A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words: ds106

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words


They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Quite often we see pictures on different social media outlets. They are funny, awkward, or beautifully portrayed moments but we don’t know what led up to that point in time. Your task for this assignment is to find a picture and write a background or short story for it. It can be a photo you took yourself or found on the internet.


I had to have known it was not going to work out. Nothing ever works out for me. In the last six years I have had five different relationships and they have all ended in the same way (minus a few situations). They all leave me. Never once did I think, “I do not want to be with him.” I guess I am just an optimist always thinking that things will work out. That or I am just stupid. Maybe that is it, I am stupid. Stupid to think that any guy would want to stay. Stupid for crying when they leave, even though I should know that they will. They always will. I can’t wait for the day one of them stays. What do you do if they stay? I don’t even know.

It always starts the same girl meets boy, boy makes girl feel special, girl gush to friends, boy finally asks girl on a date, girl spends hours getting ready, boy kisses girl goodnight, girl waits for text the next day, la-dee-da-dee-da someone pressures the other one into dating them. Things suck, they can’t get over it, they break up.

That isn’t how things started with Lucas. Lucas was my best friends. He was there for me when boyfriends one through five broke my heart and made me cry. Things started differently for us, it all just fell together. We didn’t have an awkward first date. He knew what I wanted and I knew what he wanted. I knew his whole past and he knew mine. This caused problems sometime though. I knew that he used to have feelings for Carrie and it would frustrate me to no end when she would Snapchat him. “Do you have to answer?” I would whine. “She is just a friend, Lucy calm down.” This excuse did not help me to calm down. I used to just be a friend too. I sometimes felt less like his best friend after we put a new label on our relationship: dating, boyfriend and girlfriend, together. It seemed like we were spending less time together now than when we were friends. I was out of control jealous when he would go out with his guy friends without me or say something Carrie sent him was funny. This was so not like me. Lucas thought it was a problem too. He pulled me aside at a party one night, “Lucy, it is okay for you to go mingle. We don’t need to be right next to each other all the time.” I want to blame my response on the cranberry-vodkas I had been drinking but I know it wasn’t. I looked at him tears in my eyes, “If you don’t want me around just break up with me.” He looked at me in shock, “That isn’t what I am saying Lucy. I just need some space.” Wrong answer. Tears started to run down my face as I looked around the room for my friend, Kennedy. Kennedy saw me and comforted me. She warned me that I may be being a little clingy. Over the next few weeks I tried to tone down my jealousy and clingyness. I felt like I was going to explode. Normally I would have talked to Lucas about these feelings in my past relationships but now he was the problem and I had no one to turn to. Thanksgiving rolled around and Lucas asked me if I wanted to celebrate the holiday with his family. I said yes. I already knew most of Lucas’s family from their multiple visits to see him at college. His little sister adored me and his dad and I loved to talk about sports. I had never met his mom and Lucas warned me she may come of as mean but she was really a nice lady. Ya right! Lucas and I got to his house and his mom and sister met us at the door. “I am so glad you could bring your ‘friend’ home, Lucas,” his mom smiled. “Did you have no where else to go for Thanksgiving this year?” she asked me. I looked at her with a shocked expression, I tried to hid it. Lucas swept in and explained that I lived far away and that he really wanted me to come with him. Things got much worse hours before Thanksgiving dinner was supposed to start. “Lucas,” his mom yelled from the other room, “I hope you don’t mind I invited Amanda and her family over for dinner.” Amanda is Lucas’s high-school ex girlfriend. They dated for five years. I just about lost it. Lucas said that was fine. Things just kept getting worse; at dinner I got stuck at the kids table with Lucas’s middle school cousins and his little sister but Amanda got a seat right next to Lucas at the big table. I smiled and tried to be polite. After dinner, I pulled Lucas aside and asked if we could go for a walk. He agreed. As we walked I asked if his mom even knew that we were dating. He told me that she didn’t. I was really hurt by this and told him that I felt like he didn’t even want to be dating me. He explained that he did but was really busy with school and he wasn’t sure where he would be going to school next year. I started crying knowing that a break up was coming. We sat down on some stairs leading to a bridge. “Do you want to break up with me?” I asked. He sighed, “Everything is so complicated. I care about you so much Lucy your my best friend but…” “Just leave!” I interrupted him, “I don’t want to hear your excuses. Just leave me like everyone else does.” “But Lucy,” he said his voice cracking. I looked away. He stood up and started walking away from me. I watched him walk away. How could this end? I thought Lucas would be in my life forever. “Turn back! Stop! Come back!” I screamed in my head. Lucas looked back at me and ran back. “I am sorry Lucy,” he said as he made his way back to me, “I am not going to leave.”


