Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
I would never want to run for a national office in this country. Everything is OK to do with the candidates faces and opinions. I would hate to have my whole life out there for everyone to pick apart. Or of course the pictures that people fool with on the internet. WHY? I ask you WHY?
Also youtube had many dance off videos of McCaine, Obama, Palin, and Biden. High School Musical 3 clips with the candidates heads on the bodies. Pretty funny, but Why would you want this I ask. Crazy Crazy Crazy. I do love this photo. They look so friendly.
Friday, October 24, 2008
I got a call to work today and this is how it went, "Hey, Lisa you want to work today? It is OK to say NO, you may not want this class." What does that mean? Is it Sumner, is what I thought first. "I can work, what class." Well it was 7th grade science class at Ellis and it was a great set of kids. I had five classes and a homeroom. I watched a video on the Arctic and Antarctic five times it was not boring. It must have been interesting, because the kids sat quietly for 40 mins and then filled out a little quiz. It was a really good day. I also had team and prep for the last two hours of the day, so they let me go home. Full days pay and home by 1:15pm. YEA!!
The statue for Gunnar's class project is now falling apart. We chose not to risk it in the oven and now I think it is melting with the spray paint that did not dry, it is now a messy mess falling apart and it is very sticky. Oh well I was not planning on keeping it anyway. Pictures are all we need for most things in this world. If I kept every school project my kids do I would have to move out to give the projects the room they need.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
The kids that did this momument last year got the best project award. He tried to get their project, but the teacher said Gunnar would only get half credit for the project. Gunnar has not seen the project from last year, but he thinks it was welded.
A note will need to go with this, Please Do Not Touch, Wet Paint. Since we did not cook the sculpy clay the paint has yet to dry. I have baked sculpy before and it shrinks slightly. If joints are not strong they come apart, so we decided to go without baking.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
This is what he has so far. It has taken over eight hours to get this made of clay. After going to bed last night we realized that we needed six men in the monument and only had four heads. We added two more people today and then found a flag at Vanessa's house. Thanks! Now to work on the base for the statue.
Gunnar spray painted it right before dinner. I think it looks pretty good. Parents are fully involved in the making of the memorials the kids pick to do. Our neighbor made a copy of Fords Theater with the box seats that Lincoln was shot in. But, only having a few days is a pain. Gunnar's friends were over last night and I asked how they were doing. They both told me, "We haaavvveee until Thursday, so we have plenty of time to get started." I guess that must be more time then I think. There is a display of all the projects on Thursday in the gym for the public.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
I loved this book. I love this author. Her writing is very cute, sweet and makes me smile as I read her books. For the faint at heart there is no sex in this book. I also loved her last book, The Undomesticated Goddess, it did have a small sex scene, but was so cute. The books are written by a English author named Sophie Kinsella and she is quite good at a romantic comedy. Her books are set in England. I had to ask David what a few words meant like; knackered(very tired), flat(apartment), minder(babysitter), loo(bathroom), crib(cot), bonnet(hood of car), jumper(sweater) and others. But, the lack of understanding of some of the words did not lessen my enjoyment of her books. They are fun and only about 400 pages. I enjoy an afternoon at home with one of her books. Highly recommended for a good romantic comedy read.
Friday, October 10, 2008
I think I will write a book, called "My life as a Substitute Teacher". I have lots of material from the short year I have been doing this. Today was another day full of wonder about how anyone learns anything in school. I was called about 11:30am to fill in for a teacher who went home ill. I got there and was in a 4/5 grade combo(BTW Not my favorite place last year either.) I had one kid who would not sit down, he walked and twirled around the room and after asking him to return to his seat for the umteenth time I removed him from the room to the prinicple. He not only would not sit down, he threw paper at the garbage can, picked up things from other desks, pounded his feet and hands on the ground, called other students name and kept putting his t-shirt over his knees and sticking his head into his shirt and singing. The principle came up to check on my class a bit later and found me in a dark room with two kids heads down on their desks. She asked, "what happeded here?".
I said, "Well as the class was walking to Art, these two must have hung back as I returned to the room I heard them talking in the bathroom. So, I have them on a time-out."
She said, "Oh OK, I sent the child you sent to my office to art and you need to understand that he is very ADHD."
"Yes, I realize that," I said, "but, the other kids cannot concentrate as he walks and sings around the room, it is very distracting."
"Try to keep him in class from now on and if he is up and around send him on a errand and that should take him long enough that school will almost be over by then." said the principle and then she left.
Well I wonder what his family would say about that? I could not believe the conversation.
Then as the kids were lining up to leave for the day, one boy punched another and then kicked him. I told the kid that hit and kicked to come stand by me and then I took his backpack. I told him I would take him and the pack to the office to report the incident. He then bolted out of the room. I let him go, I had his bag and would drop it off with a note in the office. As the rest of the class was leaving the boy came running back and grabbed his bag, well I am stronger then most 4/5 graders and I kept the bag. He then swore, yelled and tried to hit me. I yelled for a male teacher at the end of the hall and the kid ran off down the hall and struck another student and she punched the kid back and knocked him over. The kid got up and the male teacher caught up with him. He had ripped his finger nail and his finger was really bleeding and he told the teacher I had done it. I looked at the teacher and shook my head and he said, "I think you did that running down the hall and hitting others."
Well I spent the next few minutes filling out paperwork for the incident and for the teacher. I told her I did not understand how anyone learns in that enviroment. I realize I am a sub and that throws everything off, but I never have this issue with other schools and classes. These kids are extremely rude and disrespectful.
Also, one girl stood up tall and puffed her chest out when I told her to take a time-out in the hall after asking her to quiet down half a dozen times. I looked at her after asking her to leave and said "now", she gave me a dirty look, glared and I swear she was triing to intimidate me.
I must admit I agree with the comic. If you think this is not happening at your childs school, go take a seat in your childs room every so often. I would not keep my children it that sort of enviroment long. I would rather homeschool them, even with all the fun I am having while they are at achool
Thursday, October 9, 2008
This is a really good video from 2006. I think what he is saying really makes sense and I think it is sad we did not believe him in 2006. Art Laffer sounds like an idiot looking back on the last few weeks. Michelle is ready to take offense at anything. I think Peter is right. Many women would choose to stay home with babies if they could. It is worth the 8 mins.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
I taught high school Biology today and I cannot understand how any kid ever learns in a room of 32 peers and lots of noise. They were more interested in talking to each other then listening about the lesson and the flip book we were making(of course). The flip book took me less then 2 minutes to make by looking at the example, but after cutting out the back sheets for everyone, it still took over 15 mins to explain making the book and helping those who were not paying attention the first time. Zeke's class made these exact flip books last week and I think it took his class less time then the high school sophomore's. It was not a bad day and I got to hear about Gunnar from several other teachers. People seem to know he belongs to me by just looking at me. I did have several of Gunnar's friends in class and at least one person, each hour, always asked, "Are you Gunnar's mom?". That part was really fun for me.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
Norm Coleman voted for the Bailout and I am not longer voting for him. I just ripped his sign out of my yard. I received a letter to donate money and I sent them their letter back with a Big, "Norm Coleman Sucks No Money for You." McCain and Obama both did not vote. Chickens and cowards to scared to offend anyone who might vote for them. I am disgusted, I have been busy writing my Senators and Reps. Amy Klobachur voted yes also, so I am not voting for her next time she is up. WE THE PEOPLE need to be heard and if we are not we need to vote for the person who votes the way we would. Tim Walz did not vote for the bill. Way to go TIM WALZ. Thanks for not being a coward.