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Today was not the day I planned. It was not the day I thought it would be. I started the day with certain expectations and they were shot down. Not intentionally mind you, but it was still frustrating. It's days like this where you have to admit you messed up and redirect fire or start over from scratch. I committed to both courses of action. 

As you may recall from yesterday, I thought the "You Matter" concept was better received by the faculty yesterday. Well, as it turns out, I think at best it was lukewarm. That was a blow I didn't expect. But, in their defense, we do a lot of the things "You Matter" advocates: we greet students, we talk to them one-on-one, we attempt to make them feel they are successful. But I felt (and still do) that there was something missing that tied it all together. Perhaps I didn't make that clear enough. I'll have to readdress that and talk to the other teachers about it. I don't know how much persuasion they really require. I think it's more a question from them of, "Why do we need this, when we already do so many of those things already?" I think my answer needs to be that  the "You Matter" material kind of ties it together in a neat package, it focuses it.

Naturally, I got ribbing for being "touchy-feely" and such. I should have expected that and the other male teachers were going around jokingly saying to me and each other, "Hey, don't forget! You matter!" But I think in the long run they believe it's something we need and they'll do it once they see the results.

My classes didn't go as planned. Lots of absences today. Which means I have to repeat on Monday what I did today. Additionally, I realized today I gave out the wrong assignment to one government class last week. I think I'm to the point of simply starting over in government. It was really frustrating. This switch from blocks to periods and to new standards for all my classes has also increased my frustration. I simply am not feeling organized right now and I felt it in all my classes. I don't like that. 

I got two new students today from "reentry." Reentry is when students have been with us before and return. When they return they are isolated in ISS for a minimum of one week. This isolation can last longer depending on their behavior and their work. They have certain things they must complete prior to joining the rest of the students. So these two joined me in my contemporary issues class. They changed the entire dynamics of the class. Our classes are already small, This class had only five students and now has seven. It's hard enough to get these types of students to engage in appropriate discourse. But once you got the flow of the class going, it's not too bad. Then you get two students like this and it's like starting over from ground zero. It adds to your frustration.

A freshman in my last periods (block) told me another student had been bullying her. This infuriated me. She's 14, he's 18. I don't tolerate that at all. He thinks he's an adult and a "man."  For the record: "real men" don't act like that. Last week, I caught him bumping up against her and such. I told him I didn't want to see that happen again. He tried to brush it off. I told her to let me know if anything was going on. She has tried to ignore it, but today she admitted it's gone too far. Monday? We're having a "Come-to-Jesus-Meeting." Oh I'm still hot about it.

The principal was absent today. Our "assistant principal" (who-really-isn't-an-assistant-principal-but-does-the-work-of-one) lead the morning assembly. He went ahead and talked to them about how they mattered and how they mattered to us. It sounded jilted to me, but it was an effort. I'm looking forward to Monday when our principal returns to see what she has planned.

Days like this happen. Not all days are perfect. Not all days happen the way we plan. I kept my eyes on the prize and the goal. I'll keep persevering, running the race. It's days like this that make me so grateful and blessed to come home to my wonderful wife and awesome four kids who stay out of trouble and try their best at all things. Truly a refuge from craziness. Here's to hoping this weekend is productive. One of my twitter friends loves lists (and by making this list if she reads it, it'll be stuck in her head, so that's pretty cool!), so here's the list: 1) science project for 10yr old son; 2) work on organizing classes; 3) rest - I think I may be getting sick; 4) work on a digital wallpaper; 5) maybe? get out in the garage depending on the weather. 

I hope y'all have a great weekend. Let me know what your plans are if you feel the desire and/or got the time. I'd be interested. Hit me up on twitter: @_ericturner

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Eric
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FIRST OF ALL...
I'm not here to hit up on anyone or start some cyber-relationship. I don't care if you're 10 or 65, I'm here to check out art that I appreciate. If I like it, I'll comment - even if you're 10. Or 65. So please don't think I'm some sick cyber perv pedo. I'm not. I am a teacher and I like being a teacher and I don't have any intention of losing that job.

