If you were in North Myrtle Beach, here’s what your Christmas lights might look like.
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It’s nighttime in Atlanta.
A Silver Bluff 10th-grader was arrested Tuesday afternoon for bringing a cap gun to school, officials said.
The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with the Jackson Police Department, arrested the Jackson teen after a student reportedly tipped off adults that the teen had displayed the firearm in his waistband during physical education class.
Cops and court dates for a dumb kid who brings to school … a cap gun? It seems like potential jail time is a bit harsh for this sort of offense. But there aren’t too many details to go on in the story. (I can’t tell, for instance, if this kid tried to threaten anyone.)
I wonder what would happen if some kid showed up with a pointed stick…
There’s some argument on the merits of partial credit – giving students some points for getting at least part of a complex answer correct. Sometimes, partial credit is beneficial – but the existence of partial credit causes another problem:
Some students simply won’t commit to an answer, hoping to somehow pass on a wave of partial credit. As an example, consider the question below. It’s part of a lab write-up where the students measured the pH of a solution of sodium hydroxide using pH paper and other indicators.
Question: Was the solution acidic or basic? _________________
Student answer: Acidic, with the presence of base
Of course, the correct answer is “basic” – which was very obvious if the student had even glanced at the directions for using the indicators. But instead of doing that, this student just thought he’d wing it, get done with the lab write-up a whole minute faster, and try to get points for his answer anyway.
I imagine that students keep trying this strategy because it has worked somewhere before. But not today.
This blog has been very quiet lately. Sorry about that, but when you’re preparing for five labs a week in addition to lecture courses, things get a little … hectic.
That said, we’re four weeks into the semester down here, and we’ve started our labs. I normally push the start of labs back a week, so as to avoid having people add my class after we’ve already done a lab and discussed lab safety.The Labor Day holiday pushed the start of the “real” experiments back even farther – ample time for everyone to pick up one of these. … so why is it that half of the class comes to lab without even having attempted to buy a laboratory notebook? It’s not like I’ve forced students to buy something exotic like the $25 lab books I had to buy when I was an engineering undergrad. Just about every store in the area that sells school supplies stocks these composition books!
Or were these folks simply not paying attention?
You know, if we could figure out how to solve America’s attention-deficit-disorder problem, that would go a long way to solving our other problems. Just sayin’. 🙂
Here’s a visitor to the waters off North Myrtle Beach:The seagulls, of course, love this visitor.
Hey! WordPress 2.6 is out. This release is supposed to be easy to install, but I hear that you could cause a star to explode or something if you do it wrong. Like that’s going to happen…Oh no … what did I do?
As we were driving towards Lumberton on I-95 yesterday, we got caught in a bunch of stopped traffic. Surprisingly, this is not what stopped the traffic**.
I hope everyone involved was okay. It doesn’t look like the vehicle fared very well.
**Road construction several miles ahead was clogging up I-95. I’m still not sure what caused this accident in the first place!
Here’s what I saw through the window yesterday afternoon.
This thermometer was close to the house and exposed to a good bit of sunlight. The “official” high yesterday was 99F – still quite hot for the beginning of June.
I do wonder, though, who decided how to describe the temperatures on this particular thermometer? “NORMAL” is 58F to 88F. There’s no “HOT”, but anything higher than 88F is “VERY HOT”.
Me, I think I’d label anything over 100F or so as “JUST STAY INSIDE”.