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Today I received a very lovely message from Brian Asselin it says:

 

Hello Miss Farah
My name is Brian Asselin – I am a musician / teacher living in the Ottawa area in Canada. I have been blessed in my life to have had so many teachers inspire me to be the best that I can be. A couple weeks ago I graduated from teachers college and I felt compelled to tell every teacher I come across “thank you” for making a difference. I have included a link of a song I co-wrote that is dedicated to teachers around the world for making a difference.
Thank you for reading
Brian Asselin

Thank you Brian for the amazing song! This song would be a great gift for teacher’s day as well!

           Today I started packing up my classroom it’s starting to look empty. I look at my bamboo plant that spread the flow of positive energy to my class. I’ve spoken about it before You can check my post on my lucky bamboo plant here:

https://missfarahsclass.wordpress.com/2010/02/17/does-a-bamboo-plant-really-give-positive-energy/

Lucky bamboo is one of the plants recommended by Feng Shui masters to improve Feng Shui and create a space where you feel safe and more energized.

I thought to myself Who am I going to give my  lucky bamboo to? Who will continue in spreading the flow of positive energy in the classroom …….ofcourse she is the one and only “Elzie Miranda!”

Elzie is my colleague at work who has always been there for me. Even though we were seperated this year our friendship grew stronger. This is when you know who your true friends are!.

Now I know that my lucky Bamboo is in safe hands 🙂

To: All peace-loving people in the world 

19 dead

 Injured: 60

 This is Israel ! * Israel’s killing of 19 innocents and the total is not yet known with 60 more injured must have maximal consequences

Israel impunity is a threat to all

Even for eyes burnt witnessing human suffering, there is something shocking, something impossible, about watching Israeli soldiers, armed and in gas masks, fast-roping from helicopters onto an aid ship filled with civilians — journalists, parliamentarians, human rights activists, mothers, doctors — headed to Gaza to break the inhuman siege that keeps 1.5 million people somewhere between life and death.

 Israel on trial

Israel lost the battle for international public opinion a long time ago. None can forget the relentless strafing of a captive civilian population in Israel’s last war on Gaza. Who can Israel hope to persuade now?

We condemn the illegal, immoral and inhuman blockade on Gaza, and all who uphold it
— We condemn Israel
— We condemn Israel’s brutal attack on peace activists in international waters. We declare that 700 brave souls, from 50 nations, represent something real that Israeli propaganda cannot erase
— We mourn the 19 murdered and express hope and solidarity with the 60 injured. We demand of Israel the release of all activists detained
— We call on all international institutions — including the UN, the EU and human rights agencies and organisations — to declare themselves unequivocally on this latest Israeli atrocity and to work towards ending Israeli impunity
— We demand an international tribunal to judge all Israeli crimes, past and present. We call on the UN General Assembly to request of the International Court of Justice an advisory opinion on the legality of Israel within the United Nations System given its systematic and gross disrespect of international law and moral authority
— We support all efforts by all means to free the people of Gaza from their prison and their suffering, including sanctions and divestment against Israel, a general boycott, and the boycott — by workers federations — of all ships going to and from Israel
— We call upon people everywhere to express their solidarity with the dead and injured, and with Palestinians under occupation, in local expressions of outrage wherever it is deemed useful.

We call on all associations, unions, parliaments, professionals and others to endorse this appeal and its demands. Please distribute and act upon it.

Please circulate this appeal widely. 

Sign here at this link to show your support http://www.petitiononline.com/GazaSol/petition.html

I was watching Rachel Ray last night and she was having a debate about this read:
 
A handful of college students slated to graduate this spring may not be getting their diplomas after all. And it isn’t because they did not meet their academic requirements to graduate, but because they failed to take a class to help them lose weight and get fit.
 

In 2006, Lincoln University, an institution just an hour’s drive southwest of Philadelphia, established a new graduation requirement for the class of 2010–those entering the university with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater would be required to take a “Fitness for Life” class before graduation or risk not graduating. The class meets three times a week for a semester where students participate in aerobic activities, learn about nutrition and other healthy lifestyle habits.

As many of us are fully aware, America has an obesity problem. But should universities and colleges initiate such drastic measures to force their students to lose weight and get healthy? Basically telling these students, lose weight or risk not graduating, even if you exceed academically.
 
So what do you think? Is it fair to not allow these students to graduate because they are obese?  They paid for their intuition after all, but it kinda has some positive aspects! What do you think?

My students left me a cute note on the whiteboard. Thank you girls I love you more! and you are the most adorable fans!

This is my 100th post!! And  I wanted to share something special!!

Many teachers know this story, I remember my math coordinator read it to us 3 years ago, I don’t know how I it remembered again but I wanted to share this short movie with you to let all Teachers know that you have to take into consideration all students and know their backgrounds before judging them. Please listen to this story. it will change the way you think.

 

—-> Click here for THE MAKE A DIFFERENCE MOVIE

 

“You can never tell what type of impact you may have on another’s life by your actions…or lack of action. Please consider this fact in all your ventures through life, and just try to make a difference in someone else’s life today.”

 

A few days ago I went back to my old school that I used to teach in 2 years ago. I was so excited to see my students and fellow teachers again. When my students knew I was there they all came running to me and hugging me It’s amazing how much they’ve grown. I was their first grade teacher and some now are in grade 5!!! Oh my I’m getting old .. (not i’m only 26) 😛

 

Anyway that’s not the point, the point is 2 years ago when I was at that school I used to teach a young girl named Asia. Asia was a Bedouin who did’n’t know how to read or write. She didn’t know one word of English but she was 10. A 10 year old in grade one is pretty strange. So what was she doing at that school? A woman from the school’s adminstration adopted Asia and wanted to send her to school to be just like all the kids at her age.

 

When she was in my class, she had really bad manners, statements I couldn’t understand, and was aggressive in a way. I understood her situation and tried to help her. I showed her how one should behave.  She never gave up she studied so hard that she became one of my top students in English. And 2 days ago when I went back to my school I asked her what grade she was in now and she said I’m in grade 4. Imagine she skipped a  class  and she is now on the honor list.

 

I was so happy to see her again she is now a polite student and she always tells me that she will never forget me because I helped her become a better person. See that’s why I love my job.

Teachers are role models to the young generation.

God bless you Asia!