I'll engage you in discussion or conversation regardless of age. I like to encourage younger people to really pursue their artistic interests. So if I comment on your art, just think of it as the teacher coming out in me (even though I'm not an art teacher. I would be if I thought I could have found a job doing it).

SECOND:
I am a high school U.S. history, geography, economics, government teacher. I also facilitate ancient history, art history, and world history online classes. I teach at a county public alternative school for students who violate zero tolerance polices or have continual behavior issues. I started teaching in 2010 after serving in the military for 21 years.

I received my B.A. in history/education in 2010, focusing on early American history. I am a member of the following organizations:

- Phi Kappa Phi (oldest national honor society for all academic disciplines)
- Phi Alpha Theta (national honor society for history students)
- National Forensic League (speech and debate honor society)
- Disabled American Veterans (DAV)


THIRD:
I am also a retired disabled Army veteran (1985 - 2006). I am a Southwest Asia veteran. I am also a former German & Arabic linguist.
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Personal Quote: "The use of Latin in daily conversation always makes one sound smarter."
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Favorite Quotes:

"Sic Parvis Magna" ~ Heraldic motto of Sir Francis Drake (1540 - 1596)

"De gustibus non est disputandum" ~Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov, 1880

"The best-fitting defensive armor of old age,...consists in the knowledge and practice of the virtues, which, assiduously cultivated, after the varied experiences of a long life, are wonderfully fruitful, not only because they never take flight, not even at the last moment, — although this is a consideration of prime importance, — but because the consciousness of a well-spent life and a memory rich in good deeds afford supreme happiness." ~Cicero, Cicero de Senectute (on Old Age), 44 BC

"Quis custodiet ipsos custodes" ~ Juvenal (1st Century - 2nd Century AD) (Satire VI, lines 347–8)

"Some make themselves out to be victims their whole life, others take responsibility for their choices and mistakes and begin to have a life." ~ Marie Keller Ploof

"...a primary object of such a national institution should be the education of our youth in the science of government..." ~George Washington

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” ~William Arthur Ward

"To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical." ~Thomas Jefferson

"Placing labels on historians is too often 'a substitute for careful reading, research, and intellectual endeavor.'" ~Merill Jensen vis-a-vis Pauline Maier

"Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for 'tis better to be alone than in bad company." ~George Washington (from a French proverb)

"Our students need a curriculum that treats them more like potential performers than sideline observers." ~Grant Wiggins

"Leadership is a choice. It’s the choice not to do nothing." ~Seth Godin

"Each time you coerce someone into doing something by using your power of authority, you deprive that person of an opportunity to become more responsible." ~ Dr. Marvin Marshall

"Higher education doesn’t reflect the life that students are living. In that life, information is available on demand, files are shared, and the world is mobile and connected. Today’s colleges, on the other hand, are typically 'tethered, isolated, generic, and closed.'" ~David Wiley

"See where her Heroes mark their glorious way,
Arm'd for the fight and blazing on the day
Blood stains their steps; and o'er the conquering plain,
'Mid fighting thousands and 'mid thousands slain,
Their eager swords promiscuous carnage blend,
And ghastly deaths their raging course attend.
Her mighty pow'r the subject world shall see;
For laurel'd Conquest waits her high decree."
~John Trumbull, 1770 Yale Commencement

"I think I can" ~The Little Engine That Could

"The sun'll come out tomorrow. So ya gotta hang on 'til tomorrow" ~ Strouse, Charles. Tomorrow. Annie. 1977

"When the dog bites
When the bee stings
When I'm feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don't feel so bad" ~ Rodgers & Hammerstein. My Favorite Things. The Sound of Music. 1959

"No one can know where we are at all times. Not even us." ~Skipper, Penguins of Madagascar

"You dense, irritating, miniature beast of burden!" ~Shrek to Donkey

"You can't expect to wield supreme executive power just because some watery tart threw a sword at you!" ~Monty Python (Search for the Holy Grail)

"Are you crying? There's no crying in baseball!" ~Tom Hanks (A League of Their Own)

