April 21, 2014
April 19, 2014
- Childish Gambino wants to leave his record label over a music video - It's , but I kinda like it.
- Los Angeles: Empathy not required - Might as well pass the time somehow
- UniWatch: Helmet of the future? - I love all the helmet, anti-concussion research being done.
- The latest trailer for Child of Light is a true work of art - I'm not a video game guy, but that looks really purty.
- Bill Nye surprised by Creation Museum debate - It was a big deal for lots of folks.
- PeterPumpkinEater69 - Great, Peter Griffin has an instagram account.
- Back soon - I don't mind filling out tax forms, but I'd rather not do it. Turns out it's a possibility for all of us, but we choose not to go down that route.
- Iraq insurgents use water as a weapon after seizing dam - fascinating
- Corrupted coloring book pages - I dig 'em.
- Welcome to Night Vale - Does anybody out there listen to this podcast?
- 25 Moments - I really like this aspect of X-Men: Days of Future Past marketing.
- Popularity of musical genres - Folk and Latin surprise me. No Latin around Miami?
April 18, 2014
The hardest part for me - and for a lot of teachers, I think - is the paperwork: grading papers, tracking data, filling out referrals, calling home, writing SLOs, sending feedback for IEPs, and every other form that's given to us by our central office or mandated by the state.
Keeping up with the paperwork is endless, daunting, worse with every passing year, and it makes for lots of long, long evenings and weeks when I spend the entire time trying to catch up. Every quiz, every lab report, every test has to be graded and returned quickly because there is invariably another assignment coming just a couple of days later that has to be graded, as well. It's daunting and never-ending.
The easiest is the joy of interacting with my students. The things that happen within the classroom, that I can't possibly predict - those are the easiest and most enjoyable parts of teaching for me. When I say 'get into groups and draw these reactions' or 'explain these reaction types to each other' and give my students a chance to talk to each other, to show me what they know, and to give a little of their personality - that's easy and enjoyable and fun.
Summer break isn't bad, either.
April 16, 2014
Simon Page put together some posters for the 2011 'International Year of Chemistry'. Three of the prints are for sale on his online store, but they're prohibitively expensive (£55).
The rest of his posters are pretty gorgeous, too, with nice colors and geometric designs.
The other awesome chemistry posters I want to mention today are from Compound Interest and are way more informative than Page's. They aren't quite as pretty, but they're ones I would certainly post on the walls of my new classroom next year.
I want lots of them, and they're at least way cheaper ($12.81 per poster) though not quite as large (23" x 16").
Anybody wanna get me some gifts?