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By cataff on Mar 1, 2015 at 11:20 PM

Send them on. Peeps here could benefit from seeing them too. Sounds like a great idea to present the test that way!

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By cataff on Feb 28, 2015 at 8:45 AM

Thank you very much for your touching comments, Serapis. It was hard to write, but I'm not sorry I agreed to do it. I will respond in the comments too.

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By cataff on Feb 25, 2015 at 7:46 PM

We are trained to exhaustion--often on techniques we know well and have used for quite a while. We also have to take courses to keep current in our subjects in order to keep our licenses. Our education association lobbies for us and keeps us well informed on what is going on with all legislation that would impact us.

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By cataff on Feb 24, 2015 at 4:24 PM

In some states teachers are fired for low test scores. Virginia isn't one of them (was a very, very close vote in the legislature though). Test scores do make up the largest part of one's yearly evaluation and can cause one to be designated as being in improvement. That adds a ton of extra work and stress, and long term failure to improve can lead to termination.

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By raekathy on Feb 24, 2015 at 3:10 PM

There's nothing quite as sad as this, to find you're canned by Serapis! A cheez frend's heart can really ache, until you find it's a mistake! It's great to be ur frend again, and I rate you ten out of ten. Ur very witty, I can tell, each time I read ur LOLs!

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By raekathy on Feb 23, 2015 at 7:46 PM

Thanks for the friend request, Serapis!

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By cataff on Feb 23, 2015 at 4:00 AM

Absolutely.

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By cataff on Feb 22, 2015 at 5:33 PM

The students are being trained to use their native language in a grammatically correct manner and to write argumentatively without errors in logic. That is what is expected of them on the state writing test in two weeks. I don't think it's asking a lot, but for this particular group it is because they have never bothered to learn the most basic tenants of English grammar, and there is no other way to know them. They have had horrible writing test scores from the primary grades on up to high school, and they are making no effort to do better now. They don't seem to believe or care that they cannot graduate without passing this test even though they could be moved along even with failing scores at the lower grades.

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By raekathy on Dec 31, 2014 at 7:13 PM

Happy 2015 to you, too!

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By littleAPC on Dec 29, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Serapis try this site and just look around. You might find something useful: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/

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By cataff on Dec 29, 2014 at 6:57 AM

If it's the history of the English language, someone has uploaded an excellent BBC documentary on that topic to YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsVz5U76kX0. If you are interested in the history of the country, here are BBC documentaries on that: http://shop.bbc.com/us/video/documentary/icat/videodocumentary#esp_cf=CategoryTitle&esp_filter_CategoryTitle=British%20History&esp_hitsperpage=48 I have found the great majority of BBC documentaries to be excellent. I didn't look on YouTube for any of these, but some may be there. I have used the history of the language more than the history of the country for classes. I teach juniors. It's the senior classes that get into the country's history. I hope this helps you some.

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By MJKittyMom on Dec 25, 2014 at 7:03 AM

Oops, guess I wished you twice, LOL!! Oh well, we could all use good wishes!!

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By MJKittyMom on Dec 25, 2014 at 7:02 AM

Merry Christmas to you too!!!

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By CollardGreens on Dec 25, 2014 at 6:55 AM

Ai am rite glad tu heer it, Miz Serapis! Merry Christmas! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E40flcEcW58

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By MJKittyMom on Dec 24, 2014 at 8:40 PM

...and a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too! ;-)

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By raekathy on Dec 24, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Have a great Christmas, Serapis!

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By 2katmom on Dec 24, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Hi Serapis! hope you have a wonderful Christmas and that the New Year is better than the last. ****hugs**** kris ( hoping all is well and you are just busy busy but with good good stuffs!)

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By luvmy8catz on Dec 24, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Thanks for the Christmas greeting and the same to you!

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By littleAPC on Dec 24, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Hai Serapis! Hope yu hav a very merry Christmas. Haven't seen yu for awhile. Hope all's good.

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By cataff on Dec 22, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Thank you very much, Friend, and the same to you! http://cheezburger.com/8407843072

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