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reads over student responses

Ah, yes. The Crucible was definitely about John Protractor's infidelity.


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Overheard in the Classroom

"Who wants to be a dead body?"
"I GOT THIS."
-30 seconds pass-
"I have no dignity left."
"Can we get a -better- dead body?"
"Yeah, I can."
-30 seconds pass-
"I have been fired from being a dead body."
"They're so picky! How am I supposed to act like I'm stuck in a tree without a tree?"
"Could stand on a chair."
"Ooooor a stack of chairs!"
"No, that's a good way to get a -real- dead body."
"Well, maybe THAT would be good enough for them!"


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Freehold DM wrote:
The Dreaded Lutefisk wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:

I am hungry.

Please send food.

Thank you.

My time has come!
have you been prepared properly?

I plead the fish!


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BigNorseWolf wrote:

Whats shakespere got to do with the V guy? :)

Or more likely anonymous

The only man to enter parliment with noble intentions...

1. Guy Fawkes is part of a group plotting to blow up the House of Lords.

2. Some of Shakespeare's relatives are implicated in the plot.
3. Shakespeare goes hard on brown-nosing in Macbeth to get off of the "possible treason" list.
4. The Guy Fawkes mask is popularized in comic form by V for Vendetta.
5. V for Vendetta gets a movie adaptation.
6. Internet edgelords decide they like the message (accuracy of interpretation debateable) and co-opt the mask for Anonymous.

Six degrees of Bonfire Night!

I could not for the life of me tell you with any accuracy how many anons actually know anything about Guy Fawkes.


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Putting together some background info for our upcoming Macbeth unit and discovering the whole Gunpowder Plot connection makes me feel like a meme historian because I'm going to have to explain why Shakespeare has a link to the smurfing Guy Fawkes masks.


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I should probably be concerned at how excited the kids were to make up news anchor names for this project.


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Assigning a Lord of the Flies news report has created the perfect microcosm of GenZ: they're playing Taylor Swift as they discuss a manhunt in terms of a track and field event for a sports segment.


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"Why is there a picture of a decapitated pig's head on a stick on the smartboard?"
"Ask the sophomores."
"What."
"Could be worse. [Ag teacher] offered me a real pig's head."
"WHY"

Never let it be said that I make English boring.


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After a short string of puns while covering for another class, a student was just filled with dread as they realized they have to deal with me for the next two years.


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Me to my students: Remember, it's important to know when it's appropriate to use formal language. You can't always guarantee that you will be taken seriously if you lapse constantly into slang or don't enunciate.

Also me to my students: Bruh. Ya loud.


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Limeylongears wrote:
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lisamarlene wrote:
Limeylongears wrote:
King Charles. O no.

You're the second person today I've heard say that (after the elderly Australian teacher in the classroom next door to mine).

I'm curious, why?

He is not terribly popular, even among the people who are fond of the monarchy.

Limey, despite (or maybe because of) his swashbuckling flamboyantness flamboyishness flamboyant ways never struck me as a particularly cavalier individual, though I can't truly speak about his stance on royalty beyond my own (possibly inaccurate) impression. He might even be a Jacobite, for all I know...

I am no Jacobite. Hurrah for the Good Old Cause!

Essentially, the last two Charleses have been disastrous (the first because he fervently believed he was anointed by God to be an absolute monarch, thus plunging the country into civil war, the second because, while a genial sort of chap by all accounts, he was lazy, sex-obsessed, and uninterested in doing his job), and C. Saxe-Coburg-Gotha likes to do things like hang around with Saudi royalty and run his mouth off about GMOs and modern architecture (harmless in someone who is not theoretically head of state), as well as being clearly bitter & resentful that he has had to wait so long to be KING, and that he won't be able to throw his royal weight about now he is.

So what I'm hearing is that Carolus Rex isn't entirely out of line here?


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"So, how are children normally portrayed in fiction?"
"Innocent!"
knowing snickers from around the room

I see many of my kiddos have younger siblings.


