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#1 Re: Dark Discussions at Cafe Infinity » Bullying-reasons or whims? » 2007-03-02 14:12:01

Thanks. I'll step off my pulpit now.
:cool   K

#2 Re: Maths Teaching Resources » Welcome » 2007-03-01 15:35:10

justlookingforthemoment wrote:

Sprechen sie deutsch, looking? Das ist gut!

Sie kann ein deutsche-version auf dieser web-site gemachen - "MatematikIstFun" !

(Sorry to all German speakers - I hope you recover).

Ja, ich lerne auf meine Schule. Mein Deutsch ist nicht gut aber nicht schlecht. Ich lerne Japanisch und Chinesisch auch. Und du, MathsIsFun? Welche Sprachen sprechst du?

Not a fan of ridicule, I won't even attempt to actually WRITE in german . . . . HOWEVER . . . . doen't the verb go at the end of the sentence?? I seem to remember that particular idiocy from my stay over there.

#3 Re: Formulas » Algebra Formulas » 2007-03-01 15:25:08

MathsIsFun wrote:

Triangular Numbers: Definition of Triangular Number

Combinations: Combinations and Permutations

Hope they help!

(But we may need to delete this conversation as it is in the formulas sad )

Oh --  Oops! Sorry. That means I can only write brilliant formulas. OK
Thanks for the tolerance. Delete. yikes

#4 Re: Introductions » Helloooo There! » 2007-03-01 15:19:40

ganesh wrote:

Hi MissK!
Wleomce to the forum!
Go to 'Profiles'.
Then go to 'Personality'.
Here, you can edit the avatar,
you can upload a new gif or jpeg!
Subject to restriction in size!

Just after I posted yesterday, I finally figured out how to get to the profile page. I'm a teacher, not a geek!!! HAHAHAHA
Then I tried to do the avatar thing but I guess my pictures are too big. Gotta work on that.
I'm having dog-picture envy!

Thanks for the welcome.

#5 Re: Introductions » Helloooo There! » 2007-03-01 15:17:14

MathsIsFun wrote:

Hi MissK,

Love your posts so far!

Thanks. I hope I'm not too preachy. I feel for espion. She seems to be having a hard time. It must be really tough to be a kid these days. I sure am glad I'm not!!!

Thanks for the welcome.

#6 Re: Dark Discussions at Cafe Infinity » Bullying-reasons or whims? » 2007-03-01 15:13:51

I enjoyed John's message about not getting into your 4 decades of life. Not shy, I WILL get into mine!!

Listen, kids, in the grand scheme of life -- which is VERY long -- your elementary and high school experiences mean nothing. Really. Nothing. I've been to exactly one of my reunions. I remembered exactly two of my "friends" from high school. I don't think about them and the only reason I think about my school years is to remember how NOT to teach. 

Right now, all but four or five years of your lives have been about school -- and it's quite probable that you don't remember much from those first four or five years.  Many adults will tell you to ignore hateful people. You can't. You can, however, learn what NOT to do to other people. Right? You have spoken of revenge. What does that accomplish? A temporary reprieve, a short feeling of accomplishment. These people have cronies. Their retaliation will be commensurate with yours. Both physical and mental violence escalates.

You have talked about suicide. What, exactly, will that accomplish? The only person who gets relief is you, I guess. The only people who are punished are the people who truly love and care about you. They remain here to wonder how they could have prevented the tragedy that YOU created. You become the bully because you were too much of a coward to live your life and learn from each experience you were given. The other people -- the bullies -- don't give a rat's *#@ anyway. They will forget you and find somebody else to torment.

Find courage. Look within yourself to find your strength. Learn from every experience the universe gives you. Learn. That is the best "revenge" of all. In 10 years, go back to the "old" neighborhood, visit the burger joint, and (secretly) laugh at the bulles who are now ripping lettuce (not even flipping burgers) because they have no education.

Find peace. Look within, again, because it's not around you. If you are a member of a religion, participate. If not, go find a book on spirituality and (gasp!) read it.

Love yourself. If you don't, nobody else can.

#7 Re: Dark Discussions at Cafe Infinity » Pronunciation Sounds » 2007-03-01 14:39:20

John E. Franklin wrote:

Thanks Miss K!  And nice writing for espeon on bullying in the classroom, thanks.

Just being a busybody!! -- You're welcome smile

#8 Re: Dark Discussions at Cafe Infinity » Pronunciation Sounds » 2007-02-28 16:53:41

John E. Franklin wrote:

Anyone know how to pronounce this or where I could find out??
It's a family of plant.

smi  is an open syllable,  thus the i is long

la     the a is a schwa, pronounced /u/, so   /luh/ is correct

ca     is not only an open syllable, but followed by an e giving the long a sound
        the  c  is a hard /k/ sound unless followed by an  e  or an  i  (ce, ci)
        this one shoudl be pronounced  /kay/

ce     is an open syllable, so the  e  is long
        the  c  followed by an  e  is soft:  /see/

ae     is the spelling for the long  e  sound, although it it sometimes s schwa at the and of a long-winded latin word.

I summary, find out the common name -- it's easier!!!

#9 Re: Dark Discussions at Cafe Infinity » Bullying-reasons or whims? » 2007-02-28 16:41:06

I hear the pain of what you are going though. As a teacher, I have to say that there are not enough of us who DO care and take action to stop bullying. I apologize for my profession.  I have noticed, as have other respondees, that bullying can be either whimsical or planned. At the grade-school level, it's not generally planned. Many of the bully-ees are the high-achievers, the students who are able to express themselves. The worst bulliers are the low-achievers who, however unconsciously, feel that they are being left in the dust. Um, they are. Think about it . . . when caught, they are suspended. Suspended kids don't learn, don't achieve, don't succeed in life.

The other, unconscious, type of bullying could be a result of abusive behavior toward the child at home. Many things happen at home that we may not know about.

People who are righteously, quietly proud (not swell-headed) of their personal accomplishments aren't bullies. This is what I try to achieve in my class. Strength of character, Knowledge of and pride in self, Honor in action. It's a long, long road. I only have my 33 kids for 180 days. A teacher can only hope to make a lasting impression.

Good luck with your situation.

#10 Re: Formulas » Algebra Formulas » 2007-02-28 16:13:49

This is all very handy to a 4th grade teacher who took calculus only 25 short years ago!  My current problem is to find out a formula for what another web site calls a "triangular number" pattern. 1, 3, 6, 10, 15 . . .

More to the point, how do I find all possible UNIQUE triple-dip combinations of ice cream cones. I know the formula for double-dips, but darned if I can't figure this one out.

Any help?? I am humbled by all of your brilliances.

Thank you  -- K

#11 Introductions » Helloooo There! » 2007-02-28 16:07:19

Replies: 9

Hello everyone! I am MissK. I am a 4th grade teacher in L.A.   How did you all add in a neat picture by your names?

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