Archive for May 2010

– Comfort –

May 27, 2010

I found my “Notification of Reasonable Assurance” in my mailbox today. 
That is to say that I am supposed to be reasonably assured that I have a job next school year. 
That is a good thing. 
I wear so many hats during the course of a day that they would have to replace me with “Fluffy”
(the three-headed dog from Harry Potter.)



May 25, 2010

I think that the Twilight Saga’s intensity is finally dying off. 
Today is the first day of the Eclipse contest, and I have only given out 3 quizzes. 
If it continues like this, I won’t have to spend my entire holiday weekend grading.

Eclipse Quiz

May 23, 2010

Now that STAR testing is over – before finals start – it is time for the Eclipse Quiz. 
Starting on Monday morning students can stop by the circulation desk and pick up an Eclipse Quiz. 

Before Twilight was released a few years ago, I wrote a quiz for the book and we had a contest in the library.  First prize was two tickets to see the premiere.  I did the same with New Moon.  Students picked up their quiz and were able to return it a few days later.  When they returned the completed quiz, the first thing they would say was, “Mrs. Hot!  This was really hard!  I’m glad you aren’t my English teacher!” 

Frankly, I am too.  When I get all the quizzes back and I sit down to grade them this coming Memorial Day weekend, I am going to ask myself WHY did I add an essay question this time? 

If you are interested in having a contest yourself, check back here after the contest is over. 
I will post 10 of the 45 questions.  Good Luck.

Creative Report Cards

May 21, 2010

This time of year my grade school teacher friends are looking for creative comments to add to the stack of report cards that they have to write.  Perhaps some of these comments will help. 

Your son has a remarkable ability to gather needed information
from his classmates.
[ Your son was caught cheating on a test ]

Karen is an endless font of energy and viability.
[ The hyperactive monster can’t stay seated for five minutes ]

Fantastic imagination! Unmatched in his capacity for blending fact
with fiction.
[ definitely one of the biggest liars I have ever met ]

Maggie exhibits a casual, relaxed attitude to school, indicating
that high expectations don’t intimidate her.
[ The lazy thing hasn’t done one assignment all term ]

Her athletic ability is marvelous. Superior hand-eye coordination.
[ The little creep stung me with a rubber band from 15 feet away ]

Nicholas thrives on interaction with his peers.
[ Nicholas needs to stop socializing and start working ]

Penelope’s greatest asset is her demonstrative public discussions.
[ Classroom lawyer! Every time I explain an assignment she starts
an argument ]

John enjoys the thrill of engaging challenges with his peers.
[ John is a bully ]

An adventurous nature lover who rarely misses opportunities to
explore new territory.
[ Your daughter was caught skipping school at the fishing pond ]

I am amazed at her tenacity in retaining her youthful personality.
[ She’s so immature that we’ve run out of diapers ]

Unlike some students who hide their emotion, Charles is very
expressive and open.
[ He must have written the Whiner’s Digest ]

I firmly believe that her intellectual and emotional progress
would be enhanced through a year’s repetition of her learning
[ she is not ready to advance and should repeat 3rd grade ]

Her exuberant verbosity is awesome!
[ I can’t get her to SHUT UP ]

Hope eveyone survives the next 21 days, whether you are at the high school, middle school or grammar school level!

Book Fair – Held Hostage Day 35

May 15, 2010

The hostage release required careful planning…..

Correction, I required two Honors students, one ELD student and two Special Ed students with me giving directions….okay, sometimes repeating the directions several times. 

We unloaded the six book fair display cases onto library tables.  I closed off the library to protect the book company’s merchandise.  Unloaded, the display cases are extremely light, but bulky…think oversized tissue box for a giant. 

The next hurdle was finding 6 beefy students who would willingly carry the cases downstairs.  When an American History class walked in the front doors to use the computers, I watched as members of the track, baseball and wrestling teams walk past my desk.  I admit, I had a gleam in my eye.  Their teacher was more than happy to volunteer her students to assist.  Don’t you love collaboration? 

The boys jumped to attention, “Yes ma’am, Mrs. Hot, what can we help you with?” 
Gosh, I love polite students….it just makes me beam. 

I explained to the ‘muscle team’ what I needed them to do.  I told them the cases were bulky, that they would need three guys on each side.  When they lifted the first one, the boys rolled their eyes at me.  “Mrs. Hot, these aren’t heavy!”  Then, it became a competition between two teams….”this isn’t a race, fellas!” 

In less than five minutes the cases were free from the flight of stairs that had been holding them hostage for so long.   
You’re free! 

Getting the books back into the cases was more involved than getting the cases downstairs, but several hours later the cases were refilled…granted, not perfectly, (there’s a story I can’t tell you) but they were refilled.

Two homework club students and I waved goodbye as the Book Fair truck driver pulled the cases through the library lobby and out the front doors.  Yea! 


Now we’ve got 6 months to get the elevator fixed before the next book fair…

10 + 1

May 8, 2010

I have been blogging here for not quite a year and I have reached 10,000.  Plus one. 
thanks to CSLA, the Wiki and Alphainventions.

Greetings from Sri Lanka!

May 4, 2010

How very nice to receive a visit from Sri Lanka today.
Welcome.  Thanks for you nice comment and for stopping by the Circulation Desk!