What do you do if they stay? I guess I will find out.








ds106: Lip Sync Along

Lip Sync Along


Lip-syncing has become increasing popular and this is shown in the media. What was once frowned upon has now become a popular and fun way to sing along with your favorite song. Now’s your time to shine! Grab your brush mic and record yourself lip syncing along with your favorite song. You can record the video with the music playing in the background or silence the video and add the music to it in a movie maker program. Upload it to youtube or a similar website. (If youtube gives you problems you can use a clip as long as it’s the chorus and at least 1min long). Most importantly, have fun with it!

My friends and I did a lip sync to “Party In The USA” by Miley Cyrus.
I did not want to lip sync alone so I recruited my friends to help. Below is a link to our video (I will post bloopers later…watch for them haha)!

Road Trip Summer 2016:ILP

Road Trip Summer 2016 will not be happening in the Summer of 2016. At the end of November, Morgan and I decided that it was not feasible for us to travel this summer. She has an internship and so does Sarah. I will be in Kentucky for a month. There is just not enough time for us to take the trip we wanted to. We plan to push it back to the next year. This will give us more time to plan. It is taking us a really long time to figure out what we are going to do exactly. Waiting until the Summer of 2017 will also give us more time to save money so that we can do more on our trip.

All in all my ILP showed me that it takes a lot of work to plan a short trip and it is even harder to try and plan a trip for three weeks. While working on my ILP I found a lot of good information. I used Roadtrippers a lot to plan out each individual place we were stopping and the whole trip. I highly recommend this app for even short trips.

On the Road Again: ILP

Who you take with you on a road trip is very important. You want to make sure that you can handle being together for long stressful hours of driving and also that you will have fun when you reach your destinations.

The people I am taking on my trip are Morgan Carrico and Sarah Townsend.

Morgan Carrico and I have been friends for over two years. We are also roommates which can be very stressful on our friendship. The fact that we are still friends after living under the same roof makes me believe that we will be great road trip partners. Morgan and I both have the wanderlust bug, we love the idea of traveling the world. We have very similar ideas of what we find fun as well. It was easy to decide where we want to stay (including camping destinations) and what places we wanted to visit.


Sarah Townsend is my best friend. We have so much in common it is scary. Sarah and I have never met a challenge in our friendship that we could not get over. No boys or stupid situation could come between us. That is why I believe that Sarah is a perfect travel partner for me. She also loves driving…so I am not going to pass that up. We have fun no matter what we are doing and find the same things enjoyable. We also have the same music taste so that is another thing we won’t have to worry about.


I am so happy I have friends with the same passion for traveling and adventure as me. Can’t wait to get on the road with them.

Road Trip Apps: ILP


There are a lot of apps you can get on your phone for road trips. Listed below are the 5 that I think will be most helpful for me on my road trip.

