#8481
imagine my perplexed dismay when, at an awards banquet for the town i work for, the mayor presented a powerpoint slide showing the wastewater plant processed less than half as many gallons as our water plant produced
#8482

ialdabaoth posted:

imagine my perplexed dismay when, at an awards banquet for the town i work for, the mayor presented a powerpoint slide showing the wastewater plant processed less than half as many gallons as our water plant produced




#8483

ialdabaoth posted:

i used to get pissy at the out-of-towners like armadillos, japanese honeysuckle and garlic mustard but im swinging around on that. if they can make living here work, ought to take what we can get. forest fixin to be a v different place in a little while


outside of rare exceptions this isn't how invasive species work. there's not enough interconnected bits to replace and form a stable a new biome, you'll just get monocultures, soil depletion, disease ridden overpopulations that render their food sources extinct and die out. then nothing. it was bad enough when we still had a functioning ecoysystem for these things to harass, but environmental factors obliterating native species is just going to aggravate the problem further. two gunshot wounds don't cancel each other out.

#8484
they say you shouldn't spend more than 20 minutes planning a lesson. Now, having spent 6 hours of my weekend time planning a single year 7 lesson it really got me thinking. The different here is between planning and design.

Anyone can plan a lesson in 20 minutes - planing involves the arrangement of whatever resources you might already have for the length of time of the lesson - worksheets, pre-made powerpoints, tried and tested demonstrations, standard practical activities, questions in books and so on, you can plan a good lesson using those available resources - I could teach a pretty ok lesson just by walking in and presenting whatever powerpoint has already been made by the department.

Lesson design though, that's a completely different thing. Its depressing, but the pre-made resources are usually c r a p, the powerpoints are lame, the picture choice is shit, the flow is mediocre, the tasks are poorly explained and poorly sequenced, the practicals often go wrong due to lack of forsight (try making an electromagnet using copper wire if you don't take into account that the outside layer of the copper has oxidised to CuO and so won't conduct very well/at all - the practical is suddenly fail)

Lesson design is a really really time consuming task - not how do I plan this period, but how do I create the perfect package which will facilitate the best possible learning of something which is abstract, hard to grasp, often involves algebra and is frankly pretty boring, for this group of clueless children.

So I make lots of modifications to the powerpoints, I change all the pictures from stupid cartoons to real life pictures which illustrate my points, I use diagrams when necessary but they need to be good, sometimes I draw my own.. I get rid of the clutter, I write better instructions. I design good demos which will encourage them to go "what the fuck". I make my own worksheets, I design my own questions, I physically do the work I am setting in my own exercise book to see what it is that I am actually getting them to do and how I want it to look in their books. I look cross-syllabus at what they are learning in maths, I watch cool video of stupid things we can do in class, the I go talk to the tech team about what they can get for me, I talk to more experiences colleagues, especially the chemists for advice, I draw little millitary maps of my classroom like a bootleg-engels of how I want my students to move around, on and on you get the point.

Lesson design is: The presentation, The activities, The set work, and the plan and thats why im going to be the best fucking teacher in this school, once I finally design all my own lessons.
#8485
Started and finished two classes this month, 6 left until I finish my bachelor's degree
#8486
btw i am always interested in hearing about peoples memories/experience of school science, positive and negative, esp in not the uk
#8487

tears posted:

btw i am always interested in hearing about peoples memories/experience of school science, positive and negative, esp in not the uk


i kept hearing a rumour a biology teacher got fired for drinking his own piss in front of the class but i wasn't in that class and apparently it was an exaggeration. still wild tho.

i also had a physics teacher i really liked; i can't remember details of just how he taught but what stood out most was his casual confidence and grasp of the subject matter. sorry that's not very helpful.

#8488
as a cool kid i hated the shit out of school
#8489

sovnarkoman posted:

as a cool kid i hated the shit out of school


good

#8490

sparklefeather posted:

i kept hearing a rumour a biology teacher got fired for drinking his own piss in front of the class


my piss drinking teacher

#8491

tears posted:

So I make lots of modifications to the powerpoints, I change all the pictures from stupid cartoons to real life pictures which illustrate my points, I use diagrams when necessary but they need to be good, sometimes I draw my own.. I get rid of the clutter, I write better instructions. I design good demos which will encourage them to go "what the fuck". I make my own worksheets, I design my own questions, I physically do the work I am setting in my own exercise book to see what it is that I am actually getting them to do and how I want it to look in their books. I look cross-syllabus at what they are learning in maths, I watch cool video of stupid things we can do in class, the I go talk to the tech team about what they can get for me, I talk to more experiences colleagues, especially the chemists for advice, I draw little millitary maps of my classroom like a bootleg-engels of how I want my students to move around, on and on you get the point.



