Saturday December 31, 2016

All Cartoons Are Not Cartoon Characters™

My Credit Union offers the option to "design your own" image for credit cards. On Nov 14, I went to the site and plugged in my business card (sans text).

Submitted.

A day later, I received a "disapproved" notice:

The design/image contains or depicts copyrighted, trademarked or branded products and/or services. This may include registered logos, animated, cartoon or amusement park characters, vehicle names or logos. Trademarked or branded commercial products such as sporting equipment, soft drink or food companies or abbreviations, acronyms, and/or symbols.
Ahem. No, it does not.

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Tuesday December 20, 2016

Substitute Teaching Vignettes #5

6th grade math - part 1

Problem: 0.375 + 5/8
Guys. There's a trick.
What's an eighth?
(silence)
What's a quarter?
(Clown: 25 cents!)
Me, writes .25 on the board.
What's half of 25?
kid: 15?
Me: close. What's half of 25?
What if I have a pie (draws circle) and I cut it into quarters (draws) and then I cut one of those pieces in half? How much of the pie is that?
Kid: 1/6?
(aargh) ...
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Friday December 16, 2016

Diary of a Substitute Teacher

December 15, 2016

Subbing in middle school (7th grade) "Tech" classes. The students are creating simple web sites.

Hey, I know this stuff! (As opposed to the Aztecs & Mayans or 4th grade "math with discs".)

I told today's classes that I've been building web sites & coding HTML by hand since 1994/95. Eyebrows go up.

Yes, I am older than the WWW. ...
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Wednesday December 14, 2016

Substitute Teaching Vignettes #4

Fourth First grade

This was.... a surprise. I was expecting 4th grade.
Me (at the school office): I'm your 4th grade sub.
Woman: I didn't know either of them was out today. Mr Jones or Mr. Smith?
Me: Ms. Black?
Woman: She teaches 1st grade.
Me: (hoookay then)
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Tuesday December 13, 2016

Substitute Teaching Vignettes #3

4th grade. Math.

Students are learning multiplication with "partial products". I know this concept as well but I use parentheses.

14 x 37 = (10 + 4) x (30 + 7)

They use diagrams. ...
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Wednesday December 7, 2016

Substitute Teaching Vignettes #2

(I have begun substitute teaching)

December 2016

First grade

I only have the first graders for half an hour before they'll go to lunch. They're going to do Prodigy Math on their iPads for that time. One girl is a budding SJ temperament in pint-sized form. She takes me in hand, making sure that I know what the rules are and how things work. The class doesn't need a sub; they have "Nellie". ...
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Monday December 5, 2016

Substitute Teaching Vignettes #1

(I have begun substitute teaching)

November, 2016

From 12:30 to 12:40, I did yard duty - watching the kids at recess. My goodness, they're active!

1) A ball went over the fence and one girl figured out how to put her hand through the (wide) chain link grasp the ball (they're not well-inflated) and work it up to the top. I stood behind her and supervised because she was up on the concrete and I did not want her to fall, but with me there, I thought it would be OK. (She did NOT want help.)

2) One girl spent the entire time walking in a circle on what looks like a dodgeball grid, reading her book. Around and around.

3) One boy took it upon himself to find things that need to go to Lost & Found; I suggested he ask the other children if the jacket he found belonged to one of them. ...
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