Monday, April 14, 2014

More Common Core Math

Today we are going to visit some 4th grade worksheets.  Let's see if you can figure out how to do them.

First we have division using Base 10 which is a favorite strategy for Common Core.  Anyone understand what or how this works?

Our next worksheet comes with two issues.  First, where in the directions does it say to use pictures.  Secondly, what kind of pictures are the students supposed to use?  

What is it with Common Core and writing and explaining? This is math. The answer should be a number.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Common Core: Just Standards or really a Curriculum?

One of the big myths that Common Core supporters will tell you is that Common Core is just standards and that they don't dictate to schools and teachers what to teach.  Let's examine this claim and see if it is really true.

This article perpetuates that myth.  The author links to ~note that the link is not correct~ one of the math standards for 2nd grade as an example.  Here is the correct link by the way.

For example, the Standards require second graders to know that “100 can be thought of as a bundle of ten tens—called a ‘hundred,’” but curriculum dictates the textbook, or teaching methodology, or philosophy used to teach that skill. 

If one looks at all of the 2nd grade math standards that cover Number and Operations in Base 10, one also sees this.

Add and subtract within 1000, using concrete models or drawings and strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction; relate the strategy to a written method. Understand that in adding or subtracting three-digit numbers, one adds or subtracts hundreds and hundreds, tens and tens, ones and ones; and sometimes it is necessary to compose or decompose tens or hundreds.

What the heck are concrete models or drawings?  And up to 1000?  What does that even look like?  Glad you asked.  Here is a 3rd grader showing us what is looks like.  Now grant it, she is in 3rd grade so she will be showing us numbers above 1,000.  Are you ready?

And what does it mean to compose or decompose tens or hundreds?  It means breaking down numbers into their components.  And what is it's importance?  According to Leslie at

The simple answer is because there is value in students being able to see the groupings, relationships and patterns in numbers. We are laying the foundation for students to be able to do 53+12 and see that they can manipulate it into making 50+15 or 60+5 or 50+10+3+2 or any other variety of ways to see the quantity as it makes sense to them.

Do you understand that?  Is she saying that if our kids can break apart numbers, then they can build them back into a number they understand?!?  I'm lost.  How about you?  More importantly, how about your K-2nd grader?  Don't worry though because Ms. Leslie has written three articles to help you understand and teach your kindergartner.  Don't miss out on her visuals.  They will help you understand.  BTW, what is it with 10 frames and Common Core?!?  Are our kids destined to see dots and count dots to do math?

Back to the CC standards.  Here is another one of the actual math standards.  This one is for 1st grade and the Domain is "Operations and Algebraic Thinking".
Add and subtract within 20, demonstrating fluency for addition and subtraction within 10. Use strategies such as counting on; making ten (e.g., 8 + 6 = 8 + 2 + 4 = 10 + 4 = 14); decomposing a number leading to a ten (e.g., 13 - 4 = 13 - 3 - 1 = 10 - 1 = 9); using the relationship between addition and subtraction (e.g., knowing that 8 + 4 = 12, one knows 12 - 8 = 4); and creating equivalent but easier or known sums (e.g., adding 6 + 7 by creating the known equivalent 6 + 6 + 1 = 12 + 1 = 13).

Now let's put out critical thinking caps on.  That is after all, what the proponents of Common Core tell us these standards are all about.  Regardless of which company the school district buys its math "curriculum"' from, what has to be taught for the child to pass the test for this standard?  Ms. Lahey mentions Everyday Math as being the culprit here.  How is Everyday Math going to teach this without being confusing?  Ms. Lahey is right.  This fuzzy math ~and the education reformers~ have been around for a long time.  Common Core isn't the first rodeo that parents have had to push back on education reform.  Common Core is probably the first time that these failed math strategies have been written into standards that must be taught.

This is where you have to follow the money in the complicated web that is Common Core.

