Zoom: Video Conferencing Tool

 

Zoom is a great tool for hosting and conducting video conferences! You can sign up for a free account that allows you to host and join meetings. The free account limits your conferences to 40 minutes (when you have more than two individuals in the conference). Each person can share their audio, video, and computer screens with the group. If you need to meet for longer periods you can pay for the Pro account which gives you more flexibility. Having the 40 minute limit is great for keeping your group on task, but it is good to know that you can extend the time if you want. If you decide you need extended time from time to time, switching to the Pro version is easy and is on a month to month basis.

This is a great way to interact, share information, and work collaboratively! Even with the free version you have the ability to take your group and conduct break out rooms! Zoom offers a series of free webinars that help you get started and their staff is super friendly and helpful! Be blessed and give it a try today!

https://zoom.us

 

Light of the World

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John 8:12

Then Jesus spoke again to them saying, I am the light of the world; he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. You have probably heard the saying, it is always darkest before the morning. Jesus promises us that as we follow after Him, we will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. His love is amazing and unending… in our darkest trials, in our deepest despair, He is there to comfort us and guide us through.

The light reveals the beauty that surrounds us and shows us the way. When you enter a room at night, all you have to do to dispel the darkness it to flick the light switch and the room is filled with light. If you put your trust in Jesus, He will give you life everlasting and fill you with His peace. We may not understand the reasons why we go through the things we do, but we can rest knowing that He is holding us up in His hands. Be blessed today and take time to reflect on the beauty that surrounds you.

Lamb Chops

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Ingredients:

Rack of lamb (I serve four chops per person)

Salt & Pepper

1 1/2 cups Panko Bread Crumbs

Onions (diced, about 1/2 cup)

1 Clove Garlic minced

Dijon Mustard

2 teaspoons Olive Oil

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 400° F. Coat the lamb chops with olive oil, then salt and pepper generously. Sear the lamb chops in an ovenproof skillet, about three minutes per side. Once you have a good sear on both sides, remove and set aside. Heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil in the skillet and sauté the onions. Add the minced garlic and Panko bread crumbs. Toast until bread crumbs are browned. Remove the mixture and set aside to cool.

Coat the lamb chops with the Dijon mustard and cover with the toasted bread crumbs/onion/garlic mixture. Put the chops back into the ovenproof skillet and roast in the oven for about 10 minutes for medium rare. Transfer to a platter and let rest for five minutes.  You can cut the chops in twos or individually depending on how you want to serve them. Be blessed and enjoy!

 

Make It Rhyme

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Lin-Manuel Miranda performing at the White House – May 12, 2009

I observed a teacher the other day giving a lesson on the Federal Reserve and how their policies and procedures affect our economy. There were lots of facts and figures, supply and demand charts, cause and effect analysis… but then, the teacher stopped and shared a video of Lin-Manuel Miranda performing at the White House of Alexander Hamilton.

He pointed out how this poem in a couple of minutes conveyed so much information about the life of Alexander Hamilton…

Next, he had the students create their own poem to convey information about the Federal Reserve. He passed out a worksheet that had the instructions at the top and left room for them to create their poem. The poem had to have a minimum of ten stanzas and had to rhyme. Not only were the students engaged, this was a GREAT way to incorporate critical thinking skills and made learning this material fun and engaging! Give it a try in your class today, it can be incorporated into EVERY subject! Be blessed and have a great week!

Facing the Giants

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1 Samuel 17

Many people know the story of David and Goliath; the general theme of the story has been used in countless illustrations and movies. Coaches have used the story to encourage their teams, and we have probably all heard stories of people who have overcome tremendous obstacles to achieve success.

As you reflect on this portion of scripture, remember that God has a plan for you! He is calling you to make a stand for Him. When you have the Lord, you have nothing to fear. David was just a teenager when he faced Goliath. Goliath was a giant among men, a seasoned warrior who struck fear in those that faced him. But David had boldness because he had seen the Lord work in his life on many occasions previously. He KNEW that God would be with him and would give him the victory… that is why he was able to look at Goliath and say “You come to me with a sword, spear, and shield; but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel… and this day will the Lord deliver you into my hand…”  David wore no armor, he had no shield or sword… he had a sling and some stones… but most importantly, he had the God of all creation with him.

