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No Fooling the Hodgepodge

It’s the first Wednesday after Spring Break, and it’s been a good week so far.  My students were exhausted and a few sunburned when they came back, but they are transitioning into the routine quite nicely.  Speaking of routine, the Hodgepodge is a fun Wednesday routine, is it not?  Thanks, Joyce, for keeping it going each week!

1.  Since these questions are posting on the first day of April it seems only right to ask-when was the last time you did something foolish? If you can’t answer that one, try this one-when was the last time someone fooled you?

Hmmm…I’m usually a very deliberate person who gives much thought to what I do, so I can’t think of anything that I’ve done that might be considered foolish off the top of my head.  I’m also having a hard time thinking of a recent time someone fooled me.  I will share that early in the year, a student told me he had a bladder infection and was taking medicine that made him go to the bathroom a lot.  For nearly two weeks, I gave him a bathroom pass whenever he asked.  I got wise, called his mom, and learned that he didn’t have an infection.  The bad thing was that the other students in the class knew what he was up to.  Yep.  Gullible.

2.  What’s the last biography or non-fiction book you’ve read? Was it any good?

The last nonfiction book I finished (I’m in the process of reading two) was the book, There are No Shortcuts, by Rafe Esquith.  He won National Teacher of the Year several years ago and includes strategies that he employed with great success with his students.  I found the book o-kay, if not a little whiny and a bit over the top.

3.  Garlic-friend or foe? What’s your favorite dish made with garlic?

I really like garlic but can’t think of one particular dish that has garlic in it.  I think most dishes taste better WITH garlic in them!

4.  Several Spring flower festivals happen in the US during the month of April. Of those listed, which would you most like to see in person…The Skagit Tulip Festival in Skagit Washington, The Dogwood Arts Festival in Knoxville Tennessee, The North Carolina Azalea Festival in Wilmington North Carolina or the Daffodil Festival Weekend on Nantucket Island, Massachussets?

Well, flower festivals aren’t really my thing, but if I had to choose, I’d probably go with the tulip festival.  Tulips are so pretty, so I know I’d enjoy looking at all of the different varieties and colors.

5.  How do you choose which blogs to read?  What is something that will make you stop and read every time? Something that makes you say, ‘eh, think I’ll skip this one and move on to the next’?

I’m not sure if this question is referring to blogs at large or blogs that are linked on the Hodgepodge.  In general, I only read a few blogs that I’ve subscribed to via email.  Once upon a time, I read a bunch of blogs through Google Reader; however, my teaching job is very time-consuming, so I pared down my reading list to the few gals who I happen to be bloggy/Facebook friends with.  I also read one in which the writer and I worked on charity baby blankets together.  I wish I had more time to read more and comment often.  Unfortunately, until I retire, I won’t.  By then, there will be some other medium through which we will share.

6.  April is National Mathematics Education Month so tell us, when did you last use math? 

I try to avoid doing math.  I am not good with numbers.  I think I did math out loud in class on Monday…and actually got the answer right.  Go me!

7.  n honor of the A-Z challenge kicking off on April 1…choose one word beginning with the letter A to describe your yesterday.

I would say that yesterday was “average.”  I had a good day at school but got into a terrible argument with Rooster before he left for his night class.  What would have been an amazing day was turned down many notches by the argument.  I love my son so much, so it hurts my heart terribly when we argue.

8.  My Random Thought

I got my nails done after work yesterday…

My nail tech did this artwork last year around this time, and thanks to my pinning it on Pinterest, she was able to do them again.

I wanted something “Spring-y.”  She did an amazing job!

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