Entries from March 2008


Date March 28, 2008

Earlier this week in a staff development meeting we reviewed student work and rubrics. The rubrics we examined were from our colleagues and most were pretty bad. Now I was first introduced to rubric writing in 1999, and I think I can do an above average job. Later this week I was preparing a project […]

Write Proposal Arguments

Date March 28, 2008

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Google docs gets an update

Date March 27, 2008

Last night I was grading and went to refresh Google docs. Suddenly everything looked a little different, and I suddenly realized they made a format change that gave me several options I’d been praying for before bed for months. Where to begin? Page breaks – Google docs now let’s the user set his or her […]

A Paperless World

Date March 19, 2008

2008-03-19_1513, originally uploaded by nooccar. I was checking out Laura Ballard’s blog today, and I saw a link to a paperless world. This concept always reminds me of Asimov’s idea that books will eventually be dead, and I am the first to tell you that I love the smell of old books but the idea […]

This was 5 years of my life.

Date March 18, 2008


Date March 17, 2008

I am testing out using podcasts, so maybe this entry will help me learn how to create a podcast (not the recording part) I should be able to link to a podcast I recorded in the fall.

Did you get my email?

Date March 9, 2008

Write before break a student asked me “Did you get my email?” I suddenly just wanted to laugh. I receive more than 50 emails a day, and that does NOT include any of my listservs. So perhaps instead of asking such an absurdly vague question, he could’ve said anything else. I was doubled over with […]

The Quarter is over!

Date March 8, 2008

Since my student report cards go out in a few days, let me tell you what comments I did NOT use! 1. Since my last report, your child has reached rock bottom and has started to dig. 2. I would not allow this student to breed. 3. Your child has delusions of adequacy. 4. Your […]

Beah’s credibility a long way gone, or is it?

Date March 7, 2008

The AP English course is completing an Independent Reading Project for quarter 4 based on a select number of non-fiction titles, on of which is Ishmael Beah’s A Long Way Gone. The other day a former student sent me an article from an Australian newspaper entitled “Beah’s credibility a long way gone” about the anachronistic […]

This is why I teach

Date March 6, 2008

This afternoon after we finished the final lesson for the quarter, I asked my last class of the quarter to evaluate the course. They were to include weaknesses and strengths of the course curriculum, and then weaknesses and strengths of me as an instructor. The first time I did this, I cried. I cried all […]