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Why is it that everyone acts up on one day?
Wednesday, May 20, 2009      0 comments

Why do all my students decide to be obnoxious all on the same day? Students who normally are fine are rude, or refuse to work, or bother others - all on the same day. Students who normally work tell me the work is boring - uh, yesterday I coul... Read more
Yesterday's race was a washout
Monday, May 18, 2009      1 comments

Every year, DH and I participate in the local "Race Against Gun Violence." It's sponsored by a husband (judge/attorney my DH knows) and wife (works in a store where I shop) whose son was killed in a random shooting. We walk in the race to supp... Read more
Teachers vs. Students, 6 - 0
Thursday, May 14, 2009      0 comments

Exercise class 5/14/09: We warmed up. We stretched. We did laps. We speed walked (me) or jogged (others), we skipped, we side-stepped, we went backwards. We joined the student volleyball team and did relays - up to the net, jump up, squat a... Read more
What a change a year (or two) makes
Tuesday, May 12, 2009      1 comments

Yesterday, our principal announced a faculty meeting for today. Immediately after school. I didn't think, oh geez, I had all kinds of things planned. I didn't think, ugh, now I can't go home and relax. My first thought was, uh oh, I'... Read more
Fitness when you are mom to a cat
Sunday, May 10, 2009      1 comments

I receive a dead lizard and a card (not together) for Mother's Day. Yum! Keeps me from eating chocolate. I get to place chase in the evening. Chase consists of chasing the cat around the house. She will smack my ankles if I don't play w... Read more
Bits & pieces of my day
Friday, May 08, 2009      0 comments

D (gunfight girl from the other day) came in and I asked if she wanted to talk to her counselor about what happened - she said she had seen her. I asked if a teacher referred her. She said no. I said when something scary like that happens, yo... Read more
One student needed a hug
Thursday, May 07, 2009      2 comments

Of course, I gave her a hug when she asked. Then I asked why she needed a hug. She was walking home from the bus stop yesterday. She was with a group of students from a nearby elementary school; as an 8th grader, she has decided to walk w... Read more
I think my class is ready for a Spark mural!
Wednesday, May 06, 2009      1 comments

"Do we want to mural on the inside or outside of the gym?" "The inside, so we can inspire people to do more sports and get fitter. To get people to be more active and amused of sports. [sic]" *********** "We want to put our mural up... Read more
Sometimes, something happens that makes teaching worthwhile
Tuesday, May 05, 2009      1 comments

I have a student, a 7th grader, Q, who was recommended for art by her 6th grade teacher. I haven't seen any great talent in her - in fact, she's one of my loudest and rowdiest students in that particular class. She's almost always goofing arou... Read more
Why I love the coffee cart!
Monday, May 04, 2009      2 comments

Usually on the first and last day of the work week, I'll splurge and go to the coffee cart on my way to school - I enjoy the taste of coffee (with skim milk) and a slice of banana or cranberry nut bread. But I'm sensitive to caffeine, and i... Read more
I want a Carnival Costume!
Saturday, May 02, 2009      1 comments

I love the Carnival costumes people wear in the troupes - and I'd love to wear one! They're like little skating outfits, swimsuit-like covered with glitter, sequins, spangles, feathers, hanging beads, headdresses - all sorts of stuff! I'm ... Read more
My morning quest
Friday, May 01, 2009      0 comments

Tomorrow evening we have fireworks to end Carnival - so we've invited friends for dessert and fireworks. My chocolate cake is wonderful, but plain looking. So I've been looking for decorations. For days. This morning was my last chance (... Read more
My kind of morning exercise
Thursday, April 30, 2009      2 comments

J'ouvert: It's 9 AM and I have 6200 steps on my pedometer We heard the music at 5 AM - I was out of bed and ready to go by 5:30. We rolled down the hill, parked, and found a sparse crowd milling around in the sunrise. We walked, we met f... Read more
Mmmmmmmm shrimp roti
Monday, April 27, 2009      0 comments

We have foods that seem to only be available during Carnival. My personal fave is shrimp roti, which is Trinidadian, or maybe Indian in origin. Roti is an Indian flatbread, something like a double-layer pita bread with garbanzo bean meal betwe... Read more
It's Carnival, baby!
Sunday, April 26, 2009      1 comments

That was a song, years ago. We still use the phrase. And it is Carnival. Today is boat race day, and Pan-o-rama (steel pan jamboree) this evening. I walked along the waterfront this morning, as people were setting up tents with food for ... Read more

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