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  1. djhutch's Avatar
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    That's incredible about Math Boy. As with anything if you practice long enough you can become proficient at it, but there are some people who just get it right out of the womb. It's encouraging to me that you're encouraging him in this & that the school district is allowing this to happen. Good for you, Corky.

    As far as the donuts go, there's only one way to be sure.
  2. Timberwolf's Avatar
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    You got lot of work to do, Corky. I am glad you are embracing it, and most importantly, you are enjoying working with young kids, who need all the leadership and wisdom they can get.
  3. Corky's Avatar
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    At the public school I am an elementary gifted education specialist and part-time vice principal as well as being math enrichment specialist. I am also half time at Whitworth University in the Grad School of Education as well as the Psych department. With Summer Session I am very busy so I get very little time off and I basically work every day but it is fun.

    This was a hard year as on our staff of about 32 people we had three come down with cancer and one of those folks died. I am in charge of the Sunshine Committee so that kept me busy. I think 10 or so parents of staffers passed away also this year.
  4. Timberwolf's Avatar
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    I hope you, your colleagues, and the kids have a good summer vacation. It's been a long year, and you folks deserve it.

    May I ask you a question? What do you teach? What level do you teach too?
  5. Corky's Avatar
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    There were some really horrible acts and since I somehow got to be the only person to see it 3 times my brain is completely fried. The student of mine who has Asperger's was going to play the kazoo and he couldn't find his right before the show and had a major fit with screaming and crying right there in the gymnasium. I found one in the garbage in the main hall whole going in to get something else and gave it to him. (I did rinse it off first) and he was happy.

    Great for the kids - Hell for the folks who run it.
  6. Timberwolf's Avatar
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    I am not crazy about Talent shows and all, but on the other hand, it gives others a chance to work at what they are good at. At least, those guys at least will feel good at what they do whether it's good or not, and that's what's really about.
  7. Corky's Avatar
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    The end of terms can be very stressful but it is just part of the job and you deal with it.
  8. Timberwolf's Avatar
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    I know much has been made about students finding studying for exams to be stressful, but it can't be easy for teachers to grade that many Finals along with papers.

    I am sure you will be happy once it's all over.

    In Jersey and in New York, schools end at the end of June. Why? I don't know. Most kids are disinterested by now. When I was in school, I was done with school once baseball season started. I did not care anymore.
  9. Corky's Avatar
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    Second-graders cannot sing. Seemingly they lack a sense of:

    Pitch
    Rhythm
    Timing

    One girl jumped on a pogo stick for a minute.

    2 boys put on a karate demonstration - they walked back and forth and each made a weak kick in the direction of the other. Kicking feet barely reached knee height.

    Wish I could put this on the Internets.

    Tomorrow 3rd, 4th, and 5th.

    Thursday is 1st grade - that is the really amazing one!
  10. jonjd's Avatar
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    The sad, sad truth. I can't imagine how many times I looked like an arse doing what I thought I did pretty darn well. Good luck holding back the laughter.
  11. djhutch's Avatar
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    All that & Sweet Baby Ray's.

  12. Corky's Avatar
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    Here we are. Came out pretty good and we kept some for us, freezing most of it.

    Slicing:



    Brisket Tacos:


  13. Corky's Avatar
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    Still going. Has only been 8 hours now. UP to 180 degrees. Probably done in an hour and then an hour to rest in foil wrap. Then slicing and eating (some, since this is for the year-end party at work). Next weekend I will make two mare and a couple of pork butts and the food will be ready for the big bash!
  14. djhutch's Avatar
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    So how was the brisket? I want details.
  15. DetroitFan's Avatar
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    Well done...