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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Just Because I'm Not There Doesn't Mean I Don't Care

Happy Last Day of School

The end of the year is, at least for me, a time of mixed emotions. I’m always relieved when I don’t have to plan another lesson for a few weeks, or grade another essay, or look at another project rubric. I’m sad to see the relationships that many of us have built go walking out the door. I’m proud of the people many of you have become during our 10 months together. Like any relationship, we’ve had our ups and downs. Sometimes I’ve wanted to strangle each of you (some of you more than others). I’m sure some of you feel the same way about me. However, no matter how I have felt about you. No matter if I’m sad to see you go, or if I will enjoy seeing you walk away (even if it’s with a miracle “D-“), I am proud of you. You (all of you, at least once) have made me laugh. All of you have caused me to question my decision to become a teacher. All of you have redirected my focus at least once. On my worst days, some of you have given me a push to be the teacher I should be. Without knowing it, you are the fuel that I need. You are the inspiration for lessons and lectures. You will be the subject of future blog posts and the protagonist of campfire stories. You will be the punchline of jokes and the memories that warm my cold, black heart in future. I may forget your name, your face may one-day lack the youthfulness you possessed in room 639, but I will remember you, as a class. As a collective group of brilliant, funny, and somewhat aloof individuals, you will be remembered.
At the end of each year I usually read each of my classes a book. It’s a classic. Written by Dr. Seuss. He manages to say in a few pages, what I fail to communicate to you in an entire year. Even though I am unable to be there with you now, I wanted to make sure I got to read this to you.  You deserve it. I owe it to you, and you owe it to yourself to listen carefully, and quietly contemplate the meaning of the words. Also, I suggest getting this book yourself and revisiting it if you feel you are losing your way.

If the  video doesn't show up above, click here.


In all serious. I love you guys.
#wearenotfriendsbutiamheretosupportyou
#athleticsupporters < #academicsupporters

Friday, June 5, 2015

It's the End of the World (As We Know It).

It's Finally Happened. Finals have arrived.

Your last task in here is to complete this survey about the course, the instructor, and your time in #SMHS639.



Thanks for the memories. Most of them were good.

Sincerely,
Markstone

Monday, June 1, 2015

Monday, June 1, 2015

Everyone

Athletic Supporters. They're important. Without them, bad things can happen to you. Athletic Supporters perform an extremely important function, even when they go largely unnoticed by the public. The support they provide is essential for the proper function and optimal performance of any athlete.

In the grand game of life, where only the winners get a trophy (and those who don't are ultimately relegated), athletic supporters play and integral part in helping one succeed.
One more reason my students are better than your students.

Cheers to my athletic supports, even though we aren't (necessarily) friends.

Seriously, though. Thanks, everyone... when we were losing 4-0 it was nice to look up and see you all up there.. even if there wasn't anything "athletic" for you to support. I appreciate you- all of you.

Announcement for Everyone:
We will take our final this 

Modern World History


Quick-write #:
No Warm-up today.


Objectives:
  • We have some war stuff to talk about.

    AP World History

    Quick-write #:
    No warm-up. Get ready to write.


    Objectives:
    • We have some world population and resource stuff to talk about... 

    Wednesday, May 6, 2015

    Wednesday, May 6, 2015

    Everyone

    Things are falling apart.... I'm going to be gone ALL WEEK next week. I haven't posted in two weeks. I keep oversleeping. Two of my family members are sick. I'm behind on grading. The Astros, the Rockets, and the Dynamo have all lost their most recent contests. "My Beat the Streak" is over. My clothes don't fit. My shoulder hurts. I'm eating Spicy Tuna (I don't even like spicy things)... nothing seems to be going the way I envisioned.


    I should probably shut up. I'm sure I'm really asking for it on one level or another.

    So, I'm going to read this book, pack my bags, write my sub plan, wish you all luck on the exam, and be on my way.
    #perspective


    AP Exam Help
    Hey kids, if you click here you can see a list of tips for the AP Exam as given by people other than me... you know, because if I say it then I'm just saying it, but if the internet says it then it must be true.

    Modern World History


    Quick-write #:
    No Warm-up today.


    Objectives:
    • Describe how WWI started. 

      AP World History

      Quick-write #:
      No warm-up. Get ready to write.


      Objectives:
      • Determine the correct answer to 3 of 4 APWH MC Questions. 

      Thursday, April 23, 2015

      Thursday, April 23, 2015

      Everyone

      So, I can barely walk... I scored, though...

      It's assessment day. Don't freak out... but I hope you studied.

      AP Exam Help
      Hey kids, if you click here you can see a list of tips for the AP Exam as given by people other than me... you know, because if I say it then I'm just saying it, but if the internet says it then it must be true.

      Modern World History


      Quick-write #:
      No warm-up. Come in ready to go.


      Objectives:
      • Show me what you know about Imperialism.

        AP World History

        Quick-write #:
        No warm-up. Get ready to write.


        Objectives:
        • Analyze and explain the impact of liberal revolutions in the Atlantic Region from 1750-1900.

        Wednesday, April 22, 2015

        Wednesday, April 22, 2015

        Everyone

        It's match day. I'm stoked.
        There's a soccer game today in AG, beginning about 5:30. It's at Biddle Park (click here for directions). Anyone who wants to play is welcome... I'm not giving you a ride, though.


        AP- you have an essay exam. Get ready to write about the impact of liberal revolutions from 1750-1900.

        MWH- we're going to continue to explore the impact of the language used in textbooks during the 1880's as we seek to explain the purpose of the text, and see how the text was shaped by the time period, and, consequently, how the time period immediately following the publication was impacted by the writing. You are also going to write some sentences... about imperialism. Oh, and you have an assessment tomorrow.

        AP Exam Help
        Hey kids, if you click here you can see a list of tips for the AP Exam as given by people other than me... you know, because if I say it then I'm just saying it, but if the internet says it then it must be true.

        Modern World History


        Quick-write #:
        No warm-up. Come in ready to go.


        Objectives:
        • Use evidence to develop and substantiate a claim.
        • Analyze the beliefs present in 19th century literature.

          AP World History

          Quick-write #:
          No warm-up. Get ready to write.


          Objectives:
          • Analyze and explain the impact of liberal revolutions in the Atlantic Region from 1750-1900.

          Tuesday, April 21, 2015

          Tuesday, April 21, 2015

          Everyone

          Nothing much today. All classes will have a test on Thursday. AP, you will have have an essay tomorrow and a MC Exam on Thursday. MWH, you will have your assessment on Thursday.

          See you all later.

          -Markstone

          AP Exam Help
          Hey kids, if you click here you can see a list of tips for the AP Exam as given by people other than me... you know, because if I say it then I'm just saying it, but if the internet says it then it must be true.

          Modern World History


          Quick-write #31:


          Objectives:
          • Use evidence to develop and substantiate a claim.
          • Analyze the beliefs present in 19th century literature.

            AP World History

            Quick-write #:


            Objectives:
            • Review the key concepts and major turning points of Era 5.