Thursday, September 28, 2006

Sometimes I wish

that Matt had a nice Irish brogue.

Speaking of brogues, I recommend read "Teacher Man" by Frank McCourt, which is kind of the antithesis of teacher-books -- which means that I totally dig it.

I'm not sure if I used the word antithesis correctly. Does it mean opposite? And if you want to then say that something is not the antithesis, can you just say it is the thesis? (Or would that be going too far?)

7 comments:

grubedoo said...

an‧tith‧e‧sis  [an-tith-uh-sis]–noun,
plural -ses [-seez]

1. opposition; contrast: the antithesis of right and wrong.

2. the direct opposite (usually fol. by of or to): Her behavior was the very antithesis of cowardly.

3. Rhetoric.
a. the placing of a sentence or one of its parts against another to which it is opposed to form a balanced contrast of ideas, as in “Give me liberty or give me death.”
b. the second sentence or part thus set in opposition, as “or give me death.”

I forgot to comment in the "four-eyes" post that I think glassed Matt is man-sexy.

mr. goodfella said...

oh, don't we all, Jason? Don't we all. Thank you so much. And I believe I speak for all of us when I thank you for the language arts lesson. What you just posted pretty much surpasses the entirety of what I was able to teach to all five classes all of last year. :) (and not because I didn't try, mind you!)

mr. goodfella said...

Although, now that I have these specs and a car that isn't "gay"* maybe I could do better. :) :)



* To my students, everything that they they didn't consider TOTALLY awesome was gay. For example:
"Hey mista, what kinda car you drive?"
"A Geo Prizm."
"Ha! Ha ha! That's gay!"
"Well, it runs good and it gets almost 30 mpg in town."
"Wow, seriously?"
"Yes."
"Wow. That's awesome."
"I know."
[pause]
"Your car's gay!"

heidi_go_lightly said...

I was going to say that yes, antithesis means opposite, yes you used it correctly, but Grube beat me to that--with dictionary definitions to boot.

I got my first parent complaint last week because a student overheard me saying to another teacher (who is a Christian) that a friend of mine who lives four hours away needs prayer.

You know what we should do about that right?

Thus, I'm looking for antithetical teacher book.

I shouldn't be blogging from a school computer...so later

mr. goodfella said...

That's ridiculous! You weren't even discussing school. Some people just need to be declawed. You should tell the parent (and anyone else who gets involved in this little thing) that you once heard their student speaking about personal matters in school, and that you found it completely unacceptable. :) I mean, for corn sakes, kids talk about their personal junk all day long, and it's generally a heck of a lot more offensive than saying someone needs prayer.

heidi_go_lightly said...

yup...I was a little ticked...the parent made it sound a million times worse...and afterall, this is my job and a parent complaint in your first month is very scary because I like my paycheck, and what made it worse is when I made the comment it was 8pm when I was cleaning up behind the concession stand doing stuff for my extra duty as a class advisor...it wasn't during the school day and I wasn't in my classroom.

By the way, I need a couple of books back...soon...I'm designing a history class...remember that Multi-cultural book that I said was really

grubekl said...

I am in dire need of your new address along with the address of Megan and Brian V.H. If you could email me those, that'd be perfect (abendstern_kg@yahoo.com)

Thanks!

Kerri