Tuesday, October 24, 2006


I don't understand the apathy from some of the students. Basically I don't understand apathy.

Yes AR is due,and I have listened to you, tried to make changes that would help you, but still, it doesn't seem to be enough.

So you tell me; what does it take to get some people to actually work?

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

The world is a strange place

In some ways I feel sorry for my students. There were no school shootings when I grew up. In many ways as I look back, I remember a kinder and gentler time. Of course I also remember integration of schools, and businesses in the South. That seemed very far away. The Viet Nam War was a big part of my growing up years. But that too seemed far away.

So my question for you is, how do you feel about the recent shootings?

Also grades recently went out. I wish they had been better grades. I really want to see all of you do well. My other question to you is what does school do for you?

I know that many of you disagree with the rules, what one rule would you change if you could?

As long as I'm asking lots of questions, what would you like to see done different in our classroom?

Thursday, September 14, 2006

A Great Day

WOW! Today you all made me feel like a real teacher! Behavior was great! Focus on the poem of fables, superb. Great questions were asked & I could see the light bulbs turning on over your heads. I almost needed sunglasses.

I don't know why it happened, or what made these selections the ones that you seemed to understand,so please leave me some feedback on what was happening. Why did you enjoy either "The Road Not Taken" or the two fables.

Thanks for a great day!

Sunday, August 27, 2006

School is back in session

Well, we've all survived the first few days of school. It's a struggle for me to make that transition from summer fun, back to the business of education. But I'm getting there.

I've enjoyed these first few days and feel like this will be the best year ever. I am delighted to have so many of you in classes for the second or third time.

I'm curious to know how you spent your summer vacation. Let me share with you about mine.

I read a lot of good books. I went on a road trip with a friend to Breaks, Virginia. The park is in both Virginia and Kentucky. The scenery was beautiful, but the roads were some of the steepest with the tightest curves I have ever driven. It was in coal mining country and that was a new sight for me.

My friend and I were able to go to the Vanderbilt mansion in North Carolina. WOW! What a beautiful mansion! It took us four hours just to see all of the house! Then we wandered around the grounds and shopped.

We also visited with friends in Alabama and because we spent so much time in the car, we talked a lot. My friend is also an educator, in another state.

I was able to attend several great workshops to learn about more technical stuff with computers and be more computer savvy.

I was able to go to Houston and visit with my sister and her husband and be there for my nephew's open house. He got married in another state. So we hosted an open house down here. He married a reading teacher, so she and I got along very well as we discussed our favorite books.

Now that school is in session we've had some pep rallies, reviewed the rules, been to the library and done some good work.

So tell me how you think your school year is going? What are you looking forward to?

Remember the rules about posting here:
1) no names only APPROPRIATE screen names
2) no names of school, city or state
3) appropriate language
4) all posts are sent to me and I have final approval over what appears here.

I am hoping this will be a good place to express your thoughts and ask good questions and share ideas. As we discussed in class, we don't have to agree, but we do need to understand the thought processes used on a topic we discuss.

I thnk we're off to a GREAT year!

Thursday, May 04, 2006

What have you learned this year??

The year is winding down. The tests are over. The field trips are in full force. We are all ready for summer.

I hope you had a tolerable year. I tried to make it interesting. I've learned a lot about all of you. I wonder what you have learned, and I don't mean just the subjects.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

The Fight and Uniforms

As most of you know there was a fight this past week at school. It seems like everybody had an opinion. I don't believe fighting solves anything. The one who "wins" may feel better about whatever. The one who "loses" feels worse and wants to feel better. People pick sides for a variety of reasons. It solves nothing. In a week or two will anybody remember what the fight was about?

Tell me, what purpose did it serve?

We've had discussions on uniforms and I am hugely in favor of uniforms. I've stated my opinions, so here is your chance to state yours.

I believe uniforms are good for the following reasons:
They save money- fewer school clothes need to be purchased
They solve hassles- dress code is simpler for everyone
They save time- I promise you can sleep later
Research shows improved grades and a decrease in discipline problems
People are judged less on their clothing and more on who they are

So post and opinion.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Test Time

Yes, it is that time of year again as we prepare to take the state tests. You all know the test I mean.

I wonder how you feel about these tests. Here's a list of questions that I have for you. I really want to know.

Do you think they help you? Why?
Do you think you are prepared to take the test?
If not what more do you think ought to be done?
Do you think there is a better way to determine if you have learned?
If yes, please tell me about it.
Why do you think the tests are given?
How do you know if you have learned something?
What do you want to say about testing that I haven't thought of?

My friends in Canada would say that we write tests, I think color or bubble is more correct. My Canadian friends also wonder where we take a test. Do we take it to the park? Do we take it to the zoo? Just a little humor there; okay very little humor.