Monday, September 24, 2007

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Student Responses

I came across this web page today. It catalogues student answers and essays on tests.

http://www.flixprod.com/bloopers.html


I'm not sure if they're real, and I am seriously concerned if they are. Enjoy them anyway!

Here are some of my favorites:
"Blood flows down one leg and up the other."
"The pistol of a flower is its only protections agenst insects."
"A fossil is an extinct animal. The older it is, the more extinct it is."
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Delegates from the original thirteen states formed the Contented Congress. Thomas Jefferson, a Virgin, and Benjamin Franklin were two singers of the Declaration of Independence. Franklin had gone to Boston carrying all his clothes in his pocket and a loaf of bread under each arm. He invented electricity by rubbing cats backwards and declared, "A horse divided against itself cannot stand." Franklin died in 1790 and is still dead."
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The sun never set on the British Empire because the British Empire is in the East and the sun sets in the West. Queen Victoria was the longest queen. She sat on a thorn for 63 years. Her reclining years and finally the end of her life were exemplatory of a great personality. Her death was the final event which ended her reign."
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Without the Greeks we wouldn't have history. The Greeks invented three kinds of columns - Corinthian, Doric, and Ironic. They also had myths. A myth is a female moth. One myth says that the mother of Achilles dipped him in the River Stynx until he became intollerable. Achilles appears in The Iliad, by Homer. Homer also wrote The Oddity, in which Penelope was the last hardship that Ulysses endured on his journey. Actually, Homer was not written by Homer but by another man of that name."

Thursday, September 13, 2007

*sigh...

11 more weeks of "How to be a teacher" classes...and then, the real education begins.
....not that I'm counting down the days.....

Monday, August 27, 2007

Illiteracy...a beloved pastime

I'm starting classes again tonight. I wish I could work up some enthusiasm for it, but unfortunately, my heart's just not in it. I've been pouring all my energy into school for the last two semesters. Thankfully, this fall will be my last semester of coursework. I just have 4 short months before I can actually write real lesson plans instead of plugging learning objectives into a pre-determined and useless template.

This semester, I'm taking Psychology, Sociology, English, and a Physics Ed. Independent Study. I'm also the grad assistant for a neat science class for in-service elementary teachers. At least all my classes meet only once a week. That will help quite a bit.

For the past three weeks, I've been enjoying my only break from school since January. The first week, I still had to tell myself that I didn't forget to do my homework and that I didn't have any reading to do. The second week of freedom was marvelous. And during the third week, I've been trying not to get used to decadent laziness. *sigh...

It's been quite nice, the last few weeks. I'd forgotten how fun educational illiteracy can be. I haven't read anything except books I wanted to read. I haven't written anything more than an email, which is why the blog has been quiet for so long. And I haven't worried about checking my email so much. I once went three whole days without checking. Bliss.

But I'm now going back to the stressful reality of school, doing what all students do. I'm wishing that it will be over as quickly and painlessly as possible. So, here I am, holding my breath, clenching my teeth and preparing to rip off the dratted band-aid once again.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Shipping Out

We just found out when Jeremy will be sworn in and shipped out. He will be sworn in on August 13th in Norfolk. He will be shipped out for OCS (we think to Rhode Island) on September 29th. It's a little sooner than we thought, which comes with its typical benefits and hindrances. Jeremy is just happy that it's finally moving along. All-in-all, things are pretty exciting!

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Life after Harry Potter...

Is there life after Harry Potter? I confess; I anxiously awaited the final installment of the series. I pre-ordered my copy. I speculated and theorized with my fellow HP fans. I read the last book in less than ten hours, greedily pouring over it's chapters while unabashedly ignoring my husband. And then it was over...

I'm not sure what I was expecting. I finished reading an incredible story and I was...sad. Even though there was a happy ending (relatively speaking), I mourned after the fact. There's no more speculations and theories to share. No longer can we have heated debates over dinner about what the last Horcrux is. It's just...over. The end of a story. Life goes on...

Monday, July 9, 2007

We're In!

We just found out that Jeremy's application for the Navy was accepted! He's going to be a Cryptology Officer, which is exactly what he wanted. We are so excited! We don't know any of the details yet, like when he ships out to OCS, but we will have some say in when that is.

I've really got to start learning some other languages! I hope we land in Italy!

I'll keep you posted!