Bob Sweeney: “There was a moment...like this. When I used to blame everything and everyone...for all the pain and suffering and vile things that happened to me, that I saw happen to my people. Used to blame everybody. Blamed white people, blamed society, blamed God. I didn’t get no answers cause I was asking the wrong questions. You have to ask the right questions.”
Derek Vinyard: “Like what?”
Bob Sweeney: “Has anything you’ve done made your life better?” ~American History X

"Fifty years from now, when you're looking back at your life, don't you want to be able to say you had the guts to get in the car? " ~Sam (Transformers)

"I'm Buck Melanoma. Moley Russell's wart. Not her wart. Not her wart! I'm... I'm the wart. She's my tumor. My... my growth. My... uh, my pimple. I'm Uncle Wart. Just old Buck "Wart" Russell. That's what they call me, or Melanoma Head. They'll call me that. "Melanoma Head's coming." I'm s... uncle! Maisy Russell's uncle!" ~Uncle Buck

"I don't think I want to know a six-year-old who isn't a dreamer, or a sillyheart. And I sure don't want to know one who takes their student career seriously. I don't have a college degree. I don't even have a job. But I know a good kid when I see one. Because they're ALL good kids, until dried-out, brain-dead skags like you drag them down and convince them they're no good." ~Uncle Buck
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scythemantis Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Welp, Kajm said he'd "love to see me talk down to you," so do tell me how your military experience gave you the scientific understanding to deny any human impact on climate?

It's pretty easily comprehensible science.
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ebturner Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Artist
Mmm...never said it did. But my comment was in reply to a comment you apparently made in which you made some general statements about Kajm and those who tend to agree with him. Five incorrect statements to be specific. But then again, I wouldn't expect much else.

1. I am not between 13-17 years of age. However, I do have three teenagers who are between those ages
2. I don't "...know literally nothing about science or nature..." You have incorrectly used the word "literally". Admittedly, I don't know as much as perhaps you or Kajm, but I do know a thing or two about science. Environmental science has really never interested me as a matter of fact. So I could really care less about it all.
3. I do not believe all scientists are evil. But, in fact, I do believe there are scientists out there who are not altruistic in their findings and are seeking financial gain.
4. I'm fairly certain there are many scientists who don't make up environmental problems. But then again, there are some who do make up environmental problems for financial gain. If you don't believe that then you are pretty naive. 
5. I don't believe that these scientists are out to "hurt republicans" necessarily. In fact, I could care less. 

So, see? I could really care less about your ongoing debate with Kajm. My point was only that generalizations are really in poor taste in debates. 

(Link to the original post/comment: goo.gl/FdTqh4)

P.S. And this will be the last comment I make on this thread. So if you reply? ...well...I could really care less.
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scythemantis Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
And I couldn't care less if you comment back or not, but I'll still leave a reply.

My words have always been that his audience are "primarily" or "mainly" or "mostly" teenagers. That already acknowledges exceptions exist, so I'm not sure why you or anyone else thinks it's a valid argument to whine that they're older than that.

Science, incidentally, does not pay remotely as well as politics, or hollywood, or "alternative medicine," or drug dealing, or hell, even a lot of blue-collar jobs. In fact, an enormous amount of science is virtually non-profit and independent.

Even scientific institutions who get massive government grants have to divide that among many employees, equipment and supplies over a long period of time. The public hears that scientists "got a million dollars to study trees." The truth is that a large team of people got roughly the same wages as the average joe for a year or more of grueling field work.
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PosterGuy2014 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the +fav
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ebturner Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Most welcome. I wanted you to know I fully support your statement and stand wholeheartedly against those dolts who are Hamas apologists. 
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PosterGuy2014 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you again.
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aglezerman Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
Thank you for the favourite, Eric! :)  BTW, at least some money in education can come from better management and reducing administrative costs, especially at the federal and state level of educational bureaucracy ;)
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ebturner Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Amen! And you're welcome. :)
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violet-lady Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014
 thank you for the fav! :)
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ebturner Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
You're welcome.
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