IF one has a new set of standards that require new skills to be taught and tested on, what happens to the current textbooks and curriculum in a school?  That's right.  They have to be replaced, but replaced with what?  Why curriculum that is aligned with the new standards and tests, right?  Well, where would one go to get new curriculum for Common Core?  Enter Pearson.  Pearson is a London-based company ~yes, as in the London that is across the Pond~ whose goal is to "to transform education globally in order to improve people’s lives through learning."  Pearson is the leading education company that provides ~sells~ curriculum, tests ~for both students and teachers~ and data solutions.   The bonus is that it all fits together in one neat package for the school.  What could be easier than that?  In 2011, Pearson entered into a partnership with the Gates Foundation ~hmm where have we heard that name before?~  to create digital learning systems programs to teach the Common Core standards.  Guess who owns the GED Testing Service?  Well, what do you know.  GED is a joint venture of Pearson and ACE. ~The American Council on Education~  Who else has received Gates Foundation dollars to implement Common Core?  Let's see, there was $4.4 Million to Scholastic ~another familiar name in the school curriculum world~   $4 Million to Khan Academy in 2011, and  $1.5 Million in 2010.  Just for fun go to the Gates Foundation data base for Awarded Grants here and type in Common Core.  Currently it lists 161 grants for Common Core.  Just browse through them and see what names jump out at you.  We'll tackle the Gate Foundation funding in the creation of Common Core in another post.  That is a whole other knot to unravel as is the link between McGraw-Hill and No Child Left Behind.

Suffice to say, I think we've answered the question of whether Common Core is only standards or do they dictate to teachers what to teach ~curriculum~.  What do you think?

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Are Your Tootsies Ready for Spring?

Are your tootsies ready to come out of hiding?  Are they ready to peak out of your sandals?  Your feet have been hidden all winter and now it's ready to let them out!  Are they ready to see the world?  Is the world ready to see them?

Or do they look like this?
Too often foot health is overlooked, when in fact, foot health is crucial to our well being.  Poor foot health can lead to skin problems, chronic foot pain, and even weight gain.  The feet carry our whole body everyday and can often benefit from nourishment, relaxation, and rejuvenation.

Treat Your Feet Today with BC spa Pedicure Collection.

Three Steps to Beautiful Feet:

•First, spray your feet with Pedicure Foot Spray.  Powerful exfoliating ingredients are combined with a soothing blend of moisturizers topped off with peppermint oil for a relaxing and cooling sensation.

•Next rub Instant Pedicure Scrub in a circular motion on the top and bottom of your feet.  Instant Pedicure Scrub removes loosened and dead skin cells to reveal a fresh new layer of skin.  Instant Pedicure Scrub is made with pumice from volcanic rock, a special moisturizing formula and peppermint oil.  Rinse with warm water.

•Last, rub ultra-rich Cooling Foot Salve all over your feet ~be sure and get between your toes~.  It moisturizes, nourishes and protects your feet.  This advance formula includes emollients like shea butter and grape seed oil to help moisturize and soothe skin; vitamins E & B to protect skin; and peppermint oil, which gives off a relaxing aroma, and provides a cooling and invigorating sensation for your feet.

Now that you have your feet ready, it's time to turn to your toes.  For a perfectly polished pedicure ~and BeautiControl's BC Color Nail Lacquer. An array of fun, limited-edition shades completes your look with salon quality nails. Long-lasting formula glides on smoothly, giving you a polished look for day or night. Provides coverage that helps reinforce and protect nails  Purple Craze, Carefree Coral and Sweet Pink will look great with your sandals and flip-flops.  Get the entire set plus a free mini Diana bag for only $29.00 during the month of April.

Also new this month is the BC Color Nail Treatments.  Three professional-grade products work in harmony to help nails appear restored, strengthened and hydrated. The rich Nail Treatment formula helps nails appear restored and less brittle. Base Coat primes and helps nails appear stronger, and Top Coat lengthens the wear time of your nail lacquer while amplifying shine. Pair with BC Color Nail Lacquers and BC Spa Manicure and Pedicure products for a full salon experience.

I received my new colors the other day and immediately my daughter had to use them.  My daughters and I are fighting over the Mini-Diana bag that came with the collection.  Don't miss out on yours!

