Thursday, March 20, 2014

observations

Utterly wonderful:  this heavy-weight wrestler in one English class who always has his nose buried in a thick book.  He wears sweats and does NOT match up with anyone's stereotype of a bookworm. 

Vexing:  the students going on vacation for a week...with their boyfriend/girlfriend's family.  WTF?  I cannot wrap my mind around that at ALL.

Curious:  it seems that asking a girl to prom requires some sort of presentation.  These boys put as much thought and creativity into it as they do a marriage proposal.  When did this become a "thing?"  I knew it was the trend at my BFF's son's school, but this has spread...

Lucky:  the weather continues to be crap as spring creeps slowly north.  It's a thousand times easier to keep seniors engaged in school and in their classes when the weather stays cold and wintery.

Eyebrow-raising:  the many students gone for a week's vacation to places like Florida and Mexico.  Evidently the economy is just fine in our neck of the woods for so many families to be heading south.  Wouldn't have ever guessed it.

Spill it, reader.  Any interesting observation.

21 comments:

  1. Glad you have a bookworm. They are always much more interesting people. I love the vocabularies of readers.

    interesting observation? Well, today is the first day of spring. 99% of the snow is gone, and the sun is shinning. It is 50 today. Tomorrow, it will be winter again here in North Dakota.

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  2. Ha! As a matter of fact, my boyfriend (now husband) came on a vacation to Myrtle Beach with our family when I was a senior in high school. Of course, that same year, when my dad and stepmom went on a week-long vacation and I stayed behind to take care of my little sisters, my dad paid my boyfriend (now husband) to stay with us so there would be a "man" in the house. I still can't believe he did such things. And that my now mother-in-law was OK with it.
    my own interesting observation: Kind: nice older gentleman left a few coins so some kids could ride the horse at the store for free

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  3. Observation - today a student hung out in a hallway outside of my office, watching a loud show (without ear buds) on his lap top, wearing red & blue clown pajama bottoms, and smoking an E-cigarette. . . everything about him signified disinterest and lack of respect for his educational endeavor.. ..

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  4. No vacations to Florida or Mexico in the near future here.... (sigh) ;-)

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  5. Taking my dog to the off-leash dog park has the same communal feel that taking my toddlers to the playground had. Very nice to have an "excuse" to leave the desk for a couple of hours and enjoy the spring weather.

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  6. Observation: You can go walking every day for years and see the same people every day. You nod and say "good morning". You go walking with a cute little dog and all those same people want to stop and chat with you!

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  7. Imagine my surprise to open my door to 5 shirtless boys with PROM? painted on their chests? Yes, it is definately a trend :-)

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  8. Observation: we are almost 24 hours into the season of spring, and yet it is snowing right now.

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  9. Yesterday morning, the first day of Spring, we woke up to a fresh dusting of snow. Spring is here today, but it is supposed to go back into the low 30s for the next 7 days. Emma is currently out giving her bike the first ride of spring.

    What kids wear to college is the most amazing spectrum of 5 inch heels to pjs. Worst is seeing the thong straps when they bend over.

    And stop scaring me about prom rites and such. Yuck!!

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  10. It always amazes me how many kids go on extravagant vacations with their parents. Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, all over! I haven't even been to those places. Kinda crazy.
    Seems like everyone makes a production out of everything these days. I don't see why prom should be any different. ;) I do find it all rather exhausting.
    Hope you have a lovely spring break!!! Hopefully it will start feeling like spring.

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  11. We are heading south to my in-laws for spring break. Hopefully it will be warm & spring there. If not, I'm driving south until I hit it.

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  12. I am AMAZED at high schoolers going places for spring break. Back in my day, driving across the state for spring break would have been a big deal. But going to Mexico? Uh ... seems excessive.

    Now, if you'll excuse me, "Matlock" is on.

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  13. Prom and Homecoming has become a major expense-- Way, way more than a hundred years ago in my day. Back then a limo wasn't even on the radar. Sheesh, things have change if even the "ask" is a big deal.

    I hope you finally get some decent weather. I think this has been the worst winter ever!

    Happy weekend,
    jj

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  14. The latest and greatest in pedagogical theory is actually same old, same old, under a new and different name. Sigh. It means sitting through an hour long staff development session, but it meant the required post-session task was easy. I'm already teaching this way - I have been for years.

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  15. I just read through your last handful of posts and am sorry to say I'm too ready for bed to comment on each one, but please know I LOVED all of your musings and reports and reflections. The whole lot of them felt really poetic, for some reason, even your railing at Dostoevsky. I just love you.

    A fair bit of what I report on FB is disbelief and shock and awe over students, so I feel you, honey. Keep it coming!

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  16. I joked yesterday "some people go to Jamaica on vacation...I am having the roof replaced..." :) I was telling my wife the other day, about how people appear: "people can surprise you in wonderful ways!"

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  17. Next winter I swear we are going somewhere warmer.... even if it kills us. LOL

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  18. I hope that prom observation doesn't catch on here, I can't handle organising anything else! Observation of today (it's only 7am) - after being fooled into thinking summer may be here we now have a thick frost!

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  19. Why do things need to be so HUGE? Just ask her to marry you / go to prom / whatever. Just announce the baby's birth / gender.

    As for vacations, well, you know how we do it. It has only happened for us because of a small inheritance that we have hoarded carefully, added to as we can, and then we've shopped carefully for airfares, accommodations, etc. We thought about saving the money, but then realized that my MIL would have wanted us to enjoy it on travel.

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  20. Come to think of it, I don't know how/if my son has asked his girlfriend to Prom... but I discovered when I moved here that it is indeed a big deal all over the country.
    Observation: 2 years ago in Arches National Park while hiking up to see Delicate Arch, I looked down off the trail and saw where someone had carefully laid out rocks on the slickrock to spell "PROM?"

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  21. Prom stuff has been huge here for years. Fairly ridiculous in my mind. I would do the boyfriend/girlfriend on vacation for the last couple of years of high school if they'd been going out for a long time. Glad you're finding high school entertaining.

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Spill it, reader.