Wednesday, February 26, 2014


The past couple weeks I've had my students complete some assignments on the new website NoRedInk. My students love it. They tell me the website is easy to use and they like the personalized questions NoRedInk generates. It makes practicing grammar skills a little easier and even a little fun.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Typical Day

What I look like if you're talking while i'm talking.  Grumpy cat

Teacher humor @ Taylor this is summer care

Room 167: Promoting Good Mental Health (Helper's High)

Room 167: Promoting Good Mental Health: Take the Quiz! What is "The Helper's High"? http://www.words...

Room 167: Teen Depression Symptoms

Teen Depression Symptoms

The following are some of the most common symptoms of teenage depression. These symptoms don't directly correspond to symptoms of major depression, but they're similar. A teenager who meets some of the following will often qualify for a diagnosis of major depression.

Frequent sadnesstearfulnesscrying
Teens may show their pervasive sadness by wearing black clothes, writing poetry with morbid themes, or having a preoccupation with music that has nihilistic themes. They may cry for no apparent reason.

Teens may feel that life is not worth living or worth the effort to even maintain their appearance or hygiene. They may believe that a negative situation will never change and be pessimistic about their future. 

Decreased interest in activities; or inability to enjoy previously favorite activities
Teens may become apathetic and drop out of clubs, sports, and other activities they once enjoyed. Not much seems fun anymore to the depressed teen. 

Persistent boredom; low energy
Lack of motivation and lowered energy level is reflected by missed classes or not going to school. A drop in grade averages can be equated with loss of concentration and slowed thinking. 

Social isolation, poor communication
There is a lack of connection with friends and family. Teens may avoid family gatherings and events. Teens who used to spend a lot of time with friends may now spend most of their time alone and without interests. Teens may not share their feelings with others, believing that they are alone in the world and no one is listening to them or even cares about them. 

Low self esteem and guilt
Teens may assume blame for negative events or circumstances. They may feel like a failure and have negative views about their competence and self-worth. They feel as if they are not "good enough." 

Extreme sensitivity to rejection or failure
Believing that they are unworthy, depressed teens become even more depressed with every supposed rejection or perceived lack of success. 

Increased irritability, anger, or hostility
Depressed teens are often irritable, taking out most of their anger on their family. They may attack others by being critical, sarcastic, or abusive. They may feel they must reject their family before their family rejects them. 

Difficulty with relationships
Teens may suddenly have no interest in maintaining friendships. They'll stop calling and visiting their friends. 

Frequent complaints of physical illnesses, such as headaches and stomachaches
Teens may complain about lightheadedness or dizziness, being nauseous, and back pain. Other common complaints include headaches, stomachaches, vomiting, and menstrual problems. 

Frequent absences from school or poor performance in school
Children and teens who cause trouble at home or at school may actually be depressed but not know it. Because the child may not always seem sad, parents and teachers may not realize that the behavior problem is a sign of depression.

Poor concentration
Teens may have trouble concentrating on schoolwork, following a conversation, or even watching television. 

A major change in eating and/or sleeping patterns
Sleep disturbance may show up as all-night television watching, difficulty in getting up for school, or sleeping during the day. Loss of appetite may become anorexia or bulimia. Eating too much may result in weight gain and obesity. 

Talk of or efforts to run away from home
Running away is usually a cry for help. This may be the first time the parents realize that their child has a problem and needs help. 

Thoughts or expressions of suicide or self-destructive behavior
Teens who are depressed may say they want to be dead or may talk about suicide. Depressed children and teens are at increased risk for committing suicide. If a child or teen says, "I want to kill myself," or "I'm going to commit suicide," always take the statement seriously and seek evaluation from a child and adolescent psychiatrist or other mental health professional. People often feel uncomfortable talking about death. However, asking whether he or she is depressed or thinking about suicide can be helpful. Rather than "putting thoughts in the child's head," such a question will provide assurance that somebody cares and will give the young person the chance to talk about problems. 

Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Depressed teens may abuse alcohol or other drugs as a way to feel better. 

Teens who have difficulty talking about their feelings may show their emotional tension, physical discomfort, pain and low self-esteem with self-injurious behaviors, such as cutting. 

Other cognitive symptoms
  • Negative or distorted thinking
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Distractibility
  • Forgetfulness
  • Reduced reaction time
  • Memory loss
  • Indecisivenes

Take this online screening and answer the questions as you think Hannah would have answered them.

Online Depression Screening:
Depression Screening

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Sochi Google Docs Assignment

Sochi Olympics Google Docs Assignment
Due: Friday, February 7th
Click on the links below to answer the questions.

The carrying of the torch symbolizes:

True or False? The 2004 and 2008 Olympic relays saw the flame travel around the globe.

The ceremonial lighting of the torch begins in ____________________.

The torch is expected to reach the city of ______________ on October 7, 2013.

The flame of the 2014 Olympics will likely be seen by  the residents of _______ regions of the Russian Federation.

The flame will arrive in Moscow on _______________.

__________ cities are part of the torch relay.

The relay will take _______ days.

___________ people will run with the lit torch.

What date will the torch reach Sochi?

Where was the torch on November 8, 2013 (my birthday)?

Why do you think there were few stops in north-central and north-eastern Russia?

Cities, governments, mayors, and presidents vie for the honor to host the Olympic Games, betting that investing huge sums in infrastructure and event-specific development will payoff in terms of tourist revenue, positive publicity, and sustained growth and income. Even with this perspective, Sochi's Game preparations seem extreme.

Use the infographics above to help you answer the questions below:

Sochi by the Numbers:

Sochi located in the country of ___________.

Sochi is a resort city sitting on the coast of the _________ Sea.

__________ countries will be participating in the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Competitions will take place over _______ days.

Competitions will take place in __________ different venues.

Sochi is considered the longest city in Europe, spanning ________ miles.

The 2014 Winter Olympics will cost an estimated ________ dollars. (Expected to be the most expensive in history.)

The Olympic flame will be traveling for _________ days over _________ kilometers.

There will be _________ torches at the Sochi Olympics.

Top ticket prices for opening ceremonies will cost an average of $___________ per ticket.

Top ticket prices for closing ceremonies will cost an average of $ __________ per ticket.

A five star luxury suite will cost you $___________________.

A two star single room will cost you $_______________.

The mascots of the 2014 Sochi Olympics are:

Coastal venue activities include (list four):

Mountain venue activities include (list four):