What it truly means to be a teacher
thingsforteachers: I haven’t posted in nearly 2 years. But after a few stressful weeks at work, I was inspired to write this when I got home today. I read about teaching constantly in the news, and it doesn’t seem to reflect what I experience each day. It’s been increasingly frustrating to me. While it’s very difficult to express in words what a teacher’s day is like, I gave it an honest shot...
Teaching Using Portal 2 →
I absolutely love it when teachers do things like this. SO much more engaging than your standard textbook and a great supplement (how many kids would rather do this than filling in a worksheet?) to learning physics/math!
iD Tech 2012
Having the time of my life! Wish you were here! :)
Just keep swimming
Been a long time since I got a chance to post. I I’ve just been really busy these last few days. Studying for the GRE (love you, math, but I’m so terrible at you), getting ready for iD Tech (cannot wait!) and trying to do some big things at work. It’s been tiring. Kinda fun. But certainly tiring. I’ve been doing more “advanced” things lately at work, like...
To Dream the Impossible
A poem that popped into my head this morning on the bus - I had to write it down. I am inspired like this so very little these days. I call it To Dream the Impossible. Opening your heart halfway For that which cannot be. How silly it seems To dream of things Whose sheen does but deceive. But logic matters little to the heart When it believes.
The path to my dream of working at Apple seems so, SO far away :-(.
A wonderful piece on what it's like when one of... →
This is what they don’t tell you about in teaching, and no one seems to understand that. Or maybe I’m wrong. Maybe they DO teach how to deal with a student who’s brother is murdered. Maybe I just missed that in my accellerated and seemingly noble attempt to remake education. Perhaps when you actually take classes for your credential, you learn this stuff - as opposed to simply...
Shortcut to your last saved draft email on iOS →
Cool little shortcut! I learn something new every day :-) (Thanks to Daring Fireball for the heads up.)
How things have changed.... →
My favorite part from this review of an old Motorola phone? The old Motorola battery is significantly thicker than the WHOLE iPhone. Just wow.
The hardest thing for me to do is saying no... →
If there’s anything that makes me feel guilty to no end, it’s saying no. I’m horrible at it, in probably every sense of the word (except for the quite literal SAYING of the word “no”). :-). I hate telling someone they can’t do something. Or that I can’t do something. No matter how rational the reason, it tears me up inside most of the time. Even if...
Is your original iPhone as durable as mine?
I got an iPhone when they first came out - and it was absolutely amazing. Previous to that, the only cell-phone I had ever owned was one of those Tracphones (are they still around?) - you know, where you got a ridiculously cheap phone and you purchased minutes? And the thing that I thought was awesome was that you could SEE the number of minutes remaining. Yeah. Good ol’ 2005 :-) Up...
Oh look, I'm writing again!
Wow, I’ve actually managed to have my mind coherently link some thoughts together! Sure, they’re just notes that at or may not be assembled into a story one day. But it’s a start. It feels like its been FOREVER since I’ve been able to mold my thoughts into something written that doesn’t feel like doggie poo.
A Week without Electronics
So one of my friends was given a choice last week by his parents. It was either no electronics for a week or give up piano for good (I guess he wasn’t spending enough time with piano). My friend gave up electronics (a good choice, cause he’s good at piano and he really likes it). But he was pretty sad about it. So I decided to try and be a good friend and give up electronics too....
How weird it would be...
Anyone else have those strange delusions of grandeur? I know I do :-) I wonder what would happen if I suddenly find my place and calling? What will happen when I find that one thing that I’m so in love with doing that I will do it until I transform the world ? Performing. Software development. Kids. Science. I’m almost there. I’m going to figure it out. I just...
piercesteve asked: DUDE how have you been?:D
One of the subheadlines is “Crowd erupts in cheers” or something like that as verdict is read. I’m a HUGE Michael Jackson fan - HUGE - and that freaks me out. It’s involuntary manslaughter. Yes, Dr. Murray made mistakes. BIG ones. Yes, he needs to lose his license. Yes, he does deserve some jail time. But I truly don’t think he wanted any of this to happen....
From lowly QA Tester to Game Designer →
I’ve gotta remember this. Don’t give up. Changing your mind - fine. Changing direction - fine. Just don’t stop doing what you LOVE.
