Well done, everyone, this week. Go get ’em!
First Day of Fall! A Happy Birthday to the Boss, a fond farewell to Yogi Berra (even though he signed with the Empire of Evil) and some links to ponder. It’s important, especially for those of us living in a seemingly-remote corner of the world…(They say there are things to do, and I think that there are things to do, but students still tell me there’s “nothing to do”. Doesn’t seem to equate more homework getting done…). Anyway, it’s important for those of us who live in insular societies to join the larger world. No one’s experiences are in isolation! We as human beings are all part of a larger, circular order to criss-crossing paths and degrees of separation. Like a spider’s web, movement on one end of our connective tissue affects somebody else. I call posts like these “Threads” to connote this link up. Here are some helpful links to get you up to date on food for thought and shout-outs to glory.
Burns, Wyoming’s First All-Girls FTC Robotics Team! – Marissa, et al are taking extracurriculars to new heights and radioactive, fan girl awesomeness. Geronimo, allons-y and all that!
Brain Pickings! – Curated by Maria Popova, this all-learning, all-the-time resource from the greatest minds on happiness, intelligence, serenity, adventures, and the benefits of being alive. This is a great site I visit frequently (sign-up for the newsletter to get a weekly rundown!) that informs my reading, teaching, and all-around efforts to share genius and mindfulness. Excelsior!
Here are some of my favorites to get you started:
Finally, the Unemployed Philosopher’s Guild. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you: all your holiday shopping, from Halloween to Valentine’s Day and back!
Thanks for reading, and keep an eye out for Extra Credit opportunities here soon!
We are entering one of our busiest times of the school year. A full month of school completed, plus the end of MAP testing, means that teachers are going to start administering tests and district assessments (if they haven’t already). Additionally, Homecoming next week, active sports seasons, fall festivals, and changing hours of daylight are all liable to mess up your study and reading schedules. Bearing that in mind, please do your best to keep up with assignments, and don’t hesitate to contact me with questions for clarification or edification. If you need a mental break or food for thought, check out some of the happenings and hootenannies here in southeast Wyoming’s wacky fall (click on the bolded links for more info):
Grant will allow Wyoming to test smart vehicle tech – driving on I-80 is going to get even more interesting in the near future (check back next month for my reaction to the morning I drove to Burns and saw a vampire trucker and the aftermath of a fiery ceremony)
The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, sequel to last year’s adaptation of James Dashner’s book, is out in cinemas today, and you might check it out for three reasons: 1) It’s based on a book series (which you can order through the class orders!), 2) It doesn’t follow the book so closely you have to know what’s going on, and 3) The filmmakers were honest enough, and kind enough, not to split the third book into two movies — looking at you Mockingjay!
Cheyenne Zombiefest returns this weekend – Halloween lasts all year for some people (and every day in English class hosts the making of some new ghost story…). Most of my friends through Cheyenne Little Theatre are those kinds of people, and they will be volunteering this weekend at the annual undead revival in downtown Cheyenne. The Halloween stores are open, and the craft stores have probably started to put out Christmas decorations, which means that spooky season is upon us again, and you Walking Dead obsessives can get your fix. [Heads up: not everybody who attends does so with the PG-13 rating in mind — there are some costumes and behaviors that might not be for everyone (myself included), so use discretion if you attend.]
And on top of all that, the Pokes are away this weekend, so you don’t have to drive all the way to Laramie just to be distressed by our lack of defense (for what it’s worth, my grad school’s team — which is a Division I team, Zane — is 2-0: Go Jacks!).
Labor Day is upon us, and that is a very exciting thing for your teachers and your parents (unless they were enjoying your days away). You see, even though you students will – if you play your cards right – have many more three day weekends ahead, the staff and community of Burns High are working away most Fridays to give you the best education possible.
To help you pass the time over the long weekend, why don’t you introduce the BBQ attendees or hunting buddies to the site that became a senior class obsession: the Herb Nerd Personality Quiz (click on the bolded name for link). Labor Day in our modern world is all about the food. If you don’t mind being compared to the food that your food eats, take this quiz and find the right herb for your diet. It might even help you in school!
I hope you all have a great weekend, and eat up! (Also, Go Pokes!)
For those of you who were asking what Melodrama is all about, here it is in six seconds!
I’m Justin Earnshaw, a teacher of English. This blog is intended to serve as a resource for my students, as well as an online venue to begin establishing a digital presence. As a relative neophyte to the digital realm, this is a learning experience for me, and perhaps one for you, dear reader.
Things you can expect to see on this blog:
- Messages for students (to discuss, inform, and motivate, etc.).
- Connections to literary texts of the world (e.g. book reviews, links to excellent essays, geeking out over movie trailers).
- Noticings about this corner of the world — southeast Wyoming and the front range corridor.
Things you should not expect to see on this blog:
- Vitriol, vehemence, and other vile things found on the web’s dark(er) corners (such as hate speech, trolling, New York Yankees fans).
- Detailed elements of my personal life – students will not know where I live or where my gold is buried.
- An easy, how-to guide to doing it all the right way. This is simply my view on matters pertaining to the best possible worldly and academic education for my students.
Thanks for reading this, and now get back to reading that book!