Thursday, September 20, 2007

Meanwhile, in Japan...

Japan's Yokozuna (or top sumo) Asashoryu isn't behaving. He is out of the game right now and might not come back. I feel lucky that I was able to see him in Osaka. The paper says that one of the behaviours he has (or hasn't) been displaying that has caused upset is as follows...

Most seriously, he has been accused of failing to adopt the humble and dignified attitude expected of a yokozuna, and to act as a good role model for the sport.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Mac Meltdown

As Del would say... B*&%$# computers!!!

Last night my apple died. It just won't turn back on. It tries but dies. I installed iLife 8 yesterday. Maybe that was the problem. Anyone got any ideas? I need help. My two laptops are like my left and right arms. Equally important to me.

Pleeeeeaaaaase help!

Friday, September 07, 2007

Look out Christchurch... here I come!

Sunday evening we fly out. We are only staying in NZ for three nights and the time is going to be action-packed with visits to quite a few schools. Needless to say, I am very excited to visit Christchurch. I have never been to NZ and I am glad to be getting a taste for the land of Footrot Flats by visiting the South Island. No doubt I will head back there at some point to take my time looking around. I will be back Wednesday evening and I'll post a few of my own photos.

Up in the air I fly......

Monday, September 03, 2007

Survivor - Fantastic

As sent to me by Carley...

Have you heard about the next planned "Survivor" Show?

Three businessmen and three businesswomen will be dropped in a primary school classroom for 1 school year. Each businessperson will be provided with a copy of his/her school's curriculum and a class of 28 students.

Each class will have a minimum of five learning-disabled children, three with A.D.D., one gifted child, two who speak limited English. Three students will be labelled with severe behaviour problems.

Each business person must complete lesson plans at least 3 days in advance, with annotations for curriculum objectives and modify, organise or create their materials accordingly. They will be required to teach students, handle misconduct, implement technology, document attendance, write referrals, correct homework, compute grades, complete report cards, document benchmarks, communicate with parents, arrange parent/teacher interviews. They must also stand in their doorway between class changes to monitor students.

In addition, they will complete fire drills, attend swimming carnivals, sport carnivals and be available to participate in after school activities. They must attend workshops, staff meetings and attend curriculum development meetings. They must also tutor students who are behind and strive to get their 2 non-English speakling children proficient enough to pass a basic literacy test. If they are sick or having a bad day they must not let it show.

Each day they must incorporate reading, writing, maths, science and social studies into the program. They must maintain discipline and provide an educationally stimulating environment to motivate students at all times. If all students do not wish to co-operate, work or learn, the teacher will be held responsible.

The business people will only have access to the public golf course on the weekends, but with their new salary, they may not be able to afford it. There will be no access to customers who want to take them out to lunch, and lunch will be limited to thirty minutes, which is not counted as part of their work day. The business people will be permitted to use the toilet as long as another survival candidate can supervise their class.

If the copier is operable, they may make copies of necessary materials before, or after school. However, they cannot surpass their monthly limit of copies. The business people must continually advance their education, at their expense, and on their own time.

The winner of this Season of Survivor will be allowed to return to their job!!!!!!!!!