Still pacing the standardized test
We had four tests today, all in math - First, the three adults in the room hand out the test papers, test booklets, pencils, and today calculators for two of the tests. Then, I stand in the front of the room and read the directions while the ot... Read more
I get to take some art kids to WA DC!!!
I'm the director of an after-school and summer art program for artistically talented teenagers - we have kids ranging from 8th to 12th grade, and from most of the public and private schools on island. We have classes 3 days a week after school,... Read more
And the testing goes on
Day 2 of the standardized testing at school. Day 2 of me as administrator in another teacher's classroom. She's Filipino, and the kids have a little trouble with her accent - that's they I'm the admin, and she's the proctor. We're doing fine ... Read more
I'm told I was featured at our school's queen show
My good friend at school, who has worked next door to me for over 20 years, came by my class this morning and told me I was featured at the queen show on Saturday. For those who don't know, a queen show is basically a beauty pageant where girls... Read more
Cleo and Ruby
Cleo is our cat - about 14 yrs old, Russian Blue, loving to people she likes and snarly to people she doesn't like (such as the vet). She's quite a character.
Ruby is DH's Jeep Wrangler - smaller than his former Jeep Jack, who was a CJ-7, ... Read more
I hate munchie days
There are days when I just want to munch on junk food. Never mind that I've had about 2/3 of my cals for the day. Never mind that I actually had a cookie for a snack. (DH and I are in the midst of a cookie craze, which we both know isn't goo... Read more
Standardized test pep rally
We're trying to make a big BIG deal out of the standardized test next week. So our last class of the day was a big pep rally - in the auditorium, with songs, jingles, slogans, cheers. We all wore matching T shirts given out yesterday (BCB take... Read more
Saving the salamander
Yes, there was a little tiny salamander on the water bucket in my sink at school. (My two sinks have been stopped up since last year, and of course no one has fixed them yet. So I have buckets to collect the water, and we dump them outside whe... Read more
The health article I read yesterday said that women who are light to moderate drinkers are better able to sustain their weight than those who don't drink any alcohol.
I usually don't drink much - I had liver parasites in Africa (we did kill... Read more
My students think I'm Ms. Science
We're on our 4th day of cold grey foggy rainy windy weather. This is unusual for us in March, this is normal for hurricane season.
So my students asked me why this weather is here, and why is it staying instead of moving through the way it... Read more
Vim! Vigor! Vitality! Vitamins!
I'm creating a bulletin board for the front of the school - we have our standardized testing next week, and it seemed appropriate.
The test is the VITALS - Virgin Islands Test of Academic Learning - or something like that.
So I'm cente... Read more
We're almost finished with the mosaic squares!!!!
For people who haven't read my blogs before, I'm an art teacher. My classes have been working on a mosaic mural - a 243 sq foot mural. Yup, 9 feet high and 27 feet long. Instead of working directly on the wall, we enlarged our design on paper... Read more
Just one bite of a donut is enough
Sometimes we need to eat something we don't like, to remind ourselves we don't like it.
DH loves donuts - sometimes I think I'm married to Homer Simpson, he does the same "uuuuuuhhhhhhhhh, DOOOOOOOOOOOOOnuts" and practically drools all over... Read more
Pretending I'm a college student again
I've been working on the paperwork for the summer class I'll be attending. I had to sign a Code of Conduct, a Hold Harmless Agreement, get a doctor to sign paperwork saying I'm mentally healthy and can handle living overseas for a month (duh, I... Read more
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Award Day at school
As part of the Positive Behavior program, we make a big deal about students who do the right thing. So we have quarterly award programs to recognize honor roll students, perfect attendance, most improved grades, spelling bee and math counts stu... Read more