I am not dead.
Sorry for the lack of entries and the lack of comments. It's not you, it's me. And, sadly enough, I am being completely serious. I don't really have time to be doing an entry now but it is now or never for a while.
It's getting down to crunch time with exams, credits and lack of essays flying around. I feel as if I were Dorothy stuck in the midst of the tornado and rather than the Wicked Witch it's a clock flying around, constantly ticking its reminder. Plus, a looming deadline for reports.
Add to that trying to think of ways to get the students involved in their own learning and you have a rather rundown and slightly more snarky Jay. Good thing about that is my wit is so dry that most of the time the students don't even realise what I am saying. (Small win for me because they don't need to deal with my snark...well...)
Throw into the mix the stupid World Cup, which means a lot of my students aren't here or, if they are, they are so distracted that they couldn't care less about how diegetic sound can enhance a movie.
I don't know if you've ever tried to explain the importance of camera angles to a bunch of 13-14 year olds. I would compare it to throwing pasta at a wall. Some of it sticks but not enough to make sense of anything.*
I promise I will try to do a more detailed post tomorrow or possibly Friday.
Until then I am retiring to my little corner of school to stare blankly at exams while I try not to cry.
*I apologise for that analogy...it is terrible. What's worse is that I'm giggling at how terrible it is. Oy Vey.