Bons mots

  • "We live as though the world were what it should be, to show it what it can be."
    ~ Angel, "Deep Down," Season 4

  • It is difficult
    to get the news from poems
    yet men die miserably every day
    for lack
    of what is found there.
    ~ William Carlos Williams, from “Asphodel, That Greeny Flower”

Stuff to do before school starts

  • Write rec letter for former advisee
  • Set up a LibGuide for student writing workshops/publications/etc.
  • Finish reading Ron Ritchhart's Creating Cultures of Thinking
  • Request a new whiteboard for side wall of classroom
  • Clear off desk at home so that it's a good workspace
  • Decide on "essential questions and skills" for AP Lit
  • Decide on "essential questions and skills" for 10th grade
  • Decide on "essential questions and skills" for 9th grade
  • Revamp 9th-grade final project & set up start of school to reflect that change
  • Set up Schoology page for AP Lit
  • Set up Schoology page for 10th grade
  • Set up Schoology page for 9th grade
  • Reread The Joy Luck Club
  • Reread Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • Reread Tess of the d'Urbervilles

House and home projects

  • Touch up hallway paint & add lightswitch plate
  • Paint foyer door and replace door handles
  • File down top of coat closet door & repaint it
  • Stain the wooden floor strip (part of our new door installation)
  • Get sump pump serviced
  • Get doorbell fixed -- fixed by our neighbor! I do still want to figure out how to turn up the volume
  • Paint the bulkhead doors
  • Mow the lawn & place the mosaic tiles by the front steps
  • Replace the smoke alarms

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February 06, 2013


I would just like to congratulate you on putting up with the weird teacher, as it were.


Isn't it weird STARTING to be chair? Most people are normal, but one or two are beginning to sidle up to me in search of information or whatever--I'm actually trying to have informal "how are you doing, what do you need" conversations so that I go into situations like the deployment meeting with pretty good info. Sometimes people think they've been very clear about what they want to Dr. Tea, but they haven't. Starting over with me is a good time to get them to articulate issues they may think are obvious. (For example, I thought Romola would want to do creative writing, but I wasn't so sure she would be willing to take it on as a third prep. Turns out she is.)

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