sickies

Mar. 4th, 2010 08:12 am
prairiemama: (numbface)
We did go to the clinic and it turns out Robin has an ear infection. Now the rest of us have caught the cold that started this whole thing, which makes me feel awful. I HATE that Holly is sick at 5 weeks, and I HATE that I had to cancel my 2nd day back to teaching.

Also, our midwifery bill is dead.

This week can suck it!!

Book help

Jan. 8th, 2010 08:44 am
prairiemama: (Default)
I'm trying to pick out and order books for the spring semester to teach. My co-teacher is teaching A Hope in the Unseen, which is a story about an inner city kid who ends up at Brown University. It's written by a white guy but based on the true story of a young black man. I kind of have a problem with teaching a "true story" about a black man written by a white man, EVEN THOUGH the book has rave reviews and picks up on themes that always play well in my class. Last year we did Obama's memoir, which is good and students enjoyed.

What do you think??

REALLY, ANY SUGGESTIONS WOULD BE WELCOME -- ESPECIALLY FOR GREAT YA BOOKS FOR GIRLS, LATINOS, AND AFRICAN AMERICAN KIDS.
prairiemama: (southpark lo)
I need math brain help.

OK, part of my student's grades is determined by a study group they attend (it will make up 20% of their grade). Their study group leaders submit their grades to me in totals (x points out of x points). Each group has a different point total, but I need to enter the SAME point total in my gradebook for each student. So, I need to convert the grades to all be out of the same # of points.

I was thinking that I could just find out what the percentage is, and give them those points out of 100. So if a student received a grade that equals 88%, he'd get 88/100.

Is there any reason this is unfair? I can't think of why this is a BAD idea, but I'm so awful at thinking my way through these things that I'm sure it MUST be a bad move to make.

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