The guage shows only 1 inch but my husband poured out 3 before I could take the picture. I love April showers even if they come with huge claps of thunder. The leaves are even greener and the flowers just keep coming. Probably not what one expects to see for a birthday picture but we are celebrating this weekend. (if everyone stays healthy).
Monday, April 27, 2009
We have been studying Newton's laws for several weeks now....this student is using a broom to push a 16 lb. bowling ball around a pre-set course. Record time 32 seconds. The activity was repeated using a basketball; record time 13 seconds with no penalties.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Traffic is impossible in this town when a big name is in concert. Names don't get much bigger than this one.............wish I had asked the man sitting in the driver's seat of the bus behind this truck for an autographed picture of Taylor.
The small image was taken on the 15th and the larger one was taken on the 22nd. Amazing how quickly the leaves fill in and become greener. I think that I have paid more attention to the passage of time this winter/spring than I normally do. I think it is because of the self-reflection this challenge is promoting.
Last week the seventh graders in my building spent the entire week testing, eighth graders 4 days, and ninth graders 1 day. This week ninth graders 4 days and eighth graders another 2 days. A total of 10 days of instructional time lost due to testing....and now the students will be nearly impossible to motivate. Does anyone else see a fundamental problem with this scenario? It is not that I don't believe testing has its place nor do I think we as teachers should not be accountable. But good golly can't we just do one test similar to college entrance exams at all grade levels on the same date and be done with all this testing?
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
I think I could spend all day simply observing my little one making new discoveries about his world. Today, blowing dandelions was all the rage. We must have blown the tops off 50 plants...how many seeds will find a fertile resting spot? Oh well, I will deal with those problems later.
Monday, April 13, 2009
The little guy loved dyeing Easter Eggs. His hands were a mess and he huffed a lot of vinegar. Lots of giggles when the dye tablets fizzed after the vinegar was poured into the cups. I let him pour the water into the cups and he placed all of the eggs in to be dyed. We have been hiding eggs for several days and to my knowledge none have been lost and only two have had "accidents."
Friday, April 10, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
The blooms on the trees and the silver lining around the clouds captured my attention this morning on my way to work. I think that is an oak tree that is blooming now. I hate those stringing blossoms. They clog up the gutters on the house and get all over my car. But I love acorns. Too bad I can't have the one without the other. Much like life isn't it; can't have the good without the bad.
I had a tooth with a crack in it that I allowed the dentist to attempt to put a crown on. The tooth didn't hurt he recommended we "fix" it before it began to hurt. I complied and the tooth began hurting, so he recommended a root canal. Two attempts later I am still in pain and must visit a specialist, it seems I have really tough roots. At any rate, note to self "if it ain't broke don't fix it." I love my dentist but if the tooth doesn't hurt in the future no matter his recommendation I will not comply and go through this mess again.
These two young ladies were awaiting the results of their presentations. The university loans the use of it Jumbotron to the Arkansas Junior Academy of Science organization for them to post winners' names. The girls had their names posted in lights for all to see. I am very proud of them.
This image is not in focus and I am not sure why it turned out this way, but since student faces are in the image I am glad it is blurred. State science fair was this weekend and it was an enjoyable trip. I took four ninth grade students and all four received some sort of prize. I am proud of my students accomplishments.
Today, we played around with the Flip camera in class. Students shot several clips and then used the Flip software to develop a video. Next week, they will use the Flip as an option for their multimedia projects on Newton's Laws of Motion. I haven't seen this much enthusiasm from this group of students in a very long time.
Today, students practiced several demonstrations of Newton's first law. I demonstrated a couple as well. The picture above was taken from a Flip video. Notice the suspended egg just before it fell into the water. Much like the coyote when he realizes he is about to fall don't you think?
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
The view at the front of my house. The grass is greening up and the creeping phlox in the front window are beginning to bloom. They will probably be in full bloom by the end of the week. Not visible in the picture are the azaleas, they are beginning to show color and will probably be flowering within a few days too. Yep it's official spring is a'springin'!