Tuesday, October 11, 2016

I am

I am human.

I am female.
I am heterosexual.
I am single and not looking right now.

I am content.

I am a teacher (almost).

I love people, in general.
I am an optimist.

I am a movie watcher.
I am a TV watcher.
I am a reader.
I am a music listener.

I am a geek.
I am a nerd.

I am weird.

I am a history fan.
I am a science fan.
I am a grammar fan.
I am a Marvel girl.
I am a person who likes some math (but not all.)
I am a facebooker.
I am a bit of a techie.
I am a singer (enthusiastically but not well.)
I am a fan of the Oxford comma.

I am unique.

I am loud.
I am an extrovert.
I am ESFP or ENFP, and sometimes I score J instead of P.
I am orange and green.
I am grorange.
I am spontaneous.

I am lone.

I am unsure.
I am someone who double checks.
I am a triple-checker.
I am socially inept.
I am a wallflower.

I am scared.

I am honest.
I am honorable.
I am loyal.
I am a servant.
I am generous.
I am courageous.
I am faithful.
I am hopeful.
I am grateful.
I am prudent.

I am someone who strives for perseverance.

I am working on Temperance.
I am working on Patience.
I am working on Mercy.
I am working on Time Management.
I am working on Grace.
I am working on Strength.
I am working on Humility.

I am a webmaster.
I am a deputy to the Society MOAS.
I am a Youth Coordinator.
I am a presenter.

I am an office holder.

I am a caregiver.
I am a sitter.
I am a nanny.
I am a mentor.
I am a role model.

I am a kid person.

I am a poet.
I am an author.
I am an artist (in my own style.)
I am a stick-person enthusiast.

I am an educator.
I am a student.
I am a learner.

I am smart.

I am a person.
I am someone.
I am no one.

I am someone who likes Star Trek AND Star Wars.
I am a person who likes Kirk AND Picard.
I am a person who likes Shatner and Pine.
I am a person who ignores Episodes 1-3.

I am intelligent.

I am a detective.
I am an adventurer.
I am a scout.
I am a camper.
I am a pioneer.
I am a scientist.
I am an orator.
I am a writer.
I am a thinker.

I am a creator.

I am a re-creator.
I am creative.
I am the person who created ITMCTRAV.

I am plaid.

I am lazy.
I am motivated.
I am enthusiastic.
I am cool.
I am chill.

I am different.

I am Gryffinpuff.
I am divergent.
I am undefinable.

I am rare.

I am a failure.
I am a success.

I am a Lutheran.
I am a Jew.
I am a Jewtheran.

I am a daughter.
I am a sister.
I am a sister-in-law.
I am a niece.
I am an aunt.
I am a cousin.
I am a friend.
I am a neighbor.
I am a community member.

I am me.

I am Sarah Jean.

I am human.

I am - written by Sarah Jean Meyer, October 12, 2016

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Boys Club!

Rather than reinvent the wheel and create a long blog post, I'm just going to post the link to my website. I got busier this summer than I expected!

Monday, May 2, 2016

100th Post!

Wow! This is my 100th Post! 
Here is a quick overview of the past 3-ish years 

36 Posts regarding Creativity!

A Dozen Ideas for my Future Classroom

20 posts about TEACHING!

14 Deep Thoughts

8 Book Posts including this great list of Science Fiction/Fantasy Recommendations for youths!

6 Journal Prompts

And Media & Technology are mentioned 4 times!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Glooscap and His People

I wrote this abridged version of the Algonquin Legend Glooscap and His People that can be found here. I thought the original was a bit long for third graders, but I wanted to keep the flavor of the story.

Out of rocks and clay, the Great Chief Glooscap made the animals: Miko the squirrel, Team the moose, Mooin the bear, and many others. All of Glooscap’s animals were very large, way bigger and stronger than a man.
  His evil wolf-headed brother, Malsum, was jealous and wished to also have a hand in creation, even though he did not have that power. He whispered an evil charm and the remainder of Glooscap’s clay turned to a strange animal: it was not a beaver, a badger, or a wolverine, but a combination of all three, able to change into any of those forms. Malsum named the animal Lox.
Lox, the troublemaker, figured out how to make his mischief.  He went in his wolverine body to Team, and admired his antlers, which reached the top of the pine trees, “If ever you meet a man, you could throw him to the top of the world with those antlers!” Team, thinking this sounded fun, went to Glooscap and asked for a man so he could toss him to the top of the world. Glooscap loved his people and did not like this idea one bit, so he touched Team with his hand and moose became the size he is today.
Next Lox went in his badger form to Miko and said, “With that magnificent tail of yours, you could smash down every lodge in the village.” And Miko proudly swept the nearest wigwam right off the ground. Great Chief Glooscap was nearby, and he caught Miko up in his hand and stroked the squirrels back until he was as small as he is today. “Miko, from now on, you will live in the trees and keep your tail wear it belongs.”
Then Lox put on his beaver shape and went to Mooin the bear, who was the same size he is now, but his throat wad much bigger. “Mooin,” said Lox, “Supposing you met a man, what would you do to him?” The bear scratched his head thoughtfully and at last said, “Eat him! I’d swallow him whole!” Who do you think was nearby? Glooscap, and he made bear’s throat shrink. “From now on you may swallow only very small creatures.” And today the bear, as big as he is, eats only small animals, fish and berries.
Now Great Chief Glooscap called his people together and said, “I made the animals to be man’s friends, but they have acted with treachery and selfishness. From now on, they shall be your servants and provide you with food and clothing.  Now you have power over even the largest wild creatures, yet I charge you to use this power gently.  If you take more than you need for food and clothing, I will send a pitiless giant named Famine, and when he comes, you will suffer hunger and death.
-adapted by S.J.Meyer from Glooscap & His People: An Algonquin Legend

Monday, March 28, 2016

Defense of a Teacher

I don't normally respond to Internet Trolls, but the visxious name calling just pushed a button and I felt the need to respond, not in kind, but to call out and correct. I don't expect to change the minds of anyone, but I couldn't just scroll by either.

