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Draw the clothes that you wear!

I have provided some examples of my students' work below. The assignment was an exercise on the different clothes that students wear. I told the students to draw a picture of themselves in an outfit that they wear frequently and then gave them some vocabulary to use, encouraging them to draw creative pictures with lots of vocabulary. The top picture is a very accurate example of what we see students wear to school everyday. From there it became highly imaginative and, at times, disturbing. Thanks for making my day weird third grade...

Please take time to examine the last drawing of "Pok Pak" in his "unberware".... jesus



This a quote by Philip K. Howard


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The American Diet

Every American needs to watch this video because it addresses a crisis. Anyone from another country needs to watch this because American culture spreads like wildfire. Jamie Oliver is on a mission, he takes the stage with vigor, and his words should be heeded.

Watch this video, tell your friends and family and spend some time digesting the value of what is said.

Kids Say The Darnest Things

During class I routinely patrol the room giving students advice and checking their work. When I get to students who enjoy practicing their English I give them a few extra minutes and ask them how their day is going and talk about their weekend, etc. One of my favorite students is a boy named Firm, he is nine years old, speaks decent English, and likes to draw pictures of guns. Earlier in the year he had a bully, "Teacha, a boy, he pushed me on the ground today." I asked him if I should talk to the student, but he knew that would only make it worse, so I told him to stand up to him next time. I think the bully (or least a student who is larger than the bully) is now his best friend.

So Firm and I, we go back. Anyway I walked up to Firm and I said, "Firm, how are you today?" He pulled me closer so he could whisper and said, "Teacha, I am fucking awesome."

I just don't know where he learned that.


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Orange Ray Bans Attack!

Here is the game. You go out with a pair of Orange Ray Bans and a point and shoot digital camera. You meet some people and you tell them what to be when they put the glasses on. These people are "fresh to death" and they didn't even know it. Well, maybe they did.


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Students Art Adapted


College Day

College Day is a two day competition between the students of Saint Gabriel's. There are seven teams, comprised of students from every level, and each team has a color and a theme of their choice. On day one, the older students spend the day competing in track and field events and chanting at the top of their lungs. The leader of each team has to organize the chants and keep up the intensity, and in turn can seem almost possessed as he hops around failing his arms and yelling war cries. A great example of this is in the first picture, where you can see a clown leading an army of what appears to be inmates. Later that day I saw the clown holding a fake bazooka. The Red Wall team could have been mistaken for a small communist revolution in the corner of the field and staying true to the peculiarities of Asian culture, the blue team's theme appeared to be "The United States".

Day two changes the tone a bit, as the youngsters come out to flex their track and field muscles. The crown jewel of day two, which humors you constantly, is the hurdles. In one particular race I saw four of five runners trip over the first hurdle, and then two of those runners preceded to trip over hurdle number two as well. There is an amusing game of "catch up", I'll call it, where the kids run in a circle trying to catch there opponent and strike him with a fake tomahawk.

The costumes are elaborate, the displays monumental and the competition is fierce. Welcome to College Day (free whiskey after the show).