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I've been involved in school improvement planning (and training) for about 10 years. I thought I had heard about most of the program available for our students.
Now that I'm sitting in the kid's room of the dr's office, I just heard about ... Read more
One of those Good News/Bad News things
Interesting article - research seems to suggest that symptoms such as hot flashes EARLY in menopause may somehow protect women from cardiovascular disease, stroke, etc. I know a lot of women who will be happy to hear that there may be a reason ... Read more
"And after that, it's all a blank"
Yup, that's what a student said to me. He came and asked if he could please have another sketchbook, he lost his on the bus. I asked what happened. He said he took out the sketchbook to show his drawings to a girl, and "after that, it's all a... Read more
DH came to school today
I had brought my classroom computer home over the weekend, so that I could go to the computer store to buy/order the proper cable to hook the computer up to the projector. I've learned from experience that the computer store guy needs to SEE th... Read more
This is my day for getting things DONE
DH and I went to breakfast, then took a drive around. Went to see the re-built and newly opened Mountain Top, big tourist site but a fabulous view.
We came home and I decided I need to DO some of the things I've been planning to do - tod... Read more
Twelve pizzas for 25 teenagers and 3 adults
Really, that's what the coral reef mural lady brought - twelve cheese pizzas. Twelve LARGE cheese pizzas. Each cut into twelve slices. That's 144 large slices of pizza. I ate two big slices. We had about 1.6 pizzas left over (which I brough... Read more
This makes me fall over laughing - and it's SO true!
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Sometimes the best laid plans go awry
I was scheduled for attendance at a workshop today - this is when we're rolling out the new and improved school improvement process, the thing some of us have been working on for months and months. (This is the project I was part of when we got... Read more
An OMG embarrassing moment in class!!!!
Okay, not the entire class, but SO embarrassing!
Now that I have your attention - my students are now working in small groups on heraldic flags. We're basically finding emblems, students create their own version of the group's emblem, pers... Read more
How can doing nothing make me so tired?????
Okay, I didn't exactly do NOTHING - I spent 8 hours at the synagogue auction, working at the check in/check out desk. I spent 8 hours mostly sitting at a computer, checking people in, taking their entry fee money. Then checking people back out... Read more
If you are situated upwind from our apartment, and you are grilling steak with garlic on it, the least you could do is invite us over for dinner. Whomever you are. Really, it seems only fair.
Phebe... Read more
New butterfly yesterday
I can't find a photo exactly like this butterfly - it had black wings with white dots, and a black body with tiny white dots - and then, as if it had epaulets, across each shoulder (if butterflies had shoulders) there was a short bar of bright r... Read more
Encounter in the school's office
The other art teacher took down the display of her students' artwork in the office, and said the space was available if I wanted to put up some work by my students. So I took a bunch of the very large self-portraits I do with my 8th graders, an... Read more
How to make people feel USED
The boys were all sent (with the male teachers) to a program at the university today - so the counselors and some teachers coordinated a workshop for the girls. I was asked to set up an art show in the cafeteria (which I did, hanging up self-po... Read more
My butterfly garden is hopping!!!!
Well, more like fluttering - but it seems to be a neighborhood hotspot of butterfly and small bird activity!
Recent sightings include (stock photos from online):
Yellow sulphur butterfly
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