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post #161 of 254

Bec - Congratulations!  That's exciting news and it feels good to be acknowledged for hard work, you should be proud!

 

Real - I hope you and Gaye are off running together today, it seems like a little dingo togetherness might be a good tonic to soothe some of the altered reality in your neighborhood. 

 

Gaye - Seriously, that's A LOT of babies! 

 

JayGee - banghead.gif I hate this stuff. 

 

Nic - I love that you and dh are dating.  Did you see this going around on FB yesterday?  Some of it hit awfully close to home for me but it was so well said.  What's a DBQ question?

 

Mel38 - So is the MCM supposed to be your last hurrah at running?  You okay?  It must be hard news to hear.  hug2.gif

 

MelW - Feeling any better? 

 

RR: Boxing is still fun but I am a little more wary about doing something that will make my hip/groin pain flare up.  On Thursday I started to feel it on the other side when I did a lunge so I quit that right away and it was okay later into the class when we did more lunges.  But then last night I went to a movie with a friend and walking back to her house afterward I was gimping along like a crone.  It just felt like the muscles keeping my left hip working were all arguing over which one had to actually do something so with every step I felt like I might just suddenly not be able to hold myself up.  Sitting just seems to kill me. 

 

NRR: Of course all of this might be exacerbated by how far off the wagon I've been the past couple weeks.  I have really been giving myself all these excuses for eating stuff that I know is a bad idea, lots of sugar, lots of grains.  redface.gif  I'm trying hard to get it back together but my family is finally in full revolt mode.  With the kids getting treats in school nearly every day it's harder for them to get past the craving stage and I don't know how to stop them from eating what is being provided without accepting a lot of ill-will and extra work. And then dh obviously doesn't feel compelled to stay away from sugar. Although he doesn't eat it in front of me so much I can tell by the way the jams are disappearing that someone is mainlining it and I'm pretty sure it isn't the girls. Of course that makes me feel like I'm being left out to dry when I try to rein in the kids but is it the hill I want to die on (see link above)?

Anyway, time to go, I'm substitute coaching dh's soccer team this morning so he can watch C's off-island game.

post #162 of 254

Congrats, Bec!!

 

real, I hope you find peace through a run. And though it will probably never feel the same, I hope you eventually have a "new normal" in your neighbourhood.

 

Nic, the anniversary marathon weekend sounds great. Good luck! I also admire your approach with your students and being the tough but kind teacher. They may not know it now, but they'll be grateful in years to come.

 

Mel- hug2.gif

 

Plady, lots of checkmarks on that list for us. :( I'm so sorry about the hip and hope you can find peace with sugar/hip/pain/love. My acupuncturist would say they're all intimately connected- physical manifestations of other issues. Which is both helpful and very unhelpful, I suspect. (I'd just like a quick physical fix, most days).

 

NRR- Cough is fading, though we seem to be doing cycling family colds. My youngest is snotty now. My oldest is doing the young writers program for NaNoWriMo and we just started some of the prep lessons this week. It's fun- she's been working on a novel since the summer and it seems to be the boost she's been looking for.

 

RR- Boot camp circuits last night, and a planned trail run before my night shift tonight.
 

post #163 of 254
Thread Starter 

Happy birthday, Gaye!  It does seem like there are a lot of babies!

 

Nic - I really wish I could have had you as a teacher in high school!  I think this is a really great plan.  It keeps them accountable, while not sending them into a panic and allowing them to learn from their mistakes!

 

No running right now.  I've been feeling really under the weather, and it has all been lung and sinus related, so I've been laying low.  I am starting to feel better, so I hope to get something in tomorrow morning, but I am kind of doubting it will be the 8 that I would like.  I might be able to get that in later in the week, though. 

 

JG - I haven't met a superintendent that has not been a condescending A$$.  Maybe an Illinois thing?  Hmmmmm

 

DH returned from his trip to California late last night.  He leaves again next Friday for 2 weeks.  Ugh!

post #164 of 254

Plady, I am going to send that to dh. Things are showing signs of improvement but there are still a lot of underlying issues that leave doubt as to the outcome. That we are even considering dating activities is a giant thing. Who knows. But this guy is so right.

