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Mid-Week Ramblings

>> Wednesday, October 14, 2009

I'm usually fast asleep right about now. Over the last week and a half, I've gotten myself into a strange sleeping schedule. I was exhausted after football practice the Sunday before last, fell asleep around 3 PM, and slept about 10 hours. Then I woke up around 1 AM and (big surprise) couldn't get back to sleep... so I worked on school stuff for five straight hours. Yeah, I had that much to do. What is really amazing is how much work I get done in the wee hours of the morning. Who would have thought? There is nothing to do at 2 AM so there aren't any distractions. There isn't even anything on TV except for infomercials. Unfortunately, I've been pretty much stuck on this sleep schedule for a week now. Occasionally, I'll set my alarm to get up at a specific time (like last Wednesday for Ultimate Fighter), but then I just go straight back to bed and wake up at 2 or 3 AM again.

Other than being awake at all kinds of weird hours, I've been involved in an interesting conversation about Christians and the public schools. If you haven't kept up, it started on Josh's blog and then migrated here before continuing here. I'm enjoying the exchange. Even though Michael and I have quite different viewpoints, we're both concerned with the same thing: the welfare of young folks.

As I mentioned in part two of that conversation, though, it is awkward trying to communicate effectively when the conversation is spread out over several web pages and over a dozen comments. As soon as I find the time, I'd like to set up some forums for www.crazyteachermusings.com. It would be cool to post a link to a forum thread each time I post something with conversation starting potential. Unfortunately, I have no experience whatsoever in setting up my own forums and I also don't have a lot of time to figure it out. Sometime soon, I'll do a little google searching and see if I can find something simple.

I've also been flirting with the idea of going back to school. Yeah, I know I said that I didn't want to. I just know that I need a new angle for this education thing. Whether that means teaching a different subject or getting a whole new degree, I'm not sure yet... but I'm working on figuring it out. However, I'm pretty excited about Lenoir Rhyne's graduate program for counseling and I'm getting together transcripts, GRE scores, and reference letters so that I can complete my application. Things seem to be falling into place too perfectly, so I'm trying not to get my hopes up... but I can't help it. This will be a major leap for me, so keep me in your prayers. As I go through the application process and find out more, I'll keep posting updates.

I also received a mention in October's issue of The Water Cooler, our school system's monthly newsletter... and found myself extremely embarrassed. Just before the end of my planning period, I received an email asking for a short blurb about my class website. I quickly threw something together and sent it back. The next day, I get a little ribbing at school about being famous and read the newsletter to see what they're talking about. And what do I find??? A GRAMMAR ERROR! I find that I make mistakes on crazyteachermusings.com all the time, but most of my readers here are friends and family so it doesn't bother me too much. I rarely proofread anything before I post it here. But knowing that I, the only English teacher at CVHS, left a typo in a document that was distributed to all of the teachers and faculty in the system... that's embarrassing.

That's everything new that I can think of at the moment. I'm trying to get back to a normal sleeping schedule tonight. If I can stay up until Ultimate Fighter comes on, I'll be up until 11 and then (hopefully) get my schedule lined up with the rest of the world again. Let's hope I make it until then without nodding off...

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6 comments (Click Here to Post One of Your Own!):

aplacetotalkandthinkoutloud.blogspot.com October 15, 2009 at 11:02 AM  

I want to see the typo... you need to post the write-up so we can see it.

Josh Cornwell October 15, 2009 at 12:25 PM  

The title of the newsletter is a link to the issue where I made the error. It's on page 12.

aplacetotalkandthinkoutloud.blogspot.com October 15, 2009 at 12:41 PM  

I couldn't see a glaring grammatical error.

If I had to guess I would say either syllabus, which, or the structure of the sentence with "my students". But I couldn't see a glaring grammatical error. I thought it was correct or close enough. You English teachers are so picky.

But I really want to know what you are talking about....

Josh Cornwell October 15, 2009 at 12:46 PM  

I wasn't being picky. This is what happens when you change the way you want to word something in mid-sentence and then fail to delete all of what you already typed:

"The secondary blog handles student inquiries, which are sent immediately sent to my cell phone."

aplacetotalkandthinkoutloud.blogspot.com October 15, 2009 at 12:54 PM  

Funny... I didn't see it. My mind read "then immediately sent to my cell phone"

I wouldn't call that a grammatical error. I would call that a typo. At least you didn't have no double negative or blow subject verb agreement.

Josh Cornwell October 15, 2009 at 1:05 PM  

That's a pretty fine line, isn't it?

Both are errors. A typo is just a broader term, includes spelling errors, and is usually assumed to have been a careless error. How's that for parallelism failure?

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