Sunday, March 30, 2008

Daily Inspiration

Here is an awesome website for students looking to broaden their vocabulary when writing, which, I'm sure, is everyone on the face of the earth. Use it, kids! Although I do notice it's a site you have to pay for eventually, so use it sparingly, that is.

As for doing service for others, this site looks really inspirational. Give it a look.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Mere Flesh Wounds

A friend of mine started a program in Pittsburgh for Bayer Aspirin called Everyday Science. Here's the link for it; it's got an awful lot of good stuff on there. Click and learn! It's a bunch of radio spots, and there are several to choose from. I learned quite a bit from it, actually.

The kids have been so good to me while I've been laid up after a karate accident last weekend. I'm going to try to go all day tomorrow without my crutches. But don't worry, all you moms out there, I'll have them in case I need them.

Monday, March 24, 2008

All Over the World

Click here for the newest way-cool educational website! Actually, I have no idea how "new" it is, but it's new to me. Most excellent in all ways.

As you may have heard, I'm pretty gimpy right now, but it's okay. I only have to use the crutches for a couple more days, and then it's all cool. The kids were very good to me today, and that's about the most I can hope for. They even got together and made me a get-well card. My ankle's not broken, as I found out right after school, much to my relief.

We do have spelling this week, but we do not have Caesar's English this week. We'll actually be doing some Social Studies during Word Study this week, and in my homeroom we'll be reading a short story from the A-Z website. Oh, and also there's a Geography quiz tomorrow.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Come Undone

Well, I've spent the last several hours grading and recording, so expect an avalanche of papers being returned to your child tomorrow.

Unfortunately, this doesn't include the research paper. I never got the rubric by which I'm supposed to grade the papers, but expect them before the week is over. I know how hard the kids worked on these, and I want them to get them back as soon as possible.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Words Cannot Express

Here's an awesome site that someone shared with me. You could have a lot of fun with that one.

I hope everyone has survived the research paper. I know we've had trials and tribulations, but I hope in the end that everyone ended up turning out a product they of which they can be proud.

Shout outs to my mom volunteers: Mrs. Baker, Mrs. Sarpa, Mrs. Woeste, Mrs. Snow, and Mrs. Frenzel have all come in recently and helped me either get organized, helped me teach algebra, or helped me with small groups. With thirty kids, I couldn't do it without you guys. Thank you so much.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Don't Spill On Your Bib

This morning I spoke with Mrs. Shearman and received an okay to use EasyBib for the kids' bibliographies for the research paper. This is an awesome awesome tool that I used to use with my Challenge kids. It does everything for you. This should really help out.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008


My sister sent me this teacher's blog the other day. I guess we have it pretty cozy around here, don't we?

Monday, March 17, 2008

With Any Luck, This Will Continue Onward From Here

Many apologies for the lack of blogging lately. I was convinced that I'd find time during my day to have a kid or two go ahead and fill you in on the latest goings on, but I'm just going to do it right now.

The Social Studies test for Mrs. Jackson is going to be on Friday. Friday is also a Spelling Test for me, and let's not forget that Wednesday is a Caesar's English test. Today's Word of the Day was gouge. We started in with probability in my Math class.

More info tomorrow, I hope.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Math Bowl Update

Dear Math Bowl Parents--

The big event is only one day away! Hopefully your kids feel prepared and ready. Even though I do my best to prepare them, a couple questions always catch me off guard, so go easy on your kids! I’m confident they they’re going to do extremely well.

A few logistical matters:

1. The event begins at 5:00, but I’ve told the kids I want them to arrive between 4:30 and 4:45. At this time, I will be in a coach’s meeting, so I’m looking for some parents who could keep an eye on the kids during that time.

2. Forest Dale is the location, just south of Woodbrook on 106th Street. Be thankful for this! One year we were in downtown Indianapolis, and typically we’re somewhere out in Fishers or Westfield. This is the closest we’ve ever been.

Parents are encouraged to stay and sit as a block to cheer the kids on as they go.

If you have any more questions, please e-mail me at

Mr. Carter