Sunday, March 29, 2009


A few questions for you Spanish speaking or Spanish teacher types out there:

1. What are good Spanish equivalents for "locker" and "term"- as in an academic term- half a semester?

2. Which do you prefer for "cheerleader"- porrista or animadora?

3. Is it ok to use the preterite to say "it rained" (llovió)? Our book states that the imperfect is used with weather conditions (it was sunny, it was cloudy, etc..), which I understand. But with rain and snow? Those seem like an event that has a clear beginning and end.

Just when I think I know this stuff...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Helps to have the volume turned on...

Train Horns

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Train Horns

Created by Train Horns

Monday, March 16, 2009

Here I Go Again...

.. with apologies for making that 80's song stick in your craw for the next several days.

Back to the Blogroll, since apparently it is now fixed. Let's see, where were we?

Ah, yes, Pissed Off Teacher- an incredibly dedicated math teacher in New York. I don't think she seems so pissed off, especially when she posts pictures of the city. Polski is a middle school teacher who frequently asks other teachers/bloggers for their input. I enjoy reading, even though I rarely have much to contribute. Professor J is just that, a professor, down in Austin. She writes honestly and openly about her life, love and loss. Over atQueenly Things you will see a whole host of things I would like and would like to be talented enough to make. I was drawn to her blog initially through Derfwad Manor, I think, and then was thrilled to learn that she had lived on one of the most beautiful places on earth (Isla Mujeres, Mexico) for a short time. Jess Riley is an accomplished author and is funny as all hell to boot. Even when she's writing about things that shouldn't be funny like ovarian cysts, she's funny. Sarah over at Sarah Says was my "I will if you will" bloggy-friend when I did NaBloPoMo a couple of years ago- she cracks me up. Send good wishes her way (Virginia, if you are being literal) because she's unemployed right now and is looking for a job as an elementary School Counselor. Mamacita over at Scheiss Weekly calls 'em like she sees 'em and for that I love her. Once upon a time, these people gave me an award. Such an honor, as I'm certain there are many out there far more deserving than I.

I WILL finish this , I WILL!
Just not tonight. Check out some more sites in the meantime.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Not Quite the Ides

First of all, does anyone have any idea as to why my blogroll is no longer in alphabetical order? It's really bugging me - I'm just that anal retentive.

My Claire is in her school's production of "Mulan"- very exciting, although I can't help but snicker, since the school's population is primarily white. Good for them, though.

I'm not usually one to bitch about the weather, but I'm going to anyway. I am so ready for spring I can almost taste it. Shouldn't be long now.

School days are flying by- here's a dilemma: what to do with kids who are chronically absent? Our school used to have a policy that stated if a student was absent from a class 10 times in a 9 week term, that student was put on failing status, but could repeal it if the teacher ok'd it. Sometimes there are extenuating circumstances, blah, blah blah. BUT, after 20 absences (in a 9 week term- 45 days), the student would automatically fail the class. Well, a few years ago, the school board deemed that policy unfair and not in compliance with public school law.
So, now I have students who miss 6, 7, 12, times a term and still pass.
My other issue is kids who show up after missing most of the term. What am I supposed to do with them? Catch them up on 5 weeks of missing work while I teach the 26 other students our current lesson? I know it's terrible, but it's easier if they don't come at this point. How can I seriously bring them up to speed in Spanish? I'm sure the kids think that, too- they are already so far behind there's no hope of passing, so why bother showing up at all?
We need a better system- something else to offer them.