Daily Archives: October 31, 2006

Books!

My e-Harlequin order came in. Woo Hoo!
I have Baby Jane Doe by Julie Miller, Gladiator’s Honor by Michelle Styles and Where We Born by Margot Early. Unfortunately tomorrow starts NaNo, so I have to wait to read. 😦
Back in the olden days I subscribed to the book club. I used to get three or four series a month. I don’t know how I did it back then! Now I choose from all the series, but I never buy all a month. It’s hard to choose, but it’s too expensive not to.

Computer update:
UGH. I feel confident that I should be able to convince the powers that be that I should get the new computers without losing SEVEN of the olds. The idea that we have the money available, that the computers were already approved by my principal and I have a need but can’t get them because the techs can’t handle it when I don’t need the techs makes no sense to me. Especially when my classes suffer.
Now I just have to articulate this to the people with the power.
And I have to be proactive.
Speaking of proactive, I’m starting a book study at my school. We’re going to study Whatever It Takes, the best education book I have EVER read. It’s changed my life.
See back in the olden days I practiced something called J-Class triage. If a kid didn’t want to do, fine with me. They could go get their schedules changed or sit at a desk and fail. WHAT was I thinking? I would’ve never been okay with that when I taught English. Honestly, I worked hard with kids who struggled, but only if they had the desire to succeed. That’s not enough. I have to find WHATEVER it takes to spark that desire to learn.
You know, there’s not a kid in my school who used to LOVE learning. There’s not a kid who didn’t smile on the way to kindergarten. A few have lost the passion for learning. Some because of life situations. Some because of drugs or other substance abuse. Some because of depression. But these are 14-18 year old kids. It’s not too late for most of them. And if every teacher on campus is trying to help re-engage this kid, maybe, just maybe, we can make a difference in his or her life.
Like I said, Whatever It Takes is the best ed. book I’ve read. It’s changed my life.

Godsmack is coming to Wichita Falls. I love Godsmack, but only when it’s censored or their newest album. I don’t like hearing f-this and f-that.
I don’t know if I should go or not.