I've just got to share the good stuff I read.

I love to read. I read every chance I get. If I read something really good, I want to share it with my friends and co-workers. I make copies of magazine articles, read aloud to my students, tell others about good books I'm reading, and keep a book with me at all times.

I love teaching and learning new things. I need a place to share some of the lessons and what my students and I learn. Since my teaching situation is different from everyone else's in my school, I would like to tell all of you in the blog-o-sphere about these great lessons.

Feel free to share what you are reading, teaching and learning with us in the comments.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

A Little Clearer Picture

So, now it is revealed. One of the people acting weird to me has resigned-after signing her contract. I am sorry she is leaving and I guess she has been going through the agony of making a decision and that may have contributed to the odd way she was acting. She is young and maybe things will be better in a new place. I hope she gets some help for the demons that are really bothering her.
This time of year is always icky. Everyone is tired. The kids are ready for summer break. The teachers are tired of keeping the lid on bad behavior.
At least I am enjoying sharing the Little Engine movie with K-3rd this week. The 4th and 5th grades had fun watching the Indian in the Cupboard movie after reading the book. They really noticed the differences in the book and movie.
I'm starting to feel better. Now if only my computer would heal itself.

Monday, May 23, 2011

I'm in a lousy mood-read at your own peril

I am in a lousy mood and have been since yesterday. I think it is because I have lots to do and feel like there isn't enough time to do everything. Plus my new computer is not working and I really need it to work. The computers at school are screwed up, running slow, not connecting to the internet...yuck, ick, ugly word.
I'd like a glass of wine or a fizzy drink or something. Everyone and everything is getting on my nerves. I went to a stupid cosmetics party yesterday that I didn't want to go to. Heard the ignorant, hick saleswoman go through her spiel for the second time. Thought I would buy something to help a friend-a nineteen dollar bottle of aloe spray costs 27 dollars when shipping and tax are added. What a rip off! My scholastic book order was back ordered, so I won't get those books. Boo, hiss. I'm just in a lousy mood.
Everything on TV is a re-run. I bought two new bedcovers and Mr. M didn't like them. So back to the store I will go. They cost too much and are not really what I want. I have to drive across towm to take the garbage out at mom's tomorrow, and I really don't want to do anything but go home or to the pool and be by myself. I'm in a lousy mood.
Then I get to drive an hour and a half to sit in a meeting on Wednesday. And the boss has cancelled her attendance at the same meeting. I didn't want to go. Could be giving the training and the trainer is coming to boss's office the next day to go over the same stuff. Crap! I'm in a lousy mood.

Thursday, May 12, 2011


Big Daddy in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof said he was tired of mendacity. He was surrounded by lies and liars. I looked up the word online and found it means untruthfulness or a tendency to lie. The atmosphere at work has prompted some people to lie. I am disappointed in people who I thought were friends telling outright lies to me. Upon reflection I realize they did it to keep from being yelled at or embarrassed in front of everyone. I wish it weren't so. Too many Type A's in one place, I guess. We all strive to be perfect, never make a mistake, or be called out. The reality is that none of us is perfect. We all are focused on what we want and what is good for us. If it helps someone else, well, that's good, too. I am mostly interested in getting my things done and I don't like change. So I don't like to see people leave. Long ago a principal told me his goal was to have summer vacation work just like a weekend. The beginning of one year would see no change in staff from year to year. Unrealistic but I would like that too. Anyway, I guess I will try harder not to interest myself in others here at work. Just do my j-o-b and keep my head down.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Testing Mirage

I have this analogy in my head about testing, so I'm going to try it out here. I think NCLB testing is like the story of the Emperor's New Clothes. In the story two conmen convince the emperor that they have made him a magnificent new suit of clothes. He parades around naked but everyone is too afraid to say he has nothing on because the conmen said only intelligent people can see the clothes.
The testing promoters are like the conmen. They have convinced everyone that intelligent people see the benefit to students of all the endless testing. And the correlation of test scores to teacher ability. But the emperor is naked. The correlation of test scores is more accurately related to income level. Schools in wealthier areas do better on the tests. In our state there are seven levels to describe school performance on the tests. Four of the levels are negative. How fair is that?
The state that started all this testing frenzy has been shown to have fudged on the results. The only group to benefit from all the testing is....wait for it....THE TESTING COMPANIES!
The public has been deceived. Schools have been labeled failures. Teachers have been vilified.
Where is the honest little boy who will say, "The emperor has NO clothes!"?

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Fluff from the Past

I am reading on my NookColor a collection of short stories and books by P.G. Wodehouse. (It's pronounced Woodhouse.) I first met this writer in a series on Masterpiece Theater about Jeeves and Wooster. I found some of his books at the public library but now with my ereader, I have access to lots of out-of-print titles. He specialized in writing about the idle rich of his day. Some are set in England and some in America. The ones set in the US focus on life in New York. The main character usually hasn't got a clue and stumbles around with his mates partying into the night. Their life seems so tame compared to the drama we watch these days on television. But the emotions and plots are surprisingly timeless. The stories are funny and a pure escape back to a slower pace.