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I want to be a child in a French school!

Sunday, September 26, 2010      3 comments

We're watching a Sunday morning news show - one of the features was on school lunches in France, and how different it is from US school lunch programs. Not only do the schools expose students to traditionally French foods (yes, escargot and bou... Read more

Friday's exercise - Ballroom dancing

Saturday, September 25, 2010      7 comments

We have a new program at our school, ballroom dancing. The students have two classes each week - there are about 4 classes doing this. And teachers who have prep periods during the time of the classes have been attending the dance classes. Bu... Read more

Rabbit Redux (sorry, I just had to)

Friday, September 24, 2010      7 comments

I parked at school - I was early so I could set up the projector and computer so my classes could look at photos. There were a few boys peering into a box. This is suspicious behavior among early adolescent boys. So I asked what they had ... Read more

We were asked to do a mural!

Thursday, September 23, 2010      2 comments

There's a group working on marine environment education - they have a series of TV commercials; they worked with some schools to produce an activity book; now they're working on murals with middle/junior high schools. They came to our schoo... Read more


Wednesday, September 22, 2010      6 comments

I love the conversations I have with students. Today, someone asked me something about the mural - I said, "Oh, that'll be done soon, long before I retire in 4 years." Student - "What, you're going to retire in 4 years?" Me - "Yes, I'... Read more

There was a RABBIT at school today!!!!!!!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010      5 comments

I drove in and parked around the corner at the back of school. Went to my room to drop my stuff. Went up to the office to sign in, say hi, etc. Walked back out to say good morning to the assistant principal - who was looking down the hill at ... Read more

Just one of those days - grrrrrrrr

Monday, September 20, 2010      5 comments

My first two classes are great - working hard, quiet, focused. My third class, however - well, let's just say they don't necessarily care about being in art class. Plus half of the class was at a team meeting (academic teams, not sports) a... Read more

Rain rain go away - again

Sunday, September 19, 2010      0 comments

I guess there are some rain storms following Igor, getting sucked along in his wake. We currently have heavy rain, major wind, big waves - even though Igor is hitting poor Bermuda right now. We have small boat advisories, high and heavy su... Read more

Feeling virtuous

Saturday, September 18, 2010      4 comments

Sometimes it just seems like doing the right thing is easier than other times. Despite the food at the workshops (chocolate croissants at breakfast, cookies for snacks, pasta and chicken parm and various Italian desserts at lunch) I managed to ... Read more

Sooo tired

Friday, September 17, 2010      3 comments

After two days of non-stop planning workshopping, I'm too tired to think. So any brilliant thoughts will have to wait until tomorrow.... Read more

The edge of Igor at the Ritz

Thursday, September 16, 2010      5 comments

We're getting the very out fringe of Igor, have been since yesterday and it will continue for a few days (he's so huge). But we're talking winds of maybe 25-30 mph, gusts of more, but nothing of hurricane force here. Periodic heavy rain. And ... Read more

Bad News and then Good News

Wednesday, September 15, 2010      6 comments

Do you see the big island almost to the left of this photo? That's Puerto Rico. Next to that to the right is Viequez (and Culebra). Next dot (smaller) to the right is St. Thomas. That's where we live. Then there's Igor. I don't care if... Read more

Breathing a collective sigh of relief

Tuesday, September 14, 2010      2 comments

Igor has finally turned. This monster storm is 1200 miles across (or so), with center winds of 150 mph, gusts up to 180 mph. He's about 800 miles away from us. Or so. And he finally, FINALLY, turned northwest, or more west-northwest ... Read more

Socially conscious students

Monday, September 13, 2010      6 comments

My students never cease to amaze me - they say things out of the blue that just make me see them in a new light. I have one little boy, 7th grade, small, very cute, who just comes across as having a chip on his shoulder. He never smiles, u... Read more

Cleaned my closet - very therapeutic

Sunday, September 12, 2010      5 comments

I tried on clothes and made a pile of anything that doesn't fit right - and most of the items that didn't fit were too big - pants too baggy in the thighs and seat, shirts that hung, etc. If the piece of clothing didn't fit OR didn't look g... Read more

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