Sunday, June 21, 2015

My Daddy

There hasn't been a card written that can relay how I feel about my daddy. I'm confident to say that there never will be one written that will explain it either. Hallmark isn't that good.

He has taught me 95% of what I know. From computer programming to changing a flat tire (luckily I haven't had to put that knowledge to use just yet) and all the things in between.

He is always willing to help. His patience astounds me. As does his ability to allow things to roll right off of his back. He is never rude. He is a man of few words but those few are always worth listening to. He can fix almost anything (as he has proven multiple times). Being the daughter to Mr T will always be my claim to fame in our town as I could never do anything to top that. I am proud to know that he is so well respected. He has touched many lives over his 36 years of teaching. He is stern when he needs to be and he is soft when he needs to be. His inner strength astounds me.

Happy Father's Day, Daddy.

Tuscaloosa tomorrow

I will leave tomorrow for Tuscaloosa for the next week.

I'm going by myself.

I really wish Jason could go with me...

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Dear Justin & Jamie

I want to thank you and Justin for opening your home to our family. We have had an amazing time and I look forward to visiting in the future. I know that Jackson doesn't have as much to offer as your neck of the woods does, but if you ever want to come visit please come and stay with us.

I have made memories that I will cherish forever! Jamie, you are a wonderful hostess. Justin, you are such a good man. Just like my Jason, Big Gene and my daddy (take that to heart... I don't compare just anyone to my daddy)

Both of you will be wonderful parents. I saw the way each of you were around Si and it makes my heart happy to know that this new baby will have two adoring parents. Don't ever forsake your family. They are the ones that will stand by you no matter what, even if it isn't to their advantage.

Remember that no relationship is perfect. Remember to never take each other for granted. True love is wanting your partner to be happy more than you care about your own happiness. If more people today realized that, the world would be a much happier place.

Cherish this pregnancy, Jamie. Write a journal and take pregnancy belly pics that you can show to your child when she/he is older. My favorite part of Janie's babybook is the part I did before she was born. After she was born I never seemed to have the time to do it. God has blessed you with this child. Motherhood is by far the hardest job I have ever had, but it is also the absolute best one I have ever had.

Monday, June 1, 2015

CS4HS Day 1

First day of class! I'm excited and nervous as heck! Here are some examples of the posts we have had so far...

What is Computer Science?

Well here we are at the very beginning of the CS4HS MOOC.  One of the reasons for this course is to help prepare teachers to teach Computer Science in high school classrooms across the country.  It will be very interesting to see what your understanding of Computer Science is at this point in the course and your thoughts on how important you feel the subject is to our high school students.  So our question is: How would you define Computer Science and how do you feel it should it be presented in the high school curriculum?

Computer Science to me is an understanding of how computers work. Not just the binary code, not just the networking cables, but all of it. Too many people know how to use a computer but have no understanding of the terms data or application program.


 Why am I Here?

One of the most important things we must understand in order to be successful in any task we do is to have a grasp of why we are doing it.  We also would like to know a little bit about our students and their motivation for taking the course so let me pose a question to you.  Please answer the following question: Why I am taking this course and what is it I hope to achieve from successfully completing the course?

I have a background as a COBOL programmer and my degree is in MIS. I have been teaching Business Education for the past 10 years and just recently changed my program in Career Tech to be Information Technology. Finally after 10 years I am teaching what I love! 

I have seen that there is a need for this type of program in my high school. The interest that has been shown so far has been very high and students have sought me out to ask about the new classes. I look forward to working with these students because of their passion and love for everything IT.