When appliances and electric companies don't cooperate
I direct an after school art program - so I need to complete and turn in our non-profit tax paperwork every May 15.
But the power has gone off every day this week except Thursday. For at least an hour, every day at work, usually at lunch... Read more
Rigor, Relevance, Relationships
The new buzz phrase in our Dept of Ed is Rigor, Relevance, Relationships - basic concept is that you can teach students more rigorous information if you make it relevant to their lives, something they can relate other learning with this new info... Read more
Building muscle for life
I'm 55, and my goal is to get healthy, stay healthy, stay active. I'm less worried about fitting into a bikini than I am about being able to walk up to 10 miles in a day for the next 30 or 40 years.
So I've graduated from my orthopedic dr ... Read more
We're on the wall!
YAY! Yippeeeeee!!!!! WOOHOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!
Our wonderful maintenance man cleared the rest of the paint off the wall yesterday after school - so I arrived to a clean clean wall this morning.
My morning classes were finishing a variety ... Read more
School - why can't I get rid of students???
Okay, I know my class is more fun than most - art just is more fun than, say, algebra or social studies. (Well, I enjoyed algebra, but you know what I mean.)
But it is 10 minutes after the bell rang, 12 minutes after I said it was time to ... Read more
Saving the trees
My Spark friend Watermellen wrote beautifully today about snow, chestnut blossoms, and Yeats - and it triggered a memory of spring in North America, the lovely flowers, the uncertain weather - which led to my response - which is today's blog.
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So much to do, and I feel blah
I have tons of things to do - plus it's finally a gorgeous day, I could go to the beach - and instead, I'm here with an iffy stomach and feeling tired. I don't know if this is the stomach virus that's been making the rounds at school, or if it'... Read more
ABC Quiz - why not?
If you've are reading this, you have the honor of copying all these goofy questions and writing your own responses! Paste these instructions in the body of your blog.
A - Age: 55
B - Bed size: King
C - Chore you hate: Ironing (I... Read more
You know how sometimes your brain does funny things?
On Mondays and Fridays, I like to go to the coffee cart and get my nonfat tea lattes and a slice of banana or cranberry bread. So, today being Friday, I drove over to the cart. (It's about 5 minutes' drive away from school, so I just leave hom... Read more
School - May 5 & 6
Yesterday, I asked a few of my students who had finished all their projects if they'd be willing to clean out the storeroom we used last year for the mural project - students had previously cleaned it, but various items had since been moved out ... Read more
One of the most ridiculous things I've encountered
I just found out that the university sponsoring the summer class I'm enrolled in has me listed as a NON-US citizen. (No one knows what country they think I'm a citizen OF.)
This was changed in 1984 - when I returned from Peace Corps and enr... Read more
660 cals by 2:30 PM??????
I forgot to put water to boil for my tea before showering - and there isn't enough time after my shower for the water to boil and make strong tea - so I went to the coffee cart again this morning. Breakfast was tea au lait (nonfat) with sugar-f... Read more
Our sweet maintenance guy removed the paint from the wall for our next mural - but stopped short of the bottom, maybe 3 feet short. Because apparently my students made a line across that area. (I don't remember seeing a line, but other teacher... Read more
Busy but lazy day
Today was one of those extremely rainy days we get, when our hill is covered in fog, the rain is pouring down, and we even had thunder and lightning. With all the fog, we kept the windows shut - otherwise you can see the fog drifting through th... Read more
Or Moko Jumbies
These are the stilt dancers - straight out of West Africa, the Moko Jumbie is an important part of local culture. People start as small children, maybe age 6 or 7, with very short stilts - by the time they're teens, they ha... Read more