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Monday, May 28, 2007

Reviewing for the EOG is over!


This week, our students will take the most important test in their lives- the dreaded EOGs. Are they ready? Will they be rested and clear minded?

We shall see.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Surviving Spring Cold-Motorcycle Rally Week-EOGs

Coughing, scratchy throat, chills, no energy and to top that off- gas prices that border on insane. These days it is a challenge to stay positive. This week has been motorcycle rally at Myrtle Beach, and at 11 p.m., I can hear the rumble of their motors as they pass along the highway nearby. I am not really sure what a spring cold has to do the motorcycles, much less what it has to do with education. But, it is what our classroom must be like to our kids. They have the rumble of their personal lives pounding in their heads much like standing beside the highway and watching to flashy bikes parade to the beach. They, like me, have their minds elsewhere. Still, high stakes testing, and the fear of failure, hovers over their environment like a spring cough. Never able to get comfortable. Then when they think they have it under control, it is something else.

To make my spring cold bearable, I my antihistamines, cough drops, expectorants, and soft tissues. I can pull up videos of motorcycle riders on the web and watch news coverage on a South Carolina TV station. Most of my needs are meet. On the other hands, the needs of my students, preparing for their EOG and EOCs is not very warm and fuzzy. We make them sit in a classroom, drill and practice, review and recite, and feed them popcorn and pat them on the backs and tell them how well they will do if they just try.

Teachers are not just sources of information, we have to coach students. Sometimes, it is not pretty. Surviving EOG and EOCs in North Carolina is like trying to stand be side a highway with a group of puppies on motorcycle rally week with a spring cold.

If it don't kill you, it has to make you stronger.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Mobile App for Classroom management



Just ran across something interesting for use in managing my resources for my classroom on the go. Google calls it iGoogle Mobile. I have been trying to adjust my iGoogle resources to include some useful resources. One resource has to include our Standard course of study. Also, a link to a bookmark list of lesson plans correlated to the goals and objects. How about links to a blog with daily assignments or classblog with RSS. The list seems endless. I am really pumped about this tool.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

North Carolina Strawberry Festival, Chadbourn, NC

My daughters are home for this year's festival.  It is hard to believe it is time already for the parade.  My students have been talking all week about going to the parade and all the excitement they are expecting.  Not real sure what they are inferring, and not sure I want to know.  I am going to the parade, and hope they have a nice time.  Ok, that is all I am going to say about that.  I feel sure they will experience some educationally enriching events...



The weather this year is much cooler than average.  Last year, it was too hot.  I just read the weather forecast I subscribe to from WECT-TV.



It has been a few years since we have had rain on the parade, but unless George Elliott is way off, we will be fine for the parade.  Just carry your wind-breaker, baseball cap, and an umbrella.



I will post photos later today.

<blockquote>Greetings from George Elliott at WECT-TV! Here's my outlook...



We need the rain, and although it looks like a weekend event, we'll have to take what we get. Showers will increase across the area today and especially tonight, and most likely linger into the first part of Sunday. Some spots could see an easy half inch, with isolated higher amounts if an isolated t'shower passes overhead.



A complex storm system to the west will transfer energy along the Carolina coast tonight through Sunday, and this will develop a potent offshore low pressure area. In the process, showery weather will spread across the area, and winds will pick up Sunday into Monday as the storm system offshore intensifies and high pressure from the Northeast builds down the eastern seaboard.



Precipitation should end as the storm system moves (but stalls) east of us by late Sunday into early next week. Eventually, the storm center to our east will weaken and will move farther out to sea.



Mostly cloudy with patchy showers developing today; high lower 70's. Northerly wind becoming easterly 4-16 mph.



Cloudy with showers likely tonight; low around 60. Easterly wind 4-16 mph.



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