I saw a roach on my stove tonight, so I grabbed what I thought was a can of Raid. It turns out that Resolve also comes in red cans. So, I was chasing this roach around thinking, "DIE, ROACH, DIE", and it wouldn't die. So I finally killed it by sheer blunt force, but I doused our stove in carpet cleaner in the process. Bad day to be that roach.
Alas. I wish we celebrated TLAPD in the spring. I need to teach r-controlled vowels about that time (ar, ir, ur, etc.) and it would be so useful to have them say cAAARRRRGH and mARRRRch. Six-year olds are still working on consonants in September. :-/
When I had just arrive at my current job, I was told that there were supplies wait for me in the copy room. My Korean coworker jumped out of the box and yelled "supplies"! Everyone else thought that it was funny.
Are these all real punchlines? I'd like to hear some of those jokes.
sionnach, you were spot-on. uselessness and I tried to get real-time games off the ground with this. Apparently, it's hard to get adults with full-time jobs in different time zones to play at the same time. I'm not sure if I even remember the password anymore.
Well said. The gold star system can be overused. I tend to use reading, writing, and learning games as my rewards of choice. That being said, it is important to note that the adult world also runs on extrinsic motivation to some extent. As much as I enjoy teaching, I write report cards, go to meetings, and participate in "compulsory volunteer opportunities" for my paycheck.
Every ten years or so, education seems to think that we need to teach kids THIS interpersonal skill in isolation. RESPECT! SELF-ESTEEM! etc. Well, what we don't think of is what that entire generation will look like 30 years later. The self-esteem generation has plenty of self-esteem, but that's created new problems. Like people feeling entitled to lots of stuff they can't afford. I look around my classroom and worry that I'm raising a new generation of dysfunction. We just won't be able to pinpoint how for another 20 years.
"Gradually, though, I began to wonder whether even this was the last word. Rewards and punishments are instruments for controlling people, and the real problem, I began to suspect, was the belief that the teacher should be in control of the classroom. If all these discipline programs disappeared tomorrow, a new one would pop up like the next Kleenex in the box if teachers were determined (or pressured) to remain in control and needed methods for making sure that happened." - What to Look for in a Classroom, by Alfie Kohn
"In 2002, Stuart Drummond campaigned for the office of Mayor of Hartlepool in the costume of the local football team's mascot, 'H'Angus the Monkey'. He narrowly won. His election slogan had been "free bananas for schoolchildren", a promise he was unable to keep. Despite this, he stood again three years later and won with a landslide victory."
I think that this is hilarious. As somebody who doesn't care for zucchini, I can imagine the horror of finding a basket on your porch. Why can't radishes be that prolific? So much tastier than zucchini!
I find that there's a process. There's that moment when you can hear the soft mechanical sound of your alarm clock preparing to wake you up. You have a choice. Bounce out of bed or hit snooze? It's a monumental decision to make at 6am. I often take the middle road. Turn the light on after the first snooze, but bury my head under the pillow. That usually helps speed things up. Unless I feel like bouncing out of bed. Some mornings are made for bouncing.
You people! Having fun while I'm slaving over report cards! Don't you *know* that there is an official ban on phony umbrage, bad puns, and the wordie treatment until I can turn them in at 2pm tomorrow??? I demand that you rereload this page, as well as english reasearch papersans phony umbrage. Don't make me come up there!!!
Somebody called for the Wordie Historian? Here is c_b's first comment. Clearly, I don't want to do work. :P In the future, just change the numbers in the URL to match the person's comment count. Takes 2 seconds. :) Oh, and c_b don't delete it! It's part of wordieternity!