Thursday, July 6, 2017

Hot! Hot! Hot!

Ninety-eight yesterday and it's at least that hot today if not hotter.  Morning swim was nice, afternoon swim not so much.
Had to have the bugman out for an in-between spraying, he says everyone's having problems with bugs wanting to come in out of the heat.  My house is not that cool, but they're coming in anyway.
Ordered a new book to play, Opera for the Piano, late intermediate to advanced and it's hard.  I'm enjoying it, but it makes my head ache sometimes.
Saw a pretty good movie this week Tomorrowland with George Clooney and Hugh Laurie.  An interesting take on how much of the future is a self-fulfilling prophecy.

And finished another book, Among Schoolchildren by Tracy Kidder, written in 1988, but just as true today.  He observed a fifth grade classroom for a year.  It's a school in Massachusetts that had just been integrated and there are loads of Puerto Rican children.

This could have been my class except the kids were Mexican and 3rd grade.
It was mentioned how hard student teaching is and the need to learn how to manage student behavior, something you only learn after you become a teacher..  I was lucky, before I became a teacher I was  an aide in special ed.  and worked with students ranging from learning disabilities to behavioral disorders to physically handicapped.  When I got my own class it almost seemed easy.  Good book.


  1. We've had really hot weather here for the past few days. Looking at the pool and may just take a swim or two.

    Love your book and movie reviews.

    Stay cool.

  2. Interesting to learn about classrooms from the teacher's perspective. It doesn't seem like teachers get enough support. Thanks for the reviews.

  3. Among Schoolchildren has been on my list of books to read for WAY too long. I own several of Tracy Kidder's books; just love his writing.

  4. Saw Tomorrow Land a few years back; did enjoy it! Good thing it was "just" bugs getting into the house. Hubby was telling about a story of one of his employees (hubby works on a Native American reservation at their health care facility). Said his employee was sitting on his lazy boy type of chair and caught movement with his eyes. Looked and saw a rattlesnake (yes) going behind their refrigerator. That was last night. Employee told son this morning to tell the mom to watch out for it and to make sure next time that all the doors were closed. Can you imagine spending the night in a house with a rattlesnake?


  5. As soon as the wind drops here the 'midges' make an appearance. What type of bugs are invading?

  6. UK is up to 30 degrees Celsius, which I am told is almost equivalent to your Fahrenheit. Ignorance is bliss when it comes to such things. I wonder if I can get that book Among Schoolchildren.

  7. What sort of bugs are coming indoors? Urgh, I don't like having anything in the house that shouldn't be there, I hope the bug man got rid of them.

  8. Ninety-eight? You beat us by a few degrees. When we moved from South Carolina to Florida it was 109┬║ during our last week there. We found out that it had never been that hot in Lakeland, Florida. To this day we joke about moving south for the cooler weather.

  9. We are like a rain forest here! We got another four inches in about an hour yesterday. It's crazy. Our house is cool and seems like I've been finding lots of spiders in the basement. More than normal. Maybe they want out of the heat too. I think it would be hard to be a teacher now a days.

    Cindy Bee


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