Friday, February 27, 2015

All 44?


In honor of Presidents' Day (Monday the 16th), they had all sorts of stuff on the internet. Including a couple quizzes.

The first one asks you to name all of them. Which was a nice challenge to me. Turns out you don't have to go in order, and if you type one of the names that more than one president had, it fills in both at the same time. I did pretty well, missing only 3 (the 3 I usually miss, so I wasn't too surprised).

The second one is a straight up identify. They give a list of presidents and some recognizable historical figures, and you have to click on the presidents only. And that one I went 43/43. (Yes, there have been 44 presidents, but one had two non-consecutive terms.) Because I'm better at recognizing than coming up with names on my own.

And for everyone outside of the U.S., and those that just don't want to test their knowledge, is one of those "can we guess who you are by the pictures you choose?" ones. Which seems to not be very accurate, at least from the comments I saw. It thinks I'm a teen girl. 17ish. Well, at least it got the female part right. There was another that pegged me as a teen boy.

So:

  1. Name All the Presidents
  2. Pick the U.S. Presidents Without Missing One
  3. Can We Guess Who You Are by the Pictures You Pick?

Thursday, February 26, 2015

All Alone


ELD. English Language Development. So, while they spoke English, they weren't fluent. This was the advanced group.

They had two worksheets. One of them asked them to write a story. The prompt asked them to imagine that they had a time machine and that they could go to any time past or future. When would they go? What would they do? Etc.

One boy was incensed by the question. Time travel is not possible, he explained. I agreed, but explained that this was a story, and he could make things up.

But he wasn't having it. It took a bit for me to get what was bothering him, but eventually I got the gist of what he was saying.

He could imagine someone building a machine that could take someone back in time. But, he argued, once you got there, you'd be all alone. Because the people in the past are now dead, so they wouldn't be there when you got there. Because they are now dead.

It's an interesting theory. One I haven't seen in any of the time travel theories before.

I, of course, argued that if you go back in time, you're going to the time when those people would have been alive. But he wasn't having it. He insisted that if you went back in time, you'd find empty cities.

Of course, he was all about how the Illuminati are real and various other conspiracy theories too. Not that one has to do with the other.

Sometimes I'm amazed at how their minds work.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Beanies and Barefoot Sandals

So, when one knits things that are items to be worn, one has to find models when one wants to show off those items. At least, if one wants those items to look like they should look.

Take, for example, a simple beanie...


It doesn't really show you what it looks like, does it? Now, if someone, like, for example, my father wears it...



Then you get a better idea of scale. And how the thing looks on.

A couple years back I knitted some barefoot sandals...


And tried to show them off taking selfies of my feet (this is hard to do)...


But it just didn't work. No, I needed someone to help me out...


Better? How about this?


Well, I guess I'd like them better on someone else's feet.

The beanie is on sale at my shop now. The barefoot sandals are currently inactive. (They'll be back on sale come summer time.) Although, I do have something seasonal currently active...


What do you think of my pictures? Please be honest. I know they still need work.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Predicting Movies


At the heart of much speculative fiction (and fiction in general) is a question. What if? On Tuesdays I like to throw one out there and see what you make of it. Do with it as you please. If a for-instance is not specified, feel free to interpret that instance as you wish. And if you find this becomes a novel-length answer, I'd appreciate a thank you in the acknowledgements ;)

This is one of those random thoughts I have from time to time. But first, have you heard of Nostradamus? He was famous for a book of prophecies that was published in 1555. There has been much debate about whether he did predict various world events or not. That's not what my question is about.

First, let's suppose that Nostradamus was a prophet and he could see the future...

What if the visions Nostradamus had of the future were exclusively of our movies?

Monday, February 23, 2015

Not a Freak


It was an 8th grade English class, but the day's lesson was not on literature. The class took a multiple intelligence quiz to help pinpoint their learning styles.

In case you're not familiar, there are 8 types, and each has its own strengths and weaknesses. Most of us have more than one dominant type. While most of you have probably heard of some of this before, these students were largely new to the concept. So, after they took the quiz, we discussed various aspects of each type.

We got to intrapersonal. As with all of them, I had one student read the description...

"Oh, these are the freaks."

The girl who said this had been difficult all period. She was roaming the room at the tardy bell, and seemed oblivious to my attempts to get her to participate in the class.

Me: "So, I'm a freak? Gee, thanks."

She at least had the decency to act chagrined. Not that she tried to backtrack the statement or anything.

Sigh.

Not that I know I'm intrapersonal. It's not usually what pops up when I take these things (and I didn't take this one as I was busy taking care of the class), but there are some aspects that I identify with. I identify with many aspects of most of the categories, though. And I'm sure there were some students in the class who were largely intrapersonal, so there was no way I was going to let that statement pass without challenging it.

But now I wonder what intelligence she was dominate in. Hmmm...

Edit: The links should take you to the various intelligences if you're interested in learning more about them. And I just found this self-assessment that takes 5 minutes (and rated me just about how I'd expect).

Friday, February 20, 2015

Trivia Crack


Business math. This is a class filled with juniors and seniors who need an extra year of math but don't want to take a class like algebra 2 or calculus.

The teacher has uploaded all the necessary notes to the school's website. And she's obtained permission for her classes to use their smartphones to access those notes in class.

Cool, right?

In theory. In practice...

"My phone can't access the site."

"I don't have a phone."

"The file's too big for me to download."

Of course, there are examples in the textbooks too. I could help them out. They could double up and get the notes along with a friend who has a phone that will work. Two boys asked for and were granted permission to go to the library to access the Internet there. But what did the majority of the class do?

Trivia Crack.

Apparently, their phones work just fine for the Trivia Crack app.

"It's educational..."

And it's the last day before a four-day weekend. And they have a sub. And they're not that into math anyway.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Tabloid Fodder


Freshman English. They had a vocabulary assignment. Instead of the usual "use these 10 vocab words in sentences", their teacher had given them 10 prompts. Things like: "Describe a time when you would want a meeting to adjourn early." (Adjourn was their vocab word.)

"What's a tabloid?"

A quick perusal of the assignment led me to prompt #9: "Describe a celebrity who is always giving fodder to the tabloids." Fodder was their vocab word.

There seems to be one or two questions that every period has. For this day it was the tabloid question. So, by 6th period the explanation of the term tabloid became part of my opening remarks.

6th period was different than the other periods. First of all, I had their complete attention when I did my usual opening bit. Then, they worked silently. This was not one of those assignments where they were required to work silently. Even their teacher had said they could work together.

I should not have been surprised, but I was. A little more than halfway into the period, I got the tabloid question again.

Um... Didn't I go over that?

The girl sitting next to him did out loud what I only did in my head. "She explained at the beginning of the period." And then explained so that I wouldn't have to.

So, I came away with two thoughts. Even when I explain and think they're listening, not all of them are. And when did kids stop being aware of tabloids? Is it because it's all online? Does anyone know? (If you have a teen in the house, do they know what a tabloid is?)