Monthly Archives: April 2009

Grammar Wednesday

Still no word on the charter school job.  I promise; as soon as I hear something, I’ll toss up a post here, even if I have to do it via my phone.

Here’s today’s Grammar Wednesday puzzle.  Can you tell me what’s wrong with this picture?


I stumped a couple of former students with it yesterday, but I suspect this is going to be easy for you.

Happy Wednesday, Everyone!


Filed under Grammar, out in the real world

Counting Chickens

I’m putting this post up at both The Blue Door and A Teacher’s Education, because I have the same story to tell, but I’m not sure that all of you cross over.

My interview ROCKED.  I left with the distinct impression that I’ll be offered the job, though I have to admit that I’m not entirely sure how I feel about that.  I also have to admit that I’m not certain exactly where my hesitancy is coming from, either, so you may have to just put up with me while I write my way through it.

The gig is at a tiny public charter high school in my town (Wayfarer, I’m betting that their charter is similar to yours; it’s heavily rooted in the arts).  The director is interested in me primarily, I think, because she feels that her curriculum lacks a strong foundation in critical thinking and analysis – which are things that my own personal curriculum is stuffed full of.  She’s looking for someone who can integrate the curriculum standards for the state into a program that draws from several different disciplines (the math, history/social studies, English, and science teachers all work together – so if, say, the social studies teacher is working on a unit about the 30’s and 40’s, the science teacher would work on the inventions or discoveries of that time, the English teacher would read novels and plays either written in or set in that era and the math teacher… well, I’m not sure WHAT the math teacher would do, exactly, but it would tie in somehow).  She’s also looking for someone who can give the students a strong foundation in critical reading and analysis, and the writing skills to go with it.

She’s also interested in someone who can create her own curriculum.  Basically, she said that her hope was to print out the state standards, hand them over, and let me do the rest.  The school doesn’t have to teach to the NCLB tests, so there’s not that nonsense to worry about.  Assessments are based far more on performance and demonstration of mastery than tests (which I love, because I hate writing tests almost as much as the kids hate taking them).  She was delighted when I told her about this, and she said that’s exactly the kind of thing she’s looking for.

I can totally do all of that.

I think that my biggest concern is the full-time nature of the job, though, to be fair, the hours required are just about perfect with my priorities as my girls’ mother.  Beanie will be in middle school next year, so she’ll be leaving the house with Punkin’ at 7:00.  The job requires that I be in the building by 7:30, and said building is about 6 minutes away from the middle school, so I don’t see a conflict there.  The girls would likely beat me home, but literally only by a few minutes.  The job also requires that I teach something other than my discipline (in my case, I’d be teaching yoga for the health and wellness program, and may be teaching introductory ASL, but I’ll have to look in to that; my ASL is a bit lot rusty).

I sent an email to my boss at Local U. explaining what’s going on with me and asking him if he’d be willing to stick me with night courses.  His response was pretty favorable – he actually said “You did a good job last fall, and I do want to keep you with us.” – so I’m thinking that I’ll not have to sacrifice my beloved L.U. job to go on this new adventure.

So, the upshot is that now I wait to hear back about whether or not I get the nod.  Trust me; as soon as I know, you’ll know.


Filed under concerns, critical thinking, job hunting, self-analysis


Guess what I’M doing this morning.  Yep, that’s right, boys and girls; Mrs. Chili is going on a job interview.  I’ve put on nice capri trousers and a pretty sleeveless sweater (with a jacket, of course) and I’m even considering mascara (those of you who know me in real life know that make-up is only for special occasions.  Really, it’s a wonder I even have the stuff at all…).

The gig is at a charter high school in my town.  I found out about it because the director of the school – her name is Carrie – is the mom of one of Punkin’ Pie’s friends, and the first time we met, about a year ago, we exchanged “what do you do” small talk; when she found out I’m an English teacher, she lit up like a Christmas tree, but nothing ever came of it.  A few weeks ago, we happened to bump into each other on the way out of the girls’ band concert, and Carrie asked me to email her my resume.  I did, she called back, and I’m going in to see her after I put Beanie on the bus this morning.

I’m not at all nervous.  I think I WILL be, though, if I get offered the job.  I’m not sure where my priorities should be; I’ve not really thought through the possibililty that I could actually be in the running for this position.  I’m not going to get ahead of myself, though; I’ll go in and talk to Carrie and wait and see what happens (though I probably WILL call Tom this afternoon to find out what my L.U. schedule is likely to be this fall; I’d like to have that information in hand if and before Carrie offers me a position).

And away we go!


Filed under colleagues, concerns, job hunting, Local U.

Grammar Wednesday

… two days early.

I COULDN’T wait to post this.

Here’s the scene; I’m at the computer waiting for the oven to beep telling me that the brownies are done, the girls are busy trying to move the huge box that the grill came in up to their room so they can turn it into a fort, and Mr. Chili is watching Pardon the Interruption on the TiVo.

“Babe!’ he yells, “you’ve GOTTA come in and see this!”

I come around the corner to see Tony and Mike telling us that the Washington Nationals baseball team sent out all their players in MISSPELLED UNIFORMS.  Observe:


Tony was incensed; he wants someone fired over it.  I think he’s right.

The question is, though, WHO gets fired?  How many people saw these things before they went out (on television and in front of who knows how many spectators) on the field?  Did the uniform company not catch it?  How about the manager?  One of the players?  The number of times this could have (SHOULD HAVE!) been caught – and wasn’t – is boggling my imagination.



Filed under dumbassery, failure, funniness, out in the real world, popular culture, Yikes!, You're kidding...right?

Irons in the Fire

As of today, my resume is probably languishing in a charter high school, three area colleges, and the community adult education center in my town.


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I’ve only heard back from one of place, and I’m suspecting it’s an automated “we got your resume” sort of email; there is nothing about it that distinguishes it as being sent by an actual person.

I’m strangely optimistic about my prospects.  I will, as always, keep you all updated as events occur!


Filed under job hunting, little bits of nothingness, out in the real world, self-analysis, winging it

Grammar Wednesday

This isn’t so much an error, really, as it is funny.

Mr. Chili called me on Monday to tell me that I needed to drive to the middle school, and that I needed to bring my camera.


He had brought Punkin’ Pie to school and was laughing that it looked as though the person who put up the signs for the local church is also the person who’s putting up the signs for the middle school.

We’re not Christians, but we’re very interested in the Scripture according to the holy book of April Vacation (verses 18-16)!


Filed under funniness, Grammar, out in the real world

Grammar Wednesday

I was at Local U., walking in front of a college student on my way back to my car the other day and listening to her talk to someone on the phone.

“So, David was like “where do you want to go?” and I was like, “I don’t know.  I DON’T want to go to Lisa’s” and he was like “Why?” and I was like “I don’t know; she’s just been bothering me lately.”  I mean, it’s not like I don’t like her or anything, it’s just, like, annoying lately, you know?”

I’m finding that I’m hearing people using the word “like” in a lot of inappropriate (and profoundly annoying) ways lately, and I’m trying to be mindful of my own speech to be certain that it’s not a habit I’m picking up unknowingly.  I’ve noticed that Beanie’s started in with it, too, and I’m trying to gently call her attention to it.

Where do you think this new use of the word “like” comes from?


Filed under bad grammar, concerns, Grammar, out in the real world, popular culture, self-analysis, speaking