Satan in the classroom

When I switched over to WordPress last summer, my intention was to have fresh content on my main Web presence much more often than I was doing before, when updates meant creating a new HTML page. I haven’t been so good at that, although I do update my LiveJournal pretty often. So, I’m going to start doing a lot more crossposting from LJ to here. Starting with today’s post.

Today I got approval on my purchase order to buy 30 copies of William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist for use in my AP Literature and Composition class. I wondered if there’d be a problem getting it approved, but there were no questions. I really didn’t expect to be able to get 30 copies, but our librarian got me a good price on them. Although I can certainly argue that the book has literary merit, we probably won’t get to it until after the AP exam in early May. Most of the kids are looking forward to it. They picked the book. This will be good!

Today the juniors and seniors had to go to Crash Court. It was strange. An Oklahoma County judge set up a courtroom in the worship center of our academy (yes, I said worship center and no, I don’t know how they get away with that or how, exactly, it’s used). Anyway, they brought in an actual defendant and tried him in front of a few hundred kids. The charges were possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, plus drunk driving, all while he was on parole. He was allowed to address the group after and said he’s an example of what happens when you get mixed up in drugs and alcohol.

Then there was a segment about how many people alcohol kills. The last part, though … Wow. Going in, I thought it was going to be the gory videos you see in driver’s ed classes. Nope. This was a couple who lost their daughter, son-in-law and the daughter’s fetus in a car accident a few years ago. They told their story, and there were lots of tears. Did it help? Maybe.

Afterward, I saw a guy I’ve had in class twice go up to the mother and hug her. She’s a small lady and this dude is 6′ 5″ and almost always in hyperdrive. I wish his parents could have seen him hug that mother who barely made it through her own story. It was a very nice moment.

We are eight school days from spring break. I am going to make a huge effort to finish The Girls Nobody Wanted to Date over the break. Between now and next week, though, I have to focus on creating a slew of benchmark tests … and decide just how sadistic I’m going to be with my AP kids. A real AP test, or something easier? Hmm …

In keeping with my effort to put some fresh content on my various sites, I’ve recently made a couple of posts you’ll only find at One is a list of 15 good, mediocre and awful werewolf movies. Today’s was a list of things to consider if you really want to become a werewolf.

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