To get your tootsies ready to come out of hiding, go to my Beautipage and click on Specials.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

I was put in FaceBook Time Out.

I have been blocked by politicians ~Democrat Steve Cohen who is my Congressional Representative has blocked me on both Twitter and Facebook~ and unfriended because I am very vocal in my opinions and I don't back down from bullies, but I think this is the funniest thing that has happened in a long time.

I was put in FB Time Out ~I can't comment for 12 hours~ because of a comment that I made that apparently violated FaceBook's Community Standards.  What was this horrible comment that I made?  

Drum roll . . . .

"Love how Elizabeth Harlis goes immediately to insults. Shows what kind of argument she has ~or rather doesn't have~."

Here's the context.  Heritage Action posted this picture on their page.  

This is Ms. Harlis' Comment that I was responding to;

"Any loser with access to a suit . . . . "

Her "brilliant" answer to my comment ~other than reporting me to FB~ was; 

"People from Tennessee are too ignorant to know what's good for them."

Hahaha, I guess I've been put in my place.  

What is so funny about this is that I have been called about every name in the book on FaceBook.  I have been blocked; I have had comments deleted; I have been unfriended.  I have never whined to FaceBook about it.  I see it as a badge of honor.  Liberals are such whiners.  

Thursday, January 2, 2014

What do You want from Your Politicians in 2014?

Local TV station WREG posted this question on their FB page, “What new year resolutions would you like to see local politicians make?”  As I looked down through the comments there were many that said “retire” “quit lying” and “work for the people who elected them.”  One was, “take better care of WE THE PEOPLE.”  Some even wanted fiscal responsibility and the impeachment of Obama.  While many of these responses are laudable and I agree with, I wondered how many of these commenters were actually holding their elected officials accountable.  They seem to think that it is the politicians’ responsibility to be honest and responsible when it is actually the other way around.    While it is true that we should seek to elect honest and trustworthy individuals into office, it is up to We the People to make sure that they are once they are elected.  Politicians are like everyone else. They must be held accountable. It is up to us to hold them accountable. How many of us attend city council meetings? Attend committee meetings? It is truly an eye opener. The first MLG&W board meeting that I attended was amazing. The way that they ~our employees~ treated Memphis citizens was shocking. Public servants they are not.

Outside Independence Hall when the Constitutional Convention of 1787 ended, Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, "Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?" With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded, "A republic, if you can keep it."

It is up to us to keep it. If we want Memphis and our politicians to change, it is up to us to be informed and hold them accountable. Don't be satisfied with what they tell you when they want your vote. Be informed throughout the process.  An example of this is TN Senator Lamar Alexander on the recent budget "deal" that cuts pensions for disabled veterans and negates the slight sequestration savings.  Lamar Alexander is up for reelection this year, so he dutifully voted against it.  The real vote however was for cloture, which he voted for.  So in essence, he can technically say in his campaign ads that he voted against the bill, but the rest of the story is that if he wouldn't have voted for cloture on the bill, ~along with some other wimpy Republicans~ it would not have made it to the vote for passage.

You would be amazed at what one person can accomplish.  That citizen must be informed and pro-active in the political process.  One of the popular quotes that we see around the start a new year is “You must be the change you wish to see in the world” by Gandhi.  We must apply this to the political process as well.  2014 is a big year.  Are you going to be the change that you want to see in Memphis or wherever you live?

If you really want to know how to effectively engage and be proactive, go to the Center for Self Governance.  Their training is invaluable to the citizen activist.  Don’t just leave your future and the future of your kids and grandkids to nameless politicians.  It’s up to us to keep our Republic.  I don’t know about you, but their future is worth it.  

The question isn’t how our politicians are going to change, it’s how are we going to effect change in our politicians.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Is Your Face Ready for Christmas?

Not only will you be seeing lots of friends and family during the holiday season, but there'll be lots of pictures taken as well.  Is your face ready?  BeautiControl has the solution for beautiful, healthy and younger looking skin. 

Here are some real life pictures of real men and women who use BC Spa Facial Skincare and the Instant FaceLift.

