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so i kind of love the jonas brothers. they are such snappy dressers and i really like the new cd. true story. great pop music. yes, i know, maybe instead of teaching seventh grade i will be in it!

also, i think death cab's i will follow you into the dark is the most romantic, positive spin of atheism i've heard.
dratini

middle school books

i've been trying to cram my head full of middle school books to prepare myself for my seventh graders in less than a month. it has been amazing. i was sad to shelf some of my own reading for the middle school books, but in the past two weeks i've read some of the best books i have ever found. there was an interesting article in the times about authors writing books and finding that they were put in young adult classifications even though they had not written them for that audience in particular. i feel like these books are just amazing for anyone to read.

I just finished the The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, which can probably be read in an hour or so. i was like -oh another cute velveteen rabbit type story, and i like stories like that, but it was really so much more interesting and surprisingly dark and so much more touching.

I also read The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. Reading the book jacket enticed me because that familiar description is missing, and in it's place:
The story of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is very difficult to describe. Usually we give some clues about the book on the jacket, but in this case we think that would spoil the reading of the book. We think it is important that you start to read without knowing what it is about.

If you do start to read this book, you will go on a journey with a nine-year old boy called Bruno. (Though this isn’t a book for nine-year-olds.) And sooner or later you will arrive with Bruno at a fence.

Fences like this exist all over the world. We hope you never have to encounter such a fence.


It is not difficult to pick up what the book is about early on, and I usually don't like holocaust fiction because i just think it's one of those subjects where there is enough nonfiction out there that does it in the most powerful way. but this book surprised me.
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i am feeling so energized by the welcoming attitude at guilderland - but especially by the perspectives of the administrators and fellow teachers who were there today to talk about what kind of building it is and offer ten different kinds of help. it is not a competitive place or a building where teachers don't share or collaborate with each other. we even get paid to collaborate and they allocate forty minutes a day for us to to collaborate with anyone else in the building. and i know from having the same supervisor when i student taught here that it is never about administrators saying GOTCHA! and telling you what you suck at but that they always try to help you be the best that you can be. that sounds cheesy to the max but it is amazing to see how much they believe in their teachers and how much freedom they give them. they paid me over 200 dollars a day every day this week and bought me books so that i could talk about cooperative learning and meet other teachers in the district.


ps if anyone wants to see the dark knight this weekend, i think you should buy tickets to the xfiles movie and sneak into the dark knight because the juggernaut that is batman should not stomp on my hopes and dreams and opportunities for future xfiles movies. batman doens't need any more profits. sincerely, a dork.
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wooo i am disgustingly excited..and not even about my reading comprehension and literacy workshop almost being over (today is the last day!) ...but rather about being a huge dork. new x-files movie and apparently I do have new teacher training the next morning. It remains to be seen whether or not I will stay up til 3am to see a midnight showing of the movie... but i know which way i am leaning :)

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dratini

mark rylance

i really enjoyed mark rylance in boeing boeing, so when i heard he won a tony award last night i decided to check out his speech on youtube. i had no idea what the guy was doing, but i loved the end of it, so i looked it up and he was reciting a poem by a guy named louis jenkins.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TU9iCgGDjRI

rylance certainly confused a lot of people. i definitely want to check out jenkins, though, because most of the time i don't think i like poetry at all, but poems that don't take themselves so seriously and yet say something ... i don't know how to describe it but i guess humor is always the way i like to get at truths. jenkins also has this fantastic bat poem that i found. i think i like this one precisely because i have a soft spot for bats. haha im lame and i love it.

Bat
There's a bat circling in the early dark, between the pine tree, the spruce and the maple. He seems happy enough gobbling up perhaps hundreds of mosquitoes on each turn around. But maybe it's Dracula. You have to think about that. Maybe Dracula doesn't transform himself into a bat, instead maybe the bat becomes Dracula. He has to go home soon, put on his little suit and tie and wander around the empty castle muttering to himself in a strange accent. And later, of course, there will be guests for dinner.

....

awesome! i will have to check out some more from this guy. i'm beginning to crystallize that which i value most in the world: people not taking themselves too seriously, humility (maybe number one), reflection, and humor. sure, i fail at these things very often but reflection being on the list proves that i won't always fail at the rest. i'm trying to stay positive with this list, so maybe that is another one to add to it, because it has certainly been prompted by observing the opposite. just saying that makes me feel like an asshole though. i want to stay low to the ground and know that i should never be the first deal out judgments.

it will be so tough to go home on friday, though at times it is tough to stay here away from friends and family. i worry about everything and i hate wanting to be in two places at once. oh life. i sure am lucky.

josh lyman!

went to see boeing boeing yesterday in the city and got pictures with my beloved josh lyman (aka bradley whitford). when i'm back home i'll post them because they make me smile a lot. if only i had said something intelligent to him instead of reverting into a primitive animal. haha jk, that was only in my head. ;) the play is hilarious. i would definitely recommend anyone to go see it if they are in the area. it is about an architect who is juggling 3 flight attendant fiances who are on different flight schedules. the german one is the best. :)
dratini

death penalty logic

im reading a new york times article about the methods by which states lethally inject those prisoners sentenced to death. the court case rests upon the notion that if the first of the three drugs administered does not work, the prisoner will be in serious pain. they also go into whether or not you have taken away someone's dignity by making them twitch with another drug. i just don't get how this is a factor at all when you've decided on the severest possible punishment. you are KILLING someone and you care if they are in pain? i mean, your full-blown ending their life. we want to kill you but we hope it doesn't hurt or cause you discomfort?? how could that make any sense? i know about "cruel and unusual punishment" being illegal and all that, but i just really do not understand this. i'm not going to get into where i stand on support for the death penalty, because i don't know that i can easily articulate it other than to say that it seems we make mistakes with regards to convictions. anyway, off to the DMv!!

and ONE MORE THING that doesn't make sense. why does the grammys have a best new artist award? what does that mean?? feist is nominated in that category and is not "new" unless you mean commercial recognition?? i don't know about the other candidates. ok, i don't know why im ranting about weird things today, but i am. :P
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87% Barack Obama
86% John Edwards
86% Hillary Clinton
85% Chris Dodd
79% Joe Biden
78% Mike Gravel
77% Dennis Kucinich
74% Bill Richardson
46% Rudy Giuliani
36% John McCain
27% Tom Tancredo
26% Mike Huckabee
25% Mitt Romney
15% Ron Paul
15% Fred Thompson

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i finally have a car again, so hopefully i can have a life this week and maybe even work. yup yup yup. if you have a wii, bubble bobble came out for the virtual console and that is AMAZING. whatup NES games.
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