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Master Xehanort wrote:
gran rey de los nekkid wrote:

Final Fantasy games summarized:

Final Fantasy: Four heroes break a time loop.
Final Fantasy 2: Star Wars, but the Emperor dies and then comes back as the devil, and then dies and comes back as god, and then gets killed by Obi Wan.
Final Fantasy 3: Four orphans fight a man who threw a hissy fit over his inheritance.
Final Fantasy 4: Star Wars, but the Emperor is a space ghost on the moon.
Final Fantasy 5: Evil Giving Tree and his gay lover fight a confused harem protagonist and his princesses.
Final Fantasy 6: Star Wars, but the Emperor is killed and replaced by the Joker halfway through. Also, racism is bad.
Final Fantasy 7: Eco-terrorists recruit man with padded resumé, discover corporate greed has caused giant meteor to be elected, hold recount.
Final Fantasy 8: A group of cadets find out that they all lived at the same orphanage. Amnesia to blame. Lead character may be dead.
Final Fantasy 9: Star Wars, but the main characters are all either clones or princesses.
Final Fantasy 10: Daddy Issues, the Real Sports Story, with special guest Christian Guilt Complex.
Final Fantasy 11: Giraffe and friends stop the writer from erasing the game.
Final Fantasy 12: Star Wars, but half the bad guys aren't actually that bad. Except for Judge Bergen. That guy's a dick.
Final Fantasy 13: Being the chosen one will kill your dating life.
Final Fantasy 14: Heroes save the world from bad gameplay, bugs.
Final Fantasy 15: Bachelor party goes very wrong.

No one's fantasy: Me nekkid.

Very impressive, let's see how well you can summarise Kingdom Hearts.

How many times do we have to teach you this lesson, old man?


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Classroom Shenanigans

"So basically, the book is going to boil down to whether or not, when left to their own devices, humanity gravitates to civilization and order...or chaos and savagery. It's not a matter of who's right, but who can convince more people?"
"Wait, why would anyone trust Jack, though? Wouldn't common sense prevail?"
"So, let's think back to last week. Who tried to convince people to work together?"
two very bitter children raise their hands
"How'd that work out?"
"No one listened."
"Oh, also, the oldest kids are, like, twelve. So we're essentially putting seventh graders in charge since there aren't any adults."
"Oh, no."


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Working with teenagers is fun. My last group utterly failed to work together because they automatically assumed that there was going to be a winning team. In a scenario where they had been told "you survived a plane crash, hope you can find the supplies to survive the night" and no mention of a victory beyond "try not to die."

I think the tone has been set for the book!


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quibblemuch wrote:
There was a time when I would've thought Lord of the Flies belonged in an English classroom. These days, I'm thinking Home Economics or Life Skills...

My first thought should not have been "Oh, home ec is culinary."


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Overheard in the Classroom

"Guys, if we combine our resources, there's enough for us all to make it!"
"Ha, [student] actually wants to live."

I think I found the kiddos who will sympathize most with Piggy when we start reading.


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Today is the Lord of the Flies introduction activity. One class of three done, and it was as gloriously chaotic as I hoped.


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Overheard in the Classroom

"We shook hands on it!"
"And the Europeans shook hands with the natives, what's your point?"


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Overheard in the Classroom

"[classmate] is the worst partner. She's gonna kill me."
"Ms. Scint says not on the carpet. Blood's hard to get out."
"I'll bring a tarp."


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Overheard in the Classroom

"[Joseph McCarthy] looks like Mr. Bean."


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NobodysHome wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:

Feh.

The series ended at 6 for me.

That said X-2 was fun. But it needed more Lulu.

I am in FFXIV right now dressed like Lulu.

Or at least my toon is.

Imagine Lulu in fish pants.


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IHOP and Denny's are probably so used to high school drama kids coming by after shows that nothing teen phases them tbh.


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There are two types of people:

Coach Coworker: Salutations.
Student: What?
Coach Coworker: Hello.
Student: Oh.
Me: Sup, nerd.


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quibblemuch wrote:
Right? I mean, as cunning realizations go it’s right up there with: “Say… you ever notice how you never see Bruce Wayne in the same room as Spiderman?”

