21 Nov 2013
I just liked this one, and thought I’d reblog it for one and all.
“He is so thoroughly mean and evil,” she said.
“Yes, he is.” After some more observing, he smiled, and added: “I like him.’
“So do I.”
They were enjoying the musical very, very much, and the male lead had the audience in his hands. William was dancing while dangling from the the main support beam; Hannah maintained her form, as she was in her best gown for opening night, and stood swaying from the flies. In shadow, they stayed out of the way of the stage crew, as they had done ever since they found the playhouse, soon after it was built in 1931.
Feeding gently on the various thespians and crew over the years kept them both sated and happy; never a death, never anything more than a slight “case of the vapors” (so long ago), or a need, now, for extra vitamins and “recreational” medicines. This was bliss…
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21 Feb 2013
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Tags: classroom management, Education, lesson plans, literacy, Parents, PTA, students, Substitute Teaching, Teachers
Yesterday, I left some suggestions for classroom teachers in what substitutes need. I’m sure there is more to the list, as each classroom and school differs from another.
As I mentioned, Substitutes also have a responsibility, and I’ve heard from teachers and students alike on things that need to be done:
- Be on time.
- This means, to me, being at least fifteen minutes early to where you are supposed to report (usually the main office).
- Dress appropriately.
- Ask for a security badge if not given one automatically.
- Ask for the Substitute Folder if it is kept in the main office.
- Make sure you have CURRENT attendance sheets.
- Come prepared with at least one pen: don’t assume any will be left for you.
- Get to the room you need to report to and read the lesson plans from start to finish.
- Hopefully, the teacher will have left you all material you need with the lesson plan.
- If not, round it up/locate it before the students come in.
- If the teacher assigns a Study Hall or Individual Reading for that time period:
- Do not:
- Read the newspaper; text; be on the computer; discuss your personal life; comment on other classes/schools; listen to your own music with ear plugs; etc.
- State you are in charge
- They have work to do: do it
- Take names if they are disrespectful to you
- Keep your calm
- Leave the classroom, especially the teacher’s desk/work area, as you found it.
- Leave the teacher notes on how the day was: good and not so good behavior.
- Don’t leave a novel: just highlights/bullets
- Some schools use some sort of feedback system, whether online or paper: follow through on it.
- If you are working with any classroom aides or paras: thank them for their help at the end of the class/day.
- When students say “..the teacher always lets us…” well, that is up to you and the feel of the kids, but more times than not the teacher does not let them do whatever they’ve just told you.
- Apologize, tell them you have no notes to that effect, and they’ll have to do it your way for today. Tell them you’ll leave a note for the teacher that you said no. They’ll usually stop at that.
02 Oct 2012
Dog and Elephant, with long country nights,
Counted the stars as they wandered away
Into the meadows, into the fields,
Searching for the stardust that comets yield.
“Oh, my friend,”said Dog, “look to the sky,
Another wonderful comet is passing us by;
It’s tail all a glitter, the rays it does glow,
Let’s follow it together, where ever it goes.”
Elephant counted up to eleven
Speeding comets diving through the heavens
She wondered at their leavings
Thinking “Did any have misgivings?”
One came around it’s speeding course
And in a fit of complete remorse
Dog turned to Elephant, and did disclaim
“When comets go, nothing is the same.”
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25 Sep 2012
A timely post with the elections coming up. Who will be the greatest supporter or killer of the arts?
“You have enemies? Good. That means you stood up for something, sometime in your life” – Winston Churchill
The world is a dangerous place to live – not because of the people who are evil but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.
– Albert Einstein
The Day The Music Died
What Happens When The Band Stops Playing?
Normally I talk about Theater Arts, as it is the discipline I am most involved in. Theater is one of the first things to go in schools when budget cuts happen. Then the other arts slowly follow suit. Art is probably the last to go usually. Why? Because it can be displayed every day. It lines the hallways and shows off the student’s work, alongside their poems and essays and graphs and charts. It looks good, it is visually accessible. Theater, Music, Dance…not so much.
Sure, photos and montages…
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14 Sep 2012
I hit the night dirt running, Baby, and I’m out for blood and raw meat. The acacia tree branches twined around in a killer way, letting us rest. The sun set, the heat rising off the savannah slowly fading away, and my pads nestle deep into the tall, cool grass. It hides us as it hides our meal…but I can smell it. Them. Things for me to bring down. Yum.
My mate, She, growl s with a hunger that I can match, if not out consume. She catches up to me at a pace I admire, her flanks muscled and powered for action. She’s hot as the sun, golden in her fire, and her panting breath next to mine only goads me on. She may not be in heat right now, but that won’t matter. Later, for now it’s about the kill, the warm sticky fluid filling our mouths and…
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14 Sep 2012
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While I have been slumbering, figuring out what to say/do with this blog, someone “liked it’ this morning: rereading it, it gave me a renewed sense of purpose. I am job hunting, and that has taken over most of my concentration. Today I have two interviews, both for Director/Manager of Education position in arts administration. This post already has helped clear some of the cobwebs I’ve laid in my own way. Thanks for the like, Isurrett2.
One of the most disturbing things that I have heard from a student was:
“Why should I try? I’ll only be working at McDonald’s.”
I was an Artist-in-Residence for a year for a large school district in Westchester County, NY. Still early in my profession, that statement was both a shock and a revelation of a point of view I had never considered before: low expectations given, and projected; leading this student to live that that is all they can do. The young lady who said that to me was in a ninth grade repeat class. Most of them, I was told much later, were on their THIRD repeat of ninth grade.
Yes: she was a third timer.
It was not that working at McDonald’s is such a negative job, but the expectation of that is all she could expect in life is. There are jobs that many would never…
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