Xyron Ez Laminator - Office Max

I recently bought a laminator for my classroom.  As a special education teacher laminating objects is one of the best things you can do. Laminating will save time and money.  As an attempt to save money I bought the Xyron Ez Laminator from Office Max.  It is a hand crank powered laminator that laminates items up to the size of a piece of computer paper.  

I used it recently on some sight word flash cards.  It was easy to roll each card through the laminator.  The thing I found the most difficult was making sure that I maximize my use of space without overlapping my flashcards.  Once they ran through the laminator I noticed spots on the laminating paper.  It appeared to be water stains.  It was apparent on the part that did not have a card in it.  I believe this was due to using the laminating paper that came with the laminator.  

When I was cutting out the cards there was a visible tiny air bubble all the way around each card.  This was something I have never seen in a regular heat laminator.  Once my cards were cut out I noticed that the cards that I cut into the air bubble it appeared to fray a bit.  This was concerning since the whole point is for the card to be protected and last.

It has been three weeks, and with the cards being bent, flung, put in student’s mouths’, etc.  So far the cards have held up.  We shall see how long it will actually last before a student starts playing with a corner of the card and separating the plastic film.  For now, it is so far, so good.  

Petite Lasagna

·  	12 oz raw ground turkey
·  	¼  teaspoon salt, divided
·  	¼ teaspoon pepper
·  	14.5 oz can tomato sauce
·  	2 cloves garlic, minced
·  	3 teaspoons dried oregano, divided
·  	½ teaspoon dried basil
·  	1 ½ cups part skim ricotta cheese
·  	24 small square wonton wrapper
·  	1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella      cheese
Directions:  Preheat oven at 375.  Heat a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the turkey, salt, pepper.  Crumble the meat and state the mixture for about 10 minutes, or until the turkey is cooked through.  Add the garlic and stir constantly for 30 seconds.  Add 2 teaspoons of oregano.  Bring the pan to a gentle boil.  Reduce the heat to a low and simmer for 10 minutes.  Remove from heat and set aside.  In a large bowl, combine the ricotta, a pinch of salt and pepper, the remaining teaspoon of oregano, and basil.  Stir to mix well.  Set aside.  Coat a 12 cup muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.  Place 1 wonton wrapper into each of the 12 cups, pressing firmly in the bottom of the cup and up the sides.  Using half of turkey tomato sauce, spoon it evenly over each of the ricotta filled cups.  Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons of mozzarella.  Gently press another wonton wrapper on top of the mozzarella layer.  Repeat the process of distributing the remaining ricotta, then remaining tomato sauce, and finally the rest of the shredded mozzarella.  Bake for 10 minutes.

Petite Lasagna

· 12 oz raw ground turkey
· ¼ teaspoon salt, divided
· ¼ teaspoon pepper
· 14.5 oz can tomato sauce
· 2 cloves garlic, minced
· 3 teaspoons dried oregano, divided
· ½ teaspoon dried basil
· 1 ½ cups part skim ricotta cheese
· 24 small square wonton wrapper
· 1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions: Preheat oven at 375. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the turkey, salt, pepper. Crumble the meat and state the mixture for about 10 minutes, or until the turkey is cooked through. Add the garlic and stir constantly for 30 seconds. Add 2 teaspoons of oregano. Bring the pan to a gentle boil. Reduce the heat to a low and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside. In a large bowl, combine the ricotta, a pinch of salt and pepper, the remaining teaspoon of oregano, and basil. Stir to mix well. Set aside. Coat a 12 cup muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray. Place 1 wonton wrapper into each of the 12 cups, pressing firmly in the bottom of the cup and up the sides. Using half of turkey tomato sauce, spoon it evenly over each of the ricotta filled cups. Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons of mozzarella. Gently press another wonton wrapper on top of the mozzarella layer. Repeat the process of distributing the remaining ricotta, then remaining tomato sauce, and finally the rest of the shredded mozzarella. Bake for 10 minutes.

Qalo Rings - qalorings.com

A rubberized ring that is a good substitute for a wedding band. They are thin and light weight. They are good to wear going to the gym, swimming, yard work, etc. These rings are a good replacement for a time you do not want the bulkiness, risk losing, or tarnishing your rings. They are a good idea for those in the medical field that might not be able to wear rings. Professional athletes are beginning to wear them as well (Andy Dalton QB- Cincinnati Bengals). These rings are an inexpensive alternative. The rings come in several sizes, but only a few colors at the moment.

The students made cornucopias, and wrote a paragraph about what they are thankful for in the middle. They didn’t end up looking like cornucopias, but it was all a good OT and academic activity. They had to rip paper, cut, color, and write for this activity. The students read the book, Junie B. First Grader Turkeys We Have Loved and Eaten. In the book the students were creating a list of what they were thankful for. The students made a list as we were reading. The comical list Junie B. provided guided the students with their own list.

The students made cornucopias, and wrote a paragraph about what they are thankful for in the middle. They didn’t end up looking like cornucopias, but it was all a good OT and academic activity. They had to rip paper, cut, color, and write for this activity. The students read the book, Junie B. First Grader Turkeys We Have Loved and Eaten. In the book the students were creating a list of what they were thankful for. The students made a list as we were reading. The comical list Junie B. provided guided the students with their own list.

5 weeks with Enbrel

     I have been on Enbrel for five weeks now, and I have been seeing amazing results.  At the beginning of the medication I had a psoriasis flair up.  It was definitely the worst flair up I have ever had, but since then disipated.  In week 5 I also discovered a pink rash around the injection site about the size of a quarter. It did not hurt or itch. My doctors reassured me that it was a normal side effect, and if it were to get worse I was to take Benedryl.
      It was a little scary the first time I injected myself with the medication.  You do not know exactly how the needle will be once you push the button and how long you have to sit there holding it.
     I wish someone had provided me with personal information about the medication.  For instance, once you push the button you must hold it down for 10-15 seconds or until the window is completely purple.  If the medicine is not completely injected you will have an arthritis flair up that week.  Make sure you are able to see the window so that you can monitor the medication.  The needle does not hurt, but it is a little painful when the medicine is about halfway injected.  After the medication is injected the injection site will bleed for a bit. All of this information would have been helpful to know before hand.
     Towards the end of the week you will begin to feel the medication wearing off.  For me I have more joints pop and stiffness in my knee, foot, and sometimes kneck. The joints in my jaw, kneck, and knees seem to be he most affected by the medication wearing off.  When I so much as turn my head, it will pop. 
     Overall, I have been having a good experience with the Enbrel.  For the first time since June I was able to go for a run. I am feeling more and more like my normal self.  My energy is high, my swelling is down, and my balance has returned.  I am extremely happy with the results.
    
     

In a special education classroom with little space, it is important to be organized.  It is even more important to be organized for the diverse learners that come into the classroom.  In order to save time, and promote student independence and responsibility, I have created a homework wall where students go to as soon as they enter the classroom to write their homework down in their agendas.  Since this was implemented students have become more responsible for their education and have a higher completion rate.

In a special education classroom with little space, it is important to be organized.  It is even more important to be organized for the diverse learners that come into the classroom.  In order to save time, and promote student independence and responsibility, I have created a homework wall where students go to as soon as they enter the classroom to write their homework down in their agendas.  Since this was implemented students have become more responsible for their education and have a higher completion rate.