 

A 'dbq' is a 'document based question.' They give an essay question, provide examples of several documents related to it, and the students use the documents to write their answers. http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/repository/ap11_frq_us_history_formb.pdf is an example.

post #165 of 254

We always called DBQ "death by question."  Seemed more apt, especially when you'd come into class and find the teacher's sprung a pop DBQ.

 

Half marathon tomorrow.

post #166 of 254
Those dbq's look horrible. Sad, but true...I'm so grateful that nursing school was almost entirely multiple choice questions (because the NCLEX is all MC). bag.gif

bec~Hope you're feeling better!

Good luck, geo! jog.gif My brother-in-law is running the half, too, so if you see him, say hi. winky.gif

I had a pretty nice birthday. Nothing awesome, but nice overall. The trail run was fun, brunch was good. The guy is nice, although just friendly, not overly so and not really flirtatious, so whatever. smile.gif I got home to find that DS was being a PITA for the nanny, but after a little talking-to, he shaped up (mostly) for the rest of the day. We went out for a nice dinner and then back home for a little hockey and Wii. Tomorrow I get to run with real, and then DS has a birthday party to go to, then it will be time for another week of work...way too soon! I'm not ready to go back...
post #167 of 254
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Here are the options they are looking at to make up the 2+ million shortfall in budget: 1) Cuts, to include 23 certified staff, 23 non-certified staff, increase student fees to $190/student each year, cutting all PE, music, computers, chorus, band, sports and clubs through 8th grade and increasing class sizes up to 26 for kindy and 32 for 5th grade. 2) another bond (there are already at least 3 bonds in the district for the 3 new schools they built in the last 10 years), or 3) rasing taxes by .39 which would come to about a $500 increase/year for our house at its assessed value.  It will probably come to a combination of #1 and #3, at least that is what the superintendent is pushing for.  And can I just say that the superintendent is a condescending a$$.  All in all, super-disappointing news from what was supposedly the "best" local school district just a few years ago. And I wouldn't mind raising taxes a little if I wasn't already paying $9100/year in taxes.

If it makes you feel better, we're looking at $45 million in cuts next year (after cutting $78 million in the past four years). Our kindergarten classes are up to 29 kids. Our 5th grades already are running about 30 kids; that could go up to 35. We'll also lose 2-3 teachers in each elementary school, about 4 for each middle school and 6-8 in each high school. I could go on, but I know you've seen the website. wink1.gif Out of curiosity, how much of your taxes goes to schools, and how much is for roads and libraries and rec centers and fire and police and all? Or is that all for schools?

RR: 2 on the treadmill. I'm a wimp. But I'm going to run with tjsmama tomorrow morning, hooray!
post #168 of 254
Hi all,

Bec - congrats!! orngbiggrin.gif

Real - I too hope you find some balance in this new reality

Gaye dizzy.gif

Geo - broc1.gif Go go go!

Melw - it's that time of year; cough, drip, sniffle

Plady - I hear you. with all the stress i have no drive to eat well. my brain is maxed out, so no energy left to care, and the sh** train just keeps rolling as my pants get tighter, sigh.

Nic - i am goggle-eyed at how much you have managed in the past few months, without complaint, and now to be planning dates and a weekend marathon away! wow bow.gif you rock

rr: eyesroll.gif

nrr: I am in the midst of a take-home midterm. we have 2 weeks to write 4 papers. i happen to have another paper due in my other class the same day (so 5) and a draft of my semester project due in 3 days dizzy.gif remember that prof. I had a crush on? not anymore!

today was a climbing comp. at our local gym. it's a big one, with "open" category and a "professional" category in the afternoon and evening , after the kids do theirs in the morning. so yeah, dd1 was at the climbing gym from 9:30 am-9pm today. She came in first in her division, which she tends to do in our small area. it's hard to find her competition unless we go to boulder or AZ. i'm actually flying with her in 2 weeks to AZ for just that reason. she needs to get beat loveeyes.gif. anyway, it's a scene at the professional comp., loud thumping music, big party atmoshere while you watch these super fit, powerful climbers do insane things on tiny holds. fun.

now back to paper #2; plato, aristotle, reason vs. myth grossedout.gif

p.s. i'm so sorry about the schools! that is just heinous!!
post #169 of 254

Sparkle, thanks...but 'without complaint?' biglaugh.gif

 

This morning as I was running in the cold and dark I was thinking, am I a total imbecile for planning a spring marathon (which means training all winter in the cold and dark)?! 

