caramida: (cold war)
posted by [personal profile] caramida at 06:36am on 26/09/2011
Twenty-eight years ago today, we barely averted a global thermonuclear war. And by we, I mean Stan. This may sound trite, but remember today that one person can make a difference.
Music:: - a steady drone -
Mood:: 'grateful' grateful
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posted by [personal profile] caramida at 07:31am on 16/11/2010 under ,
It occurs to me that the students who today ask why their work wasn't graded over the weekend, are the same people who, ten years hence, will complain how teachers have it easy because they only work six hours a day.
caramida: (teacher)
posted by [personal profile] caramida at 06:06pm on 21/08/2010
Stealthcomic has a good calculation of the after-hours time requirements inherent in teaching.

I could do the math on what the overtime pay would be for all those extra hours that we're expected to put in, but I won't waste the time. Suffice to say that even those rare teachers that are making 100k a year* have earned their due, and perhaps more.

*chuckles and shakes head at the very idea.
Music:: Scherzo No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 31 - Abbey Simon
caramida: (oaklandish)
posted by [personal profile] caramida at 12:19pm on 10/08/2010 under ,
Forbes Magazine rates my town, Oakland, in the Top Five Coolest Cities in the US.

#1 was a tie between NY & Vegas
#3 went to Seattle (using a picture from the one sunny day they had last year)
#4 was taken by Chicago
#5 was Oakland.

Six through ten went to Orlando, San Diego, LA, and DC.

San Francisco didn't even rate.

(Technically, if you read the pop-up, they call it the SF-Oakland statistical area. Even so, an editor decided to choose Oakland over her sister on the far side of Goat Island.)

In your face, peninsulares!

Ok. I'll admit, Forbes isn't exactly an arbiter of cool, and their rankings don't really mean much of anything anyway, but a guy's gotta have something. I'm constantly trying to defend my town from folk who claim Oakland isn't safe enough, or cool enough, or cultured enough.
location: Oakland, CA
Mood:: 'pleased' pleased
Music:: Nocturnes, Op. 15: No. 2 in F-Sharp Major - Peter Schmalfuss
caramida: (politics)
posted by [personal profile] caramida at 05:59am on 09/06/2010 under , ,

State Ballot Measures - Statewide Results

98.2% ( 22,479 of 22,894 ) precincts partially
or fully reporting as of June 9, 2010, at 5:43 a.m.
Visit their County Reporting Status page to determine if a county has submitted a final report or returns.

Proposition TitleYes
Yes13 Property Taxes and Seismic Retrofit of Buildings3,155,33384.5%581,30515.5%
Yes14 Primary Election Participation2,050,39854.2%1,735,59645.8%
No15 California Fair Elections Act1,575,14742.6%2,115,04057.4%
No16 Local Electricity Providers1,800,20547.4%1,993,05352.6%
No17 Auto Insurance Pricing1,820,33647.8%1,980,24852.2%
location: home
Mood:: informative
caramida: (teacher)
posted by [personal profile] caramida at 01:57pm on 09/05/2010 under , ,
The winner of the Audience Award at this year's Sundance Film Festival was Davis Guggenheim's Waiting for Superman. This film is a documentary following the stories of five families across the country as they try to find the best schools and opportunities they can for their children. The film discusses some of the challenges our nation faces as we continue to let schools fail, and hopefully brings some ideas for fixing the problem. The film does feature Jeffrey Canada's work in Harlem, which holds some promise, for sure.

Waiting for Superman is not out yet; apparently still waiting on a distributor. Nonetheless, They released the trailer yesterday. You can find it here.

If you want to share your reactions to the trailer, feel free to do so here. I'd love to hear from you.
Music:: Me & Julio Down By the Schoolyard by Paul Simon
Mood:: 'thoughtful' thoughtful
location: Northern California
caramida: (constitution)
posted by [personal profile] caramida at 10:41pm on 30/03/2010 under ,
...the urge to re-touch an image goes a little too far.

cut for those who don't want to have to see this sort of thing )
Mood:: 'bitchy' bitchy
Music:: Blitzkrieg Bop - Ramones
location: home
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posted by [personal profile] caramida at 04:47pm on 08/02/2010 under
[ profile] warthog_rugby is a feed for a local Oakland kids rugby team. The blog talks about the benefits of kids rugby, and explores some of their travails in trying to get the City of Oakland, and/or OUSD to allow them a place to play.

I enjoyed the posts I got to read, and I look forward to seeing the future exploits of Coach Spencer and his team. Though I'm not a rugger myself, I am a big fan and supporter of student extracurricular activity in its myriad forms.
Music:: The Voice of the Revolution #39: January 2010
Mood:: supportive
location: home
caramida: (teacher)
posted by [personal profile] caramida at 07:44pm on 29/01/2010 under , , ,
Wanted: Someone who can help me figure out what I need to turn an iPad into a teaching appliance. I have a nebulous list of features in my head (including running in-classroom A/V switching and management), and I'd love to see it put into practice. I just don't have the tools or knowledge to implement this.

Anyone game?
location: home
caramida: (teacher)
So says, [ profile] casnow. Still, this is pretty drafty.

Read more... )
Mood:: 'satisfied' satisfied
location: home


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