i mean this is exactly what all teachers ought to be doing but you won't be able to keep this up for more than a few years, you'll burn out. unless you have a meth habit. consumption of methamphetamine is the only way to achieve the crackling whirling relentless energy focus and positivity that describes the bar of what a capitalist economy deems to be a full human with the right to be alive, when a 40 hour work day and 2 day weekend is imposed. it screws up your brain after long term usage but thats ok:

a life without meth
is functional death

#8492
thats ok, i have type 1 bipolar, meth from heaven
#8493
ive had a cold and ear infection for the past week, thanks obama. Also the medications im on sometimes conflict and cause heart problems.

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#8494
armadillos can form stable a new biome,
#8495
i help teach science to fourth graders at a private academy atm. i mostly just scold them or draw pictures on the whiteboard
#8496

cars posted:

armadillos can form stable a new biome,


the decline of gopher tortoises is causing trouble for a variety of other critters who would use their burrows, so its helpful to have armadillos come along to make new burrows for folks to use. on the other hand armadillos prey on gopher tortoise eggs...

#8497
its 40 below.
#8498
below what? and where are your units?
#8499
-40 Celsius of course
#8500
-40F - 32F = -72F,
-72F * 5/9 C/F = -40C,
-40 C = -40 F

#8501

tears posted:

below what? and where are your units?



forty below boiling, in a personalized unit system, °I. that's about room temperature

#8502

toyot posted:

-40F - 32F = -72F,
-72F * 5/9 C/F = -40C,
-40 C = -40 F



very cool

#8503
no tolerance for lack of units
#8504
If you require absolute units, then -40F would in fact be 420, Rankine
#8505
LACK UNIT
#8506
pc load letter
#8507

toyot posted:

-40F - 32F = -72F,
-72F * 5/9 C/F = -40C,
-40 C = -40 F


also, this does not make sense at all, -40 coulombs are not equal to -40 farads, sorry, that doesnt even make sense

#8508

MarxUltor posted:

Rankine


D2A, yet again

#8509

tears posted:

btw i am always interested in hearing about peoples memories/experience of school science, positive and negative, esp in not the uk



i went to a meager little reformed protestant school in rural Pennsylvania where we only learned the one true science, that the Earth was created in 6 days and on the 7th day, that God rested. we learned not to trust the venomous teachings of worldly science, and kept our eyes steadfastly on the one Holy Truth. above all, we learned that the most rigorous, crucial science was that of meticulously and precisely measuring natural erosion, which revealed that all of Nature cannot refrain from bowing in wonder before the Kingdom of God, and signifies the Kingdom's immanent return to Earth - once the perfect measurement of erosion is recorded, we will all know the moment and the hour of Christ's Return. it all ends in a massive fête, where there will be young calves roasted to crisp perfection replete with juicy apples crammed into their mouths, plus boundless other delectable hors d'oeuvre so complex and dynamic in flavor that it is beyond human imagination. Those seated at the table will enjoy a choice view overlooking the Lake of Fire which will reveal a magnificent spectacle of the unrelenting burning of the wicked. the scientists will be the ones that will burn the slowest and will endure the most adamant, unbearable pain of all for leading societies the world over so far astray.

#8510
our front door handle snapped off. the metal got so brittle it just shattered. it's Very Cold.
#8511
it might get below freezing here at night next week. brr
#8512
*wafting coronavirus from the air with both hands and cramming it into my mouth and nose*
#8513
There's nationwide protests in the US this Saturday against the sanctions on Iran

https://www.answercoalition.org/jan_25_event_listings
#8514
i now know, up close and personal, what caregiver burnout is.
#8515
our house is a mess, too
#8516
im back on amphetamines in somewhere between now and wednesday.
#8517
i moved and have been busy with that and life stuff which is why i haven't been around. i like my new place. gonna catch up with the new posts and the new kkkonspiracies to post about.
#8518
been busy too... beat the horrible anxiety I had for like a year, feeling way better now
#8519
Coronavirus just arrived in Paris...how do I survive?
#8520

Parenti posted:

Coronavirus just arrived in Paris...how do I survive?



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