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Friday, September 30, 2005

Teachable Moments

So there are moments that occur in every classroom that are priceless. No, I'm not talking about awakening thoughts and sparking the future leaders of our community. I'm talking about moments that ONLY WE TEACHERS would find funny...strike that...hilarious.

I had such a moment yesterday.

The scene: 5th period AP Psychology. Students are making model brains out of play-doh as a review for their neuroscience exam on Monday. I'm walking around the room, checking for accuracy and to ensure that they actually have the structures correctly placed. I pick up on bits of conversations...but here are some things I'm hearing:
"Stop touching my frontal lobe!" "My hypothalamus just fell on the floor." "Why is my pituitary gland smaller than yours?" "Leave my brain stem alone!"

I couldn't stop laughing for a good 10 minutes. Like I said, only a few of us would find that funny.

Note to self: Do more things with play-doh. The kids love it (even though they are far beyond their play-do-rific childhoods and it is an effective manipulative for lessons.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Need to Vent

Ok. I'm just gonna throw this out there.

If you don't know the rules, don't be a referee.
If you don't want to pay attention to the match, don't be a line judge.
If you don't understand how to keep track of points, don't be a scorekeeper.

If the atmosphere is hostile, DON'T ALLOW IT TO BOTHER YOU! Augh.

And what pisses me off (other than the fact that we lost a match to a team we could have beaten and we didn't play all that well despite all the crap aforementioned) is that for the first time this season, the major newspapers are going to write about our team...but because WE LOST. That sucks donkey balls. Why is it that the press have to put us down, but they'll write full page articles about our football team, who hasn't won a game since midseason LAST YEAR. Double oye.

Note to self: 1 more day until sleeping in and meetings. whopee.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

8 am

So here are some random thoughts for the day...

-8 am is the perfect time to wake up. A huge difference between 8 am and 5 am...especially at 9 pm (as I'm not tired like usual). Note to self: find a job where I can wake up at 8 am.

-Sex and the City is the best show ever. Must watch all of them over and over.

-Girls know hair better than boys. Never have a guy do your hair...unless he thinks like a girl. =)

-Feet stink. Literally and figuratively.

-Apparently, I am the most like Qui Gon Jin (the dude that Liam Neeson played in Star Wars). Hmmm. I'm the most like a 50 year-old male with long hair who knows Jedi mind tricks. Hmmm. Should I be offended? Dunno. I was afraid I'd be the most like Chewbacca since most of my students look at me like I talk like him anyways.

Sunday, September 25, 2005


You would think that a sophomore starting quarterback would be able to do some basic things that would warrant his starting status. A) Throw the ball to the guys wearing the same color jersey as he. 2) Throw the ball to a region where guys wearing the same jerseys are ACTUALLY PLAYING ON THE FIELD. D) Be able to stop after leaving the pocket without FALLING DOWN in order to attempt A and 2.

Apparently, Chad Henne (aka The Michigan Quarterback...or possibly the Former Michigan QB) cannot execute any of those things, particularly when the game is on the line with 3 minutes left in the 4th quarter. He was instrumental in Big Blue's demise against the Wisconsin Cheeseheads yesterday. I'm sure I'll get play by plays ALL DAY tomorrow since everyone on staff loves to tease me about my boys and how they've played poorly in big games over the past few years. Sa-weet.

Spent most of yesterday at the JV tourney before I left early due to sicky feelings and sore feet. Hope the girls came home with a medal!

Note to self: Don't ever move to the Gulf Coast. Nuff said.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

The Hurricanes are coming!

No, not Katrina and Rita...but the Huntingtown volleyball team! We've started the season very well so far...which is totally awesome seeing as we still have a young team. I'm still optimistic about how things will go, so long as the girls stay focused and we continue to get healthy. Rock on. Good luck to them against La Plata tomorrow.

I'm still outta my mind. I just can't seem to get my head above water. But what else is new?

I'm back from a week of cat-sitting for the Hoffman's. It was nice to sleep in my own bed all the way through the night (meaning Mia didn't wake me up a thousand times). And it is nice to have My Boy back in town. Big ups to his safe trip and good times.

Note to self: The Ren Fest is a grand weekend getaway. Where else can you see all the "colors" of humankind while sipping on your favorite beverage in one hand and knawing on a turkey (ham) leg in the other and watching the dazzling performances of Shakespeare's Skum? Money.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Shut Up. I know.

I know I know. It's been awhile. I've been outta my mind crazy busy. Get off me.

School=good. I like my kids; they seem to be good both behaviorally and academically. I'm hoping the trend will continue. Not to mention how much I love my angels from last year who constantly stop by to say hi and see me.

Volleyball=good. We had our first match tonight against 2004 4A State Champs Broadneck. It was a 5 game thriller...and almost a carbon copy of last year's match. BUT one thing was different. NO. The score was still an issue (wrong). NO. The ref was still bad. YES. WE WON!! Awe yeah. Money.

But between school and prepping for school, volleyball and prepping for volleyball...and attempting to maintain my relationship with The Boy...I'M OUTTA MY FREAKIN MIND. Hopefully things will get into a groove of some kind stat before I'm on the fifth floor. =)

Note to self: Fish are friends not food.
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