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Upcoming movie

Not sure what to think about this film quite yet. It looks interesting, but I don’t want it to be something that slams everyone and everything in education. There are real problems out there and the blame doesn’t just belong on one set of shoulders.

So…go see the trailer. And tell me what you think.

http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/paramount_vantage/waitingforsuperman/

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4×4 Block…

Is the bane of my existence…sometimes. I don’t think the “research” is right that says it’s beneficial for students. It does not lead itself to continuity. It does not allow teachers to get in depth with anything. As we’re required to get through a year’s worth of content in  a semester — it more often than not means I’m a steamroller or a freight train, but probably not an effective teacher.

Currently my students are pissed at me because we started watching Of Mice & Men — and we haven’t finished it. They want to watch the ending. Not that I blame them, but we haven’t had time. We have to write another essay. We have to write a speech. We have to present speeches. We have to read another short story AND a play. And we’re out of school on May 21st.

Tell me…how will all this happen?

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A meme

1. Are you currently in a serious relationship?
Nope…unless you count the one w/ my couch. I’m terminally single. I’ve actually contemplated starting a separate blog about my singledom.

2. What was your dream growing up?
I had so many. I wanted to be an actress, a singer, a lawyer, a meteorologist, a detective, a famous flutist…teaching is my 3rd career. I don’t miss the other two. I’m out of ideas though, so this is it.

3. What talent do you wish you had?
Creative writing — I want to be a novelist (not anything serious), but I have no creative spark in that respect.

4. If I bought you a drink, what would it be?
Either a light beer or a Captain Morgan & Coke. Only captain and no diet. I need the sugar to cut the rum.

5. What was the last book you read?
The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen. It was pretty good.

6. What zodiac sign are you?
Aries. Yup, my birthday is soon.

7. Any tattoos and/or piercings? Explain where.
My ear lobes just once apiece & my cartilage on one ear. No tats — I’m kind of a wuss.

8. Worst habit?
Procrastination and complete slobbishness

9. What is your favorite sport?
FOOTBALL!

10. Do you have a pessimistic or optimistic attitude?
I’m currently pessimistic. But, at least I admit it.

11. Worst thing to ever happen to you?
In most respects, my life has been fairly easy with no big traumas (compared to others, and for certain most of my students) but…either when my aunt died unexpectedly when I was in 8th grade OR the end of my last serious relationship. We broke up in 2006 and I’m still recovering from that. It’s forever changed me, so I guess that’s the worst thing.

12. Tell me one weird fact about you.
Um…I hiccup, just once at a time…randomly

13. Do you think clowns are cute or scary?
Usually scary

14. If you could change one thing about how you look, what would it be?
Weight — but, I’m really bad about doing something about it. I like food and I like junk food best. And going to the gym is a chore.

15. Would you be my crime partner or my conscience?
Conscience

16. Ever been arrested?
Hell, no!

17. If you won $10,000 today, what would you do with it?
Pay for the rest of my grad degree — I hate having to worry about it each semester b/c I don’t take enough hours at a time to qualify for loans. Stress!

18. Where’s your favorite place to hang out?
Home…specifically my couch

19. Do you believe in ghosts?
Not sure

20. Favorite thing to do in your spare time?
reading, spending too much time on the computer (Facebook, Twitter, random surfing, etc), sleeping

21. Do you swear a lot?
Too much, yes

22. Biggest pet peeve?
Rudeness and apathy towards education

23. In one word, how would you describe yourself?
Sarcastic

24. Do you believe/appreciate romance?
Do I believe it’s genuine? Is that what you’re asking? It depends on who’s behind it. I really enjoy it (thus my love of rom-coms) but it’s been so long since I’ve had any, I don’t think I’d trust it right away.

25. Do you believe in God?
I’m always questioning…

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Eval

My summative evaluation arrived in my school mailbox today. It’s primarily positive. I earned proficient on many of the markers they assessed. However, I have to work on my smart mouth apparently (to put it bluntly, and in simple terms). Ooops. I know that it is a big problem with me, and I’m sure that it will only get worse if I don’t check it. But it’s such an ingrained part of my personality. How does one even start to change that about themselves?

Anyone?

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Grading

Can I just mention how I loathe grading? It sucks the life out of me. It is my second least favorite teacherly thing to do. The first least favorite is stupid administrative paperwork stuff.

Side note: I don’t like Jimmy Kimmel, but I love his silly videos. Currently watching the Handsome Men’s Club (HMC). It’s awesome, simply because there are so many hottie men in the video.

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Hello world!

This is me, newly blogging at WordPress. I decided to move over here, because I can password protect posts. I can’t do that at Blogger. Sorry Blogger.

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