Moving along. Forward perhaps, side ways or up. It is good for sure. Destination not so much as the journey.
Friday, November 09, 2012
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Saturday, September 15, 2012
So we are in a meeting on Friday. School wide we are implementing the Rachel's Challenge. It is a great program based on loving care and helpful expression. Part of the initiative is the creation of a chain. For each act of kindness a link is created. Each link connecting people and deeds. Another local middle school is also taking part in the program and they are creating a chain. My first thought is to join the chains together. What goodness can come from this. Others in y building expressed that they just wanted to beat the other school in creating the longest chain. Making acts of kindness a competition. That just sits wrong with me. Defeating the purpose and meaning of expression by attaching it to something devoid of kindness. Bending the nature of a children to elevate ones own desire for recognition and achievement. so very odd to me. I do not think that is the way karma wants to be treated.
Wednesday, September 05, 2012
I have not processed everything yet and much requires some research. Some things struck me during the presentation.
The % of students not ready for college classes and in need of remediation. - I am wondering how many students go to college from High School. Of that percent how many are AP Students? Do any AP students require remediation?
What is the ACT score required to get into college? Does ACT then reflect knowledge. What ACT score cut off number reflects remediation?
Do we need to have a pre-college type institution?
Literacy. The focus is on fiction writing. Speaker says that fiction writing in newpaper and mass consumables is written at 5th grade level. If students only consume fiction writing they will not get anything above 5th grade. At what level is most non-fiction written? At what level of writing is most Television produced?
Speaker gave example of Shakespeare. She taught Romeo and Juliet. She said student could not understand it and would give handouts and materials that explained the writing. Students did not then have to read and comprehend the play as they had the "cliff notes" provided by the teacher. So she admits she was not capable to teaching Shakespeare.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Thursday, July 05, 2012
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
It is time for the RV to go to another home. A new owner. One who will care for it. I need to make the decision to let it go.
Thursday, April 05, 2012
I heard briefly, during the lenten season pulling the weeds to prepare the grounds for the spring to come.
Pulling the weeds of life that are no longer useful to daily living.
Friday, March 30, 2012
What are they? Spoken and unspoken. How do we communicate these to folks? How can a community decide what they are and put them into effect? If everyone who is a stakeholder does not follow the rules or enforce the rules what purpose is served? Do we have a rule to just have a rule and it serves no purpose? Was it good once and the changes in the mores and norms make the rule obsolete? Does the rule maker see the purpose for the rule and yet when implemented the rule is a silly construct that inhibits and harms more then not?
Thursday, March 29, 2012
The house is good. Mara really has it looking good. I was able to plant some vines over spring break and hope they grow well.
School is good. Very busy time of year.
Friday, March 09, 2012
I have a headlight out on the truck. Dropped by the toyota dealer in Edmond to get it fixed. Wandering around a couple look familiar. Johnny Edwards is sitting there. They live in Elk City. Johnny is the son of Florence and Charlie. His sister was Mary. Growing up in Cordell, Florence was my "cookie lady". We moved from there after third grade. It was amazing to bump into Johnny and his wife.
I think about Florence and those times often. The times growing up and learning and playing. Memoeries flood back. Bright lights in my life.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
Folks want wireless in the classroom and yet the schools themselves do not have wireless devices nor will they provide them. Leaving all the wireless need to the individual to provide.
Folks like David Warlick and Wes Fryer have information everywhere. It is amazing they have been able to catalogue and keep vast amounts of resources. Feeling the need to consolidate and publish for others to access.
Thinking what to present. It is not new to me so I wonder what good would it do to present and realize that it may be new to others. Finding something to present is the trick.
Friday, February 03, 2012
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
The bank just has to wait out the current market. Of course houses fall into disrepair during this time which will put general contractors and handymen to work when the houses sell.
The cycle on this is odd too. Just a for instance.
fellow owns land. Holds onto it for a long time. sells it for a very good price to a developer. Developer sells lots to builders at a higher price, developer builds a house on spec and then sells it to folks at a higher price, or not and losses tons of money. People get the house on a mortgage from a bank. Folks find they can not make the payments on the mortgage so the house goes to the bank. The bank does not want to own the house. But they can not sell it for what it is worth or what is left owed on the house. If they sell it for less money then what is owed on it they will owe someone money somewhere.
It is like the Potter Field problem. Your money is not really in the bank. Your money is in the houses, your money is in the cars, your money is in some Super PAC.