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I might be 56 but I can still break up a fight
The 8th graders have finished their exams, and should have stayed home today. But a lot of students have work to finish, or there's nothing to do at home, or the parents view school as cheap babysitting, or whatever - so we had a crowd of 8th g... Read more
I've been reading the "Julie & Julie" blogs recently, having seen the movie - and I'm definitely in a cooking mood. On Monday, I went to my favorite little grocery - they mostly have wonderful fruits and vegs, and have started carrying fish, me... Read more
I'm feeling Parisian today
Maybe it's having seen the movie "Julie & Julia" which has prompted a storm of gourmet cooking in our house (poached pears in red wine over the weekend, either piperade or peperonata today). Maybe it's my marine blue dress accessorized with a s... Read more
Balancing healthy and splurge eating
I will admit, I like to eat. And what I like to eat isn't always the best foods for me. So I balance my healthy eating (hoping for 75-80% of the time) and the splurge eating (about 20-25% of the time).
So dinner tonight is all planned (an... Read more
My teaching year blog
The first year I worked on a mural with my classes, I started a blog. Did the same for last year's mural project. This year, we had the coral reef mural, and then the Palio.
So, if anyone is interested (or really really bored), here's the... Read more
The Department of Education has me VERY confused
It's the second-to-last week of school for 8th graders - they have exams next week. Seventh grade students have exams the week after that.
So the school, and Dept. of Ed, scheduled two assemblies for this week. One yesterday, Jr ROTC dril... Read more
Il Palio at our school - my art/social studies/phys ed/language project
We're supposed to be teaching rigorous material and making it relevant to our students' lives. So I designed my Palio project, based on the big race and parade and cultural event that takes place in many small Italian towns.
My students ... Read more
A Place Where Everyone Knows Your Name
Remember the show "Cheers"? Where someone would walk in, and everyone would yell out their name?
Do you have a place like that? A neighborhood restaurant or cafe you frequent, they know you, you know the staff by name, a place where you a... Read more
WAY TO GO: Grey's Anatomy Raises Health Awareness
My husband makes fun of me for watching medical dramas. "Grey's Anatomy" and "House" are my two (count them, TWO) HAVE-TO-WATCH shows on TV. That's it (except when "Project Runway" is on).
I like the medicine. I like the story-line of pe... Read more
Follow-up to yesterday's cliffhanger
I know everyone is waiting to hear - YES, Mr Shy Boy finally asked Ms Painting Girl to "go out" - as in to be his girlfriend, to go steady, etc.
She came in to drop her bag before class began, she was all smiley - so I said if things finall... Read more
An intense day of young love
Today was an art show and fun day hosted by a company with their headquarters here in the VI. They get tax breaks, and part of the requirement is to make charitable donations locally. This particular company has become very involved with the f... Read more
Positive and Negative, Yin and Yang - and how they relate to yarmulkes
In visual art, an image is made up of positive space (the object/objects) and negative space (the "empty" space around the object/objects).
The objects may be drawn/painted by color in the shape of the object - or the object may be create... Read more
I have a problem with water
You probably thought this blog would be about DRINKING water, right? Nope, not at all. I drink a lot of water. Always have. I love water, I like the cool wet tasteless quality of it.
Nope, I seem to get attacked by water. Seriously.
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What a day!!!!!!
I drove DH to the airport and dropped him off at about 6:20 AM - his flight was scheduled for 7 AM. (I'm assuming he made it, I haven't heard from him yet. He'll call when he gets to Phl at 6 this evening. Yes, he had a long and roundabout ro... Read more
I guess I should explain my status
"PHEBESS threw a ball of foil at a student. Twice. Missed both times."
I will admit freely that I am a playful teacher. I think school should be fun. I think learning should be fun. Plus, I personally like to play. I don't approach l... Read more