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March 2008

Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson : How To Study For A Computer Science Exam

This has been sitting in my rss feeds forever and I've been meaning to comment on it.

Yes, Alfred, I agree.  In computer science, at least, knowing the information is more important than passing tests.  And I've always found that cramming doesn't work in any event.

I think for the APCS, the most important thing, is working hard ALL year, and then relaxing during exam week.  Now if I could only convince the teachers in my building who insist on lockdowns for their students, ALL day, the day before. 

Quoted from http://blogs.msdn.com/alfredth/archive/2008/02/26/how-to-study-for-a-computer-science-exam.aspx:

Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson : How To Study For A Computer Science Exam

I remember in middle school when one of my teachers told the class much the same thing. That it was more important to get a good night sleep and to be as relaxed as possible before starting the exam than to drive oneself crazy cramming information that would not stay in the brain. What do you think?

I can't go anywhere....

Last night I was going to a make up dog agility class , traveling 5 mph on Central Expressway when the car on the left starting pacing and me and I heard a lot of yelling.  I look over to see an Explorer filled with Hillcrest soccer players.  2 current students, 4 former students from the past few years.

It's fun.

They were VERY excited to see me and wanted to know where i was going -- they were headed in the same direction but further north.  I tried to get them to take the HOV lane, and I'll explain it to them on Monday so they will take it next time.  They were on their way to a soccer game, probably a club game, since they do all play club soccer in addition to school.  In fact, Robert, the young man I posted about last week was driving.


Soccer gives African refugee a chance to land on his feet | Dallas/Fort Worth High School Sports | HS GameTime.com | Top Stories

This is one of my babies!!!  He was in my English for Math class back in 2004.  He is really the nicest young man, and visits with me a lot in the hall.  He always asks about Marcie, who came to his class twice that year to help teach AP Psychology.  He's a smart fellow, learning what means the most to you and then asking about it when he sees you.

 

Quoted from http://www.hsgametime.com/dfw/sharedcontent/dws/content/topstories/stories/031208refugeemattgametimecopy.46ff17d6.html:

 

Soccer gives African refugee a chance to land on his feet | Dallas/Fort Worth High School Sports | HS GameTime.com | Top Stories

In September 2004, the United Nations refugee agency resettled Francis, Yagba and Robert in Dallas.

 

A month later, Robert, then a 16-year-old, enrolled at Hillcrest. Although he could speak three African languages and some broken English, he could not read or write because he had no schooling in the refugee camp.


School clears kids in contraband candy caper - CNN.com

This is JUST nuts. Also some of these policies have gotten me in diabetes trouble in the past -- I've learned to keep candy in my room, well hidden, just because some days it can be impossible to find sugar, even on our campus.  At least they came to their senses.

 

Quoted from http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/03/13/skittles.suspension.ap/index.html?eref=rss_topstories:

 

School clears kids in contraband candy caper - CNN.com

The New Haven school system banned candy sales in 2003 as part of a districtwide school wellness policy, school spokeswoman Catherine Sullivan-DeCarlo said.


XBOX 360

I think I am going to get one, but I can't decided exactly what I want. I have been alternating doctor's visits and stores with Xbox 360 stores. I have been to 2 Gamestops, Fry'es and a Best Buy.

I can't decide if I want to buy new or used, harddrive, memory, etc. Probably want WIFI though.
I have also played drums on Rock Band, and I have also played Guitar Hero.

By the way, my eye doctor also likes Rock Band.
Any suggestions?