Fort Herriman Middle School


The Message didn’t Stick
June 11, 2008, 11:49 am
Filed under: EC, funny, learning, technology

I am participating in a program by our school district called the Engaged Classroom. I (and two other teachers) are going to have a mobile lab with a bunch of other technology to use for the year, and hopefully create some good projects and learning opportunities for our students. This is exactly the type of thing that I have wanted to do for a long time, so I am glad that I now have the opportunity.

Kelly and Darren are doing a great job teaching a very technologically diverse group of people about the different tools we should/will be using. They are experiencing what any other person teaching about technology will experience: sometimes, people just don’t get it. Even if they say, “Yes, teacher, I understand what you are asking and I will do it from now on just like that.”

After learning how to use Diigo (which I finally kind of understand now, thanks), Wikis, Google Docs, and plenty of other collaborative web apps, one student wanted to share a link with another student. So, this is what she did:)

You gotta love that. The image is backwards, and it is because I took it from Photo Booth and didn’t have the energy to mirror the image so it came out right. Call me lazy.

Honestly, the worst thing in the world to me (not really, but a close second to getting stung by a jellyfish) is writing out by hand URLs. Talk about torture!

So the real question is, what is this person going to do with what she has “learned” this week? I am most certainly not mocking or poking holes in the wonderfully developed program. They have done a lot to make sure that they are following up; we must make a portfolio, attend monthly meetings, and teach others about the same things we are learning. This is a large beast to tackle for them, and I am excited to be a part of it.

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YES!!!!!
April 10, 2008, 9:47 am
Filed under: funny

I love the semi-colon! This rocks! Though, I don’t know if this really makes much sense.


You Are a Semi-Colon


You are elegant, understated, and subtle in your communication.

You’re very smart (and you know it), but you don’t often showcase your brilliance.

Instead, you carefully construct your arguments, ideas, and theories – until they are bulletproof.

You see your words as an expression of yourself, and you are careful not to waste them.

You friends see you as enlightened, logical, and shrewd.

(But what you’re saying often goes right over their heads.)

You excel in: The Arts

You get along best with: The Colon

What Punctuation Mark Are You?

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Friday Fun Pi
March 14, 2008, 9:47 am
Filed under: funny

It’s cool to vandalize public property if you are teaching math!

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ACU is Giving an iPod Touch or iPhone to All Incoming Students
February 27, 2008, 11:23 am
Filed under: funny, technology


Creativity in Punishment
May 2, 2007, 2:26 pm
Filed under: discipline, education, funny, punishment

I really like thinking up ways to creatively punish students. This student continued to text on his phone during class, even after I asked him to stop. In reality, he wanted his hair cut anyway, and I suggested that we do this to teach the other students a lesson…but don’t tell anyone.

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Synchronicities
March 21, 2007, 2:57 pm
Filed under: funny

My curriculum professor, Dr. Cliff Mayes, defines synchronicities as those little things that happen that show that you are teaching some sort of eternal truth. He gives the example of a clock stopping in his class when he was talking about Time (not the magazine).

A synchronicity happened when I was discussing the rebuttal paragraph with my students. That paragraph refutes your opponents claims when you write a persuasive essay. My students were talking about how students should have cell phones in class, and I said, “Your opponents will argue that cell phones are distracting, so you need to tell them why they are wrong. 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