Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas Holiday

I'll be off for the holidays. I'll continue my regular Sunday column on 1/9/11.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmas Card and Elf Video


Brian, Aubrey, Timmy, Anastasia, and I got together and made this elf video for everyone.

Sunday, December 19, 2010


My students for their vocab tests are required to create sentences for each word. Our first word was “irrational.”

One of my 14-year-old boys wrote:

"I broke up with this girl before she did me, and her friend told her to, but she did not use irrational feelings."

Pic of the Week

I took this in Clearlake, CA.

Not only do they have a drive-thru cigarette store, there's a line.

Thought of the Week

If I told you to relax for five minutes and think about nothing, what would you think about?

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Bias in Testing

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Selling my iPad

A student overheard me tell a colleague I was selling my iPad.

Conversation with Student:

Student: I’ll take your iPad

Me: I’m selling it for $500.

Student: I could give you a check.

Me: You really want to spend $500 on an iPad?

Student: Yeah, it will be worth it.

Me: I don’t think I really believe you. Last week you were going to bring in a box of tissues for the classroom and you never did.

Student: About that... Money is a little tight at my house right now for like food and stuff so I couldn’t get those tissues.

The Groom

This is my buddy, Brian, at the end of his wedding reception.

Thought of the Week

All generalizations are false, including this one.
--Mark Twain

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Subgroup Targets

So much of our focus in education is the results on our standardized tests. Each year we have targets to hit for each significant subgroup.

At our first staff meeting the principal announces a series of great accomplishments and then tells us the four groups that came up a little short. They were the low-socioeconomic status group in English, low-socioeconomic status in math, the English learners in English, and the White kids in math.

That got quite a buzz around the room as none of us were expecting to hear that our white students were missing the targets.

There are some times in life I think comments and I keep them to myself, and there are other times I think comments and I go ahead and say them aloud. (I think the latter occurs more often.)

I was sitting in the front row and I turned around and said to the staff as a whole, “I guess we can start helping the white kids again.”

Pic of the Week

The other day I spammed myself:

I went to my hotmail account and changed the password.

Thought of the Week

A man's character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation.
--Mark Twain