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Am in Iowa. All is well, though there was a sticky bit on crossing Niagara Falls detailed in the second bullet point. Cat dislikes being in the carrier, but otherwise seems to like traveling okay and has not been sedated since the first day.

Highlights so far: )

Off I go

Jul. 22nd, 2006 09:54 am
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Am on my way to San Francisco! Will be staying with [livejournal.com profile] la_perkins for a while, and finding a job (Oakland rejected me... sniff!). Take care, and I'll see y'all later!


Jun. 29th, 2006 09:07 pm
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I've pretty much decided on the San Francisco area, and will be flying out there Monday (no, brain, really, IN THREE DAYS, so you might want to start taking this seriously now) for an interview with a school district. Cross your fingers for me. )
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So, I've got an M.Ed. to keep my M.A. company. It's a little weird, because as nice as it is to graduate, for those of us in this kind of field (as [livejournal.com profile] nisaa and [livejournal.com profile] pyrric can testify), what really matters is the licensing, which is totally separate (although in their cases they have Important Tests to take, whereas I took my tests a long time ago and am now just waiting for the school to notify the state that they can give me my license). So yeah, I'm all double-degreed. Also, I ran into my practicum supervisor, and he said he recommended my portfolio for Pass With Distinction (although I think I just got Pass, which means the other two readers didn't agree that it was all that hot), so that was nice.

Tried to go see [livejournal.com profile] pyrric, but the nursing ceremony was still going on, so we just headed out for lunch and manicures. Wished we could have seen Sweet Honey in the Rock, but it would have meant hanging out at UMass for another hour and a half with nothing to do, so we skipped it.

By the way, our commencement speaker? Barack Obama. Man, he's good. Wow.
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Working on teaching portfolio. Would rather be lounging. Send Pimm's cups and mojitos ASAP. Also cabana boy or other solicitous attendant. And, heck, enough money to pay my rent so I can go to Paris in June instead of waiting tables or something, for that matter.
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Book meme

1. Grab the nearest book.

2. Open it to page 161.

3. Find the fifth sentence.

4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.

"In the favorable case, in which the pupils have not been coached for the examinations but have found the solutions themselves beforehand, we get a reproduction of the results of former insight at the examination." - Pierre van Hiele, Structure and Insight

Welcome to my life.
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Writing geometry quizzes? Not as easy as it looks. Oy, these poor kids...

Grading it? Worse. Oy, the poor me!
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To what extent does your philosophy of education reflect a thoughtful and responsive educator?
To the extent to which I am one.

How does learning take place?
Repeated simultaneous activation of different areas of the brain strengthens the association between these areas.

What is the relationship among teaching, schooling, and social justice?
Second cousins. They've met at picnics, but it doesn't count as incest when they totally screw each other.
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...nah, sounds like too much work. It's been a long but useful two weeks. The kids are good but failing, I'm still nervous about leading the class, and I have no idea where to start designing a unit. If anybody wants specifics, ask away.

Now, to pretend I have a philosophy of education and the first stinking idea about what kind of intervention would help these kids pass geometry and the MCAS.
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Oh, what the heck. It's weird, but I'm kinda curious:

Johari Window
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Hmm... so [livejournal.com profile] feather_brain70 tagged me with this, although I hold out no hope that anyone I attempt to tag will do this. There is entirely too much commentary in this post, partly to explain why I consider any of these guilty, and partly because I oh my god can't shut up.

Ground Rules:
The first player of this "game" starts with the topic "5 Guilty Pleasures" and people who get tagged need to write an LJ entry about their 5 Guilty Pleasures as well as state this rule. In the end, you need to choose the next 5 people to be tagged and list their names.

1. Staying up late and sleeping late. Not that it's much of a secret, but it is guilty. I know I shouldn't be doing it, but...

2. Cat photos. I don't want to like photos of cats I don't even know. There's nothing intrinsically interesting in them, and it feels schmaltzy and oversentimental, but nevertheless, slap up a photo of your cat and, at least internally, I won't be able to stop the "aww..." Also, I wonder over my own cat's cuteness. It's been, what, two and a half years now? I still look at her and think, Oh my god, how is she that cute? How did I happen upon the cat with the classically perfect proportions to her head? I mean, look at her! Look. LOOK AT HER.

3. Eminem. No, but seriously. I think he's a jerkface and loves the attention far too much, but... he's really good. This results in my not buying any of his stuff but totally rocking out when that iPod commercial comes on.

4. Crushes. (This used to be Barney Miller, but, you know, I'm not ashamed of Barney.) I used to use crushes to motivate me to go to classes. I used one to get myself to go to work for a couple of years (although if it hadn't been for the crush, I probably wouldn't have volunteered to work insane hours). Life is more fun when I have a couple.

5. Staying in hotels. I LOVE IT. I stayed in hotels for two months once, and it just didn't get old. I know people hate it. I know it's something little kids love the adventure of and adults find inconvenient and stressful. But me? I love it. I would do it for no real reason if I had extra money.

