December 2008

  • Resolutions

    It’s a good thing to reflect on your life and realize that there are some things that are worth changing. Today a lot of us will be examining our lives in detail as we prepare ourselves for a brand new year. As such, it may seem like a fresh start. 2009 will be the year […]

  • Best and Worst of 2008

    Here is my annual Best and Worst of list. Best Athlete – Usain Bolt He was amazing to watch during the Summer Olympics. I love running, and watching these games was very exciting. Bolt was unbelievable. Best Album – Water Street I have been a fan of Sweatshop Union for quite some time. This is […]

  • Merry Christmas to All

    Merry Christmas everyone! I wish all of you a safe and happy holiday season. I will be taking a bit of a break from my blogging routine to enjoy the holidays. I will post my annual Best and Worst of the Year list next week. You can also look forward to some sporadic posts this […]

  • Break the Rule or Not?

    I use and but and so to start sentences often in my writing. It just feels right. The tone is more conversational and seems to have a better flow. But does it make for good writing? I’ve asked this question before. But I feel like I need to ask it again. I’ve been revising my […]

  • Ripped off – But Safe

    The kids in my class were looking forward to the last day of school and our Christmas party. They’d been asking about it all week. I prepared some games for us to play together this morning. Several students told me that they were bringing in treats to share. The kids were a bit crazy and […]

  • Student – Teacher Disconnect

    I went to a two-day workshop two weeks ago that was quite enlightening. One of the presenters told us how prepared he was for every class he ever taught. He had all the curriculum expectations that he was covering written down on his lesson plans. He knew what he was teaching and what his student […]

  • My Fight with the Photocopier

    – I was trying to copy a large double-sided worksheet for my students– I set the machine to the 2 sided to 2 sided copy– The paper selector automatically sets it to 11×17 ledger-sized– I’m all set– I hit start– Three copies come through just fine– But then it jams. – I open up the […]

  • The Choir

    My TV is so old that it doesn’t even have a remote control. To change channels or adjust the volume, I actually have to get off of the couch. I also only have rabbit ears so I don’t get very many stations. I get channel 10, 69, 71, 91, 107, and 125. Most of the […]

  • Arts – Academics – Athletics

    The 3 A’s; arts, academics, and athletics. These are the three components of a good education. I hadn’t really thought of it in those terms before. But as soon as I heard another teacher mention this at the workshop I attended two weeks ago, I scribbled it down as a pearl of wisdom. I have […]

  • Sweatshop Union Interview Podcast

    My Sweatshop Union interview hit the airwaves of Hamilton and the world last night. Look out! If you weren’t tuned in to the radio station last night, don’t fret. You can download it at the Dope FM web page. You can listen to it here, if you subscribe to my blog in a reader. Or […]