Tuesday, October 30, 2007
--Demonstrations today in chemistry class. We're studying types of reactions, so we did several "wow" demos as examples. Demos are a pain to set up and clean up, but it's always inspiring to see the wow factor kick in.
--We celebrated "mole day" last week on 10/23 (from 6:02 a.m. to 6:02 p.m.). (Chemistry people will catch the significance of that.) We had lunch with foods like guacamole, cassermoles, Chick-Mol-A nuggets, Coca-Mola, peppermole-i buns, cinnamon moles, oatmole cookies. You get the idea. They loved it. By the way, did you know that Avogadro eats watermolens in the summer? And drinks chocolate moleteds? He really exaggerates a lot--he makes mountains out of molehills. When he taught math, he taught moletiplication. Enough already (though there are a lot more where those come from).
--I helped one of my students, a young man for whom English is his second language, edit his essays for college applications. Today he brought me a $10 gift card to Cracker Barrel. Now, I certainly do not expect students to do something like that for help with college applications or writing recommendations--it is part of what I do for them, and I'm happy to do it. But you'd be amazed at the number of students who ask for such things who don't even say thank you--or bring a stamp! So it was a humbling and appreciated kindness in the middle of a busy time, for him to do such a thoughtful thing.
--The seniors' blog has bogged down a little, but they're kicking in again. I think they are enjoying knowing their work is being read far and wide. We start MACBETH on Thursday--that's always a great read.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Volleyball games, and now state tournament starting tomorrow.
Mike working a huge stretch.
Revival at church.
Nine weeks' exam time.
Now you know why I've not posted much.
p.s. For Barry Cater: Codger- Eccentric but lovable older person, usually a man. Maybe I should say. . .we're going to turn into an old codger and his wife.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Saturday, October 20, 2007
This is Selia.I miss you so much since I left you ,you are my favorite teacher in US ,you were always friendly and kind to me ,and I am very happy that you can enjoy the gift.
Yes, when I got home ,I was really tired ,and I felt sick , but after few days ,I felt much better, so ,thanks for worrying about me!
I like your English and chemistry class very much ,maybe I couldn't understand all of your class ,but I coulf feel your humour and good teaching !
I saw really sad when I left Anderson ,the beautiful small city ,but then ,I got happier,because I thought maybe leaving now is foe the next meeting in the future , I think I'll come back one day!
Would you mind telling my classmates that I also miss them?
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
These are Dave and Reece. We had a difficult time getting Dave's rocket to work because he accidently glued the nose cone on when he spray painted it. So I had to cut off part of his rocket, leaving it a little shorter than the others. He didn't seem to mind!Those who kept the Chinese students in their homes really had a hard time seeing them go--much harder than even those of us who spent time with them in our classes.