- With reference to the US Constitution, explain the differences between enumerated and implied powers. Explain the significance of McCulloch v. Maryland in determining the constitutionality of implied powers.
- Briefly discuss three reasons that the earth's atmosphere limits the usefulness of optical telescopes. Include refracting and reflecting telescopes in your answer, as well as relevant supporting information.
- Briefly describe the development of ritual dance as practiced by Stone Age cultures. Include in your answer the function of dance and the characteristics of fertility and hunting ritual dance.
- How can bean-bag activities reinforce perceptual-motor abilities at the lower primary grades? Include specific perceptual-motor, performance-based objectives used in movement education to support your answer.
I called my school earlier this week and changed my enrollment from the full-time to the part-time MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching) program. That means I'll start school in August and go one night a week for 14 months and then student teach full-time for six month, graduating in April of 2012. It's not my preference; I really wanted to do the super-quick full-time program and graduate and start teaching next year. But I've been thinking about it for a while and I know this is the right choice for me right now. I'm disappointed. However, what can I do but think about how lucky I am to even have this opportunity and just decide that it's time to start getting excited about August. I am going to love it. I know I am. I'm ready. And I guess it does mean I have even more time to pass this heinous, heinous test.
(To clarify - I have five Oregon state-required tests I have to pass completely outside of school before I can start student teaching. I've passed one already, and the one on Saturday is the second one I'm attempting. It's the hardest of all of them - and the only one that is comprehensive, every single subject taught in school. The first was math/language arts/reading comp, and the final three are comprehensive but only on the subjects I am choosing to get certified to teach - social science (2 tests) and business.)
So let's end on two good notes, because I need that. One is that I had my best run ever two days ago. I don't know exactly why, but it was awesome. I usually pace myself quite slowly from the beginning in the hopes that I'll somehow be able to make it the entire 3 miles without walking. And sometimes I can and sometimes I can't. This time, I just started out at a good pace and just gradually built from there. I felt like I was flying. It felt amazing. My goal has been to run a 10-minute mile. (I'm sure that's probably not very fast to most people, but it would be great for me.) I've never timed myself while running until today; I always just estimate when I get back to my car and know I'm way over 10 minutes. Today was a hard run - I just couldn't catch my breath and I felt like I was doing ok for the first mile, but running in molasses for the last two. But I wore a watch and timed myself exactly and my miles were 10:30, 11:40, 12:25; 34:35 in all. Not great, but that first mile is pretty good! And I was specifically not going as fast as I could on that one because I wanted to hang in there and run the whole three. Anyway, boring stuff, but I feel good that I might be getting close to my goal. First I want to run a 10-minute mile, and then I want to run consistent 10-minute miles when I'm doing 5k.
My second good note is that after months of 15+ foot waves, things are starting to calm down. The reports change often and quickly, so I don't know if this will work out, but I have a session scheduled with Jules for Monday. That thing you just heard? That was angels singing the Hallelujah Chorus. Sweet, sweet relief. I can't even imagine the feel of lifting my board onto my car, pulling on my booties, waxing up the deck, wading out into the water. I feel like I've never surfed before! It's been 2 1/2 months since my last surfy surf, and it was 1 1/2 months before that one. I hope it works out. It would be great to see Jules, and amaaaaaaaaazing to get wet.
So there you have it. Now let's just make it through Saturday.