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Oct. 24th, 2012 12:59 pm
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I had the Week from Hell a couple of weeks ago, and it looks like last week's lull was just that - a dip before a steep, steep climb.

My mom fell and broke her leg, slicing it open to the bone. She was in surgery and then in the nursing home and now back at home with home health providing a wound vac because the site has become infected. She can't move around much, and my step-dad is physically disabled as well, so I don't know how all that's going to work.

That same week, FirstBorn had a seizure at school and then a pretty intense week-long bout of headaches and nausea. Side effects from gamma treatment, maybe? Whatever it was, it was highly upsetting and happened on the same day that I had the very worst teaching observation in my 11 years of teaching. Basically, the observer didn't like it that the students were using laptops and seemed distracted during discussion.

I didn't like the distraction, but I didn't oppose the laptops, and though she believes them to be related, and I can admit that she is partly right, I think it will have to be worked around. She was aggressive and hostile in her feedback and used the word "apocalyptic."

I gave a presentation on literacy and Harry Potter that went well, but I didn't get any feedback because class had to be cut short. So. Frustrating.

Both kids are still unhappy at school. Pippin cries on the walk there, most days. FirstBorn is frustrated because she was put in art, and she has no idea what to do or how to do it, nor does she want to try, and in an excrutiating twist, she adores her art teacher and has no wish to look incompetent in front of him - which is what she feels she's being asked to do every day. Last night, we were up until 11 trying to get her project done, and as she was crying, I offered to spill wine on her project and let her take it to her teacher saying I'd ruined it.

I need to propose to present at a conference this year (I don't have to actually present - I don't have any primary research yet to present, so I just have to practice with the form.), and I'm thinking about writing my faux conference paper on the culture of feedback in digital writing spaces. Any ideas?
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