Why is it that everyone acts up on one day?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
"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
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!
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!
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
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
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
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
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It's Carnival, baby!
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