Did anyone else think of that little comic with Batman and Iron Man throwing money at each other in a billionaire-engineer slap-fight while Spider-Man scrabbles on the ground to scoop up the dropped cash?


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NobodysHome wrote:

I "win".

Today is Impus Major's 21st birthday.

It's classically a time of dread for parents: Their kid's stupid friends will drag them out and try to get them to drink to the point of blacking out. While 21st birthday fatalities aren't as high as the news would lead you to believe, it's still something to add to your grey hairs.

Yet Impus Major doesn't even have plans to go out tonight. He'll likely hang around the house while we're off gaming, we'll do a nice dinner of his choice, and then at GothBard's insistence he'll take one sip of champagne.

And I learned something on Friday that made me proud: His friends' friends do pressure him to drink and do drugs. And his response is, "My father was an alcoholic. My grandfather was an alcoholic. I'd rather not take the risk, thanks."

And they back right off.

A surprisingly effective tactic.

Good for Impus Major!

...man, I got so much crap from my friends for spending my 21st birthday by attending my night class, pulling a closing shift at the library, and then staying up til 2 to work on a paper. Party hard, that's me.


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Drejk wrote:
While they are useful in short run, I wouldn't rely on Paizo, Google Drive, or Chrome spellchecks 100%. I noticed they occasionally don't recognize less often used words and terms.

Also doesn't catch if you typo into the wrong word. Case in point, the "Gatsby was a boat" incident.


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gran rey de los mono wrote:
Scintillae wrote:

Problem Solving

Fact: It would be beneficial for my kiddos to have practice passages for their proofreading skills.
Fact: I will need a ready supply of page-ish long passages for this.

Solution: I guess I have to write a lot of badly-written passages.
Better solution: googles recipe blogs

You could probably also use various fanfics.

The day I hand out a worksheet with the phrase "stared into Sonic's eyes" is the day I get politely but firmly asked to stop teaching.


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Problem Solving

Fact: It would be beneficial for my kiddos to have practice passages for their proofreading skills.
Fact: I will need a ready supply of page-ish long passages for this.

Solution: I guess I have to write a lot of badly-written passages.
Better solution: googles recipe blogs


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My seniors came into homeroom today with bags of snacks.

"...what's this for?"
"It's [college English teacher]'s birthday."
"...does she know that you're throwing a party?"
"Yeah."
"Well, we said it as a joke, so maybe not."
"She might know!"
"....this is the microwave all over again, isn't it?"
"Yes! Praise Jeff!"

I'm gonna miss them.


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Orthos wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:

One positive aspect of my alcoholism was that I stopped drinking straight soda and started drinking it with generous amounts of rum.

Stop the rum, and suddenly the soda is so far beyond sweet it's scary

So it's safe to say I've had neither an alcoholic drink nor a soda in nearly 5 years now.

Meanwhile I accidentally tried Scint's rum and coke once and it was so bitter I almost vomited. I've since learned that even sweet wines are too bitter for me. Alcohol of any kind seems to just make anything in it too sour for me to tolerate.

But that's not really a big surprise for me. I need a generous helping of sweetener to drink the tea I basically live off of these days.

Scint does not share drinks well, apparently.


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I legitimately considered Infinity War/Endgame to be the biggest letdown it could've possibly been.

1. Too many cooks.

There were more characters than could have possibly been given meaningful screentime. They went too big and couldn't juggle the cast. So much of the non-Avengers-films-specific MCU got thrown by the wayside because they needed their plot to happen very specifically to set up Endgame. It felt like a railroading DM. What was the point of giving us Thor: Ragnarok if the plan was to immediately go NOPE! Ctrl-Z! It's time for the one that matters.

2. Holding the good content hostage

The rest of the MCU, you could basically watch without being required to see the Avengers movies. Yeah, they'd provide context, but they were mostly self-contained.

Not anymore! We're going to force you to watch our polished turd.

3. All for nothing

The only ones who stay dead in comics are Uncle Ben and the Waynes. There's no way anyone believed the end of Infinity War was going to stick. It was meaningless shock value for the sake of it. But now you haaaave to come watch Endgame to be sure it gets fixed!

