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Home garden production report

August 2, 2010

You will be happy to know that, in spite of the intense heat and the lack of rain, our garden is producing good eats on a daily basis: zucchini, sweet corn, a few cherry tomatoes, a few Big Boy’s, and a mess of okra.

My bride is adept at cooking up savory dishes which utilize these vegetables to their most delicious possibilities.  The Obama’s would be proud!


What is your worldview?

August 2, 2010

In our church bulletin this past Sunday, there was a blurb suggesting we take a basic worldview quiz at, then share your printed results with the pastor.  So, my bride and I both took the quiz (both scoring Strong Biblical Worldview Thinker); naturally, we both were awarded the certificate.  No surprise (not really) to myself or my bride – we know where we stand on the issues that matter…; my suggestion – try it yourself!

88 Months of Unmitigated Bliss

July 29, 2010

Today, July 29th, my bride and I are celebrating our 88th month of ‘happily married’ status!  It was a normal day – full of old people and the usual ly scheduled appointments.  Our financial advisor truly thinks that the economy will correct itself in due time (5 years or so).  He is a Libertarian with a great knowledge of history which he uses well when describing his views and opinions.  We hope his future prognostications are right on – otherwise, the US of A will be no more!

On another note, it looks to be quite the busy August – with many a departmental meeting scheduled around the convocation date.  It will be a good time to network and revisit old colleagues…

Happy New Year!

July 27, 2010

I am eagerly anticipating a happy new (school) year starting next Monday at the detention center!  It was a very short month off – including a week of JMU Content Academy and another half day of Dan Mulligan treatise.  Also included in the very short month was a planned trip to Ocean Isle Beach, NC – we stayed briefly in a run-down condo called Ocean Cove; then, after complaining mightily, we were offered better digs at the only high-rise in Ocean Isle – oceanfront with a view from the 7th floor.  So, if you ever go to Ocean Isle, NC and rent a week from Williamson Realty, be sure to check out your unit before signing on the dotted line (to save yourself alot of headache).

Monday, August 2 will find me back in AB Classroom enthusiastically readying the room for another year of learning and doing!

Lesson Two posted to JMU Blackboard

July 7, 2010

Standard measurement in Physical Science including base units and prefixes.  The lesson utilizes the WordSmith worksheet, Exit Slips for an informal post-lesson assessment, and the beginnings of a lab activity investigating the design of a roller coaster.

Lesson One posted to JMU Blackboard

July 7, 2010

“Using the language of science to communicate understanding” is the title of my first lesson for Highly Qualified Status.  It is basically an investigative journey into the language of Physical Science and utilizes a favorite tool, the WordSmith worksheet.  This worksheet enables creativity on the part of the student while teaching student how to pull meaning from context.

JMU Content Academy – Summer 2010

June 28, 2010

The ‘content’ portion of the Academy is well worth the hour and a half drive through harrowing traffic along I81, however, the liberal bloviating about global this and global that could be left out so far as I am concerned! The three instructors for 8-12 Physics/Physical Science Academy are highly qualified, very knowledgeable, great hands-on teachers; I am looking forward to many (four more) good days of pedagogy and content-experience.

Four days (at least) later, the academy has ended and my brain is on fire!  We had many a discussion regarding waves and wave energy, gravitational potential energy, mass and matter, the use of Greek letters in Physical Science/Physics content, energy usage and conservation, et cetera.  Every participant brought some modicum of expertise to the table resulting in a great conversation and professional networking experience.

Thanks to everyone who participated, thus making this Academy one to remember!  More later; currently I am working on creating my two required lesson plans for Highly Qualified credit…