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Month: April, 2016

Wonderful Weekend

I’ve had an especially terrible cold this whole week and the weekend before, but this weekend really made up for it. 

Yesterday Ryan got his car looked at in Van Nuys, so I picked him up and we had breakfast at a new place I hadn’t tried before. 


Inspired by being in Studio City, I decided to take the opportunity to go to the nearest Barnes and Noble to pick up the new book on Hamilton that I have been very excited about (which is currently sold out on Amazon). I haven’t been in a B&N in forever and it was overwhelming. After a trip to the History section I had to make myself leave because there was too much to take in. I should add that I recently finished a great book, and there is no greater feeling than wanting to read while simultaneously having the opportunity to choose a brand new book to begin.  

Oh yeah, and did I mention the crazy well-fitting skirt and dress I picked up spontaneously across the street from breakfast? Whoops (I have no regrets). 

Oh yeah, and churro ice cream sandwiches. 

  Then Stephen’s tuna melts with Prosecco (don’t ask) and the first episode of The Night Manager for dinner. 

This morning we woke up early to meet my mom and grandparents at the vintage flea market in Woodland Hills, and I got some great stuff. That was followed by a delicious Passover lunch chez mes grandparents. 


And I almost forgot – GAME OF THRONES. And Veep. And Turn tomorrow. Couldn’t be a better weekend! 

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Pre-Test

Me: Okay everyone, now that we’ve taken this pre-test, I want you to fill in the blank in this sentence: “If I were to take the *real* test today, I would score a _____%”.

Student: ::writes 10%::
Me, in my head: Wow! That student is a lot more self-aware of his current (low) ability in this subject matter than I thought he was! Awesome! Now this is something I can really work with!
Student: 10%! A+!
Me: Yup.

“Terrace Attacks”

The title of this blog post comes from one’s student comment as we examined a photo of Incan farming techniques.

Also, this, from a different student:  My favorite part is how in the last part he leaves the future up to chance. Who knows what bad behavior could happen before June 17th?

School is good. It is both easier (I had a conversation recently with one of my instructional coaches who asked me if I was finally at a point where I didn’t have to plan much any more, and I could finally answer YES!) but also more…strategic? Even *I* am impressed with my own planning abilities sometimes, which only happens since I’m in my third year of the same content. For every day where I am absolutely THRILLED to go home at 3:15 with nothing to do because I worked out the kinks in a lesson last year, there are an equal number of days where I can’t help but re-work a lesson because I just know it can be better — and I’m pretty happy with what I’ve come up with lately.

This last thing is also due to my students, who continue to impress me (I was going to add an aside that started with “For every day that someone impresses me, there’s also someone else who…” but I think I won’t finish that thought here). Anyway, I have a lot of faith in the future of the world when I see what connections they can make before they have even learned about something. On Friday I wanted to preview the Incas so I posted a photo of Machu Picchu and another photo of Atahualpa, the Incan emperor, and asked them to make predictions about what the Incas were known for based on the photos. They came up with the ideas that 1) The Incas lived in the mountains, 2) they worshipped the sun, 3) they took their ruler seriously, and 4) they had a lot of silver and gold, all points I needed them to make AFTER reading the day’s text, before we even got to it. Pretty exciting!