So the Internet is calling out for a teacher to be fired because s\he "incorrectly" corrected a student's (admittedky poorly written) math problem. 

Here's the link to the article

The math problem reads:
Reasonableness: Marty ate 4/6 of his pizza and Luis ate 5/6 of his pizza. Marty ate more pizza than Luis. How is that possible?

The student gave the answer:
Marty's pizza is larger than Luis's

The teacher marked it wrong and commented:
That is not possible because 5/6 is greater than 4/6 so Luis ate more.

The article then goes on to conclude that the student is technically correct because a fraction is a unit of measurement (not really) and a pizza is not (In truth, a pizza can be a non-standard unit of measurement!) 

Anyway, one of the higher rated commenters stated:
This can't be the only instance of stone-headed thinking from this particular "educator." How many other kids did this dumb teacher turn away from math? How many times did this by-the-book teacher ruin a student's confidence in his/her reasoning skills? Teacher gets an F.

A second commenter posted the ubiquitous "this is why we need to get rid of Common Core!" drivel, and I also addressed that.

Here is my response: 

Seriously, why do you have to go calling a teacher dumb and giving a (no n - F is a consonant) F for a single mistake!?!? 

This teacher, who probably gets paid $15,000/year* less than other professionals with the same amount of education, and who pays for supplies out of his/her own pocket is an EDUCATOR!!!

 How many kids has this teacher inspired, comforted in times of distress, cleaned up from illness, befriended when no one else would, cared for because s/he can't not love them!?

Have you ever written an assessment!? It is one of the HARDEST parts of a teacher's job --next to the emotional stress of loving on and worrying about 30+ children, classroom management with real human beings and differentiating his/her for the 13 IEPs. Oh yeah, and GRADING said assessments. 

Sometimes, a teacher is so used to looking at something from one side that it's easy to completely miss the possibility of a different answer. How many times have you completely missed something that was right under your own face? 

Common Core is NOT the problem!!! Seriously! Common Core is just a set of standards! EVERY State has had standards for years and most of the "new" METHODS for teaching the Common Core STANDARDS is OLD SCHOOL math, what they taught prior to the "New Math" of the late 70s-90s!! Seriously! Just because something is different from how you learned doesn't mean that it is wrong! 

-Sarah Jean M.
Student Teacher @Eastern Michigan University

(*source- www.NEA.org/home/12661.htm)

Monday, February 29, 2016

Leap Day!

Here are some ideas I came up with for celebrating Leap Day in your classroom! 

Links mentioned in the video:

Monday, February 22, 2016

Pennsic Teen Activities

I replied to a post on the Pennsic War Facebook group, inquiring about activity ideas for a 15 year old who is only interested in Girls and Magic: The Gathering!

I decided that it's pretty comprehensive, so I'm posting it here for easy accessibility!

Performing Arts Activities:
Fool's School - skits, juggling, magic tricks, and foolish acts, typically meets War Week mornings with a Wed evening performance
Commedia del Arte for Youth - youth created comedy performance, also meets war week mornings with a Wed or Thursday evening performance
Pennsic Youth Choir - Open to 12-19 year olds interested in singing period music, typically rehearses mid-afternoon/early evenings during War Week with a Thursday night performance as part of the Known World Choir Concert with the Adult Choir and the Children's Choir
Whose Line Doth It Be? - A one-time audition/rehearsal for Anachronistic Improv with an evening performance - teens and adults

Martial Arts - best to bring your own equipment, or borrow local loaner equipment because there isn't usually a lot available:
Youth Armored Combat/Boffer - typically from 8-10:30am, and 3-5pm daily
Youth Rapier Combat- typically 1-3pm Fri and Sat of Peace Week, and 9am-noon War Week (except Wednesday)
Archery - there are often youth classes and tournaments, but youth are welcome to try any target and shoot for War Points!
Thrown Weapons Range - They always have loaner equipment here! Also, the thrown weapons marshals are especially patient with newbies!
SERVICE AS A WATERBEARER for any of the combat activities

Arts & Science
Classes that are inappropriate for teens will be marked ADULT ONLY. Otherwise, pretty much everything is open to teens who are behaving appropriately!
They love Volunteers at Pennsic University - they provide training and let you charge your phone during your shift!
Dance Tents (There are two - European and Middle Eastern)- (Girls like boys who are willing to dance!) The beginner classes are open to all ages!
Period Games Tent - I know several 15-17 year old young men who hang out there much of War

Other Ideas:
East Kingdom Teen Party - an excellent way to meet other teens, and hang out eating free food
Making money doing Ice Runs - its a good idea to bring a wagon!
Busking on "Beggar's Row"
Volunteering at the Children's Water Battle (on the Adult Side!), and/or the Children's Fete and/or at It Takes MY Child to Raze a Village: Pennsic Edition
Work for a Merchant or as a Pennsic Minion (there is a facebook page)
Volunteer at Troll, Lost & Found, and/or Info Point

There is also the ever present Magic: The Gathering gaming at the bathhouse.  ;)

The Plague Game from
(I needed a photo to make the post Pinterest friendly!)


I still really want to create a Teen-Focused Event called It Takes My Teen to Build an Empire

With Teen-friendly workshops and try-it-out stations. I'm thinking I may create a Pennsic Teen Challenge - Using this list of activities and a few other things. If I create something with categories and they have to complete a certain number in each category and produce proof they've done so (collect signatures or selfies or keep a journal . . .) then they get a prize. I wonder if people would be willing to donate prizes to such a thing?