Friday, February 24, 2006

clean as a motherfucker

Walk in to a behavior trouble class and two kids brush that dirt off my shoulder and shoes like what?
I'm the mayor of this town.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

class participation

Sixth Graders are funny:

"Hey, what does skeet mean?" This kid has been calling me wolverine constantly and now, while working on a peacemaker poster with his group he's asking me what?

"What's that?"

"yknow like skeet skeet skeet?"

"You just want to hear me say it, no way." This is as unshakealbe as my authority gets..

"Why won't you tell us?" Now he and the girl he sits across from our giggling

"Cause its dirty. This is peace games class, not being nasty games class."

The girl chimes in, "We don't know what it means!"

"Go home and ask your mother." They didn't call me on it, out loud. I think, though, that all three of us accepted the fact that this was the best answer I could've given. The told me that they'll ask and tell her that I said they should ask and leave off the whole beginning of the conversation.... "Hey ma, mr. wolverine at school says you should tell me about skeet."

4th graders are funny

"ISAT ISAT you're just too easy.
something something... we stay breezy (pops collar)"

It wasn't the rhyme that did it or the fact that C lied and said he didn't freestyle it. It was the insane bboy charisma a ten year old can have... he broke it up so the whole class could do it with him
"Say you're just too easy..."
"Now put em together"

I second guess myself too much on the important stuff and too little on inane conversation. Lately I'm too happy to say total gobblygook, but not ready to seem stupid and theatrical in front of the class.... Too scared to proclaim from rooftops that I've built the most powerful soundsystem in the history of time cause I procrastinate on the piddly finishing moves.

Braggadiccio (SP???) needs to be relearned sometimes.

children's reading list

Hey add these to yr children's reading list:

The Red Comb by Fernando Pico
Black is Brown is Tan by Adoff and McCulley
Chrysthanemum (sp) by kevin Henkes
all Dr. Seuss

More to come Im sure. I love children's lit at the moment

Tuesday, February 21, 2006


Have you gone to the 3341 competitive potluck? Do you know who I am? Do you like food?
For the second week in a row we've had several more than 20 mostly nonamericorpsers come for food (mix of veggie, carnivore and vegan cuisine, usually) and competition.

I almost backed down on the competitive end, but it seemed so ridiculous and counterintuitive. Potlucks are inherently hippie/commie community things. It worked as planned. Winner gets to hold the sash for a week and bragging rights. Of course though, everybody wins when some effort and 4-9 dollars (link dollars anyways) provides a fine 9-14 course meal.

Accidental themes emerge- last week happened to be vegetarian, this week was heavy in eastern foods (indian, chinese, ethiopian), sometimes spice, grease and quantity win. Homemade chocolate cakes and creme brulee; why haven't you come yet?

It is the best weekly event I've ever dreamed of living at.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

cafesize me

I wasn't a huge fan of supersize me, but I am interested in being a cps guinea pig. I have the ability to eat three meals a day + a snack at the school cafeteria for absolutely nothing. I plan on fasting for ten days during lent, so maybe I should see how much I can gain on school food first. yes? yes?

my love dont cost a thing

Lately, I cry in the morning and it weirds me out. Maybe my eyes got used to tearing from biking in the cold wind...I mean its not sobs or connecting to a coherent thought.... and its always when Im outside and alone. It makes me feel like Im having a breakdown or something... getting on the bus and wiping my eyes. Maybe Im pregnant

Twice in the last week, Ive heard a 6th/7th grade boy say "dude" after I say something.... like, teasing. I dont ever say dude. what gives? dude? is it my sideburns, the way I talk (sans the word dude) or complexion (whiteboy = surfer?). It hasnt been particularly meanspirited... doesnt really bother me---just another funny thing.

New schedule is crazy... lots of time with kids (now its exclusively 4th and 6th graders I hang out with)... lots of time trying to make peace games coherent... oh and there's some stuff on the jitney calendar in the months ahead future so check it out via my profile.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

dont pull the thang unless you plan to bang

Hadnt heard bombs over baghdad in a while... forgot how good that song is.

Weird that Ari slangs peace door to door and I teach it in a neighborhood her boss wouldnt try and sell it. right? People most in need of peace dont join advocacy groups cause its too frustrating, immediate or just another thing on a laundry list.

Peace Games Club went pretty well.... not too many kids, but there was absurd confusion and lack of communication on when it started. Those who showed up, though, went from 3rd-6th grade and seemed to have a good time even though the lesson and introduction was pretty dang dry. By the end the sixth graders were bringing up their opposition to the war, explaining to younger kids that even though the assistant prinipal seems mean, she does a lot of things that the students don't see and she does care.... and asking about the process through one can close a bar and why it can be an important thing for the community. I can't wait till we actually have them separate so there'll be enough time for these chats.

I need to stop using ellipses as a crutch.

ps. Yeah, I watched the state of the union and wasnt surprised by much. It was nice to see the democrats actually heckle for all of one minute before falling back in line. In a fantasy world where there actually is a more dynamic power struggle that speech would have been cut short and then I would actually be impressed. ohwell. just remember that the war on terror is for "generation after generation" to fight and apparently the only blame falls on those mysterious and unstoppably united terrorists we are being protected from. "one for the ages" as the anchorman explained.