A different story
I’m writing a new story - it’s a short story. I’ll post it here when I’m done. You should read it when I do. Seriously. :-)
Forgot to wash my work clothes, so here I am, up at 11:30 PM (despite the fact that I said I’d go to bed EARLY tonight), waiting to put my clothes in the dryer. I’m staring into Xcode pretending to program (I don’t even PRETEND program well). It’s going to be a long night. And a longer tomorrow. :-)
I read a great blog post today about a father writing about his son turning 13. It was, ironically, about how writer’s block was preventing him from writing about his son. And through that writer’s block, he discovers what he needs to write about his son. It was…beautiful. Like, I finished reading it and was almost moved to tears. Not because it was maudlin or sappy, but...
Notes before bed
1) I love how dancing counts as exercise :-). A glance down at my stomach recently has told me that sans iD Tech this summer, I have to make up that amount of physical activity :-/. Thanks to my new dance album (see last post), that is being taken care of each night before bed :-) 2) Sometimes I forget how much You bless a loser like me. I’m very glad You’re my God.
A great dance album from...Disney??
Okay, guilty pleasure admission time. I’m a pretty big fan and regular watcher of the show “Shake it Up” on Disney channel. Like, I DVR it. Cause Rocky and CeCe are HILARIOUS :-D So anyway, Shake it Up is also the name of the “show within a show” that Rocky and CeCe dance on. Every episode there’s like a dancer or dance group and they dance to music that...
An Excellent Weekend
You know it’s been a good weekend when you still think it’s good even though you’ve driven over 40 miles ONE WAY with your elbows awkwardly raised so the blisteringly hot air from outside still hits your armpits and allows them to dry out because you’re sweating from not having an air-conditioned car. Actually, the air condition DOES work - it just causes the car to...
Awwww….iTunes :-) My Genius Mix decided to play “So Yesterday” by Hilary Duff. And memories of my first year teaching, hanging out with one of my homeroom kids after school listening to Radio Disney and playing games on the web. Good times :-) I wonder if he remembers?
Being a writer and not writing :-\
Ever had stuff on your mind that you can’t quite figure out how to share because you haven’t found the right words to make it at least semi-coherent? Yeah, that’s how I’ve been lately…
Off Limits is published on Yahoo! Associated...
So, I got my story accepted by Yahoo! Associated Content and it’s live on the web now!! If you haven’t read it, please give it a read! And if you HAVE read it, well, you can experience the magic one more time :-D It’s a short, humorous science-fiction story about an inquisitive 6th grade boy who is convinced that the teachers’ lounge harbors aliens inside of it. I...
That Moment Where You Discover Your (Friend's)...
I was talking to my friend last night and we were watching one of Apple’s video previews of Mac OS X 10.7 (aka Lion). It was the one where Apple’s demonstrating the various gestures that are being incorporated into the new OS…very similar to the iPad except you use the trackpad and not the screen. Pretty cool stuff. I’ve known my friend (let’s call him…Bill)...
Free Education iOS apps on iTunes - only until... →
If you’re a parent, teacher with iOS devices, or simply a kid at heart, get on this guys! Thanks to TUAW for the link!
Dear God, it's me Jamie
Thank you Lord for a beautiful day. It’s amazing how when we trust in You, things just sort of work out.
Tex. fifth-graders learn lessons in finance →
Great teaching in action :-) I’m definitely impressed with the ingenuity and hands-on approach of this lesson. It’s getting kids excited about learning! On the other hand (and no slight against the teacher…this is just a personal thing), it’s slightly uncomfortable for me to think of 5th graders believing that MONEY is the ultimate goal. Again, no slight against the...
Little GameSalad quirks
Oh my dear Gamesalad, why is the “registration point” for your objects in the MIDDLE? Is there a way to change this?
Because iD UCLA 2010 couldn’t be...
Adventures in GameSalad :)
I’m working in GameSalad today, much as I did yesterday. Trying to get a jump on this summer when I’m supposed to be teaching a class on this software. So far…so good. It’s not a completely realized program yet…though it is pretty good. But some things are certainly missing - like when I resize an “actor” on the stage, there’s no easy way to view...
Dear Ms. Victoria Justice, If you happen to...
Poor Unfortunate Souls… :-D
A beautiful song that I've been listening to...
I would not be here tonight If I had to choose. It’s always the bigger things in life That seem to choose you. You can say what you want Believe what you will believe But I’ll take what I want And see what I need to see. When I’m buried in the questions I can’t find the answers; I close my eyes and listen Til I remember Everything was beautiful Notthing seemed...