The OGT Is My Michigan Game

April 23, 2009
My grandfather, giving an exam in front of 80,000+ fans.

My grandfather, giving an exam in front of 80,000+ fans.

One of those countless Friday after-work discussions we have with our teaching colleagues has stuck in my mind for the past year.

“We’re the only profession in the world,” stated a fellow teacher, “where we are judged not by how we perform, but by how other people perform.”

That stopped me in my tracks. Usually I have a snappy comeback to just about anything that’s thrown my way involving education, but I was left speechless, thinking of a response.

“Except for college coaches,” I replied, after much thought. “They’re judged on how well their team does.”

“Maybe,” they said, “I never thought about it that way.”

I’ve continued to think about that exchange in the year since it happened. I’ve come to the conclusion that I was wrong-I think college coaches have it a lot easier than we do as teachers, especially when it comes to state achievement tests.

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World Studies #3

February 3, 2009

Gabcast! World Studies #3

World Studies #2

February 3, 2009

Gabcast! World Studies #2

Number 44.

January 21, 2009

Barak Obama is now #44. Below is a tag cloud of his inaugural speech.

According to OCLC:

“Tag clouds are visualizations of term frequencies. A tag cloud allows you to see common terms in a text by grouping like terms together and emphasizing frequent terms.”

So what does that mean? The more often a word pops up in text, the bigger it is in the “cloud”.

You can go to OCLC‘s site, but I’ve always used TagCrowd. On a side note, don’t go to OCLC– TagCrowd is waaaaaay better.


World History Assignment 03: Will there be a revolution November 5th?

October 8, 2008

We’ve been talking a lot about the idea of the Social Contract theory and how it was applied during the enlightenment. Locke and “Monty” had one view, and Hobbes had very different view of it.

Now we’ll time travel forward several weeks to November 5th– the day after the Presidential Election. The papers, news programs and internet will be abuzz with information about the winner (and loser) and  Republicans and Democrats alike are going to try to use the results of the election to justify one thing or the other.

Click on the link below to continue on to your online assignment.

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Homer Simpson On Election Day….

October 3, 2008

The YouTube clip below does not imply nor should it be construed as Mr. Hayes’ endorsement of any candidate or candidate’s party. (If you are trying to view this from a district computer it will not show due to the blocking software. Doh!)

Government Assignment 02: The Bailout Plan

September 26, 2008

For those of you who didn’t turn in a hard copy of today’s 3 paragraph essay, here you go:

Write a 3 paragraph essay/ reaction to this article and decide four yourself if your Senator or Congressperson should vote yes or no on this bill. ($700 billion bailout plan).

Make sure you follow my posting rules!