i was very fortunate to have the entire week off for spring break :) shayne and i did lots of cleaning, relaxing, friend visiting, cooking, and sleeping :) we also got to hang with my fave lil doggie, peanut. here are a few new things i found this week. enjoy :)
Eden Organics = Made in Michigan :) I am trying to kick the coffee habit... Kale Chips
Great heathy and yummy food options In the process I am trying lots of new teas. May not sound good, but
I buy my Eden products at Whole Foods Tazo Thrive=green tea + special extras trust me they are delicious!
Kale Chips Recipe
From Kimberly Wilson (Tranquility du Jour)
1. pick up a big bag of kale + preheat oven to 350.
2. throw 1/3 of it into a pan so the bottom is covered. remove heavy stalks to leave only leaves.
3. toss kale in a few cap fulls of oil.
4. add heaps of yummy seasoning (i use cajun seasoning, montreal steak seasoning -
anything i can get my hands on).
5. put on baking sheet. bake 15 minutes.
6. voila, heaven awaits.
From Colleen Patrick-Goudreau (Color Me Vegan page 117)
Here is my abbrviated form of her recipe:
1 bunch of kale
1-2 tsp olive oil
pinch of salt
1 T nutrional yeast*
1/2 tsp chili powder
preheat oven 350
rinse and cut kale
toss in toppings
lay in a single layer on baking sheet
bake 10-15 minutes or until crisp
* So I had a huge can of nutrional yeast in my cupboard. Had never used it before.
Holy Cow! It was such a wonderful addition to this recipe.
I will have to look for more recipes with nutrional yeast in them.. who would have thought a bit
of fungus would make something so delicious?
the current staycation i am on has not topped my list of favorite spring breaks. however key west, phoenix, point reyes ca, and new orleans provide some tough competition for my little home in warren, michigan. dragged the hubby out in the rain today to visit the greenhouse at my school. i would die if i came back to work on monday to dead tomato and basil plants. plants got their needed aqua and we stopped for some pizza. i love yellow pepper rings on my pizza :) peanut got a much needed bath today and i did some ashtanga yoga at home. i have updated this site like crazy today and perused and learned so much from other educators. 4 more days off still = joy :)
Having an organized classroom is essential for teachers and students. These folders contain all handouts for the week. This system works well when a student is absent or has misplaced their paper. The red folders are for algebra students, while the blue are for biology students. At the beginning of each week I recycle all extras from the previous week.
Each organizer is made from 5 plain old folders and some clear packing tape. There are probably 50 -100 staples holding each organizer up on my bulletin board. I have used the same folders for 3 consecutive years. I have had to add a few extra staples a few times each year.
Someday I hope to recycle the folders for good and be a paperless classroom.
Check out this blog: Teach Paperless
Feel free to contact me with any questions.
Wonderful 4 mile jog w/my great friend Karen. After a rather frustrating MEA (Michigan Education Association) meeting, I ran back into school to repot more tomatoes. The plants in the greenhouse bring me peace and hope. On my drive home, I finally signed up for Yoga Lifestyle Class at Red Lotus Yoga in Rochester Hills, MI. All of the people I have met at Red Lotus are so kind and happy. I am confident this training will be a great experience. 1st class begins next week (April 8) and I am sure I will have lots to post throughout the journey. I am currently reading "How Yoga Works" by Roach and McNally. Fantastic book and recommended to read before the training starts. Must go squeeze in a few chapters before I retire for the evening. Namaste.
Finally settling in after a long day.... work, workout w/some friends, yoga, stop at Lowes to buy some soil & seeds. Feel really accomplished today :) Left overs for dinner were delish and the my 2 fave magazines came in the mail today. Won't spend much time blogging tonight, need to do some school work. Plan to post the extra credit for my biology students on this site tonight/tomorrow. Plus, I need to peruse through my new mags...
Magazine Links = Vegetarian Times and YogaJournal
Someday I will live within a half hour of a National Park or National Forest so I can play outside in the wilderness as much as I want. But for now, we wil continue to plan our vacations near these areas. Never been to a park that doesnt take my breath away and bring tears to the eyes. This summer I hope to hit up the following National Parks:
Rocky Mountain, Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, North Cascades, Mt.Rainier, and Olympic.....phew! Oh and maybe a revisit to Isle Royale. It is the most revisited park. We have been 3 times and still crave to go back.
Beginning of Crow Pose
Throughout the years I have turned to yoga for personal reassurance, confidence, and peace. Home practice is very important to me. It allows me to play and explore at my own time and pace. Although I have practiced for many hours, I am quite sure I have just skimmed the surface. Looking forwad to pursuing a teacher training program soon.
My two fave local studios = Red Lotus and the YogaShelter
My two fave podcasts = YogaJournal and YogaToday
Fave yoga book = How Yoga Works
Snowflakes on my window
Evolution is the new topic we will explore in my biology class this week. Tough topic to throw at teenagers. It is very difficult to grasp hundreds, thousands, millions, and billions of years. I often use a great analogy my father has shared with me..."In comparison to the size of the earth, amount of species on earth, or age of the earth, our life is like a grain of sand on a beach or a snowflake in a pile of snow. Yes, each individual is so unique and important, but yet so tiny and insignificant at the same time." Really makes you think :).
I aim for my students to understand the basics of evolution according to the Biology Benchmarks for the State of Michigan. This will give them a good foundation to form their own opinions on the topic. It is difficult to explain and validate this topic when there are many non-believers. I am sure they will have many opinions and hopefully these will too evolve throughout their life.
With that thought, I am sure this site will continue to evolve... starting today with a few tab changes and a focus on this blog. I listened to a great podcast (as always) by Kimberly Wilson. Been listening to her podcast for years... so great! Her guest this week, Leela Cyd, was wonderful and has inspired me to post more pictures on here... I love photography so why not share it.
Inspired by my mother, father, grandmas, and aunts.... gardening is just in my DNA. For the past 3 years my husband and I have gradually turned mort of our yard into a fabulous food farm. Can't wait to get this years crop underway. I have already started seeds for basil, brussel sprouts, black beans, tomatoes, peppers, and cilatro. Yes, I am very impatient. I will be sure to post pictures of this years garden as it progresses. The tomatoes have just sprouted on my window sill and the greenhouse at school is kickin!
Gardening goals for this week:
- repot more tomatoes in the greenhouse
- repot the brussel sprouts in the window - getting huge!
- continue to admire the baby purple hyacinths popping up
- plant a few more pepper seeds
Great advice to help you start some tomatoes right now = Renee's Garden I also love this site to help me remember the names of flowers as I see them (and obsessively photograph them) = Spring Flowers
mrsreckling.com is up and running amazing how we now have the capabilities to start up an entire virtual classroom in a few hours there are many people who have inspired me to start this page most of them don't know this, so let's give them some credit:
kimberly wilson, colleen patrick-goudreau, punya mishra, karen milczynski, marc compton, and of course shayne reckling.
i keep saying i need a change... this is the beginning of the new journey. i plan to use what i have learned from following podcasts, blogs, links, pages of others to create virtual classroom for teachers and students.
Author - Michelle Reckling
- dedicated learner
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