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I just noticed my dental floss has an expiration date.  Why??
Because the FDA regulations call for an expiration date on just about everything.  For the manufacturer its easier to put an expiration date on the package than to fight with the FDA over why it is not needed. 
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Baby Names - You're kidding Right???
« Last post by Nuku on Yesterday at 06:04:19 PM »
Shaune - for a woman

I've known several women named Shaun or Shawn (usually no "e" at the end - and it's never spelled "Sean"). Most of them are now middle-aged.
Techno-quette / Re: "Crashing" a stranger's facebook page
« Last post by bah12 on Yesterday at 06:03:47 PM »
I think it's fine to comment on public posts that show up in your news feed.  My assumption is that the original poster is not closed to comments from strangers when they make a post public.

That said, there's always a rude way to do things that are totally ok.  If Glen wants to debate about whether or not unsolicited advice should be welcome, that's fine.  But, he needs to be respectful of other opinions and post in a way that shows that he's open to healthy conversation vs. starting an argument.  His rudeness has nothing to do with the fact that he didn't know the original poster and I'm unclear if his post was unwelcome because it was aggressive or unwelcome because he didn't agree with LordL and his friends.  If it's the former, then it would be rude even if he did know the original poster.
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Last post by JoW on Yesterday at 06:00:42 PM »
For all you folks who are getting calls for someone else - you need a call blocker.
For a smart phone a call blocker is an app.  There might be one pre-installed on your phone or you can buy one. 
For a land line a call blocker is an electronic box that plugs into the phone line between the wall and the phone.  You can get one at Best Buy or on line for less than $75
For a simple cell phone ask your carrier.  Or put the pest's phone number in your contacts list and give them the ring tone "no ring" or "silence".  That will send the calls to voicemail without disturbing you.

I learned all that when I was getting calls for Michael.  It turned out Michael bought a car he didn't plan to pay for.  To make that easier he put a fake phone number on the loan application.  His fake number was my real cell phone number. 
We have some PD happening here. I teach high school. When you start teaching in most places in the US, they consider you a new teacher for at least the first 3, if not 5, years. This is because a large percentage of teachers who leave the profession do so during that time period. In my district, teachers who are within their first 3 years have extra assistance available to them.

As additional background, this is my 3rd year teaching, so I am still new. Better than I was!! But still new. I have been at the same school from the start.

A new-to-our-school teacher began this year. We'll call him Tom. This is also his third year teaching. He has shunned all help available to him because "he knows what he's doing." Except he doesn't. His content is solid, but his classroom management is atrocious. I know because three (3!) different people have talked to me about it, wondering if there is any way I can work it into a conversation with him because no one else seems to be able to get through. (Tom and I hit it off at the start of the year, but our conversations have fizzled; these people thought we were still close enough that I could do this.)

Issues include: Students constantly on their cell phones. Students walking around the classroom, "hanging out" when they are supposed to be seated doing work. Students freely using profanities. Students generally talking the entire period, even when Tom is teaching, so that work just doesn't get done by anyone. None of these offenses are met with consequences, so of course, they keep happening.

Tom is so focused on having the students "work together" (an admirable goal!) that he has neglected to enforce basic classroom rules so that students respect him and each other. One of his supervisors suggested that he seat the students in traditional rows, instead of groups, because that can substantially help teachers who are struggling with classroom management. Students can't work together, but they also can't get distracted by each other and it's easier to keep everyone on task. He was horrified. They have to be in groups!

My first year, I desperately wanted my students to be in groups. But I quickly learned that I didn't have the classroom management skills to handle it. This year, all but one of my classes are in groups. That one? The kids are rowdy, and I don't have the classroom management skills yet to handle it. Because I'M STILL NEW. Just like Tom.

The principal is the one who gets the final say if someone is hired back. The 3 people (aside from myself) who know how bad it is are the support system. However, they all report to the principal, and word will get back to her eventually. There are already rumors that Tom's contract won't be renewed. But he still maintains his indifferent/know-it-all attitude whenever someone tries to help.

Has anyone actually said to him "if you don't make these changes, you won't have a job?"  Because right now it seems like everyone is talking to everyone else about Tom, yet he's not involved in the conversation at all.  I don't think anyone is doing him a favor by continuing to tiptoe around the conversation.  And if the mentors are not the ones to do this, then where is your principal.  If she's the one who gets to decide, she needs to let him know what he needs to do to keep his job.  That's a part of managing.  Losing a contract or being fired shouldn't be a surprise to people. They should at least know it's a possibility if they don't change their behavior. 
One more thing, when dh and I were looking for a house to raise our family in, we looked for one entire year.  We looked at new houses, we looked at old houses, we looked at open houses, we looked all over the region before deciding.  We looked at places we definitely couldn't afford, just to get ideas and to see what was trendy and if we liked it. So tell her not to be afraid to look, it's fun!
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Traveling with a fractured foot - help, please!
« Last post by JoW on Yesterday at 05:47:01 PM »
I'd wear the boot and use the crutches when travelling (even though you don't normally).  This will assist people in knowing you have an injury and lowers the risk of someone stepping on you or bumping you accidentally.  .......
Like she said.
If you can't stand the idea of 2 crutches at least use one crutch or a cane.  Having an obvious physical handicap will get you the extra considerations you need until you heel. 
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: S/O Dear Dog...Dear Cat
« Last post by Nikko-chan on Yesterday at 05:45:39 PM »
Dear Ciaran,

Thank you for scratching my new bed. Jerk.

The not so amused food giver
Humor Me! / Re: Gross out-- Not for the faint of heart
« Last post by Nikko-chan on Yesterday at 05:39:12 PM »
Heh! Mel, that reminds me...

So Baby!Nikko was a food connoiseur even from an early age. When formula was transitioned to baby food... Baby!Nikko refused it. SunshineMom was beside herself. Until SunshineGrandma came up with the perfect solution. Mush up regular food. (peas, green beans, cooked to death carrots) and then Baby!Nikko will eat it.

It worked and the spoiled baby version of me happily gummed down any regular mushed food I could get my grubby little paws on. Except baby food. That was reserved to be thrown at the idiot grown ups in my presence who thought to feed Her Highness (ahem *waves*)  that slop.
Holidays / Re: Secret Santa Expenditure vs Value
« Last post by greencat on Yesterday at 05:30:53 PM »
I tend to go off "this is my budget" for the item, not for how much it costs when not on sale.
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