 

So, we'll see. Still it's a beautiful race and a really fun place to go (Burlington, VT).

 

8 miles this morning, easy pace. I was supposed to do 10 but my pals were stopping at the 8 mile mark and I just bailed and grabbed a ride home. Sheepish.gif Weak. But I just didn't feel like running anymore.

 

Off to a busy sunday...flea market to benefit the school art program, soccer game, some shopping with the family at the mall (splitting up!) and maybe if I can convince everyone, dinner at a vegan restaurant. Or not. But it's worth a try.

post #170 of 254
Thank you to real for putting up with my slog through 12 miles this morning. It really was a beautiful day, with good scenery and good company, at least. I just had zero motivation, plus sore muscles from yesterday's trail run, and then my plantar fasciitis decided to stab me in the heel for a few miles in the middle, resulting in a LOT of walking. And then it went away and I could run again. shrug.gif

Off for three more nights of work. Can you tell how excited I am? Especially since I got a whopping one hour nap today, and my foot hurts... rolleyes.gif
post #171 of 254
tjsmama--it was an excellent run. I loved the walking too. Honestly, it was just what I needed: beautiful scenery, great temperature, a nice long run (12!!! I wouldn't have had the time to do it otherwise, had I not needed to start running by a specific time), and the best running company ever! Hope work is a little less crazed tonight.

Hi to all the dingos I've been missing!

NRR: must. finish. Halloween costume for R. Going downstairs right now to get a little more done.
post #172 of 254

Ok, sitting here trying to separate out the validity of the message from the downright obnoxiousness of the email (student, re: points on test)...

 

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He's got a point (haha...did not intend that as a pun but what a good one it is) but he is so incredibly entitled and rude both in class and in the email that my reflex is to deny him. But that would not be fair or professional. I'm just trying to figure out a way to give him the points and also impart the message that he's out of line in his message delivery and his peacock attitude in class. Hmmm.

post #173 of 254
Call him out directly on the attitude. Direct him on how to discuss matters with you in email approrpiately. Explain how it comes across. Give him the points with a fair warning that you will not entertain such rude requests in the future,

These kids just have so much to learn...
post #174 of 254

Thanks Geo. That was more or less my plan but it helps to have it reinforced to *me.*

 

Not ok: Dr. B...your point system is unfair and no one else grades that way. I asked Mr. T and he said that's not the way he did it last year. You should do it the way he does it.

 

Better: Dr. B, is it possible you would consider adapting your point system to another one? It might be good to look at Mr. T's system since he has been here so long. Thank you for considering it.

 

 

 

Ok, have some work to do...

post #175 of 254
Ahhh, that never flies with me. I have a syllabus that's set out at the beginning of the course with my point system clearly explained. End of story. End of discussion.

You can also tell him that when he gets to college, everyone is a precious peacock, and emails like that get deleted, and negative feelings towards the student persist.

The impressions students make on me matter. A lot. I grade their stuff, and a lot of it is frankly subjective. If I think a student is basically with it, kind, positive, then I generally give them the benefit of the doubt in grading something at the boundary of my grading rubric. When a student is rude and entitled, well, no such benefits are given.

More extreme, one student had 88% for my class this last term. I gave her an A-. Three others had the same score, and no such bump happen. Most of that came from her attitude.
post #176 of 254

irked.gif Nic, you are waaaaay nicer and more professional in even considering his request than I could ever manage to be. I absolutely can't stand that attitude from kids.

 

Geo, I thought that this attitude was more prevalent in college, something along the lines of "I am paying for this, so you have to do it my way". I'm sure you profs have a way to help these misguided kids to see the light, though winky.gif

 

Plady, I guess this is my first and last marathon, but I will still try to run shorter distances after this and keep the mileage down. If I keep having these flare-ups, I will definitely have to reevaluate my plan. No more shirking on swimming and weight training.