Tagging... let's see. [livejournal.com profile] vwbug, [livejournal.com profile] dxmachina... (pause while I discard the names of people with brand new babies who are unlikely to see their ljs anytime soon)... [livejournal.com profile] ocvictor, [livejournal.com profile] mrfph, and [livejournal.com profile] mazianni.
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So, Friday, I left the first voicemail for the principal at 10. I called again at 2:30. He actually picked up the phone this time, but was in the middle of dismissal and asked if he could call back. Okay. I called at 4:30 and left another voicemail. Sent a message to the placement officer this weekend letting her know what had happened (keep in mind that we were thinking I'd be starting today). At 8:30 this morning I left a message at the principal's office. Just recently sent another email to the placement person to give her an update. I've done everything I was supposed to, right? So frustrating -- especially because she'd asked me to call her on Friday if anything went wrong, but at what point do you say, "Okay, now something's wrong"? Eh. I think I've done my part. It's particularly frustrating as I have to make up a schedule by Wednesday of when I'll turn in my portfolio pieces, but I don't really see how I can schedule when I'll turn in a unit plan and assessments until I actually have a chance to get and talk to a supervising teacher.

Oh well. Have a kitty!


Jan. 26th, 2006 09:48 pm
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Got a call from the Field Placement person at 6:45 tonight with the name and cell number of a principal to call tomorrow morning to talk about starting student teaching Monday. Cross your fingers.

(Well, actually two numbers -- apparently she can't tell if the number she wrote down is a 3 or a 9 and I should try both. Grrreat.)

(I can't shake this feeling -- call the principal? Horrors! But the principal is only for if you've done something really bad! One of these days I'll start seeing school less from the student's-eye view, right?)
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Gacked from [livejournal.com profile] feather_brain70, the Color Quiz: )

I don't know why, but I find it really amusing -- "we say deep-sounding things about you in an insulting manner, based on what colors you like best!" Some of it's generic -- "Wants to be valued as a desirable associate and admired for her personal qualities," like, duh -- but some of it's good. However. For comparison, I looked at [livejournal.com profile] feather_brain70's very different results and pretended they were mine... they still sounded just as relevant. Probably vague enough that everybody can identify with them in some way.
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The field placement woman finally called me to say they were still working on things, no problem, they'd let me know when things were finalized, I would almost certainly be going to Randolph. Which is just as far away from the city (and thus from public transportation) as the last place (Lawrence) I nixed because I didn't have a car. Apparently the note that I needed someplace on the T didn't get very far last time. So they'll try to find another school. I mean, I could take the commuter rail -- it's only about a mile from the station -- but it is, let us say, not an ideal situation.

But at least I have some idea what's going on. Be nice if they could have gotten in touch with me sometime in the last freaking month, but at least I'm not supposed to be doing anything. I like not doing anything.

Also! I got two scholarships for this semester -- one for 500, one for 4500. I think they'll just take the place of my loan money, but still -- go me!
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Okay, so I am now unemployed, which will be terrifying just as soon as it hits me that I'm not on a long weekend. It's not like I've been working all that much (16 hrs/week for the past several years), but I'd been at that job since 1999. Spent most of yesterday emptying out folders full of paperwork from six years ago (which, it turned out, I hadn't ever really needed to keep).

I would feel a little more secure if I had any idea what was going to happen next, but the field placement office still hasn't gotten back to me about student teaching. When I finally got tired of emailing with no reply, I went into the office, where they said they were just finishing up some paperwork, and waiting for confirmation from Lawrence. Er, I don't have a car. Oh, they said. Well, how about Boston Latin? Spiffy, said I. We'll call you on Monday, said they. That was three weeks ago. I've emailed a couple more times, and will call on Monday. I'd just like to know what's going on, is all! I quit my job! I need to have some plans in place. I thought there was a shortage of math teachers in this country?

So yeah, I'm unemployed. Freakish. Also, 31. Even more freakish. And on a diet. Who is this person?

I know, I know, she's me, but 31.
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If anyone understands the axiom of separation and, more particularly, how it resolves the barber paradox and can explain about it in the next half hour or so, I'd be ever so grateful. Barber paradox follows:

There is a village in which everyone either cuts their own hair or goes to the barber (these are the only options. You may not be bald, or not cut your hair at all. No. Shut up). The barber cuts the hair of only those people who do not cut their own hair (you can't go to him sometimes and cut your own hair other times. No. Shut up). Who cuts the barber's hair?
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Face recognition software thinks I look like Christina Ricci, Carrie-Ann Moss... and B.F. Skinner. So weird.
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So, using the formula for the sum of a geometric series, says my book,
blah blah blah = 1/(1-(n/m)^(k-1)) * ((m/n) - 1) * p/(x^(k-1)) = 1/((n/m) + (n/m)^2 + ... + (n/m)^(k-1)) * p/(x^(k-1))

What? Why? What happened? You can't just put an equals sign there, where'd the (m/n-1) go? What happened to the denominator? Will no one think of the children? WHY GOD WHY?!?!?!

If anyone can resolve this little freakout, please to be letting me know. Because I feel like the dumbest stupidhead in Less-Than-Ideal-IntelligenceTown right now, and I still have squaring an infinite series to worry about and I don't know what I'm doing and what the hell am I doing in these classes? How do you deal with squaring an infinite series? And why am I being asked to logically analyze a dumb joke about Cogito Ergo Sum?

(Also, I don't think I ever learned how to deal with infinite series. What class should that have been again?)

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