If you are facing giants today, remember that the Lord is with you. If you cling to Him, He will never leave you, nor forsake you. His ways are not our ways, but His plan is ALWAYS perfect and will provide all that you have need of. Be blessed, be at peace, and have a great week!

Tempura Green Beans

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NGREDIENTS

Vegetable oil, for frying

1 cup all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning, plus more for sprinkling

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons chilled club soda

1/2 pound green beans

In a large, deep skillet, heat 1/2 inch of oil until shimmering. In a large bowl, whisk the flour with the cornstarch, baking powder, salt and the 1 teaspoon of Old Bay. Gently whisk in the club soda until the batter just comes together.

Working in batches, dip the green beans in the batter, let the excess drip off and add them to the hot oil. Do not overcrowd the pan or they will stick to each other. Fry until light golden and crisp, 2 to 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper towel–lined baking sheet to drain. Season and serve! Goes GREAT with Ranch or Honey-Mustard dressing!

Educational Bingo

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http://www.teachhub.com/engaging-classroom-games-all-grades

There are literally countless ways to use bingo.  I created an award-winning bingo game based upon the people of American History.  The boards have people’s faces on them and the clues are all standards-based facts. 

What about math bingo – the boards have numbers and the clues are problems that the students have to do mentally (or with scratch paper). Bingo can be used for phonics, vocabulary, spelling, sounds of letters. 

The other great part about bingo is that you can make a game specifically designed for what your students are learning, go to any store and buy a bingo game, or make it an end of unit activity to create a bingo game in small groups – and then play that game in class. To make it free and easy, print out blank bingo cards and have students randomly fill in answers from the word/number bank before you start.

Sower and the Seed

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Matthew 13:3-9

Behold, a sower went forth to sow; and when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the birds came and devoured them up. Some fell upon stoney places, where they had a little dirt: and they sprouted, but because there was not enough dirt, the sun came up and scorched the sprout because it didn’t have roots they withered away. Some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up and choked them. But others fell on good ground, and brought forth fruit; some a hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. He has ears to hear, let him hear.

Jesus shared this parable illustrating the potential of how we receive the good news of Christ. God offers us salvation through His son, all we have to do is accept His invitation. Every time you hear about the gospel, seeds are being sown. The question is, how do you receive it? For some, they hear about the love of Christ and God’s desire to love them, and they want nothing to do with God. The Word falls by the way side and never has a chance to sprout.

For others, they hear the gospel and they are interested, but as soon as they face the “heat” of the world, their interest evaporates and they turn away. Some are caught up with everything the world has to offer… and the cares of the world; their career, that new car or house, choke out the good news.

For some, the good news resonates within their heart and they accept Him to be their Lord and Savior. There will still be storms, there will still be trials, but knowing that God is on the throne and in control of every situation keeps them close and they experience great growth and produce fruit. What is that fruit? Showing the love of Christ to others. God desires to transform our hearts and give us eternal life with Him. All we have to do is accept His invitation… let your heart be that fertile soil where His Word can take root and grow. You will be AMAZED!

Pickled Beets

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Ingredients:

Fresh beets

Vinegar

Sugar

Special Note: We purchase beets when they are on sale and make a large batch so we can share with friends and family.

Instructions:

Rinse beets and place into a large stock pot. Cover with water and bring to a boil. Boil the beets until fork tender (approximately an hour to a hour and a half depending on the size of your beets). Drain and rinse with cold water.

(We recommend that you wear kitchen gloves before you begin peeling and slicing the beets or your hands will turn brown) Peel and slice the beets and pack them into your sterilized canning jars. You can slice them anyway you like; discs, julienne, or chunks.

Prepare the pickling juice… heat equal parts of vinegar and sugar until the sugar dissolves. (We prepare two cups of vinegar and two cups of sugar at a time, makes it easy to manage). This will not take long! Once dissolved, pour mixture into the jars until beets are covered. Put the lids on your jars and store them in your refrigerator. Share with friends and family!!

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