This set of pictures is of a lady who used the BC Spa Facial Skin care and Instant Face Lift.  The After picture was taken after one hour.

This second set of pictures is of this same lady after using BC Spa Facial Skin care and the Instant Face Lift treatment at home for 30 days.

This set of pictures shows a younger lady after using BC Spa Facial Skin Care and the Instant Face Lift treatment also.  The middle picture is after using BC Spa Facial Skin Care adn the Instant Face Lift treatment after one hour and the third picture is after she used the BC Spa Facial Skin Care for 30 days.

This set of pics shows that it will even work on your man.

What a difference.  What would it do for your confidence to look 10 years younger for the holidays?

90% of women said their skin looked softer, brighter and more radiant within 30 minutes.

98% of women saw significant improvement in the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and evenness in their skin tone after just four weeks of use.  

The BC Spa Facial set is what we call our AM/PM Beauti-Basics.  It is formulated with clinical strength ingredients to delay, prevent and repair the signs of aging.  Our Instant Face Lift is part of our Advanced Beauti-Treatment.  It starts with our BC Spa Resurface Microderm Apeel.  This advanced Beauti-Treatment is used 2 -3 times a week.  Then we add our Regeneration Tight, Firm and Fill Extreme Eye Complex and Extreme Tri-Peptide Complex for the face.  These two products are used daily as part of your AM Beauti-routine.

To get your face ready for Christmas, just go to my BeautiPage and click on the Skin Care tab > Extreme Instant Face Lift picture for the Instant Face Lift and the BC Spa Facial Tab for your AM/PM Beauti-Basics.  Not only will you be getting picture perfect skin for Christmas, but you will also be helping provide Christmas for a single parent family with our Christmas in a Red Bag campaign.

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Christmas In a Red Bag

Our church has a wonderful tradition of adopting a single parent family for Christmas called Christmas in a Red Bag where Highpoint partners adopt, shop and deliver gifts for a single parent family.  It is our way of showing Memphis that Love Works.  Even if you don't attend Highpoint, ~or live in Memphis~ you can help bring Christmas to a single parent family by participating in our Christmas In A Red Bag Spa event. 

The four ways that you can contribute to Christmas In A Red Bag are:
  • Purchasing one or more of the special Spa Gift Bags
  • Ordering from my Beautipage.  20% of my website sales in December will contribute to adopting a single parent family for Christmas. 
  • Hosting a Christmas In A Red Bag Girls Night Out.
  • Collecting orders from your friends.  Please spread the word. 

Christmas In A Red Bag Specials
$10 – Instant Manicure On-the- Go and Extreme Repair Hand Crème Minis

The feeling of manicured hands instantly is now easier than ever with BC Spa Manicure’s Instant Manicure On-the-Go and Extreme Repair Hand Creme.  

$25 – Dark Brown Sugar Instant Manicure and Extreme Repair Hand Crème

Envelop yourself in the rich, velvety warmth of BeautiControl’s Dark Brown Sugar Collection.

$50 – Glimmer and Glam, Tierra Azul or Margarita Ultimate Spa Set

BeautiControl® introduces the Glimmer & Glam
Collection — gold, glimmering and perfect for
creating holiday magic.

Glimmer and Glam Set includes Glimmer and Glam Instant Manicure, Extreme Repair Hand Creme and Shimmer Mist. 

The most lavish ingredients from around the world were used to create Tierra Azul, a collection of bath and body Spa luxuries that sends your body, mind and soul to a place like no other. 

Tierra Azul Set includes White Tea Bath Milk, Black Pearl Foaming Body Polish and Maracuja Body Butter.

Discover luxury pampering with a twist… of lime! The Margarita Bath & Body Collection transforms the Spa experience with delicious blended scents of tangy lime, a dash of salt and a pinch of sweetness.

Margarita Spa Set includes Margarita Body Lotion, Foot Scrub and Foot Creme.

Spa Collection

To get your Exclusive Christmas In A Red Bag Spa Bags, click the Buy Now button for Paypal, send me a message on FaceBook, or Tweet me. 

Merry Christmas!