April 21, 2000
6:53 pm
Right now I'm feeling: Tired, but all right 

Right now I'm listening to: Dreams Come True

I might start reading-- My Brother, My Sister and I by Yoko Kawashima Watkins

Quote of the Day:
"He who walks in another's tracks leaves no footprints."
-- Joan Brannon


Got a couple more suggestions in my Suggestion Box today. One was a lead on a great web hosting service. Real cheap, unlimited traffic, custom CGI, AND 50 megs!! Ahhhhh.... yes. Just what the doctor ordered. But I'll have to see if they support RealAudio and Flash. Eventually I want to add some Flash stuff and if they don't support it, then it's a no-go. But it looks promising. Thanks, Jason!!

The other suggestion was not about my site at all, but it suggested me to read a book called, My Brother, My Sister, and I. The anonymous suggestor said that everyone should read it. Must be some book. I'll check it out sometime.

Someone suggested that I add a navigation graphic to skip between journal entries and I'm working on it! I swear! I should have it up within a couple days.

I saw a girl glue her socks onto her legs for the first time today. In the middle of class. My class. She took a glue stick out of her pencil bag, unscrewed the cap, and casually smeared the stick in a line going around her calf. Then she pulled up her sock, pressed the sock to the glue and held it there for a second.

She's one of those mirror-toting, noise-making, big sock-wearers. BUT she's also one of the kids who regularly comes by my desk to talk to me. Smart. Knows more words than a second grader usually knows. I thought she'd be good in class because we have a good understanding outside of class, but I think she thought that because we talk so much outside of class, I wouldn't care if she was bad in class. She kept making this very loud and very annoying clacking sound with her tongue. She wouldn't do the class activity. Instead she just chattered away with the person she was partnered up with. I went by her desk to ask her to do her work, but she said no. When I asked her why she said it wasn't interesting, knowing full well that I made the activity for that day. It was a grammar review made into a Battleship game that everyone else loved, but she wouldn't touch. Then she said, "KIDDING!" and laughed.

Sometimes I get too close to these kids and the things they say mean too much to me and even if they say something like this while kidding I let it get to me too much. I get pissed.

I can understand that it is easy for her... I've no doubt that she could do the grammar in that activity in her sleep, but I still think she should try to do it, just to make me happy. She's so bored in that class, in school in general, that I can't blame her for acting up, really. Still, it annoys. I mean, there's probably a good handful of students who are bored stiff in that class, too, but they still do the work.

I didn't say anything else to her or try to get her to do the game for the rest of the class period. The teacher was ignoring her during the entire class, I could tell she gave up a long time ago.

I was walking back from fifth period class and saw a group of kids walking down the hall with their backpacks. I turned to the English teacher next to me and asked her if the students got out early today. She said, no, they were just arriving. At 2:15. A little late getting out of bed this morning?? Damn. Sometimes, I can't believe the things I see here. The other times I remember all the other shit I've seen so far and say to myself, I guess that's not so bad.

I've been at a loss for motivation to come up with inventive lessons. I've been apathetic these past couple weeks. Going with the flow, letting the teachers run activities in class which are way to easy for the students. I haven't thought of anything inventive. I've done that Battleship review game a hundred times, wasn't that hard to throw together.

Geez. I need to start thinking of these kids some more. God knows they're not getting challenged by the teachers here (most of them anyway). But half of the time when I do make cool stuff, most of them don't appreciate it anyway. It's definitely the "2nd year ALT blues". If I can't hack it, I should just get the hell out of here, but I'm convinced that I can take it.

Early tomorrow morning (10:30am is very early for me!) I go bamboo harvesting. (Gee, there's something you don't say every day, huh?) Yes, that's right. Bamboo harvesting. One of my teachers' owns a bamboo farm somewhere outside of town. I'll let you guys know how it went tomorrow. I did it last year, but since I thought I that I'd never get another chance to do it, I thought it'd be kind of cool to do it again.

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