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Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Positive Thoughts

When Ariala puked on my shoes I had the perfect opportunity to practice my positive thinking. I instantly sent her a love-filled balloon. I don't know where she lives (and don't want to) but I know it's some place by the Pacific Ocean, since she mentions it in her poetry all the time. Anyway,... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, October 15, 2004

The Ten Most Important Words

The ten most important words, when a teacher addresses a student, or when a parent negotiates with a child are: 1.Contingency 2.Contracts 3.Work 4.When 5.They 6. Are 7. Written 8. Clear 9. And 10. Credible At fall conferences, 2004, I remembered the ten most important words in our lives. This lady,... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, October 11, 2004

I realized, today by reading my blogs, that I have learned something

important about myself! And none too cool either. The fact of the matter is that I have posted, in two weeks time, 25 times. In exactly 48% of these posts, I used the socially despicable characteristic of name-dropping. I have dropped everywhere from Shortskirtsrkewl to Keith Whitley, the Williams... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, October 10, 2004

My 16 year-old turned 16 on Saturday

sale and you could not have written this scenario at your best. Last year, here in the lower half of the upper midwest, we had quite a hail storm last June ('03). Because of the confluence of the ner car "hail sale" discount, and that my 16 year-old was learning to drive, I bought her a new car. We... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, October 3, 2004

Robert Brothers Coffee Bar, or How I helped a Neighbor Build a Barn

Please join us on Saturday nights! Ankeny Blvd, in beautiful downtown Ankeny IA. 50021 Next to the SUBWAY SHOPPE. My friend James (42), autistic savante with bone disease, is the best drummer I've known. He plays what he calls "rhythm blocks" which include plastic and wood, a cowbell, a spash... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, October 2, 2004

New, Improved Blogging!

I Had What I Considered to Be One of the Best Ideas that I could Remember having; something equivelant "hey, you're a boomer! Go to and groove while you write and comment!"; Or "hey don't forget to pick up Krispy Creme Doughnuts, so you can groove while blogging!" Or, "Hey don't... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, September 27, 2004

Gotta Go buy a VCR for Caity

Some of you people are really getting me. I am so happy that what I do is being taken seriously. Thank you all, seriously. Gotta go buy Caity (16) a tv / vcr combo so she and her friend will stay home more, Until tomorrow! Mike Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, September 26, 2004

Good night from Des Moines

Joining Blogit was the best thinking I've done all summer. I spent the summer months playing a cowboy in a classic rock band. Exercise, but precious little satisfaction. Then splintering off and doing a happy hour at a coffee bar. Helping a neighbor make a go of retail coffee is still rewarding,... Sign in to see full entry.

My ESL Pre-Alebra Class

My Pre-Alebra Class consists of Anglo-8th graders who flunked math last year, and non-native language ELL students. It is really going great so far. I told them that they could study at their own pace. My ESL students know about... Sign in to see full entry.

Motivation in education

IBM World Trade Manager for North and South America once told me, "Mike, there are many ways to motivate workers. You have to find the one that matches each individual." Same in classrooms everywhere. Today in classrooms across the nation, for minority students, including non-native students, known... Sign in to see full entry.

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