Alan Sitomer's Blog – February 2010 Archive (14)

OK... I'm Baaaaaccckkk!!



Obviously, I am some kind of addict…
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Added by Alan Sitomer on February 26, 2010 at 6:00am — No Comments

And so I pause...



I am going to take a break from blogging for…
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Added by Alan Sitomer on February 23, 2010 at 6:30am — No Comments

I just got spit on. That's right, spit on. By a student.



I just got spit on. That's right, spit on.…
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Added by Alan Sitomer on February 19, 2010 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

When Peers Face the Dragon... and Come Out on the Other Side



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Added by Alan Sitomer on February 17, 2010 at 6:30am — No Comments

CATE - The California Association of Teachers of English



I am at CATE today, at the The California Association of Teachers of English…
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Added by Alan Sitomer on February 13, 2010 at 6:30am — No Comments

Give me kids any day of the week.



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Added by Alan Sitomer on February 10, 2010 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

All heed Nancie Atwell - and ignore her work at our collective peril.



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Added by Alan Sitomer on February 9, 2010 at 6:00am — No Comments

Whoosh! Ka-BOOM! The sound of a deadline colliding with reality.

As a writer, one of my favorite quotes about writing comes from Douglass Adams. He says: "I love deadlines. I especially like the whooshing sound they make as they go flying by."



Too funny, right?



Well, it seems as if George Dubya Bush, once again, has a preposterous amount of egg on his face. Why? Because he set forth a ridiculous deadline that no one in the field of education (no one worth their salt, I should say) ever though would possibly be made and… Continue

Added by Alan Sitomer on February 5, 2010 at 6:30am — No Comments

A Friday Smile...

One day at school, the children in class began to identify the flavors of Life Savers by each of their colors:



Red.....................Cherry

Yellow.................Lemon

Green...................Lime

Orange ..............Orange



Finally the teacher gave them all HONEY lifesavers. None

of the children could identify the taste.



The teacher said, 'I will give you all a clue. It's what your

mother may sometimes call your… Continue

Added by Alan Sitomer on February 5, 2010 at 6:00am — No Comments

"Cause our stupid schools sure ain't," she said.

Last weekend I took my daughter to LACMA (the Los Angeles County Museum of Art). I hadn't been in a decade and WOW, was I blown away by the incredible experience.



LACMA is a really good museum. And I like really good museums. Why I haven't been in more than 10 years, I have no idea.



Anyway, LACMA lured us to their museum with an offer of free art for kids. (My daughter's 3 1/2 so what a great way to spend a Sunday, right?) Of course, it was… Continue

Added by Alan Sitomer on February 4, 2010 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Single-Taskers Will Rule the World!

I am kicking around a new book idea about the need for single-tasking in a world where people sing the praises a bit too loudly about the ability to multi-task.



(But since I kick around new book ideas all the time, it's probably best just to blog about it and see if the itch is still there to scratch at the end of this post.)



Multi-taking, in the modern world, is something we all do. Talking on the phone while googling an address as someone speaks to you from the… Continue

Added by Alan Sitomer on February 3, 2010 at 6:30am — No Comments

The encroachment of cynicism on my writing

Look, let's be honest for a minute. If you have been reading me for any length of time at all you have probably noticed that the past wee bit has seen a more cynical, jaded bite -- a sharpened, more cutting blog-edge tone, if you will.



I admit it. I've darkened.



But the thing is, well... there are a few things. For one, if we are going to be really honest, this freakin' job is freakin' hard. And between the budget cuts and the bastards and the buffoons, it would… Continue

Added by Alan Sitomer on February 2, 2010 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Make 'em do what they mandate us to do and watch what they mandate morph.

How can anyone be expected to manage a situation that they do not really understand?



And how can anyone really understand a situation unless they are actually in that situation?



It is for this reason that I believe ALL school administrators should be required to teach at least one class in K-12 schools.



Yep, the Principal needs to teach a class.

The Vice Principals need to teach a class.

The Superintendent and their cabinet of decision-makers… Continue

Added by Alan Sitomer on February 1, 2010 at 6:00am — No Comments

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