Thursday, September 29, 2005

Middle School Moments 

So I'm out for a day attending a surprisingly useful conference for newbie yearbook advisors (Why, yes, I am insane). When I return, there's a detailed report from the sub in my mailbox, telling me that the kids have gone so far ahead in their projects -- despite instructions to keep them doing the research -- that it's going to be hell to get them to think about the rhetoric of a good oral presentation with powerpoint now.

In addition, the report notes that "the kids in the back" of my last class were a disaster. No names were taken.

So I ask them, in all innocence: how was the sub? And do they tell me about her pedagogy? Her leadership? Her kind and gentle nature? Her effectiveness (or obvious lack thereof) in guiding them through an activity which I both wrote out clearly for her and went over for twenty minutes with them the day before?

Of course not. Instead, they say: Oh, Mr. F, that sub was hot!

In other news, someone stole all the mouse balls in both my labs while I was gone. Imagine standing up in front of a class of middle school kids and announcing that a) your balls are missing, and b) whoever stole your balls better give them back right now, and you've got a good sense of how my day is going.

posted by boyhowdy | 10:32 AM |

Comments:
That's why I love my optical mice! I read many articles about replacement balls, and gluing the trapdoor closed. That sucks. The sub thing sucks too. I hate when subs don't follow the plans you leave, no matter how explicit.

Oh, and yeah, you are insane. Unless they are paying you a a lot to do the yearbook.
 
I feel your mouseball pain. I just replaced about 5 more. This wasn't a problem until last year. I think it's one kid that figured out how funny it would be, but I NEVER say anything, because that bugs them more than anything else. I'm sure whomever it is is fuming. Anyway, I just requested a purchase order for optical mice and explained why. I ran out of old mice to swipe the balls from, so it was the only option. Heh.
 
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