Christmas 2012

I’m letting Aaron write this post via Facebook!

Merry Christmas, family and friends!

Of all his presents, John Caleb was most ecstatic about his black chalkboard piggy bank. He erupted with, “IT’S A MIRACLE!” Later he read the specs on the rocket he got from Uncle Phillip. “IT’LL FLY TO OUTER SPACE!” He has been playing with various Avengers toys — masks, costumes, shield, and dart guns.

No Christmas outfits or pj’s, but glad I at least got happy smiles this year! 🙂

Lydia got her princesses! ALL OF THEM. Very happy. But not visibly happy: she was miserably sick this morning. But hours later, she is back to near-normal. And she is listening over and over to her storybook from Omi and Papa (thanks, Jeree). And dressing up in her princess costumes! And playing her puzzles. And wearing her Belle-princess T-shirt.

Facetime + Skype with my parents and in-laws. Loved it.

We all went out in the snow and John went facedown in the snow for a few minutes. On purpose.

I’m excited to take my Keurig single-serve coffeemaker to work tomorrow

Stacia and I are happy. Enjoying the day. Stuck at home. I turned down the suggestion that we go sledding. I’d rather be stuck at home with the kids today. Good times. 🙂 She got me way better gifts than I got her though. Time to watch another Christmas movie tonight with another one of her special meals.

I prayed that God would give us our third child before Christmas. Perhaps he or she was conceived last night somewhere in the country?

Right now we are sipping hot cocoa with small marshmallows. Time to play Avengers on the XBOX.

My wife is scary, scary, scary good at Just Dance 4. I’d post a picture but she threatened me with death.


CrossFit and Differentiation

My husband got a Groupon deal for CrossFit at the end of October. So, he had been going to CrossFit for about a month when he decided that we should go together. They have a place for older kids to entertain themselves, so we decided to go 3 times a week for the month of December. Monday was my first day and I walked away thinking about how CrossFit has tapped into differentiation.

Differentiation is a buzz word in education right now. Sometimes as I enter back into the professional realm of education (I don’t consider tutoring being in the professional realm) I’m not sure if the differences I’m experiencing is because of the different laws and state standards in Ohio and Utah or because I’ve missed some changes in the 7 years while I was at home with kiddos. I think it’s a little of both. However, I’m pretty sure differentiation came with Common Core.

So, what does CrossFit do that makes it so successful? It uses differentiation in large group training. I walked out of class Monday having experienced an incredibly difficult workout. My guess is so did the 200+ pound very strong men. How? Because while I used small weights and only 3 complete sets they had very heavy weights and completed more than 3 sets. While we did the same movements each individual could tap into what was best for them concerning weight and speed.

As we implement the Common Core we are being asked to differentiate education for all of our students. Our mission, whether we want to or not, is to figure out what level of mathematics each student is capable of and then having that student work through the current concepts, at that level. While this works well in the world of fitness, where a person can pick up an exercise with a brief explanation and no need to build upon concepts, I’m not 100% sure this will be what is best for our high school math students. The hurdle being not the capability of students, but that students don’t have their building blocks mastered.