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"Ms. Schwartz, you look CUTE today!"

Friday, March 04, 2011      5 comments

I teach middle school art - my Advanced Art class is full of kids who draw all over notebooks, try to fancy up their school uniform, and generally notice things that other students might not. Normally I wear either a dress, a skirt and top,... Read more

Shakespeare in four pages - REALLY

Thursday, March 03, 2011      5 comments

My Advanced Art class is very willing to participate in a Shakespearean festival. But with stipulations: One girl wants to be the narrator, and not act any part. One boy wants to do cartwheels and flips across the stage, or down the a... Read more

At what point do I worry about my forgetfulness?

Wednesday, March 02, 2011      8 comments

Let me start by saying that my mother had Alzheimer's, and passed away from complications of that. So keep that in the back of your mind, as I always do. Today I forgot my purse. My purse hangs on a chair in the dining room, where I keep ... Read more


Tuesday, March 01, 2011      5 comments

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

Saturday, February 26, 2011      7 comments

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"

Thursday, February 24, 2011      8 comments

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

Tuesday, February 22, 2011      8 comments

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

Sunday, February 20, 2011      7 comments

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

Thursday, February 17, 2011      6 comments

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

Teacher Humor

Wednesday, February 16, 2011      4 comments

This makes me fall over laughing - and it's SO true! ... Read more

Sometimes the best laid plans go awry

Tuesday, February 15, 2011      3 comments

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!!!!

Monday, February 14, 2011      16 comments

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?????

Sunday, February 13, 2011      5 comments

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

Dear Neighbors:

Friday, February 11, 2011      7 comments

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. Most sincerely, Phebe... Read more

New butterfly yesterday

Thursday, February 10, 2011      6 comments

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

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