Saturday, September 06, 2008

Let the Whining Begin

I wouldn't describe myself as a hypochondriac or sickly, but it does seem like I usually get sick sometime during the first few weeks of school. I knew I was in trouble when I had to start teaching my two extra college classes, got jury duty for a murder trial, and my usually unimposing, old-fashioned department chair, who's been my friend for over twenty years, started acting like a dictator. Things have calmed down this week, but I've also had a head cold that I just can't shake. I got kicked off the jury when the prosecutor asked if I knew any criminal defense attorneys. My older brother is one. I'm really proud of him, but that fact definitiely doesn't make me think that indictments are handed down to innocent people very often. That prosecutor didn't know that I was pretty much in her back pocket. The defendent was obviously a gang member, meth was mentioned a lot, and the defense attorney had "reminded" us that we should consider a homeless man's testimony with the same openmindedness as a police officer's. I'm not saying that cops can't be lying jerks, but I do trust them more than drug addicted homeless people. Just call me narrow-minded. I hadn't already made up my mind before the trial started. I'm just saying that I also didn't leave my commom sense at the courtroom door either. I was relieved to be excused.

My school problems will settle down too. My deparment chair doesn't have the stamina to continue with her new-found interest in change. She has never really kept step with changes in education as they've come along as many of us have. It didn't bother me that she was set in her ways. It doesn't hurt kids to have an old-fashioned "drill and kill" teacher every once in a while. For some reason, she has freaked this year. We're figuring that our new principal has suggested to her something that he'd like done, and she doesn't know how to do it. Plus, she isn't familiar with all of the work that those of us who have kept current have done. We wants us basically to throw out everything we've done previously and to follow these "incredible" new textbook she's ordered...which didn't arrived until last week. She's been very dictatorial at our department meetings, something that doesn't fit her very well; and really rubs me and other veterans the wrong way. No worries, we'll wear her down eventually. The best teachers I ever had were not "rule followers." I can play the game and still make learning fun for my kids. You have to trick high school kids into learning. Most of them won't learn when you try to force them, espeicailly thing like knowing grammatical terminology ...all hands up if you're a higly functioning adult and don't know what an intransitive verb is...all of you? If kids didn't learn that when they were eight, maybe we should move on to more advanced stuff. I'm just saying.

Oh, yeah, I forgot that this is a knitting blog. I've knit cake this week. I'm still planing to knit a bakery for my neices. So far I have four cupcakes and a pice of carrot cake. Myabe I should get working a little more on this project.


marit said...

Cute cake:-)
I admire you for being a teacher- that is challenging!

Thimbleanna said...

Well, hmph! All these years I thought that list of verbs I had to memorize in grade school (be, is, am, are...) were intransitive verbs. But I looked it up, and that's not the definition of intransitive verbs. So, I'm raising my hand and waving it around LOL!

That cake is ca-ute! Hope you're feeling better soon!

Hege said...

Cute cake! Your neices are some happy little girls :)

have a great Sunday!

monica said...

That is a very yummy looking cake slice you have knit.

I hope you are feeling better, Every year the DH and I make bets on which of the three kids will be sick first once school begins. so far they are good and I have been sick for 2 weeks. I am glad it is me though and not one of them.

TheBlackSheep said...

*raises hand* But only because I had to keep up with some of the terms when leaning German.

Cute cake! Inkysticks just wrote about the new glow in the dark yarn from Micheal's ( and I thought you you with all of your decorative knitting. Wonder what you could do with it.

Wool Winder said...

The slice of cake is adorable. Good luck with school. I hope it settles down for you.

Karen said...

Cute cake and a great addition to the knit bakery!

Britt-Arnhild said...

Knitting cakes. That's too funny :-)

Willow said...

Hi there! Why Yes, I do know what an intransitive verb is. I run, I walk, I talk; I understand intransitive verbs (understand is transitive)!

The cake is cute!

Flower is my sil's blog name. If you check her blog url it will show her real name with the name flower. She 'copied me' as my real name isn't Willow.

I'm home and ready to go to school tomorrow!

Tracy said...

Sounds like you need a real piece of cake! ;o) Such a lot going on...Hope this smooth over soon...In the meantime, knit more cake! :o) We're just back from vacation...and feeling the jet lag, but it's great to be in blogland again! Happy Days ((HUGS))