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It’s Monday.  But it’s not just any Monday.   Today is the first day of the last week of school.   Four more days and then it’s summer.  I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for a few days relaxing at home.  Fortunately this week is mostly just coasting until time to go home.  I’ll be giving tests, tidying up my room, prepping a little for next year, etc.  But the train is finally pulling into the station.

Or out.

I’m not really sure which way that metaphor makes the most sense.

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So I got up this morning, looked out the wind, and saw nothing.  When I was on outside duty, the snow finally started sputtering a little.  When second period was over, it really started coming down and I was sure they were going to send us home.  All the surrounding schools had already cancelled.

But thank goodness we were the stubborn ones.

You see, I get a have a four day weekend coming up, but that four day weekend is contingent on us not having any snow days.  A four day weekend sounds much better to me than a three day weekend plus one random day where I get up, get ready, and show up for work only to be sent home an hour or two later.

And you know what?  By the time the buses ran the ground was nothing but wet.

Good call today, Beebe School District.  Your employees thank you.  Bring on the four day weekend.

 

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So it’s sixth period, going on seventh, and I’m running behind getting my AP chemistry lab ready and trying to make all of the solutions we’d need.  It’s a two day lab, which, coincidentally, is also the total number of days I’ll be at school this week, so we were working in a pretty narrow time margin.   The bell rings and I’m still not done, but we’ve got to get going.  I usher all the students in, and I’m trying to hurry them along while still mixing my chemicals and answering their questions.  That’s when I dump about 100 mL of water into the beaker clearly labelled 0.0200M iron(III) nitrate instead of the beaker labelled 0.0200M potassium thiocyanate, also clearly labelled.

And I know I don’t have to tell you what that means.

Oh well.  Back at it on Wednesday.

 

 

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Should the starting salary for a teacher be $60,000?

I could have written this article with one word:

Yes.

But only if those with experience have theirs raised accordingly.

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Ah, the first day of school.  A time for new beginnings.  A time for first impressions.  A time for reading my syllabus six times.

I have high hopes for this school year despite the fact that I’m changing up quite a bit of my curriculum in all of my classes and feel woefully unprepared.  But really, how much harm could I do if I just winged it the rest of the year?  I mean it’s just the future of almost 100 students that I’m messing with.  Who cares if your future doctor believes that when you mix an acid and a base you get pure Coca-Cola, and that gravity is caused by magic?

See?  I’m already ready for tomorrow.

 

 

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Our school’s Open House is tonight.  In honor of getting to stand around and talk to a bunch of people tonight, I thought I would repost what I said about Open House last year, since I still feel the exact same way about it.

In a few short minutes our school’s open house is going to begin.  I’m not big on open house.  The problem is that I have to stand around, smile a lot, meet new people, and make small talk.  I’m not good at small talk.  I don’t like small talk.  Some people can take small talk and use it to make everyone feel comfortable and at ease.  They instantly make a good impression and everyone likes everyone else.  When I make small talk it feels awkward and forced.  Everyone is uncomfortable, and nobody likes anyone else we all just want to leave.  At least at open house I have the ready-made topic of what to expect from my class.   I’ll go through that spiel about a zillion times tonight.

I might suffer from a little social anxiety…

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That’s right.  The time is almost upon us.  The end of summer vacation, the beginning of a new school year, and I’M NOT AT ALL PREPARED!  Why am I typing a blog post when open house is on Monday and I’ve got nothing?!

Quick, here’s a video so it looks like I’m not neglecting the blog.

Who am I kidding.  I’m not about to work on school stuff?  It’s Friday night!  Time for a Mario Kart training session with the boy.

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