Monday, September 30, 2013

Saturday's post, take 2.

'I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.' (from a Persian Sufi story)

I was upset with one of my children and was in a real snit because I had my feelings hurt.

Then I talked with a friend whose daughter is having an abortion tomorrow.

I am pro-choice but I am grateful I never had to make that choice.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Six Word Saturday

Keeping a secret? Clean up yourself.

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What level of passive aggressiveness is it, to move out and leave most of your stuff behind? And to treat valuables and trash in exactly the same manner. But, if you want to keep a secret, do not leave information behind for your parents to pack up.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

six word saturday

Grading is easier with your effort.

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It is so much easier to grade work where the students are trying and (while making errors) have put effort into doing a good job. It is difficult to grade something where half the papers have their name on it and nothing else and the rest has answers like (0,0) r = 4 to the question "write the equation of a circle with a center at the origin and a radius of 4."

Do you give that any points? Were they sitting in class while we hammered this over and over? I am supposed to up the rigor but the results are worse with a test of increased rigor.

Oy vey!

Sunday, September 15, 2013


I rewrote an email today. One that our email system decided to lose for me yesterday. And I made a decision.

Since we have such crappy unpredictable a creative communication system, I will type the email into Word first and the copy it into the email system so that I do not have to write it multiple times.

This is supposed to be an improvement.

I have software systems on my computer that I cannot access because they ghosted the machines when school started and haven't fixed yet. They would make my life easier and aid in my teaching, oh well.

Because we getting a boatload of money from the federal government (or all of you taxpayers) we have spent a boatload on technology. That doesn't work. That does us no good.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Six Word Saturday

List the consequences? Then use them.

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You go to the expense of publishing the "rules" and consequences for students - like using profanity at a teacher. So why to you lessen the punishment because the student complains to you?

When you create a hostile work environment for the teachers, where the students feel free to call their teachers whatever they want, learning will not take place.

I believe your days are numbered.

This is early in the year for teachers to be making other plans. And yet we are.