How many snow days and delayed openings have there been since January 23rd? Is the # to be blamed for being way behind in classes? Time management has been a downfall so far. It seems that it either has to be the grindstone or Water World. My nature leans toward the latter, and so the classes I teach that are sections of other classes are a little behind. Getting the hang of it again, I think, so we should see improvement with the return of daylight savings time and the spring thaw.
Don’t know about the students, but I’m learning a lot. [Grammar book says the last two words in the last sentence used together are substandard, and written as one word are wrongo.] Let’s rephrase that then: Don’t know about the students, but my knowledge is experiencing an exponential growth. Speaking of exponential growth, I just learned and taught it in the little Algebra I class. [It is correct to capitalize the name of a subject if a # follows it.] Simultaneously, I learned exponential decay which sounds really awful and even biological, but it’s [note correct use of apostrophe] totally mathematical and not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, one could apply it to the brackets in the upcoming March Madness wingding. [Why do I have the feeling that I just decayed into substandard English again?] It involves negative and zero exponents, so let’s skip that and go on to other things.
In Religion 11, New Testament, discovered that the 14 x 3 generations in Matthew’s genealogy [a word I’ve learned to spell] come up one short. The last 14 generations is really 13, but, as I often say in Algebra I, “Who’s [not whose] counting?” The reason why [whoa – I, of course, meant “the reason that”] there are only thirteen [realize now I should have spelled out 13 up above] is a mystery. The only solution I could find, and this from the sibling of alumni who is an expert in the field, is that Abraham or David should be counted twice to get the full compliment [wait, that should be “complement”] of generations. But ever since I started teaching algebra again, I consider that bad counting or even cheating and refuse to do it.
I have been working hard to get the five Herods all in the right parts of the Holy Land and with the right actions. [Their {not there} actions can hardly be spoken of as right, but you know, O Reader, ( no “h” after “O” because it indicates direct address, and though usually found in prayers, it is a correct use here) what I intend to say.]
I’m starting to confuse myself with all this knowledge, so I think this is all the farther, I mean, all the further…no, no, no, I mean, as far as I should go into what’s been happening in my first month, minus a zillion or so snow-caused alterations, back teaching, (hyperbole, an excellent poetic device, intended) which has been great for me.
Oh, a couple of things in that last convoluted sentence: completely wrong use of ellipsis periods. (There are other ellipses, as of course you know, such as the asterisk, which should be used sparingly because it is a glaring mark, and the apostrophe as in the writing of “gym’”, which indicates that I have not spelled out “gymnasium”, and that is why I wrote “ellipses periods”.)
I wish I had time to go into the dieresis (think of the way which “naïve” is written and then apply it to “cooperate” ) and the virgule which is useful in quoting a couple lines of poetry, and the Russian we learned in English 9 after reading a short story by Anton Chekov and then talked about Jane Eyreischa and Rochesterischa from the novel we are reading (an example of Water World time), but you remember what I have said about time management.
Enjoy the one less hour of sleep Saturday night while I brutally trudge my way through this four-day weekend. By the way, Father Juan said at our faculty Lenten retreat that we should have joy in our teaching, so some Water World time is essential. Father Juan did not say how much joy there should be and therein lies the problem.
Jezu, ufam Tobie.