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My teaching year blog

Saturday, May 28, 2011      3 comments

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

Thursday, May 26, 2011      8 comments

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

Monday, May 23, 2011      5 comments

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

Sunday, May 22, 2011      3 comments

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

Saturday, May 21, 2011      2 comments

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

Friday, May 20, 2011      6 comments

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

Thursday, May 19, 2011      4 comments

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

Sunday, May 15, 2011      6 comments

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

Friday, May 13, 2011      8 comments

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. ... Read more

What a day!!!!!!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011      5 comments

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

Tuesday, May 10, 2011      7 comments

"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

DH is going off island for 2 weeks

Sunday, May 08, 2011      6 comments

He leaves Wed. - he's going to visit his brother in Philly, and friends/relatives in NYC. Plus he's going to the Yankees with my nephew. He's going to play, have fun, eat all kind of wonderful stuff that we don't get here, see movies when ... Read more

Saturday = Adult parade and fireworks!!!

Saturday, May 07, 2011      7 comments

We usually don't go to town for the adult parade, it goes from about 11 AM to at least 7 or 8 PM - a long hot day in the sun. We usually watch it on TV - very old of us, LOL! But we also may go to the beach, or I might do the gardening I have ... Read more

Children's Parade (and the Heartthrob Kid)

Friday, May 06, 2011      0 comments

Today is the Children's Parade - I've been watching on TV, since something has made my stomach very queasy today. Plus DH and I are planning a summer trip while we watch the parade. Our steel pan band was in the parade - most schools have ... Read more

Carnival Report - J'ouvert morning!

Thursday, May 05, 2011      5 comments

J'ouvert is the crazy early-morning road march, which is also a battle of the bands. Bands rent a huge flatbed truck and a generator, and they play on it - people dress in crazy outfits, and follow their favorite band. The four-lane road along... Read more

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