Tag Archives: Academia

Education fails because parents don’t care…

Adam Carolla’s rant on schools.  It’s a good listen if you have ear phones at work.

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Changing Education Paradigms

RSA created a really cool illustration of Sir Ken Robinson’s brief talk on modern education, and how it ought to be. I relate to most of his ideas; too bad I don’t want anything to do with public education as a teacher anymore. Linear thinking is old school. Unfortunately, it likely explains why most folks […]

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Visit the copy room and make copies.

You will notice more odd posts throughout the year.  Just bear with me as they only address an observation checklist for the credential program.  I think there are some silly things on the list, but I’m not about to dick around.  Starting Monday, you will see more school stuff than gun stuff. 08/13/2010 Making copies […]

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Visit one of the feeder schools for your school.

08/11/2010 My student-teaching supervisor recommended for me to attend the district meeting.  Faculty typically meets to discuss and interpret test scores to the best of their ability; however, often leave with contempt and dissatisfaction.  Lovely! The feeder school to the 7-12 campus is 16 miles apart.  That’s many more miles than the 1.5 miles in […]

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Attend pre-school opening faculty meetings.

08/10/2010. Lunch was provided and I didn’t fall asleep.  Thank you taxpayers for my lunch – it was delish. I arrived at my student-teaching site for the second time.  I noted that I should give myself 10 more minutes to avoid possible delays as a result of a draw bridge.  It’s certainly better than a […]

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Gearing up for School

Half-heartedly, I accepted UC’s invitation to enroll in their teacher credential/MA program several months ago.  My primary motivation to teach continues to derive from a strong desire to affect young adult lives,  but I have some doubts and concerns.  Every now and then, I feel my time could be better spent pursuing a career path […]

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Silly “Science” and Sick Journalism

Meleanie Hain of Lebanon used to tell the news media that she carried a Glock 26 pistol everywhere she went to protect herself and her children. Then last week she was shot to death by her husband in what police called a murder-suicide. Melanie Hain should have nothing to do with this article. She was […]

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School house of clowns

Having a laser pointed at you isn’t a big deal, but it can be irritating.  Identifying the culprit was like a game for me, however.  When I look up too quick, they would cease.  If I maintained my position, they were less responsive.  I allowed their shenanigans to continue and identified that there were two […]

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Solid Citizens [/sarcasm]

I was observing a classroom today to satisfy admission requirements for a teaching credential.  This isn’t my first experience observing a classroom , but I’m still baffled by the words these students speak.  I know I was an idiot in high school [I continue to have my moments], but I’m frightened to think I was […]

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Obamanation and Education

Keeping a close eye on a few things, I wasn’t surprised to see this. On Septmeber 8th, the President scheduled an address to school children in the United States.  The Department of Education has prepared material for teachers to utlize before, during and after the address.  There are two versions – the differences are subtle […]

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Denied

I applied to UC Davis’ School of Education for their teacher credential/MA program.  I was denied.  Though I’m bummed, I don’t have to worry about missing Gun Blogger Rendezvous and I will likely go to Boomershoot again!  Oh… my priorities are awesome. For the curious, I was denied for the following reason: Not competitive with […]

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Twas a gewd day…

Started off my morning a bit groggy.  I didn’t sleep much last night because I watched a spectacular light show that traveled from the north.  Work went well too – nothing out of the ordinary.  Later, I was notified that I’m invited to UC Davis for an interview regarding their credential/MA program.  It’s nice to […]

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Pedagogy

I’m always concerned if an instructor knows the material – do I really know anything about the Earth?  For practical reasons and the benefit of the students, it would behoove me to enroll in at least one class this summer. I want to be a high school instructor for Earth/Planetary science.  I have passed the […]

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Science is awesome!

Please act responsibly with magnets! [NOT SAFE WHILE EATING]  Click for more to see a preview – also NSWE.

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Nordyke. What does it mean?

The Nordyke decision came out this morning.   A VERY quick read at calguns.net, it appears that the Nordykes lost their case, however, it may have resulted in the 2nd Amendment being incorporated against the states. This appears to be a great thing!  Read the PDF here.

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Alan Gura at Santa Clara University

Rather than hopelessly look for a parking spot, DirtCrashr generously offered free parking close to his location.  After David of RNS rendezvous at our location, we boarded the CalTrain to University of Santa Clara.  Luckily, we showed up early and had the chance to have Mr. Gura sign our memorabilia while we giggled between our […]

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Neat!

I’ve been reviewing for the CSET exam coming up in several days.  I’m taking the science subtests to qualify as an Earth/Physical Science teacher.  Upon my review, I found this picture.  Yes – I got sidetracked, but the Astronomy Picture of the Day galley is awesome!

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Define: Second Amendment

Can you imagine having the opportunity to listen to some of the most prominent intellectuals in your field of interest?  Perhaps those same individuals attract people of the same caliber who share the similar ideals and interests, yet are just as diverse.  College education should work the same way, except it’s more common for students […]

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My Education in Education

As a result of my decision to stay in school for an additional quarter at UC Davis, I’ve explored the profession of teaching. Though it may only be a minor, the experience that came with it thus far is eye opening and fulfilling. Never did I understand why teachers do what they do, or how […]

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