An archived stack of papers: April 2008

As Seen On The Web

In a stack of papers called Connections.

  • Apr
  • 26
  • 2008

For a variety of reasons, I found myself back on Dan Cederholm’s site SimpleBits. I used to visit that site all the time, but the frequency has dropped off in the last few years. Glancing at the home page, Dan includes several quotations from folks high up in the Web design world. Thing is, most of the... read more

Am I Dreaming?

In a stack of papers called Personal.

  • Apr
  • 14
  • 2008

I can’t believe it. Yet, I also can believe it at the same time.

Last Thursday

We have a special schedule on Tuesday and Wednesday! Because we want to drive up to Sacramento and hold a rally opposing the Governor’s 10% cut in the education budget, we’re letting school out at 11:30! This means a block schedule with periods 1-3 meeting on Tuesday and periods 4-7... read more

Can I Get An Interpreter?

In a stack of papers called Instruction.

  • Apr
  • 12
  • 2008

Instead of watching cooking and home improvement shows on PBS, I’m off to the district office. Several other department chairs and I will be working together until early afternoon. We’re creating curriculum maps, laying out all the standards that need to be covered at each grade period in English 1 and 2. I’m sure I’ll be the first to ask what skills those standards translate to... read more

All In A Day’s Work

In a stack of papers called Technology.

  • Apr
  • 09
  • 2008

Yesterday was a 12.5 hour day. Here’s how it went:

Arrive at 7:43am, far later than I like to arrive but about as early as I can these days. My night owl ways take a toll on arrival time.

From 8:13 to 2:45, my classes run like normal. Group survey presentations in Speech. A few Greek/Latin roots, STAR prep, and reading Richard Wright’s Black Boy in English... read more

Can’t Separate

In a stack of papers called Writing.

  • Apr
  • 07
  • 2008

In theory, my idea for writing assessment this year was good. In practicality, it did not work.

I started off with the idea of assessing writing for only one thing at a time. Every so often, I’d assign a piece of writing that evaluated several of those skills at once. As I tried to keep that going, the realization hit me that when... read more