Jan 29 2011

The long haul.

This week has been one of the longest weeks of my teaching career. We had a work day Monday and 2nd semester started on Tuesday. I have my same AP kids in different configurations and a new set of standard 10th graders for English II.  The AP kids I already know and like, but somehow…

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Attention potential Corps Members: Right now it looks like this outside and every school in my area is closed for the day. You know you want to come to ENC!

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Nov 29 2010

NBPTS

Although many a disgusted candidate has opined that NBPTS stands not for National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, but for “NoBody Passes This S*&t!”, I found out last Friday that I am officially a National Board Certified teacher. I wrote on this blog a couple of times about the NBPTS process last March, here about…

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Nov 15 2010

Hello and Welcome!

I wanted to send out a quick welcome and a “hi!” to all of the new ENC corps members who were just invited to be part of the 2011 corps this past week. ENC students need and want you here desperately (although they may never, never show it). Here’s hoping we see you in August!…

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I stumbled across a new web application that will soon be making its debut in my classroom : Xtranormal text-to-movie tool. This website allows you to create short animated movies very, very easily by simply typing up dialogue and using text-to-speech type computerized voices.  The resulting movies are kind of crude, but really fun to…

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Nov 10 2010

Overheard…

…a completely serious conversation in the hallway before class began. Female student: “I can’t believe you did me like that!” Male student: “What?” Female Student: “You didn’t text me back!” Male Student: ” I did too! You texted ‘hey’ then I texted ‘hey’ back!” Female Student: “That doesn’t count! We are totally through.” …as I…

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Oct 21 2010

Pot, meet kettle.

Fun fact for the day: I can code an entire 92 question scantron answer key in the time it takes our technology department to conduct a professional development session. In other news, my 3rd block was most decidedly not paying attention to me during notes today. God, what a bad habit that is, and how…

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I have not died, nor have I quit teaching, although I do thank the several concerned readers who emailed me to check. The beginning of this school year has been a whirlwind for me. I find that I am seeking more and more of a life outside the classroom. My own personal extracurriculars are beginning…

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Aug 26 2010

Every year I forget…

*How tired I am at the end of the day. *How much my feet hurt the first few days back to school. I am currently sporting 2 blisters and a possible nascent blister. *How weird it is to have new kids sitting in front of me. Whether I liked last year’s classes or didn’t it…

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“Before the bell rings, remain in your seats. Please don’t gather around my door like pigs at a trough.” “Have your parents sign this technology release form. If they’re concerned that I’m going to –I don’t know — sell you on e-bay or something, please have them call me.” “Don’t press your face against the…

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