  1. Along The Way: This app gives you restaurants, landmarks, malls, and bars along the route you are currently on. It helps take away the lost driving around in city. 

    along the way

  2. Spotify: This is a great music app (I already have it on my phone). I currently pay for premium so that I can skipas many times as I want. This app is great because you make make your own playlists, follow others, and listen to the radio without using your data. spotify

  3. Gasbuddy: This app helps you find the cheapest gas near you! I am all for saving $$$MONEY$$$


  4. Roadtripers: I have already shared this app in a blog before. I did not know that it was also an app for phones so…I had to share it again. You can map your whole trip using this app. roadtripers

  5. Waze: This is a map app that shows you the quickest route and alternative routes through towns and cities. wayz


I did not get to attend NCTE with my classmates this year due to a previous engagement but I can tell you that the article about NCTE not staying at NCTE is true. I have heard a lot from my classmates about their experiences, the people they met, and the things they learned. I have heard a lot about this “Indian Jesus” guy that sounds really interesting.



Above is a quote said by Tim Federle at NCTE this year. I really like this quote. It really made me think that the world is very diverse. If our world is so diverse why are our classrooms not. Are we not supposed to be teaching to prepare our students for the real world. How are we benefiting out students if we are sheltering them and keeping them in a small box. We need to allow our students to think outside of the box. They need to be exposed to more in school so that they are prepared for what is out in the ‘real’ world.


This is another very thought provoking quote from NCTE this year by Erin Stead. Classrooms that feel safe encourage a strong learning environment. Students feel more comfortable opening up allowing teacher to get to know them better. The more we know the students the more we can direct our lessons to them and the better they will learn.

There are so many great quotes from NCTE that lead to great points about the classroom.

Becoming The Teacher I Want To Be

“It’s the relationships we build with students that matter more than structure,” said Katherine Sokolowski. I believe this is very important. Learning in a caring environment allows you to reach your students at a new level. Students will be more willing to open up with you if they like you, allowing you to be a better teacher because you know them, personal. If you are the teacher that is feared students will not enjoy learning and it will be a constant struggle. In the article “Celebrating a Beautiful Mess” I took away a lot from the classroom management system  Practicing What I Preach.” The teacher is a model of the reader and writer that they want their students to be. I also love lists! The article “How to Be a Teacher for More Than 5 Years Without Killing Yourself Or Others” was a great article for me. The key points that I took away from this article were you are more than a teacher, set boundaries and keep them, you will never be finished with your class, and take care of yourself. These are things that I am going to have to remind myself later in the classroom. When there is a task in front of me I tend to throw myself into it fully forgetting about all my other obligations. These are the things that stuck out to me most.

It will take a while to become the teacher I want to be. It will be a struggle to balance everything that I have on my plate. With tips from current teachers and learning who I want to be on my own I think it will be a great challenging journey that I can’t wait to begin .

The Unstoppable Writing Teacher

The Unstoppable Writing Teacher: Real Strategies for the Real Classroom

M. Colleen Cruz

Professional Reading Response


Fear. We talked about fear a lot in my methods class this year. Reason I was holding back in my writing were fear of being judged on the content and quality of my work. I didn’t want other people to see me in a negative way. I was afraid of being honest in my writing. Lucy Calkins wrote the Foreword for Cruz’s book “The Unstoppable Writing Teacher.” Calkins says that fear is a part of teaching that we sometimes want to hide. It is okay to be fearful. Cruz said, “That ‘fear’ is not your deep dark secret; this is part of being a teacher.” Cruz teaches through this book strategies for teaching and new ideas.  “Writing is a struggle. If we want our students to become strong writers, then they have to become brave ones,” said Calkins. We have to model bravery for our students. The only way for us to become brave is to practice and get ourselves out there.

As teachers we need to realize that classrooms can be a scary and challenging place to be but we must be brave. We can be prepared by expecting and looking for trouble. Teaching is not an easy job contrary to popular belief. Cruz says teaching is a never ending cycle that includes learning, creating, teaching and revising. The more we learn the more we can create and the better we can teach. We can always teach better by revising and adding more to our teaching toolbox. There are lots of ways you can go about adding more information and knowledge to your teaching toolbox.

