Nostalgia #1

I may be turning this blog into something I can just spew out my thoughts without consequences.  So, bare with me while I do that.

I am drinking tonight, as I am sure all of my post will be starting as.  Tomorrow, July 20th, will be the one year anniversary of Dave’s death.  I feel that his death has brought me closer to being a better person, because I realize how much I meant to him and I cherish that.  I think about when he told me that if it wasn’t for me he would have committed suicide.  I remember at the time that I thought it was so selfish of him to say, but he was just trying to express to me how much I meant to him.  He told me that he was so low and he thought it about it during the week, but the only reason he didn’t do it was because he knew that weekend he’d see me.  He was the only person I’ve ever known to love me unconditionally, and I want to honor that memory.  I want to exude good thoughts and happiness to others.  I wouldn’t be who I am without him, and I want to have that impact on others.  But, at times like this I feel selfish, and I want to mourn the loss.  I wish you could have seen his eyes when I would come up the driveway.  He was so happy.  I wish I could see that face again.  I was undeserving of the love he gave me, but I promised myself I would never be again.  I would cherish what I had as a tribute.

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Year Round School?

It isn’t a new topic by any means, but a few people have brought up the idea of disbanding summer vacation and having students go to school all year round.  How do I feel about this?  I’m torn.  Summer vacation was originally given because kids needed to help out on the farm during the planting and harvest times.  Almost no kids still practice this as most kids don’t live in rural America.  Do I enjoy summer vacation?  Yes, I do enjoy it.  It gives me time to relax and see my family for long stretches of time.  Having never worked at a year-round school, nor knowing anyone who does work at one, I am not sure how their vacation works.  If I recall they get two-week periods throughout the year that in the end approximate the amount of time a student would get for summer vacation.  May “experts” say that students lose knowledge over the summer, and we are constantly trying to catch back up.  This is causing us to fall behind in the academic world.  I, however, think that our poor academics is caused more by our societies views on education.  When I have parent-teacher conferences I may get 3 – 5 parents that show up when I have a total of 120 students.  Those parents that do show up tend to be the parents of students who are doing well.  This is because they emphasize the importance of education to their child, and therefore their child puts forth effort and does well in school.

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“Get over it”

The assignment was for the students to take on the role of a genetic counselor.  They were assigned a karyotype with a chromosomal abnormality and had to write a letter to the parents of said child.  I found this one particularly funny.  He seems to not only have plagiarized but also plagiarized material that doesn’t even pertain to the assignment.  Particularly in-depth information about undescended testicles.  I have changed nothing from the original paper the student handed in.  I have bolded some of the more humorous parts.  Enjoy.

Dear, Susan & Jeff

We have recently found out your child has Edward syndrome it’s a condition caused by a extra chromosome defect.  Your child will only have 90 days to live we tried to find something to cure it or to treat it but we seemed to have not found anything, were so sorry for this tradgedy in your life.  And we also found out that the Edward syndrome is most likely to show up in baby girls more than baby boys.  And the extra chromosome is the 18th & the risk of your child having this syndrome is 1;4053.
And the characteristics of a kid with Edward syndrome is small jaws, muscle disorder and eyes spread farey apart clenched fists.  Also we can treat the syndrome by giving the child feeding tubes and making sure the child is taking care of 24-7 hours a day.  But all we can do is hope that your child will survive to tell the story how they overcame this problem in their life.  And if you want to know more about how your child got the Edward syndrome we can show you how.
Also I’m so sorry for what’s going on in your kids life Jeff & Susan but I’m sure if you give us about 3 to 4 months we could find a cure for your child’s condition to be fixed. And the causes are
undescended testicles are fairly common in premature infants.  They occur in about 3-4% of full-term infants.  In most cases the testicles descend by the time the child is 9 months old.
Once the testicle has been discovered in the scrotum, it is generally considered descended even if it is temporarily pulled back (retracted) on a later examination.
Sometimes a condition called retractile testes will develop.  In this condition, the health care provider can sometimes locate the testicles and sometimes not.
This occurs because of the strength of the muscle reflex (cremasteric reflex) that retracts the testicles and the small size of the testicles before puberty.  In this instance, the testicles descend at puberty.  This is considered a type of normal. Surgical correction is not needed.
Testicles that do no descend by the time the child is 1 year old should be carefully evaluated.  Students suggest that surgery should be done by this age to confirm the diagnosis and to reduce the changes of permanent damage to the testicles.
Testicles that do no naturally descent into the scrotum are considered abnormal.  These undescended testicles have an increased likelihood of developing cancer, regardless of whether or not they are brought down into the scrotum.
Bringing the testicle into the scrotum maximizes sperm production and increases the odds of good fertility.  It also allows examination for early detection of testicular cancer.
In other cases, such as vanished testis, no testicle may be found, even during a surgical procedure.  This may be due to a problem that occured while the baby was still developing in the mother.   It may be present at birth (congenital).  We hope you feel better and get over this.

Sincerely (signature)

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The Lazy Scholar

While teaching projectile motion last year, I had a particularly bright student who was probably the laziest person I have ever had the pleasure of meeting.  One question asked about the motion of a squirrel that had to leap over an electrified fence in order to reach food.  The students were asked to solve for one of the variables when given the rest of the variables.  His answer was as follows:

“If it was a flying squirrel he wouldn’t have to worry about it”.

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My life as a high school teacher

I haven’t decided what I want to do with this blog.  I enjoy the art of writing and sometimes it is nice to get all of my thoughts out, but I know in truth no one wants to hear about my mundane life.  My friends don’t even want to hear about my mundane life.  Hell, I don’t want to hear about my life.  So, I’ve decided to start off and get some creative juices flowing I would write down all the hilarious answers I see as a high school teacher.  I can’t say that I will continue to keep this going, but it’s as good a start as I can muster at this point.

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