 

Sparkle lol.gif about your faded crush on that prof! Life sounds very busy for you right now.

 

Real & Gaye, sounds like a lovely 12-miler!

 

Me, I am kind of waiting for my cat to pass away. He is 17, in a decline for a couple of weeks, and has now stopped eating and drinking. I think it is time, maybe today. I hope he isn't suffering - how can I tell I wonder? He is totally calm, yesterday even slept in his favorite spot outside under a bush. But he is definitely on his way so I think I'll go visit with him some more. I don't really know what else to do but keep him comfy.

post #177 of 254
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Originally Posted by Geofizz View Post

Ahhh, that never flies with me. I have a syllabus that's set out at the beginning of the course with my point system clearly explained. End of story. End of discussion.
You can also tell him that when he gets to college, everyone is a precious peacock, and emails like that get deleted, and negative feelings towards the student persist.
The impressions students make on me matter. A lot. I grade their stuff, and a lot of it is frankly subjective. If I think a student is basically with it, kind, positive, then I generally give them the benefit of the doubt in grading something at the boundary of my grading rubric. When a student is rude and entitled, well, no such benefits are given.
More extreme, one student had 88% for my class this last term. I gave her an A-. Three others had the same score, and no such bump happen. Most of that came from her attitude.


YES> To all.

 

 

Super fun weekend. Much work to do here. See you on Friday because until then I'll be buried. nut.gif LOL.

post #178 of 254
Geo, did you run the half this weekend?

Nic, all this talk about rude students... I think my older two are okay but I am sure that my middle child (9yo) has a few lessons to learn. I swear that I am trying to teach her. I am also equally sure that she has not internalized the message yet. It causes me much pain to think about how rude she can be. Perhaps continued effort on my part and age plus maturity on her part will help. This is said because sometimes when I am faced with a bit of rudeness I also factor in how I think the parents would respond. If I have seen that the parents care and are addressing the situation at other times I give a gentle reminder and cut more slack than if I believe the rudeness or sense of entitlement came directly from the parents. I am not a classroom teacher so it is a different setup but perhaps not so far removed from what you are experiencing.

RR: My ribs are still sore but I did my 9 miles this weekend. I took it slow on purpose so as not to get too winded (deep breaths hurt worse). It felt long and slow despite being sub 10 minute miles.
post #179 of 254
Nic - dont forget the email I got from the prof. who said "a word of advice..." about my tone, and in my case, I couldnt even figure out what she was referring to. I think you are totally in the right, and it is your duty, to inform him professionally that his tone will not do in most contexts. i.e. your reprimand of him is a service to him mischievous.gif

Yes, Geo - your race?!
Edited by sparkletruck - 10/22/12 at 9:32am
post #180 of 254

Yes, I ran a half this weekend.  The weather was perfect.  Of the 6 moms on the sideline at DS' game, I was the only one that didn't PR.  Let's just say that the lack of training showed.  Glaringly.

 

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Nic, all this talk about rude students... I think my older two are okay but I am sure that my middle child (9yo) has a few lessons to learn. I swear that I am trying to teach her. I am also equally sure that she has not internalized the message yet. It causes me much pain to think about how rude she can be.

I've got a kid who has spent 10 years listening to tales of rude, entitled students, and therefore is evidently terrified to speak up for herself.  We had a specific conversation about it this morning.  She needs to speak up to her teacher that she does not understand how the file server at school works.  She keeps losing files and she has to start over again.  She's worried she's making excuses about not having work done.  It's been an interesting process to teach her that by having re(re)done the missing work, she's clearly not making excuses.  Trying to figure out what went wrong so that it doesn't happen again is called learning.  We practiced tone of voice as well.  Keeping any hint of whine out of the conversation is important.

 

Meanwhile, she's 100% rude and entitled at home lately.  To the point at a friend's mom commented to me that she corrected her behavior "about 2000 time" during one dinner.  :(  So much work to do.

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