Monday, August 31, 2020
Friday, August 28, 2020
Have you ever done a Google Hangout?
I know most people are doing the Zoom thing, but my district decided that they'd utilize the programs they already had, especially since the computers that the students use are Chromebooks. It's a little clunky, but we're all learning how to do things in this new reality we find ourselves in.
In Google Hangouts, there is a messaging capability, where users can type in their thoughts. I knew this was there, but I hadn't really thought much about it.
The boys are broken down into two classes: the freshmen and sophomores, and the juniors and seniors.
The frosh/soph class discovered the messaging. And they've been using it.
So, while I'm talking about the biosphere or absolute values, a little dialog box pops up in the bottom right hand corner of all our screens with some random emoji on it. And then another. And then another.
It's very distracting.
Ronan keeps typing in "Massey= *clown emoji*". Then Massey has to retaliate. The poop emoji has made several appearances. So, then Miles (if you remember my summer session posts, he was the "third boy") has to join the fray. And I'm trying to, you know, teach, so I'm not really reading and deciphering. But they think it's all good fun. . .
Half of me wants to find a way to turn off the messaging. The other half of me is thinking this might be a useful way of checking understanding of concepts during lessons.
I should have known the boys would find some way to goof off during class, even from their own homes via a video conference.
Thursday, August 27, 2020
Juan has been on line, but couldn't join first and now second period because he doesn't have an invitation.Please all teachers, send Juan an invitation link.
Sigh. I send out the meet link daily to all their emails. I sent it to him again. Is he checking his district email?
I had him again fifth period. Did he show? Nope.
It seems like Juan either doesn't understand how any of it works, or he's figured out the way to ditch class without getting penalized in his attendance. I'm not sure which.
When I went to check the work turned in, guess who had done the day's assignment?
It'll be interesting to see if Juan shows up to class next week.
Classes now have the "in person" component, that is when they meet with me in Google Hangouts, and they have their "assignment" component, that is when they do assigned work and turn it in via Google Classroom. They can do one and not the other, although more of them are "showing up" to class but not turning in any work.
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Monday, August 24, 2020
I'm making progress on my niece's top.
I texted her Wednesday with the warning that I would soon need a decision (and measurements) about the straps. . .
Thursday night I finished the body part. . .
And she really wasn't feeling the loopy, lacy embellishment at the bottom. Which, honestly, wasn't a surprise. I mean, I like it, but the pictures she's been sending me are fairly plain with more of a clean aesthetic.
I removed the loops Friday. But I haven't gotten a picture of it yet. This was enough to get her strap measurements, so I'm good to go on that.
Hopefully I'll be done by next week. We'll see. It depends if the straps go easily or not so much.
Friday, August 21, 2020
Thursday, August 20, 2020
As we begin a new school year, I thought it appropriate for today's #ThrowbackThursday to revisit the beginning of the school year last year. Which was a different world compared to our beginning this year.
Because while there was a school-wide activity prepped for the first day, there wasn't one for the second.
I decided to have the kiddos interview each other.
It was a simple activity. I prepped ten questions for them to ask each other. Then I gave them a sentence frame to insert their partner's answers into. Finally, everyone got a chance to read their sentence frames out loud.
The seventh graders did very well. The most popular wish was to ask for more wishes. I was surprised how many students considered Alfredo their favorite food. One student told how his partner had gone to Ohio over the summer. The partner clarified that he had actually gone to Idaho.
The eighth graders...
Yeah. Um. They finished interviewing each other. That was cool.
However, we did not have time for them to read their interview answers. Because, um, yeah, it took that long to get through the interviews.
Did I mention last year how horrible the seventh graders were? I may not have. But let me just say, um, yep, horrible. And this year they're eighth graders.
On the bright side, that means we'll probably go through half as many lessons. And hopefully, the honeymoon period will last until they get a teacher in to cover the class for the rest of the year.
Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Monday, August 17, 2020
My niece finally texted me her measurements, so I was finally able to start on her tank top. She picked out the Crochet Tie Strap Crop Top, which conveniently was a free pattern. She's not too into the tie straps, but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.
It's a very simple pattern. The only reason I haven't gotten very far is entirely due to the amount of time I've put into it. Where does all the time go? I mean, it's not like I've had that much to do, but it seems like my days just fly by.
Anyway, I've got about five inches done. She wants it eight inches long. . .
If you take a look at the pattern, you'll see that there is a bit of an embellishment at the hem. Then the straps. But it's really a pretty simple pattern. I should thank niece for giving me an easy project.
Although, she hasn't really given me terrible requests in the past. I mean, there was The Gray Behemoth. . .
. . .but that wasn't difficult, just cumbersome. And I had been curious as to how to knit something with yarn that chunky, so it was a good experience. Shipping the thing to Ohio was a challenge, however.
The top will easily ship. I first have to finish it, though.
I hope you all are staying cool.
Friday, August 14, 2020
Thursday, August 13, 2020
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Monday, August 10, 2020
Guess what I finished this week?
Before I get into the pictures, I should explain the why. I bought a light box a year or so ago. It helps with my pictures.
But I was having one small, tiny, minuscule problem with it (aside from avoiding using it due to how long it takes to set up). And you can kind of see it in the above photo. I didn't have a good background for my photos.
It came with a long piece of plastic, but that doesn't cover the sides of the box. If I aim my camera straight in, it works fine. However, I usually like to change angles, and it's easier to do that from my end rather than repositioning what I'm photographing all the time.
So, I'd been using a piece of fabric to cover the sides, but it was awkward to use. Recently, I bought white cardboard, but that didn't work much better. I thought about pulling out my sewing machine and making something up, but my sewing skills aren't all that great, and I have a tendency to put things like that off.
Then it occurred to me: why don't I try to knit a backdrop?
It took me way less time than I expected.
As you can see, I didn't bother to set the whole light box up for this photo shoot. I think it's easier to see just with the light box frame, anyway.
Yes, it's a bit smaller than the frame, but that was by design. It'll stretch a bit. I used stockinette stitch for the plainest background, and that's also why I used white.
Alas, the seams are kind of visible. But still, this is better than what I was using before.
I even included tabs to hold the thing onto the frame. . .
How well it will work will be determined the next time I need to have a photo shoot. It solved the problems I was having before, but we all know that new problems can crop up with the new solution.
But I'm happy with it.
And it was completely a stash project. Those buttons? Yup. According to the packaging, they were 15 cents. The yarn had been purchased for a sweater I was making myself that went horribly wrong, hence the game of yarn chicken.
Obviously, I won the yarn chicken. . .
Yeah, I cut it kind of close. But it was a great project to use up that yarn that had been sitting in my stash for years.