so much to do

January 27, 2007

here’s the deal.  i have a large amount of work to do but all i want is to sit here and play on the internet, order shoes from old navy and sweaters from vickie’s secret, watch the re-cast of nashville star, and slack around til the ku game comes on at noon thirty.

i have a huge mess spread all over the floor, all my materials for teaching.  i’m trying to plan a unit on huck finn for accelerated students and one for lower level students, as well as a midsummer nights dream plan for sophomores, a persuasive paper for sophomores, a literary analysis for juniors, and a unit on boxing films featuring rocky, million dollar baby, and cinderella man for lit and film class.  SO MUCH TO DO.  and, oh yeah, a modern poetry section for the juniors based on frost, hughes, and cummings.

can’t i just nap all day and pretend i’m still a carefree grad student, ready to party at any turn?  guess not.  at least the kids are great, and i really do love the thrill of being with them and sharing the learning experience everdyay.  that may make me a nerd, but i don’t care.  go ku!

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last night alex and i went to see freedom writers because i am an english teaching dork and thought it looked pertty good, a variation on dangerous minds, based on a true story.  it was incredibly well done, hopeful, and (because i went out and bought the book it was based on after the film) i can say all of the gut wrenching stories of the students personal lives and trials are true, making them even more powerful.  i was so impressed by the achievement of this teache, and by the stories of these students whose lives are far more complicated and frightening than anything the thug wannabes of today could even imagine.  i recommend it, even for those of you who aren’t occupationally inclined to see it.  alex loved it and he fought me tooth and nail about seeing it, so take his word for it, too.

and now a message to parents: i don’t know who was respobsible for the forty or so middle school aged children all sitting together in the floor seats at the theatre last night.  i do not know who brought them to the theatre, who picked them up, or why they were all there with camera phones and conversation that disrupted my theatre going experience.  i do not know who the parents of these children are, but i can tell you that none of these kids understands how to behave at the movies.  there is an element of resepct for your fellow movie goers that should be ingrained in children before they are allowed out on their own.  if you can’t keep your little hormonal beastly selves quiet for 2 hours then you shouldn’t be allowed at the theatre alone.

it was so bad last night that i wanted to yell at these little puberty ridden creatures several times, but alex kept telling me to just breathe, let it go, ignore it…and then he lost it, yelling “shut up, seriously” which resulted in the kids actually shutting up and adults around us thanking him for saying something.  ah, my man, ain’t he the greatest?

bits and pieces

January 13, 2007

i have now completed 8 days of student teaching. i am in love with the prospect of having my own classroom and being connected to students all day, sharing material with them, openeing their mids even just a fraction of an inch.

highlights from the last two weeks: a jr. accelerated class that loved ‘yoshimi battles the pink robots’ by the flaming lips so much that they have coordinated hand motions and sing along when my cooperating teacher, ms. w, plays it while they are writing assessment essay–hilarious.

conversation in the hallway: ‘freshman-senior relationships seem to be really popular this year.’—‘yeah, and i think they are gross!’

and being asked if a worksheet i created about subject/verb agreement could be used by another teacher in another class because she thought it looked really helpful for her students.

last night i watched jet li in fearless, an excellent film if you haven’t seen it, and a very slow adaptation of the dorothy allison novel ‘cavedweller.’ there were so many times that film could have pulled out of it’s somber meandering, but it never did. so now, i am off to watch ‘unforgiven’ arugably clint eastwoods masterpiece, which i have never seen. teaching this lit and film class makes me want to watch movies 24/7. and i kinda already wanted to do that, so let’s see how productive i manage to be over this long weekend. things i really want to get done: buy a flash drive to transport created materials from home to school, buy more memory for my laptop b/c it is brimming with fruit flavor already, and i am contemplating the ipod b/c it can be used in the classroom and written off on my taxes: SWEET. happy long weekend, and here’s a quotation for your day:

“The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. So it goes. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction…. The chain reaction of evil — hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars — must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.”

yep yep yep

January 8, 2007

student teaching began last wednesday and i am already tired of getting up at 5:30. i do love the variety of classes: accelerated sophomores, juniors, junior plus (remedial), and lit and film. it is the last class that excites me the most. while it will be fun to teach the great gatsby, huck finn, and to kill a mockingbird, lit and film allows me to teach something that never gets enough attention, a film that set a precedent for an unknown to write,  and star in a motion picture that would turn into a pivotal piece of cinema leading to 5 sequels.

i am, of course, talking about ROCKY. take a moment to bask in its glory:

i cannot express my excitement in words so i must stop here and run outside to a large set of steps, climb them, and raise my arms in exultation as i reach the top, all the while humming “eye of the tiger.”

important information

January 3, 2007

i could post pictures here from new years and talk about what a great time i had at carrie and joe’s, about how alex and i laughed all the way home, about how amazing it was to realize people who were important to me when i was 15 are still phenomenal people and are still important to me.

or i could post about how i started student teaching today and am really excited about getting closer to being a full time teacher in my own classroom.

but instead i bring you this important message about spiders on drugs.