Wednesday, April 28, 2010


I have been subbing for a variety of classes lately, everything from construction techniques to U.S. History. It amazes me what teachers expect (or should I say, don't expect) from a sub. I have watched more movies than I can count. I even talked to one teacher ahead of time, and told him that I was certified in Social Sciences/History, and he said he would make lesson plans where I could actually teach. He still had me show a video for two days, but he allowed me to comment on it as it played. :o( Students and aides in the classes that I sub for tell me that I do a better job than the teacher I am subbing for (not bragging here, just commenting). That is a sad commentary on how complacent some teachers get as they teach day after day. I hope I never get there.

Keep smiling. Have a great day! Stick.

Sunday, April 18, 2010


We have been married for twenty-three years. We celebrated this weekend by going to SLC and spending two days. We ate too much, spent too much, slept too much, and in general had a great time! We cannot believe that 23 years have gone by. We just met a year, or two ago at school. We look at others we know, and are thankful for each other. Many are not even married anymore, and others wish they weren't. We have been very happy for our 23, and look forward to many more to come. To my wife--I love you, and I'm thankful you chose me! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!
I have discovered a Black Hole. It exists right here in our High School. I can make assignment sheets for every student in a class, and give them each one. I even make extras. Within 24 hours, those assignment sheets have disappeared, including the memory of them in every students mind. I can give review sheets for tests, which include all the questions and answers necessary for them to pass the test with ease. Within 24 hours, the sheets are gone, and so are the answers and any memory of them in many of the students.

I had a student sit and goof off while we reviewed for the test. I told the students MANY times that if they studied the review sheet, they would do well on the test. MANY. TIMES. The test contained the EXACT questions from the review sheet, and I gave them the answers when we reviewed. The EXACT ANSWER! This student scored well below the passing score, and had the gall to ask if he could retake the test, because--ready for this--he didn't study. Students who didn't read the book all the way through; students who didn't study, but listened in class to the review both passed this test. Some had an almost perfect score. I think for those that didn't pass, the block hole drained the answers away. Now if we could only get it to work on those ozone depleting CFC's and the liberal press.

Take care. Watch out for those Black Holes. Stick.

Spring In Wyoming

The first official day of spring has come and gone. Wyoming is still confused about this season. Within in the two weeks following the first day of spring, it snowed more than it had all winter, and temperatures dropped down to single digits. Yesterday, it was warm and sunny, and today started out that way. This afternoon, the clouds rolled in with wind, and it has started to cool off again. Last year, we had six inches of snow on June sixth. I guess we just take each good day as it comes. (on a side note, we did see the sure SIGN that spring is really here--ROAD CONSTRUCTION AHEAD.)