I absolutely LOVE hot chocolate and tea. I hate coffee. I know that's a strong word but I just can't stand the stuff. 

Monday, December 22, 2014

#Gifted #Children: You don't get me and that's NOT ok

You don't get me and that's NOT ok
Today's topic is near and dear to my heart because it's something I have and always will face. I grew up and live in a world in which I don't fit in. I have always known that this world doesn't operate the way my mind does and it's very frustrating. But I'm not alone in my feelings. Gifted children face the same heartaches and struggles I do even in elementary school. By the time they are in 2nd, 3rd or 4th grade they have already know they don't fit into society, no matter how hard they try. Their trust has been broken by so many of their peers using them for their brain instead of wanting to be their friend. The school system gives them more work instead of tailoring their education to their needs. The following video gives you the common characteristics of a gifted child. These characteristics can cause problems in society. 

Many gifted children have academic problems on paper because they simply become too bored with the material to even care. For example, I grew up in a wonderful school district in Mt.Vernon, Ohio who recognized my intelligence. I thrived there because I was on a college track that would have placed me full time in college with dual credits my junior year. My mind was challenged. I took high school biology in 5th grade. My mother and I moved to Texas in the summer between my 10th and 11th grades. When we came to the school district in Texas they refused to recognize my subjects because they were college level and they didn't offer what I had taken. So I had to take High School Biology again. First of all the whole idea of having to redo my subjects frustrated me. I wanted to drop out of school right then and there or move back to Ohio. In fact, I pleaded with my mother to do just that. So I took the biology course and failed it. Why? Because they were using the exact same book I had in 5th grade and I had already read it. Now you would think I should have gotten an A because I had already taken the course and had done just that. But I failed it because I was frustrated and just didn't care. My mind wasn't challenged. The only great thing about that class was that we had a student whose family just arrived from Nicaragua. I had just moved to Texas after being a foreign exchange student to Costa Rica. I ended up translating everything for her. When it came time for lab I oftentimes ended up doing all of the work for my lab group because I was the brain. I did the work, They got the grade. 

So how do you teach a gifted child?


Sunday, December 21, 2014

What'sUpWithAllison: Christmas is Here

What's Up With Allison?
Christmas is Here!

Hello! These past few weeks have been insane. Our students were released two weeks ago for their winter break and I've been using my inservice time to write this year's social studies curriculum. It's been a blast. So please forgive me if I haven't been on much lately. 

This week is Christmas. Can you believe the year has blown by so fast? This Christmas my husband and I will be staying at home. I'm still in school this week and I fly out to Washington D.C. on December 26th to attend the first of four residencies for my Ph.D in Education program. I am so excited for the trip. Not only because it's a step towards achieving on of my long time goals but because I get to meet my best friend for the first time. Krystol and I meet online at Full Sail University. We went through the MFA in Creative Writing program together. 

Krystol encouraged me to pursue my Ph.D. in Education. It was something I have always wanted to do but I was in a time in my life where I was about to give up on all my dreams. Thankfully, Krystol convinced me to never stop dreaming and never stop trying. I'm so grateful she was there. 

This week my blog is back up and running except that I have decided to remove the Louisiana series and replace it with my Shawnee series. I have four WIP's novels. I was working on the Louisiana one but I really feel like I need to finish Lies and Deceit. Lies and Deceit is the new first book in the Children of the Shawnee series. Here's the cover for it. 

Everything else will remain the same on my blog. Enjoy!