Sunday, April 6, 2014

students lie

There might be one I have never heard before....

Saturday, March 22, 2014

sell out

I am pursuing my national certification.  Some students still have not signed the permission slips that let me film (which makes camera angles awkward).  I reminded them before spring break to please do so.  Or if they have an objection to being filmed let me know.  "Or I will show up at your house with permission slip in hand."

smart alec.  "you can't find my house."

"its a small town, I can find you.  Don't try me, another student tried.  Google maps is useful."

"well where I live is strange, you can't find it."

*sigh*....just because I have to have the last word.  "John"  *buddy next to him* "you play football with Smart Alex right?*nod from student*  "I'll give you five points extra credit if you will show me where he lives."

John brightens up "okay."

"I told you, don't try me.  Besides I have your slip and your mother works in the next building."

(that's unethical, but I'm sure that chocolate  or such could get the same results.)

Saturday, March 1, 2014

fine girl

In all fairness he was trying to pay a compliment.

We went shopping, my daughters and I, in a nearby town and stopped at a pawn shop that has a large gun collection.  My youngest is an Army veteran, possesses a Bachelors, considering buying an older house to fix up, teaches high school english, working on her master's and is skilled in several crafts.

She is thinking about buying an AR15 for defense and I suggested she look here.  A elderly gentleman commented that it was nice that a young girl knew how to shoot.

Good thing it wasn't loaded.

Monday, February 24, 2014

technology again

the counter on the school's copier says I am out of my ration for copying.  I have no idea what it is. The reason we are not given the amount is because there is concern that we will try to use it all.

I talked to the principal whom I told "surely in February I have not used more than I did last year."

So he will look to see if the count can be reset.

So I spent time loading my web page with assignments.  I needed to anyway.  I will be using projected tests and Ipads to get tests done.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

I make lists in my sleep

This is good.

How to plan stuff.  Many forms on how to plan.  I have a stack of them for my students who need help planning.

Zombie STEM Activity

I am usually down on Texas Instruments.

Now I recognize that years ago they are responsible for Americans having easy access to calculators.  The first ones that came out years ago when I was in High School were very expensive and TI made them cheaper than the others.

My issue is they really want people to use calculators...regardless.  After all if you use calculators instead of doing it with paper, then become dependent on calculators they have sales.

Many of their lesson plans involve teaching students how to use the calculator or new program or new console, instead of learning the lesson.  Of course in my class I use TI.  I even had a set that hooked up to the calculators. (right now my current school has a set of such things by another company)

But here

is a lesson on how such a thing could happen.  It covers the curriculum. 

Hmmm. Maybe we can all do a lesson.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Myths in education II

"the State of North Carolina plans its prison population based on grade reading scores."

Urhommm, no.

Look on the face of this.
How many states do you know of that have the right amount of prison space.  Right.  None.

Every state has prisons that are overcrowed.  People are in prison because of laws.  Many in prison are non violent offenders, drug laws, mandatory sentencing. 

Granted there are many people in prison who cannot read.  But none plane their population based on test scores.

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