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dmmetler last won the day on February 7 2014

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    Chasing snakes!
  • Birthday 06/16/1972

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    Mom of a highly asynchronous kid ;)
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    Memphis TN
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  1. When MLK day first became a federal holiday, for a few years it was listed on the school district/city calendar as “Lee/Jackson/King” day because VA already had Lee/Jackson day at the same time of year, and combined them to have one holiday. It took quite a few years before Lee and Jackson were dropped. It seemed pretty awful to me even as a kid.
  2. I do separate bowls, but if a kid is really excited about teal pumpkin, I load them up :). A lot of kids pick the non-candy treat, but the kids with significant food restrictions really glow when they realize they can actually get and keep something at this house. One reason why DD decided not to trick or treat this year is that between what she can't eat due to braces and won't eat due to Palm oil, there isn't much less.
  3. DD and I started working on her plans today :). Jessie's team is ready for battle (once I get some clear contact paper to cover them-halloween is often wet here).
  4. I have a teal dragon Easter basket and a green frog Easter basket that hold treats-with food in the frog and non-food in the dragon.
  5. Colorblind casting is becoming a lot more a thing, where you don't worry about whether kids match the parents, etc-you cast the best person for the role. (And, of course, it has always been a thing in community theater, etc because you are more limited in who you have available). Unless hair, eye, skin color is a defining characteristic, it really doesn't matter. It wouldn't really change much in Wicked to cast an attractive nom-Blonde actress as Galinda, as long as the actress could pull off the personality, but Elphaba needs to be green.
  6. I'm watching Designing Women on Hulu, and it was a plot point when Suzanne dressed up in Blackface to sing a Supremes number-and the assumption was definitely that everyone would be offended (except for the perennially clueless Suzanne) And the show came out in 1986.
  7. DD has decided she is too old to trick or treat. She is planning to set up a team rocket pokestop in our front yard, have pokemon targets for kids to "battle" (by throwing balls at) and give out little plastic Pokemon figures :). She'd originally planned this for the Cheer Trunk or Treat, and since she isn't cheering this season,has decided to do it for the neighborhood. Her teen group has a party the weekend before and there is a Comic Con a few weeks after, so she is planning a pretty elaborate Jessie (the Pokemon White/Black anime version) cosplay. Possibly complete with a live Ekans if the weather is warm enough.
  8. Unfortunately, I don't think there is a way to do it. I prefer to have an Amazon balance for low charges rather than having an impossible to reconcile credit card statement, but invariably, someone goofs and the balance ends up used for cat litter or something.
  9. Have you tried HomeAway? I don't know how much they differ for VBRO, but I know a lot of houses are listed on both.
  10. One thing I've had to point out to DD is that weighted grades DO exist and to show her weighting formulas. She was really worried about the number of scholarships based on GPA and feared getting a B with a passion, until I had her go through and calculate her GPA unweighted, weighting only DE at 5.0, and weighting how her equivalent classes would be weighted at our local PS (which weights DE and AP at 6.0 and honors at 5.0-and every high school class DD has done exceeds the syllabus for the honors classes offered through our local high school-which says more about them than about her)-and showed her that, yeah, she can afford a B or two-especially in a college class-and still qualify for the big scholarships at public schools, because the ones that want a 4.0 or higher also specify weighted GPA, and the ones that specify unweighted usually want more like a 3.75 or even a 3.5. It's fine for her to take hard classes and risk a slip.
  11. My favorite statement about whole language comes from my mentor teacher in grad school, which is that Whole Language only works well when kids actually have a whole language. That is to say, for kids who have been read to from birth, have a very large vocabulary already, and have already internalized letter/sound correspondence and basic phonetic patterns. They will learn to read fine using any method you want to use-including just continuing to do what you've been doing with no formal instruction. (And, in fact, this is the case for most kids who learn to read spontaneously before age 5). Unfortunately, few 5-8 yr olds actually have a whole language, as opposed to parts of a language-so let's give them the parts they are missing to build a whole language. I am very happy, now, that I got assigned to her and to the school I was placed in, because it meant that after several years of being seeped in whole language propaganda, I ended up learning to teach using Spalding, mostly with kids who did not speak English at home and had not been read to in English before starting school.
  12. You can watch recordings and do the assignments/materials at a different time. We usually have a few who do that each semester, especially if time zones don't work out well.
  13. I am reading Acceptance and am, frankly, finding myself getting downright panic stricken about DD's chances. Because the whole theme of the book seems to be that having a strong personal story and a guidance counselor with the right connections can open doors even at the most competitive of schools-and well, DD has a resume full of snakes, pokemon, and snaky pokemon. She has great grades and test scores, but apparently that matters less than that personal connection. And I don't have connections with guidance offices except for one friend in the local state U I went to undergrad school with and meet for coffee every now and then (and DD has already decided she doesn't want to go there). She hasn't had hardships or a compelling family narrative. We aren't able to be full pay much of anywhere, but aren't poor, either. She isn't the first generation to attend college-or the third, on DH's side. She is a legacy at one particular school, in that her great grandfather's name is on a building, but again, it isn't even on her list of places to attend. She had to give up her varsity-level sport this fall due to medical issues, and may or may not be able to go back. Her two greatest areas of interest, and most likely undergrad majors fall in the "Two majors that put you at a disadvantage" becasue they are so common among kids who really are undecided-biology and psychology, since cognitive science/behavioral neuroscience/ethology/animal behavior are often not undergrad level majors. She has a few clubs and activities, but they are mostly small groups of homeschooled kids who come together for a specific interest. She doesn't plan to talk about her advocacy efforts in college essays, because she feels they were unsuccessful. Honestly, she doesn't really want to write, or talk, about herself at all. And we have a choice between a guidance counselor who really doesn't know her, or going independent her senior year and having mom write everything. I almost feel like I've stepped onto a football field holding a basketball, with no clue how to play the game. EEP!!!
  14. This is the one for this fall. The one for Spring is focused more on specifics, but they can be taken in any order The Spring schedule should be out fairly soon, and the course description for Herpetology II will be up then. Here are the stated prerequisites: Before taking this course, students should be able to: Read at a solid 5th-grade level or above. Write a few sentences independently. Students should be willing to: Actively participate (via the microphone) in the class discussion. Encourage class discussion by adding their questions/ideas in the chat window during the webinar. Respond with positive and encouraging comments on their classmates’ posts in the classroom forums. Required books & materials: Weekly readings will be online, no textbook required. In general, most of the materials are on a 5-9th grade reading level, with some higher, and there will be at least one source on each primary topic accessible to students on an upper elementary level-either a reading passage, a video, or similar content, as well as a few that go more in depth at a higher level (up to and including journal articles). Anything that may be troubling, like feeding videos, is flagged. The age has run a full range-we have had students who are 6-8 years old, and students who are 16 years old (including one who was taking the class because he was scared of snakes and wanted to be less so). The average seems to be about 11-13.
  15. dmmetler


    We're struggling with this as well-I think it is normal for teens to embrace something with the zeal of a religious convert, and become downright evangelical about it-and then be hurt that others do not immediately see the light. And I think it is also natural for them to reject something that they have been raised to believe, or at least go through a period of questioning it, like starting to notice hypocracy in the church they have been raised in, and to embrace that with evangelical zeal. It's tough, especially when the adults have already gone through that stage and decided on their particular area of compromises and where they are comfortable ethically-which probably isn't nearly as extreme.
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