Friday, December 29, 2006
Thursday, December 28, 2006
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Friday, December 22, 2006
Lots of baked goods have been coming in this year. I'm eating cookies, lemon bars and fudge all day long. The madness must stop. In 2007.
I'm a little down on myself today. Because I'm a bad wrapper. I keep getting gifts that look like works of art, beautiful ribbons, handmade tags. My gifts look hideous. I don't even try to make them look nice. And that's why I'm down on myself today. That, and the constant cookie eating.
Sunday, December 17, 2006
I'm a little sad after watching Infamous, a movie about Truman Capote. He's more sympathetic in this film. The two movies provide contrasting pictures of Capote, a guy who played around with truth and fiction himself. Check it out this holiday season. I'd really like someone I know to rent both Infamous and Capote and then report on both films using a Venn Diagram.
Friday, December 15, 2006
This year's sixers and cincos are really taking up my invitation to comment on the edublog I set up. Right now they're debating the use of the term "food insecurity" that's being used instead of the word "hunger." We read about this in a Newsweek article by Anna Quindlen.
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
We watched a PBS show on Walmart last night. Thanks, Walmart, for wrecking the entire planet.
Thinking more locally, I am worrying about getting a Christmas tree. We'll only be in the house for ten more days, then we travel over hill and dale. I think we probably waited too long. I wonder if the offspring will tolerate a bunch of santas displayed everywhere, rather than the tree. I broached the subject with teendaughter and she seemed not too happy about it. If I were Bewitched or I Dream of Jeannie, this wouldn't even be a problem.
Saturday, December 09, 2006
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Many parents don't understand the whole concept of the midterm. This week the midterms went home and I got quite a few notes back that read, "Call me immediately if he/she has missing work in the future." I need to get these folk into the huddle and explain to them that the midterm IS the way I contact them about missing work. One sixer's parent was upset with me that I hadn't called her about two missing assignments. I told the sixer to come to my classroom every Friday afternoon from now on so that she can call her mom and let her know if she has missing work or not. She didn't look thrilled, but what am I supposed to do about it? Another mom was screaming at me on the phone that she didn't want to be angry with me, but she wanted to be "transparent." She kept repeating that phrase. I thanked her and added that I wanted to be transparent as well, and I told her, "I've been teaching for over twenty years and I have every confidence that I know what I'm doing." Not sure I have EVERY confidence, but it seemed important to communicate that at the time. This hasn't been the greatest day. After the slew of notes, I ended up getting a paper cut in third period. I kept calling kids over to look at it, but they didn't think it looked so bad.
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Sunday, December 03, 2006
I've edited most of the plays, about 1/5 of the fiction stories and about 1/3 of the zines. I'm heading into the compound to finish up the job. I regret, but accept, that I must neglect my family for the sake of the progress reports that go out tomorrow. If I finish this job, it will be a superhuman accomplishment of unprecedented proportions. It will be done. Oh yes. It will be done.
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