Has it really been a year?

Yes, in fact it has been a year and a week since I last posted on here. I’d like to say that I’ve just been SO BUSY that I couldn’t blog (although honestly I hate when people use that as an excuse). The truth is I haven’t written because I hadn’t written. First it felt silly because, “Geez, it’s been a month!” Then it got to be two, three, six, etc. And now here I am. A year later.

So what’s new, readers? Not too much is new over here, which I guess isn’t bad, but I am starting to feel a bit stagnant.

One thing that isn’t stagnant is this kid of ours. Last time I posted he was 1+ and a little pot-bellied munchkin.

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Now he’s a walking, talking, funny kid.

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We’ve been living in our house for over four years and I’ve been saying I’m ready to move for two. I want to move somewhere with a little more personality and charm. Sea Cliff? Huntington Village?  The thought of getting our house ready to sell and then showing it, and selling it, and packing it, ugh. It’s overwhelming. For those of you who have done it, send me some courage! Have any of you sold a house without a realtor? I’d really like to avoid parting with all that money.

My students head back to school on Tuesday and even though I’m sad to say goodbye to summer, I’m looking forward to seeing coworkers, enjoying cooler weather, and celebrating fall holidays. Here are a few funny links for those of us going back to school:

New Classroom Rules @ Little Miss Perfect

Funny teacher memes here and here. This one is my favorite:

What is it about quizzes?

There is something about taking a test that makes kids ask and say the strangest things. One of my favorite (read: most irritating) student habits is when they ask, “Is it multiple choice??? Is there matching?? Is there an essay???” as I’m handing out the paper. Gee kids, if you wait FIVE SECONDS you’ll find out. I gave a quiz last week that was separated into four sections, the first three were various types of character and style matching questions and then the fourth part (three questions) were free response.

After handing out the papers and going through the directions, one of the students gasped and said, “What are these???”   The young man next to her said, “They’re…free response questions.” She looked at me and asked, “Do I have to do them?”

Another trip to the Twilight Zone

I used to think that test days were the easy days. Once your test is made, no lesson to prepare, no PowerPoint to organize, a light day overall. And then four years ago I started teaching ninth grade. The questions, oh the questions!

An example: a question on a quiz was, what is irony? The definition had been written on the board and discussed during class in the days before. A student called me over:

Student (pointing to the question and looking up at me expectantly): I don’t remember the answer.

Me: Um, ok?

Student: But what should I do?

Me:  Try to remember? The definition was on the board and I said it would be on the quiz.

Student:  But I forgot. Can you give me hint?

Me: No.

Student: But I forgot.

Another question asked students to find examples of a metaphor in a poem. During the period, several students called me over:

Student (pointing to a phrase in the poem): Would this be a metaphor?

Me: Well, that’s kind of what I’m asking you so…

Student: Come on, you really can’t tell me?


I think the only logical solution would be to just stop giving tests. I’m sure the kids wouldn’t complain.