1. 7:58am, April 1.  12th graders walk into class.  One of the boys offers me an Oreo, which I accept.  It tastes a little minty, so I ask him if it’s a mint Oreo… which I know exist but are not sold in the DR.  He just chuckles and looks mischievous, triumphant, and guilty at the same time.  One of his classmates is also eating an Oreo and having a slightly more dramatic reaction to the weird taste…

    For anyone who’s curious, Oreo cookies and toothpaste ALMOST go together… but not quite.  Happy (Belated) April Fool’s Day!

  2. The Most Important Tenets of NJHS Members…

    As a 6th and 7th grade teacher, as well as advisor to an ongoing 8th grade project, I was one of the five teachers chosen as the “Application Committee” for the National Junior Honor Society.  The application was pretty extensive for the middle schoolers, and  most of them took it very seriously.  Although taking the application seriously and not taking school seriously is not enough to get accepted, I think that NJHS is an opportunity for kids who have proven themselves to earn recognition and for those who want to earn recognition to get some constructive feedback about their involvement in activities and commitment to fulfilling their responsibilities.  Personally, I feel that many kids assumed they were going to be accepted simply because they qualified to apply in the first place.  The criteria for acceptance were strict, and most of them did not get in.  However, all of us on the application committee hope that this will be a little bit of a reality check for many students who feel that being relatively successful in our very small community is enough to do whatever they want.  While we want students to be in NJHS, we want them to understand the responsibility that comes with it and be sure that they are prepared to take on that responsibility.

    Highlight of reviewing applications: one student who applied has been a (mostly) active participant in my ultimate frisbee extracurricular.  In the section where you list your school activities, you must include the name of the activity, how long you’ve been involved, and your achievements., His achievement?  ”Really good forehand”.  He’s convinced me… accept him!!

  3. What it means to be Canadian...

    • 6th grader: I think you're really Canadian and [Canadian teacher] is really American.
    • Me: Really? What makes you say that?
    • 6th grader: You're nice.
  4. After a week-long conference in Santo Domingo, I got to spend Friday night through Sunday afternoon with my ADPi Big, who I haven’t seen in almost two years.  Although she was wiped out from a hectic few months of work and organizing the conference, we made the most of her short trip!  We took a day trip to the beach; went out one evening and saw a live band, a celebrity, and a wedding proposal; ate delicious food (both traditional Dominican and otherwise); and took advantage of lots of time to catch up.  Hoping we’ll see each other in D.C. over the summer, but grateful for a brief little reunion in Santo Domingo!!

  5. Too convincing?

    • 4th grader: Who are you?
    • Me: Cruella de Vil!
    • 4th grader: Oh, it's you, Ms. Gordon!
  6. Cruella de Vil decided to teach my classes today. It’s Superheroes and Villains Day for Spirit Week and she really wanted to put some fear into all these rowdy middle schoolers.

    Cruella de Vil decided to teach my classes today. It’s Superheroes and Villains Day for Spirit Week and she really wanted to put some fear into all these rowdy middle schoolers.

  7. During 7th grade English every day, my class turns into mayhem.  Desks strewn all over the place, paint spatters on the floor, drawings on the brown paper that covers the walls, etc.  They are in the midst of decorating the classroom and every day it looks like a bomb has gone off.  Although they still have a ways to go, they seem to be enjoying it and are working pretty hard!  I’m excited to see the final results (whenever we get there…)  Regardless, Tartarus is looking pretty good right now!

    During 7th grade English every day, my class turns into mayhem.  Desks strewn all over the place, paint spatters on the floor, drawings on the brown paper that covers the walls, etc.  They are in the midst of decorating the classroom and every day it looks like a bomb has gone off.  Although they still have a ways to go, they seem to be enjoying it and are working pretty hard!  I’m excited to see the final results (whenever we get there…)  Regardless, Tartarus is looking pretty good right now!

  8. abiibi:

abiibi:

I might be dead now.  Wow.

    abiibi:

    abiibi:

    I might be dead now.  Wow.

  9. "I assure you, sir: literature is a drug."
    George Borrow (via thebooker)
  10. inkingideas:

par0xetine:

Found this gem in the MX (train newspaper in Melbourne)

This teacher has to simultaneously be the most brilliant and evil educator to ever exist.  

This is fantastic.  Use what you’ve got!!

    inkingideas:

    par0xetine:

    Found this gem in the MX (train newspaper in Melbourne)

    This teacher has to simultaneously be the most brilliant and evil educator to ever exist.  

    This is fantastic.  Use what you’ve got!!

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