Cruz does a good job helping answer tough questions that teachers face. She is helping us prepare for the troubles we may face in our classroom such as: the student who is a better writer than us, the students that only write when we are right beside them, the student that is new to English, and other challenges. The chapters that really stuck out to me were about naming your monsters and easy ways to constantly become a better teacher of writing.


ds106: You’re A Pinteresting Character

You’re A Pinteresting Character


Build a Pinterest page of at least 20 pins for a character of your choice. Search for pins that relate to your character and things that he or she would want to pin for themselves. Use X-Ray Goggles from Hackasaurus to modify the board further to personalize it for your character. Bonus points if you build a page and have visitors to your blog guess which character you picked!

Characters from ds106 Love at First Shot

ds106: Love at First Shot

Love at First Shot


Take/Find a picture of a couple who are obviously in love. Use the picture to tell a story. Give the story some background and maybe even create a dialogue between the two or tell the story from each point of view. Just give it some detail and create a background to your photo! It can be a true story or a completely made up one, just have fun with it!


Molly and Matt

Have you ever met someone and thought ‘they are the one…my person?’ Was it love at first sight? Did you follow head over heels for them? That isn’t how it was for me. When I first saw Molly her brown hair was uncontrollably curly, her left front tooth was missing, and her knees both were scrapped up. My mother told me, “My friend Stacy is moving to town. Her daughter, Molly will be in your class be nice to her.” So I tried. When Miss Clark introduced Molly to the whole 3rd grade class I thought maybe I can be friends with this girl. She wasn’t like Amy S. who always wore pink and didn’t like to play in dirt. She wasn’t like Amy K. either who thought it was gross when I burped at the lunch table. Molly was a daredevil; she would never turn down a challenge. She was constantly in trouble for playing pranks. She had a pet frog named Herman. Everyone wanted to be her best friend, well except the Amys. My best friends Levi and Hunter became some of Molly’s best friends. She didn’t want to be my friend though. As the years went on Molly continued to ignore me. In junior high she became a know-it-all. She always argued with me about the stupidest things. “The Broncos suck,” she said one day when our moms were gossiping in the living room about the neighbors. “They have the best quarterback,” I would argue back. She was a Chiefs fan…gross. I think it is only because she moved from Kansas City. The summer before junior year Molly went to visit her dad. She came back…different. Her hair wasn’t so frizzy…she was kind of pretty. I would never tell anyone that though. I pretended she really annoyed me but the things I used to hate weren’t that bad. She still drove me crazy but I found more and more things I liked about her. I liked that she stood up for herself, she didn’t follow the crowd, and she loved sports. I wasn’t sure if she saw things in me that I saw in her. I started hanging around her more and more. I helped her mom hang Christmas lights on the house. Molly was different at home. She was less intense; she danced around her living room by the big windows. Molly started opening up to me, telling me things that no one else knew. My friends told me I was being put in the friend zone but that was enough for me. I remained just Molly’s friend until Senior Prom when her date ditched. She was crying on her steps, something I had not seen often. She called me to tell me she wasn’t coming to prom. I told her I would be over soon. Molly had changed out of the dress she had been gushing over for months. She had makeup running down her face, her curly hair in a ponytail and Nike sweats and a Chiefs t-shirt on but to me she was still beautiful. I walked up to her and put out my hand, “Can I have this dance Miss Molly?” She laughed, “Yes Mathew you can.” She put her hand in mine. We danced in the windows. She laughed. I couldn’t stop smiling. She looked at me and said, “Matt. I remember you in Miss Clark’s with your crooked teeth and funny haircut. I wanted to impress you so much I never turned down a dare in front of you. You were nice not like Hunter. You were funny not like Levi. I thought you didn’t like me so I didn’t pay attention to you anymore. Matt it made me laugh when you argued with me about sports. I couldn’t believe how much you changed…in a good way…the summer I stayed with my dad. I am so glad we became so close these last few years. You are my best friend. I love you.”