Thursday, January 28, 2010

it's freezing!!!

It's also snowy and windy like the crazyyyyyy....

Last week was short, only 3 and a half days of instruction, one-half day "records" day, as in, teachers work on grading, papers, and so forth.

This week feels LONG.  But it's almost over, and all this crazy freezing snow and wind may just end the week with a you-know-what-day tomorrow.  Or not.  The fact that I *forgot* to bring home papers to grade means it will probably happen.

Monday, January 18, 2010

MLK holiday

May hope for peace and justice fill your days.

A quick update on my nutrition research unit - my two 7th grade classes were in the school library all week. Hectic but productive. A really long week, tiring, but fruitful. Online and book research requirements were basic and not hard to meet. Next week onward to creating and conducting surveys and action research.

Some fun projects with the 8th graders. My "AIS" remedial classes read short stories and poems, stayed on task, focused on figures of speech. (We read "Broken Chain" and "Oranges" by Gary Soto and "The Treasure of Lemon Brown".)  My push-in/AIS classes worked on a literary device vocabulary unit, created short teaching skits for the literary devices, and their primary ELA teacher used the Flip Video to record - fun!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

completely calm

Today has been perfect. A few hours at church in the morning, a cozy and noisy lunch of leftovers with husband and daughter with newspapers, computers, and TV, then an afternoon of peace. I've been mostly alone the past few hours, left with laundry, Twitter, blogging. I'll start cooking in about half an hour, and by 5:00 there will be five of us here for dinner, and it won't be quiet or calm until bedtime. But this afternoon has been a complete blessing.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010


What I really just wanted to say was that here are some really funny (because they're true AND make me laugh) commentaries about style and fashion
Thanks to WendyB for introducing me to both (I think) of the above!  I don't think I've ever (hardly?) mentioned here my obsession with style and fashion, so now you know!

Plus I want to throw in that work is very busy of really good stuff, like
  • starting a research unit, the topic of which is teen nutritional health (because I think my students have tragically poor knowledge and sense about their nutritional health, even though I'm no expert, but they might as well learn something practical in addition to research and writing skills), and possibly using the Flip Video to create "public service announcements" about teen nutrition
  • introducing the reading comprehension and critical thinking software called GamCo with 8th grade students and colleagues today, meanwhile learning pondering the uses of the software myself
PLUS PLUS my favorite sports team on the planet the Buffalo Sabres are having an excellent season so far YAY!!!!!!!

Sunday, January 3, 2010


I'm writing this post to explain, apologize, and ask for help with a blog comment problem.  A few blogs that I read (such as only a movie and reading really rocks) have a particular post-comment system that I can't figure out!  I'm sorry...

This is what happens: Below the blog post in question, I click on the "comments" link. I see other people's comments, and I see the box where I can "post a comment".  Below the box is a drop-down menu of options,  "Comment as... [select profile] ... " Then Google, LiveJournal, etc. are the choices.  I've tried to login as Google user, as anonymous, with my name/URL - all to no avail!  Please, someone, tell me what I need to do!  There's probably a very easy and straightforward solution - lots of other people are able to post comments.  Blog comment is an integral part of the community experience - I want to participate!  I would truly appreciate any help :D

Friday, January 1, 2010

Chinese dumplings on New Year's Day

I've craved Chinese dumplings for a while ... finally found them in a local Asian supermarket.  Frozen packages of 20 to 25 dumplings for about $4 each!  I boiled 2 packages for dinner (5 of us at home tonight), made dipping sauce (soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, and honey; then hot sauce on the side).  (I also slow-cooked pineapple teriyaki chicken today - unnecessary, but I needed to cook that chicken breast, and I served it along with the dumplings.  More leftovers.)  YUM!!!  (The top picture is my attempt to capture that lovely blue dusk light in my backyard today.)