Monday, October 26, 2009

NaNo NaNo and other Nonsense...

Hello true believers!
October is laying it's tender russet and golden orange head to rest soon giving way to November, the second to the last and almost the best. November is always a juglling act for primarily due to one event, NaNo WriMo, the National Novel Writing Month. During this time, my Creative Writing students and I will undertake the gargantuan task of writing a novel in one month! Yeah, I said novel (50,000 words) in one month. While I cannot claim the luxery of reaching my 50,000 word goal, several of my students last year did and achieved something that a relatively small portion of the population has done; become novelists. Prior to NaNo, November was always about Turkey and my birthday. Now it has become about late night and weekend writing. The level of frustration is, quite frankly, off of the charts but the payoff is equally satisfying. This year I am knocking down 50,000 words, no apologee's and no prisoners taken!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

End of the First Quarter looms...

Hey all,
Just a note about the end of the first quarter. I would first like to congratulate all of you for surviving thus far. The first quarter is always the toughest in my opinnion. If things are panning out the way you planned, Great! Keep at it and don't let up until the Christmas break. If things are not going your way, Great! Now it's time to figure out what is "broken" and fix it! Don't blame your folks and don't blame yours truely. Man up. Most situations demand more time and attention than students sometimes want to give. If it doesn't come easy for you, don't feel badly, it doesn't come easy for most people. Here is my sure fire way to improve your grades, this isn't for everyone, only for those people who really do want to see a change...
1. Keep track of when all of your assignments are due in one notebook.
2. Have your parents hold you accountable for when your work is due.
3. Work smarter! Do you homework as soon as you get it.
4. Meet with your instructors once a week to chart your progress.
5. Do all of your work to the best of your ability. If you lack ability,check into the free tutor programs that our school offers.
6. Feed your body and mind healthier food. Fruits and Veggies for snacks!
7. Go to bed by 10:00. You won't miss me on this one.
8. Make some friends who could help you study for quizzes and tests. It's a give and take on that one; you have to be open to the idea or it won't work.
9. If you have to do homework, block out time to work and time to space out. Doing it in intervals can really help. 3o min's on, 1o min's off.
10. If you can do it in advance,do it!

Once again, it's not an easy list but whoever said doing great things was easy? Make today the first day of doing it differently and in a way that is going to put you where you want to be. You determine your future, don't let others determine it for you. Let's Rock!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Fear and Manipulation in Salem...a love story...

Sorry that it took so long to get this out to you kids. Here are the charts that we came up with for Act I and II! They should help in the construction of the Venn Diagram.