Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Alternative Energy

YOU are the future. Your parents, your grandparents, even your bothers and sisters, they are not going to change anything about the future, but you are, because you want to. Soon you will have the knowledge to make the change. You guys are the future, it's a big responsibility, but it is yours.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Why do you have to be like that?

Some days in your class, all I feel like I do is correct behavior. Why you gotta be like that? All I want to do is laugh and learn. Somebody does something that just blows my Zen. Some guy wrote this book about the simple rules of life----

All I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten.
Share everything.
Play fair.

Don't hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Clean up your own mess.
Don't take things that aren't yours.
Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.
Wash your hands before you eat.
Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
Live a balanced life - learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.
Take a nap every afternoon.
When you go out in the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together.
Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: the roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.
Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup - they all die. So do we.
And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned - the biggest word of all - LOOK.

Everything you need to know is in there somewhere. The Golden Rule and love and basic sanitation. Ecology and politics and equality and sane living. Take any one of those items and extrapolate it into sophisticated adult terms and apply it to your family life or your work or government or your world and it holds true and clear and firm. Think what a better world it would be if we all - the whole world - had cookies and milk at about 3 o'clock in the afternoon and then lay down with our blankies for a nap. Or if all governments had as a basic policy to always put things back where they found them and to clean up their own mess. And it is still true, no matter how old you are, when you go out in the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.

[Source: "ALL I REALLY NEED TO KNOW I LEARNED IN KINDERGARTEN" by Robert Fulghum. See his web site at ]

Keep your hands and feet to yourself and your voices at a decent decibel and everything will be alright with me :)

Friday, October 5, 2007

Workbook Pages

How hard is it to open a book and answer a few questions? It is not like the questions are really that hard. Okay, some of the questions are really hard, but, if you read the text or ask a few questions before you turn in the assignment you will earn a good grade.

So the school district spends a bucket of money on workbooks and textbooks for YOU.

In the scope of life, doing your homework will make a difference. Not only will you understand what I am talking about, but other people out there in the world actually use the same vocabulary that are found on these pages that are assigned. I don't really care about grades. It is just a symbol on a paper but, what i do care about is that you learn in my class.

Turning in your workbook pages is what makes the difference of having a "D/F" or a "A/B" in my class. This is what your parent's care about, they can't see what you are doing in my class or in other classes, thus the symbol on the paper.....and for some of you guys out there you should be glad I don't give out "G's"

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

An afternoon of trash pick up

Worthless or discarded material or objects; refuse or rubbish.
Something broken off or removed to be discarded

We picked up a bunch of trash today. Not just on the beach, but everywhere around school. Last week Ms Mauro's classes picked up too, every where that we did today.

Where does it come from? How did it get there? Why is there so much?

Where do you put your trash? Do you always make sure it gets into a receptical that will be emtied and taken to an appropriate place to be disposed of properly?

Do you always through your stuff away? And, where is AWAY? Sounds like a field trip to me :)

One more thing, I just want to say, "I was wrong! A.M. Honors class is WAY better!"

Tuesday, October 2, 2007


What is it?
How do you make it?
Why would you want to?
Where does this fit into science?

Solid, Liquid, Gas.....
So we made Oobleck...can you really tell what is a solid and liquid now and how it gets to be either a solid or a liquid. What about a gas, can Oobleck be a gas? (hint: Only if you eat it.) Is there anything else out there besides sand and water that acts like this substance we call Oobleck?

Do you love the way Oobleck feels in your hands? What about when it drys there?

Tell me something about Oobleck.