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May 30 2010

In which I am skreet.

The voting for “Most Influential on American History” commenced on Friday. Some of the kids were a bit silly about it (Miley Cyrus … no.) but most took it seriously and came up with good arguments. First block wound up in a tie between Martin Luther King Jr and … Jesus. I was supposed to…

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May 28 2010

Car Smash

Kids had the opportunity to pay a dollar for three hits at this car with teacher’s names painted on it at lunch today. Overheard while kids whacked away at my name… “Mrs. B., the hammer slipped.” *cough* “Next time, assign less summer work!” “This is for all the DBQs!”  “Mrs. B, I love ya’, but…

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May 26 2010

Identifying the wrong cause.

5 minutes into after school attendance recovery. The room is silent. I am typing at my desk when a plaintive voice is raised. “I’ll give you five bucks if you let me leave right now.” “Nope.” “Ten?” “Nope.” “Man, we need poorer teachers!”

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May 25 2010

Silly Fads

In APUSH right now we’re talking a lot about influence and how to measure it (as part of our effort to determine the non-Presidential individual with the most influence on American history). One of the issues that comes up frequently in our discussion is longevity–does influence count if it is only short term? Somehow from…

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May 22 2010

Of crackers and microwaves.

I stayed home from work somewhat unexpectedly on Tuesday because I felt the need to recover from my National Boards test. On Wednesday I was standing in the hall in the morning greeting students when one sidled up to me. I knew what was coming. “Mrs. B” he crooned, “How are you feeling?” “Not pregnant.”…

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May 12 2010

See what’s happening.

So I caved and let one of my redneck English students write his research paper on the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana (which I then had to spell for him) simply because I’m determined to get this kid to turn in something this semester. We’ve been in the computer lab researching for the last…

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May 10 2010

Someone talk me out of this.

I’m beginning to strongly consider trying to take a small group of students to Europe next year after their graduation. I’m concerned that this indicates some sort of head trauma on my part.

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May 09 2010

A Push.

My kids’ AP US History test was friday. At our school, students take AP tests off site in a church basement because it is quiet and out of the way. (This provides frequent occasion for irony. During the Calc exam — for which our pass rate historically hovers around zero — there was a funeral…

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Today is the day before the big APUSH test. I never really know what to do on the last day of review, everything just seems so done and final. I have been sensing a lot of tension among the kids (see previous post), so I decided to have a little fun with them today. We…

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May 04 2010

Ah, AP week.

Subject line of an email I received from a student this evening:  “CONTINUED MENTAL BREAKDOWN!”

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