Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Rumble In the Jungle

One of my favorite things about blogging in the summer is that I can share stuff like this. The Black Panther movie looks like it's going to be awesome!

Monday, June 26, 2017


Okay, Abdul, like with Ruby, I will definitely change this one out soon if you want. It's not a bad picture by any means, but I'm just repurposing another picture from before.

Anyway, I hope you have had a wonderful birthday, Abdul. You sure got a beautiful sunny day with the perfect temperature, in my opinion.

One unique thing about Abdul is that he created a mathematical contribution to our class in creating the Abdul Ray. You see, one day earlier in the school year, he pointed out that the viniculum--the line above a repeating decimal--should actually be a ray, because it goes in one direction forever instead of a line, which would go in both directions forever. This was one of the smartest things I had heard anyone point out in a long time. Therefore, it became known as the Abdul Ray. Personally, I think this should be taken into account by the mathematical community at large. (I'll talk to Dr. Goldberg about it.)

He is a fun-loving guy who has had more than one nickname. I liked shortening his name down to Abs, personally. He is also the future proprietor of Abdul's Pretty Good Fruit Salad.

Okay, so it turns out that Abdul is pretty much just the cornerstone of a lot of Area 51 in-jokes, but trust me; he's not a joke. He's a good boy with a great mind.

Happy Birthday, Abdul! You deserve it. I will see you soon.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

You Can't Take the Sky From Me

Here is an article (as in, click here...) that I read this evening and loved.

It's about a group of librarians who rode around on horseback during the Great Depression delivering books to people seeking to educate themselves during a time when America truly needed hope.

There is something I share in common with librarians, and that is a true appreciation (I almost said passion, but that seems trite...) for education. In a world that seems to celebrate and honor ignorance (cough*Kardashian*cough), we in the education world often just want to put our faces in our hands and shake our heads.
If these librarians were able to hold their heads high and deliver lessons and stories to the struggling masses and give them hope, well, that helps me keep my own hope alive.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

My Soft Spot

I wanted to share this picture with you here because I'm not sure if everyone got to see it or not. It was purchased at a PTO fundraiser by the Delabys, and it features the whole class. I love this picture. It already is posted up in the room. You guys are awesome.

Monday, June 19, 2017

The Fifth Quarter

Let me start by saying that I'm going to address the parents and adult readers of this blog here.

If you haven't watched the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary O.J. Made In America, do yourself a favor and watch it. In my opinion, it is one of the most important documentaries that has ever been made.

What was most eye-opening to me was not what I went into this documentary looking for. I was watching it partly as a nostalgia piece. 1994 is the year I was a sophomore in college. It was the year of Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding, the year Kurt Cobain died, and--of course--the year of O.J. It was that prime age where the music I listened to, the messages from my professors, what I read, and the media input was at its most potent. It was a year of Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Live, Weezer, and Oasis.

What I got out of it, though, was a wonderful, horrible, honest profile on race in America. Things I hadn't even thought about came to light through this film. Things that are hundreds of years old came to light. It made sense suddenly, and I realized exactly why we still have a whole lot of work to do.

Normally, I don't pay any attention to the Oscars. However, when I found out that ESPN had won the best documentary feature for this miniseries, I said they got something right. I knew without reservation. It is one of the most important things to come out in the past year.

Do yourself a favor and watch it when you get a chance.

Sunday, June 18, 2017


OK Go always gives an incredible presentation. No special effects are in this video, or any of theirs.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Do 5-1 Students Dream Of Organic Sheep?

I hope everyone is getting plenty of rest over this summer break. Lord knows you can all use it!