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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
DH is going off island for 2 weeks
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!!!
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)
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!
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