Tar and Abby

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

warning, she's on another education rant!



Boy, do I have an opinion about this article...  - "Teacher hiring should be more scientific."


"The National Commission on Teaching and America's Future estimates one-third of all new teachers leave after three years, and 46 percent leave within five years."

It talks about screening for teacher hiring. It should be 'screening for teacher education admission'.

About 3/4s of the way thru our masters in teaching course (you need a BA or BS in anything to apply) our instructor did an extrovert vs. introvert test. Most of the class ended up on the extrovert side. A few of us were on the introvert side. They should have tested for more. And earlier. My student teaching experience was a disaster and I've run into other people who had the same.

So before you spend $15,000 (my masters course) maybe the universities should screen some
more, really look, ask questions, help the future teacher reflect and explore. The 46 percent loss is telling you something.

(But - the money wasn't totally wasted - I am a good tutor. I've had teenagers, violent kids, sad kids, scared kids, mad bomber kids. Right now I have two adorable third graders with reading issues.)




Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2014/10/29/3230155/study-teacher-hiring-should-be.html#storylink=cpy"

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

This is a job - steeplejack

The Amercian flag flies over one of our bridges over the Columbia River.
Then it broke after about 10 years. How to fix it?
The state advertised and found a 'steeplejack' in CA who flew up and fixed it on
one of our windy days (the day before we recorded 64 mph just north of us)
Said it was 'just another day at the office' for him. 
:-)

Friday, October 24, 2014

Found this article interesting

Teacher spends two days as a high school student and is shocked at what she learns.

I have tutored all ages of school kids.
Right now I'm blessed with two adorable third graders.

I agreed with all of this article.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Zombie politics in WA state


Well, why not?

— Zombies have become a political issue in a state Senate race in Spokane.
Incumbent Republican Sen. Michael Baumgartner is challenged by Democrat Rich Cowan, whose North by Northwest production company helped film "Z Nation" for the Syfy Channel in Spokane.
KXLY reports (http://bit.ly/1x8xxH3) Cowan touts the hundreds of jobs the TV show brought to the city. Baumgartner says the zombie jobs are temporary and created with a taxpayer subsidy.
Cowan says the second season of "Z Nation" will likely be produced in Spokane."

Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2014/10/22/3216935_politicians-fight-over-the-zombie.html?sp=/99/177/&rh=1#storylink=cpy

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

candy corn or beer?


What do you think they will decide?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Barbie and Halloween

Going around the interwebz.

Barbie had a hard life around here. She was often found tied to a chair (I called those Barbie in Bondage) so Ken could rescue her. She was launched into space tied to a rocket. Her remains lived in a haunted dollhouse we had for many years. This definitely looks like something the tribe would have done had they thought of it.