Monthly Archives: February 2015

Oatmeal Cookies

Mmmm… part of our Pre-Valentine’s Day meal this evening. Easy. Quick. Delicious. Original recipe by my husband’s mother. Now tweaked over these many years. Yes, off to the kitchen to get another.

Posted in food, recipe | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Eric Foner loves me

For Valentine’s Day at school, students can purchase Lindt truffles for friends and they are delivered on the last day of school before Valentine’s Day. The ASA (Asian Students Association) sponsors this activity and the money raised is donated to a … Continue reading

Posted in Reconstruction, school, Teaching | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The annual burn

Every year we burn our Constitution tests. Because our school receives federal funding we are mandated to give a Constitution test in the 8th grade and then mandated to destroy it just in case an upcoming 8th grader lays their … Continue reading

Posted in Constitution, school | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

No skin in the game

After school today we had a department meeting. After some sharing of announcements, we got into an intense discussion concerning scheduling changes for the entire middle school. There were issues concerning the hours for Humanities classes being cut and a … Continue reading

Posted in school, Teaching | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

“The Snow Man” by Wallace Stevens

One must have a mind of winter To regard the frost and the boughs Of the pine-trees crusted with snow; And have been cold a long time To behold the junipers shagged with ice, The spruces rough in the distant … Continue reading

Posted in poetry, Uncategorized, winter | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

The incredible persuasiveness of second and third person pronouns

When writing essays I always have to remind my students to not use “I,” that I will know that the ideas are theirs because they are writing the paper. “I believe that the United States is a good place to … Continue reading

Posted in grammar, writing | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The wisdom of our grandmothers

I think this is the slowest onset of a cold I have ever had. Each day it has gotten microscopically worse. First a slight raspy throat and then the next day a slightly more raspy throat. Yes and then the … Continue reading

Posted in family, health | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments