Strictly Prohibited

Inspired by my yearly responsibility of proctoring the ACT test.

Welcome to test room 3B.

Please note that the following actions are strictly prohibited:

Eating, drinking, or the use of tobacco are not permitted in the test room.
Neither is talking, smiling, thinking, or breathing.
If you are caught doing any of these things, your test materials will be confiscated and scored with the incorrect answer key.

You may not have a cell phone, media player, or other electronic, steam-powered, or psycho-kinetic device with you in the test room.
All such items will be confiscated, used by the test room proctor to keep them awake during testing, and then smashed to pieces in front of you after you have finished testing.

You may not fill in or alter ovals on a test section after time has been called.
Ovals are very sensitive and only like being touched at the specified times.

Do not look back at a previous test, forward to the next test, or into the pit of your soul.
It is dark there and full of repressed memories.

No giving or receiving assistance by any means, including but not limited to the following:
Passing notes, looking at another’s answer sheet, sending messages via carrier pigeon or smoke signal—smoking, as we have already discussed, is strictly prohibited—or via psychic or supernatural means.

You must not use your calculator on any test other than the mathematics or quantum physics test.
Doing so will cause your immortal soul to be trapped forever within the device.
Calculators are not a thing to be trifled with.

You will be provided a break between hours 12 and 13 of testing.
All testing materials must remain in the test room during this time.
Attempts to remove test materials, personal effects or your shell of a human form will result in becoming lost within the labyrinth of hallways outside Room 3B.

You may only leave when told to do so.
Testing facilitators and the test company itself are not responsible for loss of property, limbs, or sanity.

Please do not exhibit confrontational, threatening, or unruly behavior.
Save such behavior for the combat proficiency portion of today’s testing.

You may wear a wrist or neck watch.
However, be sure to turn off all alarms or carbon monoxide detection functions.
If an alarm sounds, you will be instantly encased in The Zone of Silence, where your carbon monoxide alarm will suit only as an annoyance during your final, peaceful moments of life.

Above all else, please follow the directions for each test very carefully.
Test booklets are known to provide directions in the form of riddles and sometimes include ancient summoning rituals.

If there are no questions, we wish you the best of luck during today’s tests!
Please turn your answer booklet to page 2 and fill out boxes 4-12.
Include all contact information of your loved ones and your preferred method of bodily disposal.

Fill in all corresponding ovals very carefully.

Projects, Planning, and Surviving Burn Out

It’s been quite some time since my last post.  My apologies for neglecting my blog, folks.  As I’m sure all teachers end up saying each year, this year has been even busier than any other year.  Since I have a moment to breathe, I figured I’d talk education and writing for a little bit.

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Cheap Wine, Essays, and NaNoWriMo

Tonight I celebrate my looming Kickstarter campaign (if you can call a $150 goal a true “campaign”) with a bottle of discount moscato wine and a stack of English 101 essays to grade.  As you can tell by my typing this blog, my progress is, as usual, getting side tracked.

I thought I’d muse for a bit between bouts of commenting in dark green ink on my senior students’ work.  Yes, I use a green pen when I grade.  I’m not sure what really started that habit.  Perhaps it stems from my thinking that the color red scares students off.  I guess I care too much about my students’ psyches or something.
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May–that Dreaded Month

I started off fairly strongly with my blogging activity; however, the damned month known as May has struck once more.
My fellow educators out there know exactly what I’m talking about.  When the erratic Midwest weather begins to warm and stabilize, in comes the flood waters of final essays and exams. This year I’m trying to make things as easy on myself as possible.  And for all those that have faced a massive stack of essays within the last few weeks of class know so well that you have to plan accordingly in order to keep your sanity.

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So Many Projects, So Little Time

I’ve decided to not head to the gym tonight and give my body a bit of a break.  In exchange I figured I would do a bit of work.  That being said, most of my planning is done for the week, and my grading is actually mostly under control.

I feel that I should celebrate this rare moment in my life with a creative project.  The problem with this is that I’m the master of starting projects and never finishing them.  While backing up my work onto my flash drive, I realized just how spastic my writing truly is.

So what in the world should I work on?

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