Wednesday, March 14, 2018

It is how you phrase it

So I'm writing my first draft of a letter to my administrators asking them to fix the surface of the lab stations in my chem lab. I really signed the first draft, "I remain, respectfully..."

I read waaaaay to much historical fiction

Sunday, April 9, 2017


I use this for teaching my students about calendars.  and courage.

I'm in a weird place as an atheist in a bible belt, with friends and family who are devout christians and Jews.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

top gun

  I have a set of "micky mouse" headset that aircraft carrier crews have.  I get a colored jumpsuit and flashlight with cones. A student has a speaker system in his car has agreed to let me use it with the music.

Morning parking lot duty will never be the same again.

Friday, March 3, 2017

humbled by students

I cannot relay this story well since it was more of feeling than what happened.  We have a severly autistic student who needs an aid with her.

The student was in the hall and another student was talking to her.  "beth" was assuring the autistic one that she would help autistic student to the class.  "beth" kept repeating assurances, her name and what she would do.

patience, love and caring.

(aid was coming up the rear then stopped when scene was in motion and watched)

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

why did you ask this question?

One of my math colleagues lives in another town than where we teach.  She does not like the school system there so has permission for her son to attend our school.  He is not in my class yet. Bright and freespirited.
I am talking about prom with another math teacher about prom, when Mom shows up.  She has some questions we talk about.  Son shows up.

Mom..."who's earring is that?"  pointed at the grarish thing.

Son,  "mine."

I am laughing and dying at my seat.  "*Son*," I say..."can I shake your hand.?"

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

When they complain, it is working.

One of my jobs is to watch the parking lot in the afternoon.  The job is kinda useless.  We have cameras.  What can I do?  "stop, or I'll yell stop again."

So as I am out there I tell them to put their seatbelts on.  I understand they are invulnerable, they are young.  But they grew up with the alarms and the warnings.  I don't get it.

Talk to a group in the car.  "put your belts on."

"we haven't started the car."

"really"  surprised look (patented) "so you plan on putting the belts on when you start the car?  put the belt on ,"  glance to other drivers, "you know your could be hit by another car."

Today at the parking lot, a student asked me to check a specific student.  to make sure the belt was on.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

breaking bad

This week my students are studying electron configuration.  One of my students made the observation of Heisenberg rule, "that's where 'Breaking Bad' guy got his name from?"

I'm not sure I like the demo.  I do flame lab but I let the kids do it with powder.  And he's not wearing his safety googles.