4. Character derailment

How many characters had to get run through the defamation machine to make this festering lasagna of concentrated mediocrity function? What's the point of emphasizing character development and plot arcs if they're all going to be thrown away because of a couple of "visionaries" who can't be bothered to maintain consistency? Oh, and we're not even going to pretend that we're giving equal consideration to all of our leads in this movie we've billed as an ensemble.

.....I could go on.


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"Remember to watch your tense when changing between active and passive voice. Stay consistent - don't time travel. Time travel means we have to deal with Endgame, and nobody wants that."


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Tessaro Zelda wrote:

We somehow completely missed the fungus on our playthrough, or it was in a part of the ship we didn't get to over the course of the one chapter we played. And sadly that game has been long dead for years.

EDIT: Nevermind. Having reread the journal Scint posted, we did encounter the fungus. We just killed it before we could have a conversation, and never really discovered it was that intelligent. Whoops!

I'm sad I had to drop it. It just...never really worked out, being the interim campaign between Savage Tide, and all the lost planning time due to work.


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quibblemuch wrote:
HURK!

I have been summoned!


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tackles the shiny paper


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TriOmegaZero wrote:
The public school system is much the same. Cyz saw a position available for school psych but the principal there was the assistant principal at another district who did not have a good impression of her when she left there.

It can almost be worse - I didn't realize how interconnected the districts statewide were until I interviewed here. I hadn't told any of my coworkers, but the day after the interview, one of my fellow teachers asked about it...because she'd taught for a couple years in another small town with one of the people I was interviewing with, and they'd called her to ask about me. And one district was almost completely on the hypoteneuse end of the state from the other. It was an odd feeling.


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I remember getting crap about how I spent my 21st, but it was more to do with "you didn't skip your night class/trade shifts to get off work?" than about drinking.


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Imagine Jar-Jarcuterie where it speaks to you the entire time. "Yousa gonna finish dat?"


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Meanwhile, Sophie cares not about the temperature and just wants to go run. Cold just means she gets to wear her sweater (it is still bizarre to me how much she loves wearing them after she tried to eat the booties we got her) and jump into snowdrifts.


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Covering band on my plan period today.

Good news: our band is quite good, and I know most of the kids, so it's not unpleasant.
Bad news: WHAT?


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I offhandedly mentioned to Babynerds 3.0 that I was considering throwing together a Redwall-inspired 5e campaign for giggles because I've been rereading them. Three of them immediately declared they'd be all in on that and helped assign a core race to the critters.

So...that's happening apparently.


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Did a "Map Madness" bracket research project with my geography kiddos - randomly choose an African country, do some research, and the presentations go head to head.

The winners? Madagascar (because King Julian) and Chad (because they just liked yelling the name Chad).


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Honestly, I hope the streaming success pushes the MCU more toward miniseries than movies for the simple luxury of pacing. A movie gives you about 90-120 minutes, some pushing closer to 150. A miniseries? 6 1 hour episodes gives you over twice that. You don't have to rush. You can plant more seeds for other projects. You can spotlight characters who'd only get 30 seconds in a movie.

I can't imagine how bad a Good Omens movie would've been, trying to trim down to a 90 minute runtime. More miniseries for everyone (except you, JKR, take your Fantastic Beasts nonsense and tweet ragefaces into the void).


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Looking for some short stories or poems for a quick figurative language skill check has reminded me that I am apparently just drawn to depressing things.


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This is my origin story.


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This should be fun. I gave my kiddos the heads-up that they're going to have a research paper coming up in a few weeks so they could start brainstorming potential topics.

The prompt: "What is the most important invention of the past 200 years?"

The only limits are the time frame and that they can't pick the same as someone else. I'm excited to see where they go with it. A few things I've heard so far: microwave, air conditioning, light bulb, computer, velcro.


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Vanykrye wrote:
Appears the closest Zaxby's to me is in Indy.

That sounds really uncomfortable for Dr. Jones.


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Why don't any fast food places give me a try?


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I've got a pit-boxer mix, little over 2 years old. She is the sweetest thing and far too smart for her own good.

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