watching a good show on tv tonight called "why we love cats and dogs"... ahhh. I don't have any pets but I could go either way. cat or dog. I've put it off for so very long because I don't want to be some single guy who's only company is a dog or cat at home, but I've been single for so long anyway, maybe I should have gotten a pet. ha actually mainly it was because I like to travel and i didn't want to bother anyone with what to do with my pet while I was traveling. so I dunno.
I'm pretty lazy and it takes a LOT of time to do it right with a dog, as far as getting out and playing and getting activity with the dog. Cats are probably easier overall when it comes to all that.
anyway, this work week is unbelievably SLOW. ha everyone is just in a zone of counting down days to break. at least this teacher is! I am so glad to have a few more days left, and then next week just 3! yippee leaving THrusday for NYC. and then return for 3 weeks off work. oh wow. of course I still have 2 night classes to show up for the 12th and 15th. it's a last ditch effort at essay writing in class, and I usually ask they keep it a page or so. mainly it's a chance to get 50 more points for writing just about anything, I usually grade based on if they use paragraphs, an intro, conclusion, state a thesis and back it up with points throughout. too much to ask for a Comp II class??? I say not!
I had to make a few phone calls after school today. started out the first one in Spanish and then thought to ask "habla Ingles?" and she said yes.. .oh so much easier to explain after that. the kid that came back from 5 days suspension Monday has been calm all week but got more relaxed today and was asked to remove headphones and ipod in class and attempted putting back on, also last hour jokingingly said "lend me your bike or I'll punch your face" which I know he was , I had to ask the aunt he lives with to make it abundantly clear that post columbine a student must not ever ever threaten a teacher or use that language ever ever etc... I explained both things and that the kid needs to know he's "caminando un lasso corta" walking a short rope. and after returning he should realize the very next thing will get him written up and suspended again! all that jazz. the kid is a really nice kid, but you can tell he's really angry and hating life right now and does NOT want to be told what to do by anyone. ahh well. eventually I hope to get an opportunity to explain to him that look, there are a lot of tough guys in this school and real jerks, many big ole guys older than him and they can be real jerks and all cool and tough with their friends OUTSIDE of class, but in school they do the work, don't cause trouble, and make it work etc etc. social skill set stuff. he's making wrong decisions. I know he misses his pregnant sister though who left for El PAso two weeks before thanskgiving.
The other phone call I attempted, the home phone was Noe and Heather's answering machine, and the mom's name is Olivia.. hmm and then the mom's cell phone was a wrong number, twice they told me in English nope wrong number. the two uncle's phone number were out of order, and the next phone number of a friend was a fax machine. WHen this happens we refer to the principal and truency officer and they will have the kid come up to the office and give them a working phone number etc etc blah blah. sorry if this work stuff is boring you stiff. pics coming up soon.
I graded the papers of that 2nd night class I took over, and man they had some awful ones. I am going to passionately be laying out some guidelines tomorrow night cheerfully and excitedly with motivation and clearly defined terms. MLA MLA MLA and how to cite and how to use easybib.com to make a work cited page. and how 4-5 pages is not 3 pages etc etc etc.
not back to the last 3 essays left to grade. :)